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Supply Chain Technology Revolution

The revolution in supply chain technology is impacting every industry, reports GeekWire. 

Parker Townley, a Gonzaga University graduate who works for food certification organization Fair Trade USA, was in Peru visiting coffee and cacao farms last week. On a tour hosted by a cooperative that aggregates crops from 1,000 farmers, the co-op’s manager whipped out his smartphone.


Amazon Looks to Robotics

According to Supply Chain Dive, Amazon is investing heavily in robotics technology. 

While Amazon did not specify what types of robotics it would develop at the site, past examples of Amazon Robotics technology point to innovations that solve pain points in operations and logistics.


The IoT is Getting More Affordable

As the cost of internet of things sensors declines more businesses will use them in their supply chain operations, reports Supply Chain Dive. 

Forrester Research released a report last year predicting two areas — track-and-trace and inventory and supply chain management — would experience the largest spending growth on IoT between 2017 and 2023. 


Digitally Tracking Items in Supply Chain

Ralph Lauren will now track its products digitally through the supply chain, reports Supply Chain Dive. 

Ralph Lauren says it is the first global retail brand to apply this type of technology at scale. 


Volvo Improves Cobalt Supply Chain

Volvo is working with its battery manufacturers to ensure that its cobalt supply chain is ethically sourced, reports Yahoo Finance. 

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has announced that it will be leveraging blockchain technology to improve traceability of the cobalt used in the company’s car batteries.


Has Blockchain Fizzled Out?

The industry is currently suffering from blockchain fatigue, reports Wired. Will blockchain actually produce the results it promised?

In early 2018, Amos Meiri got the kind of windfall many startup founders only dream of


Mastercard Turns to Blockchain

According to Forbes, Mastercard is venturing into the blockchain arena.

Mastercard, so long one of the biggest names in payment networks, is venturing into a new avenue which, at first, sounds far removed from its primary business model.


Nestle Protects Palm Oil Supply Chain

Nestle is taking more steps to monitor its palm oil supply chain by joining in the Radar Alerts for Detecting Deforstation group, reports CSR Wire. 

Nestlé today joined a coalition of major palm oil producers and buyers to support and fund the development of a new, publicly available radar-based forest monitoring system known as Radar Alerts for Detecting Deforestation (RADD).


Blockchain Set to Transform Supply Chain

According to Science Daily, blockchain will transform the global supply chain. 

Blockchain technology has the potential to transform the global supply chain and improve both the speed and security of handling the flow of goods at international borders.


Supply Chain Improvements Help Pharma

Improvements in supply chain technology can make it easier for personalized medicine companies to ship their products and ensure that they arrive timely and still in usable condition, reports Outsourcing Pharma. 

Sponsors for a Phase 2 clinical trial needed an expensive, time-sensitive therapy transported to investigator sites at -80º C. Further, when reaching out to cryogenic shipper rental companies, the sponsor found they often transport regionally and do not operate 24/7. The sponsor needed to procure ready-to-use cryogenic shippers, suitable facilities and global supply chain management to ensure safe, reliable transport and storage under specific time constraints for the clinical trial to be successful.


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