Analyst Report: An Excerpt from the IDC Enterprise Labeling Vendor Assessment

This IDC Manufacturing Insights report uses the IDC MarketScapemodel to provide an assessment of a number of providersparticipating in the worldwide enterprise labeling applicationmarket. Original link

The Hack: Keep Calm, Supply Chains Have Got You Covered

Bloomberg reported last week thatChinese spies had infiltrated at least 30 U.S. companies— including Amazon, Apple and others — using atiny microchip hidden on server motherboards. While Apple andAmazon have both issued detailed statements firmly disputing theaccount, people are stunned by the scope of the hackdescribed. “If the Bloomberg reportingis accurate, it has uncovered arguably the biggest hack of alltime,” writes Dan Goodin for Ars Technica . “If not, ithas sent the world down a dangerous and resource-consuming rabbithole.”   As supply chainprofessionals, this isn’t the first time you have had toconsider cybersecurity. NPR  reports that since theearly 2000s, the Defense Science Board and others have warned thatplacing “some type of chip” would be aneffective way for intelligence services to gain usefulinformation. Further, now is certainly not thefirst time you’ve thought of risk management or supplychain visibility. In response to your needs, we, at APICS, havebeen significantly augmenting risk management...
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Toyota Forklifts launches new order picker model line-up

Home > Material Handling > Toyota Forklifts launches new order picker model line-up Material Handling October 12, 2018 The company expanded its product line to help warehouse customer meet growing demands. By DC Velocity Staff Toyota Forklifts has introduced three new order pickers. The company says its new products offer advances in efficiency technology with Toyota's optional Lift Logic Speed and Height Control System, enabling fast and easy picking. The line includes Toyota's first model in the class to offer a 36-volt option that reaches a maximum reach height of 390 inches. The three new models come equipped with AC Drive and two models come standard with AC Lift. The entry-level model is a 24-volt that lifts up to 240 inches. The mid-level model is also a 24-volt and lifts up to 366 inches with faster lift speeds than competitive 24-Volt models. Finally, the premium-level model is a 36-volt and...
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U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes see slight annual gains

By LM Staff · October 12, 2018 United States rail carload and intermodal volumes saw annual gains for the week ending October 6, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported this week. Rail carloads, at 269,394, saw a 0.7% annual gain, and were below the weeks ending September 29 and September 22 at 272, 306 and 272,615, respectively. AAR said that six of the ten carload commodity groups it tracks posted annual gains, including petroleum and petroleum products, up 2,579 carloads, to 12,545; coal, up 1,250 carloads, to 88,939; and metallic ores and metals, up 880 carloads, to 22,121. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2017 included grain, down 1,918 carloads, to 22,641; nonmetallic minerals, down 1,557 carloads, to 37,581; and miscellaneous carloads, down 154 carloads, to 9,860. Intermodal containers and trailers headed up 1.8% annually to 284,604, which trailed the weeks ending September 29...
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Baltic Index Rises as Capesize Rates Jump

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday, helped by strong demand for capesize vessels. * The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, gained 64 points, or 4.2 percent, to 1,579 points. * The capesize index marked its highest daily percentage gain since July 12 rising 8.2 percent, or 164 points, to 2,169 points. * Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 170,000-180,000 tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, were up $1,541 at $18,746. * The panamax index rose 12 points or 0.7 percent to 1,775 points. * Average daily earnings for panamaxes, which usually carry coal or grain cargoes of about 60,000 to 70,000 tonnes, increased $94 to $14,227. * The supramax index fell 3 points to 1,204 points. Reporting by Harshith Aranya in Bengaluru Original link

Transport is more than a commodity – DHL report

Four out five businesses are willing to pay more for better and value-added services as long as they provide a measurable return on their investment, according to a study by DHL Supply Chain. The report, “The Logistics Transport Evolution: The Road ahead”, found that companies are increasingly viewing ground transport as being more than a tactical commodity, with 71 per cent now considering it to be a strategic component of their businesses. And three quarters said investing time and resources in ground transport will directly help their company sales. The growth of e-commerce and its implications on service was identified by 65 per cent of companies as having a significant impact on their supply chain in the next couple of years. “We undertook this study to gain an insight into exactly what companies expect from their transport service providers, both today and tomorrow,” said Javier Bilbao, global transport lead and chief...
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CBRE report points to potential of multistory warehouses

While not a core part of the industrial real estate playbook,research from Los Angeles-based industrial real estate firm CBREindicates that a new trend appears to be emerging in the form ofmultistory warehouses in United States-based metropolitan areas. Original link

