Nov 222017
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Will the Tesla Electric Semi Truck Deliver on promises?

The Tesla Electric Semi Truck could be to the trucking industry what the first iphone was to the cell phone industry.  What are your thoughts?  “We believe the Tesla semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo, while increasing safety…” ~Elon Musk

Tesla, Elon Musk and Transportation Resources.

Quotes about Self-Driving Vehicles.

  • “Labor accounts for 75% of the cost of transporting shipments by truck, so adopters can begin to realize those savings. Beyond that, while truckers are prohibited from driving more than 11 hours per day without taking an eight-hour break, a driverless truck can drive for the entire day.” ~Ryan Petersen
  • “If you recognize that self-driving cars are going to prevent car accidents, AI will be responsible for reducing one of the leading causes of death in the world.” ~Mark Zuckerberg
  • “If you’re trying to create a company. It’s like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredient in the right proportion.” ~Elon Musk.
  • “The Tesla electric semi could change the trucking industry the same way the iPhone changed the cell phone industry.” ~Dave Waters
  • What kind of insurance ought a self-driving car to have? If it goes wrong, who’s liable? ~Margareta Drzeniek-Hanouz
  • “Truck and bus drivers; Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers; self-driving vehicles take those jobs.”
  • “If people trust artificial intelligence (AI) to drive a car, people will most likely trust AI to do your job.” ~Dave Waters
  • “We are expanding our strategy not just in autonomous driving but also in autonomous things. Drones, trucks, advanced robotics.” ~Edzard Overbeek
  • “As Waymo’s self-driving technology becomes smarter and more capable, its high-performance hardware and software will require even more powerful and efficient compute. Intel’s collaboration with Waymo ensures Intel will continue its leading role in helping realize the promise of autonomous driving and a safer, collision-free future.” ~Brian Krzanich
  • “Google is working on self-driving cars, and they seem to work. People are so bad at driving cars that computers don’t have to be that good to be much better.” ~Marc Andreesen
  • “Lets go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.” ~ Steve Jobs
  • “Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability…. We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.” ~ Thomas Edison
  • “If, in writing some article that’s negative, you effectively dissuade people from using an autonomous vehicle, you’re killing people.” ~Elon Musk
  • “My definition of ‘innovative’ is providing value to the customer.” ~Mary Barra
  • “Once you trust a self-driving car with your life, you pretty much will trust Artificial Intelligence with anything.” ~Dave Waters
  • “Connectivity offers a great opportunity for General Motors. When you look at the investment we have made in OnStar and putting 4GLT in and the access you have to not only put data in, and we haven’t really tapped into the data you can use from the vehicle.” ~Mary Barra, GM CEO.
  • “We must look for new ways to stop old problems. Fully autonomous vehicle technology holds incredible potential to completely eliminate drunk driving and other causes of traffic deaths.” ~Colleen Sheehey-Church, National President at Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

“When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars, people said ‘nah, what’s wrong with the horse?’ That was a huge best he made, and it worked.”  ~Elon Musk

Elon Musk Henry Ford

“With the Model 3, a future compact SUV and a new kind of pickup truck, we plan to address most of the consumer market.” ~Elon Musk

Tesla Electric Semi

“Self-driving cars are the natural extension of active safety and obviously something we should do.” ~Elon Musk

Tesla Semi

Nov 162017
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Need Shipping and Transport Training? Try these resources.

Shipping Process.

Shipping and Transport Training.

Nov 102017
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Need Distribution and Warehouse Training? Try these resources.

This page has an assortment of distribution and warehouse training.  This sections also contains material handling equipment such as forklifts and conveyor systems.   Wikipedia has a good overview for a distribution center.

This is a very basic video introducing warehousing.  If you are a distribution/warehousing professional skip to the training below.

Warehouse and Distribution Center Training

Automation and Supply Chain Training.


