Levi Strauss & Co. has unveiled Project F.L.X., an overhaul of its operating model that, among other things, will use automation to increase supply chain efficiency and save time. "Project F.L.X. is expected to help us reduce textile waste by more accurately making what the market needs," says Liz O'Neill, chief supply chain officer.
Incident reports can help companies spot potential trip, slip and fall hazards in the workplace, Karen Hamel writes. Companies can identify other areas of concern by asking insurance carriers for advice, holding in-house contests, letting vendors weigh in and by tracking the movement of liquids throughout the facility.
US container trade with Asia grew 3.8% in the first quarter, with import growth reaching 3.9 million TEU, an 8.9% increase, according to PIERS. Forecasts from IHS Markit indicate a 5.2% rise for the year, reaching 25.6 million TEU between North America and Asia.
More of the decisions behind Amazon's ordering and communications processes with manufacturers, jobs once held by white-collar workers, are now automated. Among the changes is the development of what's described as the company's "hands off the wheel" automated demand forecasting and negotiation processes, which use algorithms to make key decisions.
Logistics companies can begin preparing now for the future of autonomous transportation, writes Kronos executive Robert O'Dwyer. Truckers, O'Dwyer argues, will provide a valuable source of data, and companies should rethink their compensation models, train drivers for urban settings and teach data collection skills.
The EPA is reviewing the relevance and quality of the technical and science information used for a proposal to repeal a regulation that limits glider truck production. "New regulations must be justified, be economically and technologically achievable, based on sound data and science, not create major market shifts or disruptions in equipment purchasing cycles, and be developed with an eye toward transparency," said Glen Kedzie of the American Trucking Associations, which opposes the repeal.
Supply chains, which are vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse as a result of disruption on a global scale, must monitor for trade protectionism. Finance teams should keep tabs on this and mitigate fraud risk with these six steps, including performing due diligence to analyze vendor risk and understanding vendor operations.
Algorithms honed through years of online selling now allow Amazon to use automation to more effectively predict demand for specific products at specific prices. Now, Amazon is merging the teams that use the human touch to court brands with the largely automated marketplace division, trimming the need for human managers in its retail operations.
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing Wednesday that explored how autonomous vehicles will affect infrastructure, cybersecurity and public safety. "All of our communities, urban and rural alike, will need to confront the potential human toll that this disruptive technology could take," said Polly Trottenberg, New York City Department of Transportation commissioner.
The first steps to take in a crisis include gathering the facts and committing to telling the truth internally and then externally, writes David Grossman. "No matter how successful the leader, there is one common truth -- communication is a learned skill," he writes.