Freight Tracker Adds Funding In Hot Market

FourKites Inc., a startup that tracks freight shipments in real time, said it has raised $35 million to expand its operations abroad and improve its ability to predict shipping times.
 The Chicago-based company makes software that shows shippers and logistics companies the location of their cargo and alerts them to potential delays.

New Megaships Cloud Recovery

Container shipping is emerging from a painful six-year slump, but a glut of tonnage that will hit the water over the next two years threatens to derail the nascent recovery.

In recent months, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA-CGM SA have each announced orders for 11 mega-vessels. Together, with existing plans by Asian giants such as Cosco Shipping Holdings Co. and Evergreen Line, the moves mean dozens of these vessels will be delivered by 2020.

Warehouses Hoist Rents

The growth of online shopping is setting off a scramble for industrial real estate near urban centers, giving landlords of once unglamorous properties a chance to push up rents to record levels. Inc. and other online retailers, as well as fulfillment companies such as FedEx Corp., are seeking out "last-mile" locations in urban areas

Transformation via Technology: The Key Drivers of Digital Supply Chain Disruption

The explosion of digital technology has had a tremendous impact on most aspects of day-to-day life. As consumers embrace digital media for everything from consuming news to socialization, businesses are reimagining their approach to traditional business processes.

In part, this trend is driven by the need to accommodate consumer habits in the B2C sector, but B2B entities are also embracing digital trends to capitalize on gains in efficiency offered by automation, greater visibility, the ability to break down data silos, and reduce operational costs.

Rewiring the Supply Chain to Improve Results

The war of political rhetoric rages in the debates in the United States. I am watching the resounding political sound bites on local television as I travel the world helping global supply chain teams in Brussels, London, Singapore, Shanghai and Spain. I am trying to help global manufacturing companies build effective supply chains. The political debate’s focus is on manufacturing. I think manufacturing is only a piece of the story. I firmly believe that effective supply chains build economies. In this jobless economy there is a shortage of supply chain talent in mid-management positions globally. My mission is to help companies and countries close this gap.

Emerging Dynamic Of Supply Chain Sustainability

Bruce Klafter is a respected leader in environmental, health and safety (EH&S) and sustainability circles. In 2013 he joined Flex, a socially-responsible, global leader in design, manufacturing, distribution and aftermarket services, to provide strategic direction to the Company’s social and environmental responsibility initiatives. His role includes regular consultation with senior management on sustainability and EH&S matters, including participation in the Compliance Council and facilitation of the Corporate Sustainability Leadership Committee (CLSC). Flex was a founding member of the Electronics Industry Citizen Coalition (EICC) and Bruce recently served as an EICC Board member and as Vice-Chair for the organization.

Google And The Future Of Supply Chain

This week Google, now re-named Alphabet, became the most valuable company on earth besting Apple for at a least one day.  No matter what happens the rest of this week, Google is sending notice that its place in world of business strategy is at the head of the table.  What it means for the future of supply chain is a speed up in all the disruptive and important technologies we are tracking.