Oct 172017
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Container shipping documentary

Container shipping made the world much smaller.  Containers have made it much easier to ship huge amounts of freight across the ocean.  Containers are one of the top supply chain innovations of all time.

Logistics and Supply Chain Training:

“The amateurs discuss tactics: The professionals discuss logistics.” ~Napolean Bonaparte

Containers logistics

“Innovation comes from saying no to 1,000 things.” ~Steve Jobs

supply chain innovation

“Leaders win through logistics.  Vision, sure. Strategy, yes.  but when you go to war, you need to ahve both toilet paper and bullets at the right place at the right time.  In other words, you must win through superior logistics.” ~Tom Peters

container shipping

Sep 292017
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The Future of Trucking.  Autonomous electric vehicles or something else.

There are so many advances happening in the trucking industry.  Autonomous vehicles are just around the corner.  Electric vehicles are all over the place.  What is next?

Transportation Information.

Future Trucking Tesla Semi

trucking transportation

Past present future trucking

Aug 022017
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Facebook Supply Chain Discussions

Constantly updated.  Here is an assortment of Supply Chain discussions on our Supply Chain Facebook page.  Feel free to add to the discussions.  Our goal is to make the Supply Chain Today Facebook page the most collaborative supply chain community on Facebook.

What companies do you admire most because of their supply chain?

What are some of the top supply chain innovations of all time?

How important are standard processes to improve the supply chain?

What are common issues that arise in procurement?

What are the key components in a supply chain organization?

When searching for a location for a distribution center what questions should I ask?

What school(s) do you recommend for a Supply Chain MBA?

What changes do you see in Supply Chain in the next 10 years?

What are the top 3 KPIs to measure SC success?

Outsource or not outsource? Pros and cons. What determines when a company should outsource?

College student here. Should I major in supply chain?

How much impact does APICS certification have on one’s career in Supply Chain?

Is the ERP system SAP a good career choice?

What is Lean Six Sigma?

Let’s find out how global this group (Supply Chain Today) is. What country/city are you from?

Tag a person on Facebook who is very knowledgeable about Supply Chain.

Who/what should be in the Supply Chain Hall of Fame?

How does postponement strategy work?

What trends have the biggest opportunities for Supply Chain?

What have you done to improve your supply chain knowledge in the last 6 months? Very Popular.

What attributes can be used to determine the performance of a supplier?

What are common problems in the supply chain? Very Popular.

What opportunities will drones create in supply chain?

What is the difference between Logistics and Procurement?

What advice would you give to someone just starting in supply chain?

What companies do you admire most because of their supply chain?

What Supply Chain trends should people be researching?

What is the worst excuse you have heard from a company for not delivering on-time?

How will artificial intelligence be used in supply chain?

If a person has the experience and capability to do a job does a degree matter?

Community Question: Could someone please explain reverse Logistics?

Community Question: Guys i need some suggestions. I have been offered admission in MBA supply chain and M.S.C.M (Masters of Supply chain management).  I have to select one program….

What are people’s thought about Big Data in the supply chain? How can it be used?

What are the strategies we could use to be an efficient & effective Supply Chain company?

What reasons have you heard why a supplier has to raise their prices?

What part of a car would supply Chain be? And if you want to elaborate that would be great.

What would be the impact of BlockChain technology on the supplyChain!?

What advice would you give to someone just starting in supply chain?

What trends have the biggest opportunities for Supply Chain?

What is your favorite quote? Feel free to add more than one.


Facebook Supply Chain Discussion

Facebook Supply Chain Discussion

Jul 122017
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Supply Chain and Logistics Trends and Outlook

Matt Castle, Vice President, Global Forwarding Products and Services at C.H. Robinson sits down with Adrian Gonzalez, President of Adelante SCM to discuss major logistics trends anticipated for 2017 (Youtube).

