Telematics solutions reduce supply chain disruptions by providing real-time visibility, writes Kelly Frey of Telogis. Customers are happier when distributors can prevent issues that threaten service-level agreements, Frey notes.
H&H Castings is applying results of an eye-tracking study conducted by Tobii Pro Insight to reduce training time for new employees in the foundry's melt department, according to manager Jacob Hammill. The company is also using attention data gathered by the study to make the pouring process safer, he said.
Manufacturers should see increased automation as an opportunity to train employees differently, write Michael Gretczko and Ina Gantcheva of Deloitte. Use virtual reality and augmented reality to provide advanced-skills training without sacrificing production, they recommend.
A tight market and limited capacity, compounded by a holiday weekend, kept Niagara Bottling from getting its 127 truckloads of bottled water into Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Uber Freight, a mobile, app-based marketplace, got the loads booked in hours by small trucking companies and independent drivers.
Though Amazon has not committed to entering the pharmacy business, drug companies such as Takeda Pharmaceutical view the move as an opportunity to see a more effective distribution system. Takeda CEO Christophe Weber said Amazon's arrival in the space could force other companies to adapt and offer better service.
Unlike in the US, Mexico's public-private collaboration is ensuring that the interests of both the government and private companies are considered while renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Disagreements with the Trump administration are pushing industries to form groups to oppose White House positions on NAFTA.
Late and missed deliveries, delivery rates and packaging issues with the US Postal Service reportedly led Amazon to discontinue its Fresh grocery delivery service in select markets across nine states, sources said. USPS was responsible for Amazon Fresh deliveries in most of the markets affected by discontinuation of service, while Fresh deliveries in other areas are made by Amazon or local delivery companies.
Several features of Amazon's business model, such as its inventory of personal-care items people often buy when picking up prescriptions, would be integrated smoothly if Amazon enters the pharmacy business, Robert Langreth and Spencer Soper write. Amazon could use its shipping capabilities to compete against traditional pharmacies or to start its own pharmacy business.
Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding Co. will reportedly spend $557 million for Cardinal Health's China drug-distribution business. The arrangement will be subject to a regulatory review in China.