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

IP Expo Europe 2018 recap: AI and machine learning on display

← Back to blog home Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have come to dominate business and IT discussions the world over. From boardrooms to conferences to media headlines, you can’t escape the buzz, the questions, the disruption. And for good reason – more than any other recent development, AI and ML are transformative, era-defining technologies that are fundamentally changing how we live and work. While few will disagree with the potential impact of AI and ML, many are left scratching their heads as to how to apply these technologies in their own organizations and where to get started. These questions and concerns were certainly on everyone’s minds at the IP Expo Europe 2018 conference , Europe’s number one enterprise tech event, which took place last week in London. Time and again, whether asked in a post-keynote Q&A session or overheard on the show floor, “I know I need...
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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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Bauromat innovation on show

Bauromat showed off its new product, the HiArc, an entry level automation solution for welding. The automated solution is useful for business looking to start incorporating automation solutions into their operations and can be integrated into existing operations and linked up to a cloud base. Bauromat This is a cost-effective solution which ensures improved product quality and operational efficiency. The automated solution provides increased safety with a guarded system. Output is depended on the components manufactured and is said to provide two and a half times more operational output than a human worker. By implementing an automated welding machine businesses can upskill and reduce labour costs. Bauromat provides training for operators and technicians for around £1,900.         Original link

In Germany, smaller online stores hardly grow

Although ecommerce in Germany continued to increase last year, the growth is increasingly shifting to the top online retailers. Smaller online stores in Germany can hardly grow anymore. This is shown by a recent EHI study. Last year, the 1,000 top-selling online stores in Germany generated revenue worth 42.8 billion euros. That’s an increase of 8.1 percent compared to the previous year. But there’s a worrying development going on in Germany, Internet World Business writes . “The growth is increasingly shifting to the top of the ecommerce, an increase in sales is becoming increasingly difficult for smaller online retailers”, the blog comments. As we’ve mentioned last month , the top 3 of online shops in Germany account for 43 percent of the top 100’s total sales. When we take a look at the total revenue generated by the thousand biggest online stores, 17.2 billion euros was generated by the top...
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