Transportation TIP List: Week of March 5th, 2017

Posted - March 8, 2017

This Sunday, Daylight Saving Time begins and we will turn the clocks ahead to “spring forward” one hour. And as we look towards the warmer weather that is soon to follow, we’re also looking ahead to the future of the transportation and supply chain industry. This week’s TIP List showcases the current status of NAFTA, President Trump’s infrastructure investment plan and more. Don’t waste any time – check out all of the articles below!

  • 5 Supply Chain Trends Happening Now: The world of supply chain management is exciting, challenging and rapidly changing. According to supply chain managers and executive leaders at a Fortune 50 company, these five trends are affecting the design and management of supply chains.
  • Robots Will Be In Retail Stores Sooner Than You Think: One of the biggest problems in retail today is what to do with the brick-and-mortar store, and retailers are facing the challenge of adding more labor into stores to offer differentiating services that can’t be meet online. Could robots be the answer?
  • 3PLs Up The Ante: Shippers rely on their 3PLs for visibility, operational control, fulfillment support, supply chain data, end-of-life product management and more. A good 3PL can be the ace in the hole to keep supply chain operations running straight and the bottom line flush.
  • 2016 North American Freight Numbers: Four out of the five major transportation modes – truck, pipeline, vessel and air – carried less U.S. freight with NAFTA partners Canada and Mexico in 2016 than in 2015. Rail is the only major mode to carry more freight with an increase of 0.2%.
  • Reverse Logistics Gets Less Reactive: Logistics professionals are realizing that a product’s journey no longer stops at the consumer’s front porch or loading dock. Now, the “U-turn” has become a vital part of every company’s revenue model.

What industry trends are you looking ahead to?