This story indicates that 3PLs will provide the supply chain wisdom the ocean carriers and port operators refuse to take on. Look for more and more profitable intermediaries, rather than fewer, in ocean supply chains. They are not likely to be supplanted by blockchain systems.
By Gavin van Marle in Singapore 25/04/2018
via Bigger ships and bigger ports an opening for 3PLs to revolutionise supply chains – The Loadstar
What’s interesting about this article to me is the concept of using a container to house the battery. That way it can be removed/replaced if there is a problem, cutting down time to just long enough to lift the old battery off and put the new one in! The US doesn’t have the same type of shorter haul river waterways that are so common in Europe, but there are scenarios where similar ships would be useful, such as Oakland to Stockton, reducing road traffic and the resultant pollution without producing more.
via Port-Liner launches first emission-free barges on Europe’s waterways – The Loadstar
A new application from MIT attempts to correct issues of inventory shrinkage ‘in the bins’ as they say. They use a drone to read the RFID tags on items without sending a human out to scan the bins.
Watch out for flying objects at Home Depot!
via Drones Connect with RFID to Catalog Inventory