Automation in logistics and supply chain processes – humans need not apply
I came across an article this week on Mashable featuring a video titled Humans Need Not Apply. The video addresses various professions and the advancements of technology that have led to automation and a reduced need for human labor. Especially interesting for this blog is the segment on transportation (beginning at the 5:00 minute mark). I recommend watching the whole video though:
So what do you think? What types of automation have you come across in your supply chain processes?
Click here to read the article on Mashable
Uber experiments with same day delivery – draws comparisons to Amazon
Adrian Gonzalez recently released an article on his logistics blog/talk show, Talking Logistics, addressing last week’s news regarding Uber’s same-day delivery experiment and the launch of Uber Corner Stone. Uber plans on offering grocery delivery service of over 100 items in Washington D.C, however details about the fulfillment process have been vague. It is assumed that Uber is taking ownership of the selected items and will be storing them in a company-owned warehouse (or warehouses) as opposed to picking the items up from various retailers. If this is the case, Gonzalez encourages Uber to gain some supply chain expertise, especially in the areas of inventory optimization and network design.
It is safe to say that Uber has made quite a splash on the logistics scene.
Click here to read the full article.
Europe still needs Russian gas
According to the financial information services firm Fitch Ratings, Europe will be dependent on natural gas supplies from Russia for at least the next ten years. These recent statistics show the impact political actions, such as sanctions, can have on supply and demand. Europe would find itself in a difficult situation if Russia were to reduce or cut off the supply of natural gas, as a decrease in demand or an increased supply of alternative sources seem highly unlikely. IN fact, the opposite is predicted. As Europe slowly recovers from its recent economic distress, the demand for natural gas is expected to increase slightly unto the mid 2020’s. These findings come in the wake of a recent announcement from Ukraine warning of Russia’s threat to cut off the supply of gas to Europe.
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Have a nice weekend!