Deep Dive: Page 6

Industry insights from our journalists


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    Walmart's last mile around the world

    From tricycles to drones, Walmart is casting a wide net to find out how shoppers want to receive their goods.

    Emma Cosgrove • Oct. 29, 2019
  • How grocery pickup is evolving

    As demand grows along with competition, retailers are trying to erase wait times, improve fulfillment and even reach shoppers away from the store.

    Lauren Manning • Sept. 30, 2019
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    8 ways warehouse construction has evolved

    21st century warehouses require specialized construction techniques, precise scheduling and highly experienced teams to meet industries' expectations.

    Jennifer Goodman • Aug. 8, 2019
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    Emma Cosgrove
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    Why are fashion supply chains so wasteful?

    Consumer textile waste may be the larger problem, but the pre-consumer supply chain has wasteful practices built in to the way garments are designed and produced.

    Emma Cosgrove • July 23, 2019
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    Micron Technology
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    Micron takes on smart manufacturing to fuel memory-hungry sectors

    The semiconductor's Manassas site director called the smart factory "the biggest revolution since robotics" to improve manufacturing.

    Naomi Eide • July 18, 2019
  • The Panama Canal is thirsty. That's a problem for ocean carriers.

    With one of the worst droughts in history, the canal is forced to place restrictions on the amount of cargo ships can carry.

    Matt Leonard • July 15, 2019
  • Are we heading toward 24/7 logistics services or are we already there?

    As 3PLs extend service hours and days, constant deliveries seem inevitable. But experts say retailers, and to some extent, consumers are keeping a floor under e-commerce delivery times.

    Emma Cosgrove • July 11, 2019
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    What's next for logistics M&A?

    DSV's friendly takeover of Panalpina and CMA CGM's offer for CEVA left many analysts wondering if this is the beginning of another wave of consolidation in logistics and transportation. 

    Shefali Kapadia • July 1, 2019
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    How the food industry has weathered an unpredictable 2 years of Trump's trade tactics

    With new tariffs announced in tweets, trade agreements awaiting approval and mixed signals from the White House, the last two years have been filled with ups and downs.

    Lillianna Byington • June 26, 2019
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    Why reusable food packaging has a promising future

    Consumers are looking for both convenience and sustainability, and companies are responding with containers, bottles and bags designed for many uses.

    Jessi Devenyns • June 25, 2019
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    Uncontained: The complex link between retail and packaging

    Retailers are aware that the environmental impact of packaging is weighing on consumers' minds. But, it's not just about getting rid of plastic.

    Kaarin Vembar • April 22, 2019
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    How should shippers prepare? 6 questions about IMO 2020

    As carriers adjust to low-sulfur regulations, shippers and supplier industries must follow suit, creating lingering questions of whether the supply chain will be ready for the upcoming shift on Jan. 1, 2020. 

    Shefali Kapadia • Jan. 24, 2019
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    Case study: Circular Systems turns scraps into textiles

    In the era of fast fashion, producers are looking at alternative materials to support growing consumer demand. 

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • Dec. 11, 2018
  • Farm to label: Turning corn into textiles

    About 400 million tons of corn goes to waste each year, making it a good candidate to transform into new materials.

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • Dec. 11, 2018
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    The supply chain behind turning unusual materials into textiles

    Businesses are mining waste products for fiber production, giving rise to dozens of new alternative fibers on the market made from everything from mushroom roots to spoiled milk. 

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • Dec. 11, 2018
  • For drone deliveries, the sky's the limit

    Medical and package deliveries are key, while some cities participating in a new program by the Federal Aviation Administration are looking to logistics and border control.

    Chris Teale • Nov. 12, 2018
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    Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)
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    Fixing Chicago's freight rail congestion

    Chicago is America's busiest freight rail hub, but severe congestion has stakeholders investing in infrastructure and technological improvements.

    Katie Pyzyk • Nov. 12, 2018
  • In Los Angeles, traffic efficiency begins at the ports

    Unrelenting growth has forced transportation and city managers to work together on a blueprint for efficient and sustainable freight movement — and the solutions often start at the ports.

    Edwin Lopez • Nov. 12, 2018
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    New York City's next big congestion challenge hides in plain sight

    Crowd-sourced logistics gives average drivers a new way to make extra cash and presents an already bursting city with a new traffic menace.

    Emma Cosgrove • Nov. 12, 2018
  • Managing traffic congestion around Atlanta's 'gateway to the world'

    From satellites to sensors, Atlanta uses technology to ensure people and goods move efficiently — both in the air and on the ground.

    Shefali Kapadia • Nov. 12, 2018
  • Managers shake up warehouse shifts ahead of peak season

    Flexible shift schedules are increasingly common in regions with high labor demand. The strategy is adding new labor to the workforce, sources say.

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • Oct. 2, 2018
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    How Johnson & Johnson overhauled its baby care supply chain

    Global consolidation meant ensuring consistent formulations, fewer ingredients and fewer suppliers.

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • Sept. 25, 2018
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    Pharma's slow embrace of continuous manufacturing

    On the whole, drugmakers remain wedded to traditional production styles that have served for decades. Some, however, are shifting to newer technology.

    Ned Pagliarulo • Sept. 24, 2018
  • Logistics is booming in China — but not where you think

    Inland cities serve as land bridges between China and Europe, making them ripe for warehouse and transportation development.

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • Sept. 11, 2018
  • Burned by Toys R Us, will suppliers ever trust a bankrupt retailer again?

    Vendors gave the toy retailer hundreds of millions of dollars in trade credit to help it rebound from Chapter 11. Then the unthinkable happened.

    Ben Unglesbee • Aug. 30, 2018