Logistics and Supply Chain Training:

Supply Chain Quotes

  • “1. Increase Visibility. 2. Reduce Variability. These two activities encompass all layers of supply chain management.”
  • “Here are a few key supply chain trends you may want to research: Internet of Things (IoT), 3D Pringing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) , Deep Learning and Drones.”
  • “You want to be extra rigorous about making the best possible thing you can. Find everything that’s wrong with it and fix it. Seek negative feedback, particularly from friends.” ~ Elon Musk
  • “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” ~ Lee Iacocca
  • “Listen to anyone with an original idea, no matter how absurd it may sound at first. If you put fences around people, you get sheep. Give people the room they need.” ~ William McKnight, 3M President
  • “Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” ~ William Pollard
  • “Where there is no Standard there can be no Kaizen.” ~ Taiichi Ohno
  • “I say an hour lost at a bottleneck is an hour out of the entire system. I say an hour saved at a non-bottleneck is worthless. Bottlenecks govern both throughput and inventory.” ~ Eliyahu M.Goldratt, The Goal

Logistics Trends


Jul 012017
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Logistics Quotes

Here are a few logistics quotes.  Tell us your favorites.

“You will not find it difficult to prove that battles, campaigns, and even wars have been won or lost primarily because of logistics.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Logistics Quote

“The amateurs discuss tactics: the professionals discuss logistics.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Logistics quotes

“Major changes are coming to logistics. In the near future you will order a product and 30 minutes later a drone will drop it off right outside your door.”

logistics drones

“Logistics isn’t that important.  Unless you are Walmart, Amazon, Alibaba, the military… :-)”  For those who don’t get sarcasm that is what this one is about.  Logistics is IMPORTANT!!

walmart logistics

“The line between disorder and order lies in logistics.” ~ Sun Tzu.

logistics quotes

“Residential drone delivery is being tested by a variety of companies.  From delivery packages to delivering pizza, it is in the near future.” ~

Jun 272017
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Uber Freight Officially Launches (What it Means for Truckers)

Uber Freight will most likely be a game changer for the trucking industry.  Could Uber freight be to the trucking industry what Amazon was to the retail industry?  For discussion on Uber Freight please visit our LinkedIn post or our Facebook discussion.

Uber Freight Information.

Digital Supply Chain Quotes

  • “The digital supply chain has the potential to completely change supply chain. However, do your due diligence before rushing in.”
  • “I have more respect for the fellow with a single idea who gets there than for the fellow with a thousand ideas who does nothing.” ~ Thomas Edison.
  • “Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability…. We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.” ~ Thomas Edison
  • “Where there is no Standard there can be no Kaizen.” ~ Taiichi Ohno
  • “I say an hour lost at a bottleneck is an hour out of the entire system. I say an hour saved at a non-bottleneck is worthless. Bottlenecks govern both throughput and inventory.” ~ Eliyahu M.Goldratt, The Goal
  • “Quality is free. It’s not a gift, but it’s free. The ‘unquality’ things are what cost money.” ~ Phil Crosby
  • “All we are doing is looking at the time line, from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. And we are reducing the time line by reducing the non-value adding wastes.” ~ Taiichi Ohno
  • “If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” ~ W. Edwards Deming
  • “Focus on the lowest total cost of ownership not the lowest price.” ~
  • “If you think of standardization as the best that you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow; you get somewhere.” ~ Henry Ford, founder Ford Motor Company
  • “It is impossible to improve any process until it is standardized. If the process is shifting from here to there, then any improvement will just be one more variation that is occasionally used and mostly ignored. One must standardize, and thus stabilize the process, before continuous improvement can be made.” ~ Masaaki Imai

Uber freight supply chain

Jun 252017
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Delivery Drones – DHL steals UPS thunder.

Delivery drones are getting more and more press.  Delivery drones will be a game changer for supply chain.  Even if your company has no intention of using drones it is still interesting to see how other companies are using them.  Who knows, drones could be delivery your packages in the very near future.

Digital Supply Chain – IoT, Big Data, Drones, AI, Cloud.

Delivery Drones