Glass from communities in Northern Virginia that began collecting it separately in drop-off bins has been recycled into new glass by Strategic Materials, local officials said. Residents "have adjusted their glass recycling habits and are filling up our purple cans almost faster than we can empty them," said Fairfax County solid waste management program director John Kellas.
Logistics companies will likely make greater use of internet-connected packaging with sensors, smart labels, smart tags and other features as the technology becomes more affordable, according to a DHL study. Some advanced packaging won't need batteries, "which is useful for returnable packaging applications," writes Edson Perin.
General Motors is converting its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant to make only autonomous and electric vehicles with a $2.2 billion investment. The company will employ 2,200 people at the site.
An Averitt Express survey of over 1,800 shippers found that more than 66% of respondents expect greater shipments, a decline of over 3% from last year. The 5th Annual State of the North American Supply Chain survey also found that shippers' confidence level was the lowest since the study was launched.
Asking for help at work, whether you're the CEO or a new hire, shows courage and vulnerability, argues Wayne Baker of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in a new book. "You have to be clear on why you are making the request, the goal you are trying to achieve, and use SMART criteria," he says, with SMART being defined as specific, measurable, assignable, realistic and time-related.
Avnet reported earnings of $3.7 million on $4.53 billion in revenue during the fiscal second quarter. CEO Bill Amelio noted that the company's Net Promoter Score has nearly doubled in the two years ending October 2019.
Driverless forklifts, warehouse drones and other robotics are already improving warehouse efficiency as part of a global market expected to see compound annual growth of 11.6% from 2017 to 2023, according to Allied Market Research. Robots are also helping to manage inventory and physically transport certain goods within warehouses.
Freight spending increased by 3.4% in 2019 despite declining by 2.7% in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, according to a US Bank report. The fourth-quarter decline was representative of fewer truckloads being shipped as well as lower trucking rates, the report said.
Reverse logistics operations are set to grow around the world due to government regulations and the rise in e-commerce, writes Jan van der Kaaij of consulting firm Finch and Beak. Companies will need "new business models but also technologies and change processes to make those same business models work within the existing operations," he writes.
Supporters of a right-to-repair bill in Washington state found some allies in the state Senate during a hearing last week. The legislation is "a good small business bill," said sponsor Bob Hasegawa, a Democrat from Seattle.
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