Deep Dive: Page 2

Industry insights from our journalists


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    RFID's e-commerce growth spurt

    The need for visibility drove companies to invest in solutions for their complete supply chain while Adidas is using the technology to verify provenance.

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • May 4, 2021
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    How construction is using technology to mitigate supply disruptions

    Soaring material costs and supply chain woes threaten the industry's rebound.

    Joe Bousquin • April 30, 2021
  • Supply chains do the math on reshoring's pros and cons

    COVID-19 exposed risks and spurred conversations about moving manufacturing, but the pandemic is far from the only factor to consider.

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • April 8, 2021
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    4 tools to fight fraud, counterfeits and cyberattacks in the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain

    Visibility technologies and real-time data provide one version of the truth in a rapidly-built supply chain.

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • April 7, 2021
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    The omnichannel age is here — and it's expensive

    Profit margins are often lower for pickup than delivering from a warehouse, as retailers consider store costs, shipping expenses and channel-specific overhead.

    Ben Unglesbee • April 6, 2021
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    Congested West Coast ports bring the heat to TL spot rates

    Delayed off the coast of the Golden State are a mix of consumer and industrial needs that are likely to keep capacity tight and truckers busy.

    Jim Stinson • March 31, 2021
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    The US has a new trade chief. What supply chains can expect on tariffs and China.

    U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai recognizes China as "simultaneously a rival, a trade partner and an outsized player," in the global trade landscape.

    Shefali Kapadia • March 18, 2021
  • A tumultuous year of ocean shipping prompts a rethink of contracts

    Negotiations are taking place earlier than usual, with greater interest in two-way commitments and tiered pricing. But a focus on resiliency and capacity comes at a cost to shippers.

    Matt Leonard • March 10, 2021
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    Why the automotive supply chain is in a semiconductor jam

    A shortage with no quick fix is shutting down production lines around the world, and capacity constraints at tier 3 put automakers' lean operations into question.

    Matt Leonard • Feb. 23, 2021
  • What's behind supplier price hikes rippling through the construction supply chain?

    The cost trend in 2021 is only going in one direction so far — up.

    Joe Bousquin • Feb. 17, 2021
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    The PPE supply chain is a case of the 'haves' and the 'have nots'

    Gloves and masks are in short supply, and many organizations are blowing through their budgets as they attempt to source in-demand equipment.

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • Feb. 11, 2021
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    Why the empty container math doesn't add up in US exporters' favor

    What led to a global imbalance of available shipping containers? And what were the effects on U.S. businesses?

    Matt Leonard • Feb. 3, 2021
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    The pandemic put supply chains front and center for retailers — perhaps for the first time

    Retail supply chains came under intense strain and went through wild convolutions last year. To weather the next storm, the industry must be agile and take risk seriously.

    Ben Unglesbee • Jan. 25, 2021
  • Damco is gone. Where do Maersk, freight forwarders and shippers go from here?

    Shippers face a choice as they plan freight strategies: the simplicity of a single end-to-end provider or the reduced risk of a diversified carrier network.

    Shefali Kapadia • Jan. 13, 2021
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    Packaging, PPE and surgical supplies: How COVID-19 is pushing hospitals to reduce waste

    Some waste is inevitable, but supply chain leaders are finding ways to reduce the quantity — reusing and recycling when possible and adjusting procurement and packaging.

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • Jan. 12, 2021
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    Breaking down Mars' maverick move for a more sustainable palm oil supply chain

    Reducing its palm oil mills from 1,500 to 50 in three years to meet internal goals is a decisive move that will almost certainly work, but the effect beyond Mars' supply chain is less certain.

    Emma Cosgrove • Dec. 10, 2020
  • The role of freight forwarders in distributing the coronavirus vaccine

    Freight forwarders, the linchpins of the supply chain, face the arduous task of ensuring vaccines move door-to-door while maintaining their temperature — from the airport to the last mile. 

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • Nov. 30, 2020
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    Planting the seeds of a cannabis supply chain

    "We run a compliance business and sell cannabis on the side," joked one cannabis industry expert. Building supply starts with understanding regulations.

    Matt Leonard • Nov. 24, 2020
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    Dole, Amazon settle in as logistics infrastructure in Wilmington, Delaware, builds up and out

    The Small Wonder's largest city offers close access to customers and labor but lower land prices than many of the surrounding markets. 

    Shefali Kapadia • Nov. 17, 2020
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    The emerging wave of procurement and spend-management technology

    Historically paperbound processes are advancing from automation to intelligence. But first, procurement departments must address data and culture change.

    Gary Wollenhaupt • Nov. 12, 2020
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    So you want to reduce your supply chain emissions

    Walmart’s journey to a robust scope 3 emissions program reveals a shift in the way sustainability advocates see the supply chain and the urgency with which companies need to address it.

    Emma Cosgrove • Nov. 5, 2020
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    Mapping and charting the growth of regional parcel carriers

    Alternatives to UPS and FedEx have brought on major retailers over the last several years, with expansion accelerating during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting parcel boom.

    Shefali Kapadia • Nov. 2, 2020
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    Meat processors expedite robotics plans as pandemic ups pressure

    The future of meat manufacturing could include 3D scanners and automated cutting. Tyson, Smithfield, Cargill and JBS are looking to increase automation.

    Lillianna Byington • Nov. 2, 2020
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    How BMW turned Spartanburg, South Carolina, into a supply chain hub

    The automaker approached the state and Norfolk Southern with a plan for an inland port that's now used by shippers from Adidas to John Deere.

    Matt Leonard • Oct. 27, 2020
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    Biden and Trump envision similar supply chains — but different paths to get there

    Both presidential candidates promote investment in domestic manufacturing and supply chains, but they diverge on how to handle global trade relations.

    Emma Cosgrove • Oct. 16, 2020