The promise of a preferred shipper is a service that keeps load times low, communicates well and treats employees well so drivers remain, writes Todd Johnson of Kenco. "The notion of treating truckers like humans seems obvious, but it's not always a common practice," he writes.
Sixty percent of business-to-business buyers look at two or three e-commerce sites before purchasing a product online, according to a B2BecNews survey. Pricing, a positive user experience and product availability are important for buyers.
Distributed control systems and programmable logic controller systems require routine maintenance and updates, writes Bill Pollock, president and CEO of Optimation Technology. Such investments may prove costly in the short term, but equipment will last longer and deliver greater cost savings over time, he argues.
Companies across multiple industries are using augmented reality to enhance industrial internet of things technologies, such as predictive service and predictive maintenance, says a PTC report. "This report signals that industrial enterprise believes in the value of AR and [is] moving quickly to realize the competitive advantage it creates," executive Mike Campbell says.
More than three-quarters of manufacturers struggled with hiring and keeping qualified workers during the second quarter, says the National Association of Manufacturers. Two-thirds of those surveyed plan to add apprenticeship, training or mentorship efforts.
The Human Trafficking and IUU Fishing Act in the House aims to reduce growing human trafficking, human rights abuses and forced labor in the worldwide seafood supply chain. Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is a growing problem in Asia and the South Pacific.
The flooding, rain and damage from Hurricane Florence continues to immobilize much of North Carolina, with ports and highways still closed. Less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion warned of interruptions due to limited facility capacity.
UPS, FedEx and XPO logistics have rolled out hiring plans for the upcoming holiday season. UPS aims to bring on 100,000 seasonal employees, XPO expects to see an uptick in e-commerce creating the need for 8,000 people, and FedEx needs about 55,000 positions filled to meet demand.
IKEA will accelerate its quest to shift to zero-emissions delivery fleets in five major global cities, including New York City, Los Angeles and Paris. Following a previous announcement, the furniture retailer still plans to switch to electric vehicles worldwide by 2025, but now says it will make the change in the five cities by 2020.
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