Jolly green Hactl to install large-scale solar panels

Hong Kong cargo handler Hactl has taken the next step in its 'Green Terminal' project by installing 1,300 sq m of solar panels on the roof of its SuperTerminal 1 facility in Hong Kong. Hactl’s new solar power installation will feature 518 panels with the electricity generation capacity of 160 kWp, with the “renewable energy” fed into the power grid. Hactl chief executive Wilson Kwong said: “This is a major step forward in Hactl’s Green Terminal project, and will make a significant contribution to our efforts to minimise our terminal’s environmental impact. We believe that Hactl has once again set an example for others to follow, both in Hong Kong and elsewhere. “Given the size and nature of buildings in the world of air cargo and logistics, the scope for similar installations is enormous; and there is a strong economic argument as well as an environmental one.” The system is being designed, installed and...
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North American trade still going strong as Europe lags behind

Europe was the laggard trading region in September while North America was “still going strong” according to the gKNi World Trade Indicator powered by LogIndex AG ,the data company of global freighter forwarder Kuehne+Nagel. The gKNi World Trade Indicator stood at 141.0 (+5.8% YoY) at the end of September, down by 0.3% compared to the previous month. The third quarter saw an increase of 0.5% (quarter on quarter) compared with increases of 0.4% in the second quarter and 4.4% in the first quarter. The World Trade Indicator is a US dollar value indicator influenced by inflationary pressures, in particular higher energy prices. The latest report from gKNi stated: “World trade has recently been strong in North America (+9.1%), Central and South America (+9.4%). The Asian region, which experienced a vibrant growth in the first half of the year, is now less dynamic. Foreign trade in South Korea was negative in September....
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Innovators attract big audiences to conference

Innovators in logistics robotics drew big audiences at the conference sessions at Robotics and Automation, which saw keynotes from both Ocado and Amazon as well as presentations from technology leaders such as Dematic and ABB. How Ocado is taking robotics to the grocery world Alex Harvey, Ocado Alex Harvey, head of robotics and autonomous systems at Ocado, gave the keynote presentation on the first day, highlighting the opportunities and challenges of developing automated and robotic systems for grocery. Ocado’s first fulfilment centres at Hatfield and Dordon used automation technology bought in from the major systems suppliers. Harvey pointed out that the sequential nature of the operation meant that it was necessary to build a large complex system that before the volume of business built up enough to make it worthwhile. Since then, Ocado has developed its own robot-based systems in-house which address the scalability problem. It is these systems that...
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Meijer First SmartWay Retailer to be Recognized as Both Shipper and Carrier

Midwestern supermarket chain Meijer has been recognized as the first SmartWay Excellence Award winner to achieve the distinction as both a shipper and a carrier by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Meijer has been recognized as a SmartWay award recipient in the past—as a shipping partner in 2017 and as a carrier partner in 2007. The SmartWay Excellence Award is the EPA’s highest recognition. The award recognizes retail and manufacturing carriers and shippers that demonstrate how their logistical operations make a measurable difference in reducing carbon emissions, while also effectively managing fuel costs as they move goods around the country. SmartWay Excellence Awardees lead their industries in improving freight efficiency and contributing to cleaner air within their supply chains. “On behalf of the hard-working men and women that make up our logistics team here at Meijer, we are elated to receive such a distinct honor by the EPA’s SmartWay,” says...
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Separating Long-Term Supply Chain Technology Developments from Temporary Industry Disruptors

While technological innovations can revolutionize how supply chainbusinesses advance, it’s important for all participants to be alittle bit skeptical when supposedly new game-changing technologiesare introduced. Original link

Ensuring a Transportation Management System Can Provide Optimum Return on Investment

Time-consuming implementations and limited software capabilitiesare common reasons that technology sometimes doesn’t deliver theoptimal return-on-investment. Original link

10 Reasons Being a Professional Truck Driver Is Better Than Driving for a Ridesharing Service

Even with great compensation, stability and a path for growth foryears to come, job-seekers are turning to ridesharing and otherpositions over truck driving causing a huge driver shortage in thesupply chain industry. Original link

Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending October 6, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 554,238 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.2 percent compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending October 6 were 269,634 carloads, up 0.7 percent compared with the same week in 2017, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 284,604 containers and trailers, up 1.8 percent compared to 2017. Six of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2017. They included petroleum and petroleum products, up 2,579 carloads, to 12,545; coal, up 1,250 carloads, to 88,939; and metallic ores and metals, up 880 carloads, to 22,121. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2017 included grain, down 1,918 carloads, to 22,641; nonmetallic minerals, down 1,557 carloads, to 37,581; and miscellaneous carloads, down 154 carloads, to 9,860. For the first 40 weeks of 2018, U.S....
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