Transportation TIP List: Week of July 30th, 2017

Posted - August 4, 2017

This week, Facebook shut down their artificial intelligence chatbots after they created their own language that humans weren’t able to understand. And as we continue to look into the future of technology advancements, this week’s TIP List shares the latest high-tech supply chain trends, including the outlook for automated packing in retail and how ADAS in autonomous vehicles is moving forward.

  • Next Leap for Robots: Picking Out and Boxing Your Online Order: For retailers, it has been a big hurdle to automate one of the most labor-intensive aspects of e-commerce: grabbing items off shelves and packing them for shipping. However, developers say they are close to a breakthrough.
  • What Will You Do With the Data From ADAS: Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) technologies such as autonomous and automatic emergency braking are expected to be the groundwork components of the much-trumpeted self-driving vehicles of the future. And the data from ADAS is poised to help inform policymakers’ regulatory decisions.
  • Number One Risk for Manufacturers is Supply Chain Disruption: While manufacturers are enjoying the promise of the fourth industrial revolution and the new administration’s vocal support for the industry, there are still significant supply chain risks that need to be faced.
  • Trucks Carry 63.4% of U.S.-NAFTA Freight: Trucks carried 63.4% of U.S.-NAFTA freight and continue to be the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners, according to the DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
  • Trans-Pac Spot Spike Signals Peak Season in Gear: Eastbound Trans-Pacific spot rates surged by double-digits last week to the U.S. East and West coasts after three straight weeks of decline. This is a sign that peak shopping season is ramping up.


What new technology are you implementing into your supply chain?

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