Low water levels could disrupt supply chain flow
Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis: nature has really taken its toll over the last several months on global supply chain operations. As reported by NPR news, drought is also becoming a factor that can’t be ignored. The Mississippi River in the US has dipped to historically low levels. The river will most likely remain open this month, but there is a chance that barge traffic could come to a halt in some areas if the water level continues to sink. The closure of this crucial cargo route could have a major impact on many supply chain operations. To read (or listen) to the complete story click here.
A step toward same-day delivery for Amazon?
Amazon’s supply chain has been in the news quite a bit lately, a more recent story pointing to its superiority over Apple’s supply chain. On January 9th, The Strategic Sourcerer reported that Amazon is planning on opening a one million square-foot distribution center in New Jersey which will be ready for operation in 2014. The goal here is to increase efficiency as well as to increase savings in the long run. Additionally, this New Jersey location could serve as a vital location for the company’s efforts in the area of same-day delivery, a concept Amazon has been testing. Click here for the full report.
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