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SmartBrief’s top supply chain stories of Q1 2018

What intrigued SmartBrief supply chain readers during the year's first three months?

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Everyone is talking about Amazon. The company seemingly is interested in every part of the economy, whether it’s e-commerce, prestige television, pharmaceuticals or finance. Underpinning all of this, however, is logistics — Amazon wants to find a way to make whatever it touches more efficient, and at a bigger scale than ever seen.

The supply chain space, of course, is no stranger to the ambition and impact of Amazon, and six of SmartBrief’s 25 most popular supply chain stories of the first quarter involved the company.

Amazon garnered readers’ attention in a variety of ways during the first few months of 2018, whether it was its relationships with suppliers, the ongoing hunt for a second headquarters or a financial analysis of the dozens of fulfillment centers the company’s added in recent years.

Amazon wasn’t the only big player that SmartBrief readers were interested in: Berkshire Hathaway’s entrance into supply gained notice, as did Walmart’s delivery requirements and Kraft Heinz’s supply chain overhaul.

Finally, every aspect of the supply chain — distribution, manufacturing and more — is being affected by technology and regulation. The US tax law’s effects are still being discovered, The trucking industry is grappling with new rules on electronic logging devices. And supply chain companies are experimenting with the blockchain in a variety of ways.

The first quarter of 2018 was a busy time for supply chains. You can view all the top stories here.