• The low down on high streets Changes in shoppers’ consumer behaviour are driving a shift from the dominance of traditional bricks and mortar retail stores of the West. In the UK, a number of traditional stalwarts of High Street retailing are facing bankruptcy. Meanwhile, in the US, the traditional American Mall is taking on a whole new identity, pivoting to focus […] Fwd News 0 Comments October 17, 2018
  • How 3D printing is affecting the supply chain 3D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM) as it’s frequently known, is a technology that’s been around for over 30 years, but is becoming increasingly common, and has grown into a huge and profitable industry. Dr Timothy Simpson, Director of the Additive Manufacturing and Design Graduate Program and Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing […] Fwd News 0 Comments October 4, 2018
  • Hyperloop projects take step closer to becoming a reality Hyperloop technology is getting closer to becoming a reality. However, there is still a long road to travel before it’s fully operational. More companies and groups have come on board with hyperloop technology, a concept proposed by billionaire Elon Musk in a 2013 white paper. Hyperloop technology uses fully-enclosed levitating pods to transport people or […] Fwd News 0 Comments September 26, 2018
  • AI makes inroads into warehouse management and beyond The heart of supply chain management is efficient warehouse management, and developments in AI technology are now reshaping storage and inventory processes by providing accurate demand forecasting. According to Mondaq, by 2020, global demand for AI-related products is expected to reach US$47bn, with healthcare and financial services industry sectors driving its growth and evolution. AI […] Fwd News 0 Comments September 26, 2018
  • Economics of port innovation could be tricky Judging by the conferences dedicated to maritime logistics, the ports have an amazing, innovation-rich future ahead of them. From autonomous yard vehicles and cranes, self-optimising container stacks, to intelligent containers, ports are urged to upgrade and invest in advanced automation leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) universe. Then there are information technologies like blockchain, and […] Kris Kosmala 0 Comments March 15, 2018
  • Don’t believe hype about electric vehicles just yet Don’t get over excited about the rapid expansion of electric vehicle fleets. Do get excited about the rapid expansion of electrified vehicles which are quite another kettle of fish. The evidence is all over the European car market, with the silent invasion of “start-stop” technology, which is now the drive train of choice in both […] Gerry Woolf 0 Comments November 16, 2017
  • Blockchain’s entry onto the world stage (Part 2) In part two of our series on Blockchain we look at further benefits of this technology, why it is gaining global momentum, the timescale for implementation, and sectors that are expected to be early adopters of this game-changing new development. Blockchain and the IoT Blockchain’s ability to enhance traceability and quality management is supported by […] Deborah Ellis 0 Comments August 23, 2017
  • Blockchain Part 1 – a game changer and basis of a new paradigm for the supply chain Blockchain is a disruptive technology that every smart-thinking business person should know about. Its potential is enormous, with far-reaching impacts on banking, law, government, and especially on global supply chains. Perhaps its biggest opportunities lie in the many intractable problems at the heart of global supply chains. In the first of a two-part series on […] Deborah Ellis 0 Comments August 16, 2017
  • Home for the homeless: a shipping container Homelessness is a big issue in the US and UK. In 2016, according to government figures, it was estimated that more than 500,000 people were homeless in the US and more than 250,000 in the UK. The trade imbalance with Asia means a ready supply of second-hand shipping containers could be a potential answer to […] Fwd News 0 Comments April 26, 2017
  • Tech advances to catch cargo thieves Cargo theft is on the rise. In January 2017, cargo theft worsened in Europe, the Middle and Africa (EMEA), showing a 64.1% increase compared to January 2016, with vehicle theft accounting for 97.7% of these crimes, reported the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA). In the US, US$30 billion in cargo is stolen annually; and with […] Fwd News 0 Comments April 26, 2017
  • Toward ‘omni-channel’ shopping While a great deal of technology investment has gone into improving supply chain logistics, retailers are also looking at using technology to improve in-store shopping experiences. Shopping habits of consumers have changed a great deal over the years – more and more people are opting to shop online rather than at brick-and-mortar stores. In a […] Fwd News 0 Comments April 20, 2017
  • Wall of containers proposed for US-Mexico border With millions of empty containers rusting away in container yards around the world, a cargo equipment handling company has supported an idea to build the wall along the border between Mexico and the US entirely out of recycled boxes. Donald Trump made the wall a major part of his presidential campaign, and the project has […] Fwd News 0 Comments April 12, 2017