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Drivers' HOS Laws are Relaxed for the First Time in 82 Years

For the first time in 82 years the hour of services (HOS) laws for truck drivers have been relaxed to help get needed supplies to struggling businesses and hospitals across the  United States. As the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 has turned into a pandemic and rumors of a lock down similar to that of Italy circulating – people are scrambling to get necessities at their local store whether that’s cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, or toilet paper.

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5 Ways to Reduce Transportation Costs Efficiently in 2020

The turbulent economy has lately made it difficult for field service and transportation businesses to thrive. The industry is morphing into an intricate space, meaning that it has become critical to gain an in-depth understanding of your transportation costs and how you can mitigate the rising expenses to improve your profit margin and keep your head above water.

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What's Ahead for the Supply Chain

Blume Global expects to see big changes in the supply chain over the next few months and years. Here's what they see.

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Augmented Reality is Making the Supply Chain Better and More Efficient

Almost everything that we buy in stores; what we eat, wear or entertain ourselves with at home, go through a supply chain. This makes businesses that make these products among the top GDP contributors. However, the main problem that companies in this sector face is the high cost of moving products through a supply chain from one point to another. That is the leading reason why many companies are looking for ways to improve their supply chain processes and save money. Emerging technology is a perfect answer to this.

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Deploying Robots as Needed Eases Adoption

Disruptive technologies have altered the landscape in modern organizations. In the realization of this, business leaders are coping with these technologies and identifying opportunities and challenges that their businesses can address if they adopt them. In warehouses, for instance, robots have proven to be efficient and quick compared to humans. However, although managers and leaders in the supply chain may be longing to acquire robots in their companies, huge amounts of money and expertise can be obstacles.

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How FedEx and UPS are helping victims of Hurricane Dorian

When disaster strikes an area, survivors are in crucial need of supplies in order to survive the hardship. In most cases homes, roads, and many structures are decimated making it tricky for survivors to access life saving goods. When a disaster hits an island – survival becomes even tougher. Hurricane Dorian barreled into the Abaco Island and Grand Bahamas at the beginning of September. The Category 5 hurricane slowed down considerably – hovering over the islands from September 1st to the 3rd  leaving considerable destruction in its wake. As of today over 1,000 people are still missing with over 70,000 homeless.

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Where Have All the Truckdrivers Gone

The trade industry is not the only career path affected by this generation’s connotation of blue collar jobs. For years it was ingrained in high school students that a college degree was the way to prestige and wealth. In fact, I spent the better part of my twenties convincing people that I had a “real job” in the restaurant industry. As the negative perception spread, the need for laborious jobs increased and entire industries faced a shortage of workers. In an industry that relies heavily on long-haul truck drivers to move goods – the supply chain and logistics business have seen first-hand how far this negative perception can go. According to a report by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) – last year saw 60,000 truck driver positions go unfilled. That number could potentially increase to 160,000 by 2028.

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Drones May Revolutionize Ecommerce Package Delivery - If They Overcome Obstacles

Drone delivery is an emergent industry that’s at once promising and riddled with setbacks. According to McKinsey, the US drone delivery industry grew from $40 million in 2012 to $1 billion in 2017. This is despite the fact that it’s currently illegal to fly commercial drones above people and within U.S. airspace, per Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.

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New Tech Is Helping Lower Inventory Levels Across The Supply Chain

Supply chain and logistics industry is going through a tremendous transformation made possible by innovation and new technology. Such transformation is causing customers to increasingly demand more. Consequently, competition is heating up and logistics providers are doing everything within their power to stay in the market. Technological advancements are the leading differentiators that companies are exploiting in the industry.

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2019 Check-in: The Adoption of Essential Supply Chain Trends

We’re a little over halfway through 2019 —a good time to look back at my predictions for the supply chain industry, including where we are in artificial intelligence (AI) adoption, the need for better data to drive predictability, and the uberization of freight. Earlier in the year discussions and reports indicated that a responsive, real-time supply chain would be the key differentiator among businesses as the year progresses. However, this isn’t a particularly new prediction — we’ve been heralding such an arrival for at least a decade — and Gartner noted that despite their broad industry impact, such technologies have yet to be widely adopted. Slow adoption could be due to significant business and technological changes or limitations around its own capabilities, but it begs the question, how will these trends become reality if organizations can’t implement the advancements necessary to create a more efficient and effective supply chain?

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