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The editors of DC VELOCITY magazine bring you weekly updates on logistics, material handling, and supply chain news.

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The editors of DC VELOCITY magazine bring you weekly updates on logistics, material handling, and supply chain news.

    Guest: Paul Beavers from PCS Software on why touchless transactions are here to stay; An important supply chain commodity is experiencing shortages; Tight capacity will be with us for the foreseeable future

    Guest: Paul Beavers from PCS Software on why touchless transactions are here to stay; An important supply chain commodity is experiencing shortages; Tight capacity will be with us for the foreseeable future

    In this episode, guest Paul Beavers, the chief technology officer at PCS Software, discusses why he thinks touchless transactions are here to stay. During the past year, as the Covid-19 pandemic raged, many companies turned to contactless electronic transactions as a way of promoting social distancing and reducing risks to drivers. It is just another adoption trend that the pandemic accelerated, and as with many of the changes we have undergone during the year, companies are seeing the advantages of touchless handoffs. There is good reason to think that most users who adopted these technologies will not revert back to paper-based processing.

    The surge in economic growth and consumer demand has caused shortages in many commodities, including one that is essential in moving our goods within supply chains. That commodity is the basic pallet. Lumber prices and high demand are making for a shortage of new pallets within the market.

    The latest LMI figures are in, and they show that tight capacity in supply chains will be with us for some time to come. What is driving these trends, and is there any hope that we will see better capacity as we move into the summer months?


    Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:
    PCS SoftwareThe pallet shortage and 48forty Solutions acquires fellow provider, Relogistics ServicesLMI: tight market conditions persist with no end in sightDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by Softeon
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    • 18 min
    Guest: Matt Castle of C.H. Robinson on tight air capacity; Supply chain managers weigh in on infrastructure; California legislation redefines how truck drivers are classified in the workforce

    Guest: Matt Castle of C.H. Robinson on tight air capacity; Supply chain managers weigh in on infrastructure; California legislation redefines how truck drivers are classified in the workforce

    In this episode, guest Matt Castle, vice president of air services at C.H. Robinson, discusses the tight air freight market. While passengers are starting to fly again  on commercial planes, that extra belly space for cargo has not really alleviated the capacity constraints on the air freight market. Is there any improvement in sight, or is this what to expect for the rest of the year? Are there good alternatives to routing freight by air?

    Once again, our nation's infrastructure is being debated in Washington. However, this time there seems to be the political will to get something done where efforts have failed in the past. The two parties are highlighting different priorities in their proposals, but what do supply chain managers see as critical pieces that they wish to see in infrastructure improvements?

    On Wednesday, an appeals court in California upheld Assembly Bill Five, better known as AB-5, which redefines how gig and independent contract workers are classified within the workforce. Its provisions have serious implications for truck drivers and the trucking industry, including that many contract drivers will now be required to receive full employment benefits.  It's a measure that could be adapted for legislation in other states.


    Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:
    C.H.RobinsonIndustry weighs in on infrastructure spendingCalifornia court says trucking fleets must provide drivers with full employment benefitsDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by Honeywell Intelligrated
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    • 20 min
    Guest: Aaron Hageman on last-mile deliveries; Imports continue to surge; Supply chain companies celebrate Earth Day by sharing their sustainable initiatives.

    Guest: Aaron Hageman on last-mile deliveries; Imports continue to surge; Supply chain companies celebrate Earth Day by sharing their sustainable initiatives.

    In this episode, guest Aaron Hageman, CEO of Delivery Drivers Inc. (DDI), discusses trends in last-mile logistics. The supply chain industry calls that final delivery to a person's home or business "the last mile" of the shipment chain. It is usually the most expensive part of logistics, as each package must be handled separately, in contrast to the aggregate handling of previous steps. Hageman discusses how drivers are found to make such deliveries and what is being done by shippers to assure timely delivery of our orders.

    The Covid-19 pandemic is driving a huge surge in imported products, and that is affecting the real estate markets for warehouses in seaport areas. It is also creating huge demand for certain imported products.

    This past Thursday was Earth Day, a day the world reflects on our environment and what we can do to be more friendly to the planet we all live on. Many logistics and supply chain companies took time this week to celebrate their own green initiatives and to commit to new sustainable practices.


    Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:
    Delivery Drivers Inc. (DDI)Soaring import volumes squeeze warehouse markets near seaportsIndustrial businesses gearing up for post-pandemic rebound, sourcing stats showCrown Battery enhances green energy initiatives9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by Honeywell Intelligrated
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    • 16 min
    Guest: Brandon Coats of MHS counters misconceptions about artificial intelligence; Highlights from ProMatDX 2021, looking at new technologies and trends in material handling and supply chain

    Guest: Brandon Coats of MHS counters misconceptions about artificial intelligence; Highlights from ProMatDX 2021, looking at new technologies and trends in material handling and supply chain

    In this episode, guest Brandon Coats, global product manager for robotics and vision at Material Handling Systems (MHS), discusses artificial intelligence. We have all heard of AI and its potential for improving our lives. Coats talks about some of the misconceptions about artificial intelligence and offers some practical applications where AI can improve distribution operations.

    We also look at this week's ProMatDX 2021. This virtual experience of North America's largest material handling show did not disappoint. We discuss the 8th Annual Industry Report and what it says about the health of the industry and how supply chain leaders are boosting their technology spending to build resilience in their operations. We look at the products awarded as most innovative at the show. We discuss how automation may or may not be the right fit, depending on your products, market, and a number of other factors. And we examine how one company scaled automation within their distribution facility in less than 90 days.

    Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:
    Material Handling Systems (MHS)Supply chain leaders boost tech spending to build resilienceMHI honors innovation award winnersBusinesses need to right-size the automation level for their operationCrocs takes the fast track to automated picking9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by Honeywell Intelligrated
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    • 25 min
    Guest: Chris Jones of Decartes on supply chain vulnerabilities; Five risks businesses should avoid as they bounce back; Consumers are more aware of supply chain pain points than ever before

    Guest: Chris Jones of Decartes on supply chain vulnerabilities; Five risks businesses should avoid as they bounce back; Consumers are more aware of supply chain pain points than ever before

    In this episode, guest Chris Jones, executive vice president at Decartes, discusses supply chain vulnerabilities. The Covid-19 pandemic changed everything in our lives, including the way goods are delivered to us. But the pandemic also exposed weak areas of our supply chains and revealed vulnerabilities for sourcing many critical goods, such as PPE, pharmaceuticals, batteries, and electronic components. How can we assure that suppliers address these vulnerabilities as we begin to recover?

    As businesses begin the process of restoring their operations to pre-pandemic levels, they need to be aware of the many threats that still loom. A recent report highlights five risks for businesses to track as they recover their operations in 2021 and beyond.

    Before the onslaught of Covid-19, most consumers did not have a clue as to what was meant by "the supply chain" and how supply chains actually operated. Now, they have a greater awareness of them, mostly due to shortages they have experienced during the past year. How should manufacturers, retailers, and e-commerce providers react to both the real and perceived conceptions that consumers have about the supply chains upon which they depend?

    Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:
    DescartesRisk report lists five trends rocking pandemic recoveryConsumers identify supply chain pain points9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by Honeywell Intelligrated
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    • 24 min
    Guest: Johnathan Foster of Proxima on disruptions from Suez Canal shutdown; How microfulfillment can create greener last miles; Finding drivers to meet post-pandemic demand

    Guest: Johnathan Foster of Proxima on disruptions from Suez Canal shutdown; How microfulfillment can create greener last miles; Finding drivers to meet post-pandemic demand

    In this episode, guest Johnathan Foster, principal consultant at Proxima, discusses the ripple effects of that huge container ship, The Ever Given, that was stuck for a week in the Suez Canal. The ship has been re-floated and the canal is open again, but it has caused supply chain backlogs all over the world. This is on top of already congested ports. What will the overall impacts be to the movement of the world's goods?

    The huge spike in e-commerce brings with it enormous surges in home deliveries. Logistics professionals call that final leg of the delivery process "the last mile." Placing smaller microfulfillment distribution centers closer to these customers  can reduce the environmental impact of making those last-mile deliveries. What steps are being done to be kinder to the earth when we get goods delivered to our doorsteps?

    As the nation begins to emerge from the pandemic, are there enough truck drivers to handle demands of a resurgent economy? We look at what is being done to address the driver shortage and to make certain trucks can keep rolling.

    Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:
    ProximaSupply chains brace for ripple effects of Suez Canal blockageDeveloping a greener last mileFlatbed Truckload capacity tightens as construction and manufacturing loads riseFreight hauler hiring 100 extra truckers to manage West Coast port surgeTruck driver turnover held steady in fourth quarter ATA says9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by Honeywell Intelligrated
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