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The Friday Report: April 17th, 2020

The Friday Report: April 17th, 2020

New Tech Tools Ease Shortage of Overnight Rest Areas for Truck Drivers Two companies, Trucker Tools and TruckPark announced that they have formed an alliance to aid truck drivers in finding safe parking facilities for overnight stays.  Trucker Tools is a technology...

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The Friday Report: March 20th, 2020

The Friday Report: March 20th, 2020

Chinese Tariffs Continue on Medical Equipment Recently 160 businesses and organizations wrote a letter to the White House to request a suspension in tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of goods imported from China.  Analysts and industry associations are concerned...

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The Friday Report: March 13th, 2020

The Friday Report: March 13th, 2020

Coronavirus Disrupting Supply Chains According to a new survey by the Institute of Supply Chain Management, nearly 75% of companies are reporting supply chain disruptions due to coronavirus-related transportation restrictions. The survey also reported that over 80% of...

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The Friday Report: March 6th, 2020

The Friday Report: March 6th, 2020

Cost and Complexity Still Plague Retail Industry Retail logistics is mired by inefficiencies and unnecessary costs.  Today, ground transportation, fulfillment and retail logistics are all being reconfigured to better serve the retail industry.  Last mile delivery...

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The Friday Report: February 28th, 2020

The Friday Report: February 28th, 2020

Cargo Thieves Continue to Target Trucks in Transit A recent report by international transport and logistics insurer TT club and supply chain intelligence firm BSI indicates that 87% of cargo thefts involved trucks in 2019.  This is up by 3% over the previous year and...

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The Friday Report: February 21st, 2020

The Friday Report: February 21st, 2020

Blue Collar Worker Shortage Turns Severe  The younger generation is eschewing trade school and apprenticeship opportunities, turning instead to college for white collar jobs.  The agriculture, mining, manufacturing, construction, transportation and supply chain...

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The Friday Report: February 14th, 2020

The Friday Report: February 14th, 2020

How Macy’s Plans to Change Its Old, Siloed Supply Chain Model Before the advent of ecommerce, Macy’s viewed the supply chain as transactional.  This meant that its primary focus was in moving goods from point to point while optimizing costs at each point along the...

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The Friday Report: February 7th, 2020

The Friday Report: February 7th, 2020

Recall of Contaminated Surgical Gowns Results in Cancelled Surgeries Industry giant Cardinal Health recently announced two voluntary recalls for surgical gowns.  In January, Cardinal Health advised healthcare providers to cease utilization of some specific types of...

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3PLs Gain Competitive Advantage from Technology

3PLs Gain Competitive Advantage from Technology

We live in a global world.  There is simply no getting around that fact.  Around the world, goods are traded, shipped and delivered to the doors of consumers as well as to businesses.  Many factors have influenced the growth of the third party logistics industry. ...

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The Friday Report: January 31st, 2020

The Friday Report: January 31st, 2020

Philippines Turns Plastic Trash to Fire Cement Plants and Build Roads An innovation in an approach to sustainability has taken hold in the Philippines.  Plastic garbage including discarded shopping bags, sachet wrappers and plastic packaging is now being used to fire...

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The Friday Report: January 24th, 2020

The Friday Report: January 24th, 2020

Is Alcohol the New Secret Weapon to Higher Retail Sales? High end retailers have introduced a new experiential feature in select store locations and have hopes that it will boost retail spending.  What is this magic elixir you ask?  Alcohol.  The new 320,000 square...

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The Friday Report: January 17th, 2020

The Friday Report: January 17th, 2020

U.S. and China Sign “Phase One” Trade Deal Signed Wednesday, January 15th, the new deal mandates that China will purchase an additional $200 billion in U.S. goods and services over the next two years, based on 2017 figures before the trade war began.  In 2017, China...

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The Friday Report: January 10th, 2020

The Friday Report: January 10th, 2020

California Clears the Way for First State Prescription Drug Label In an effort to reduce prescription drug prices, the state of California announced its intention to be the first state to launch its own prescription drug label. The idea, proposed by Governor Gavin...

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The Friday Report: December 27th, 2019

The Friday Report: December 27th, 2019

Amazon Improves on Sustainability and Stretches Free Return Policy Recent research conducted by Oracle Retail indicates that 77% of shoppers plan to return holiday gifts this season.  Typically between 30 and 50% of those who received gifts return them due to wrong...

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What is Pharmaceutical Contract Manufacturing?

What is Pharmaceutical Contract Manufacturing?

Pharma contract manufacturers help fast track new drug products to marketWhat is a contract manufacturer in the pharmaceutical industry? Did you know that only about one third of pharmaceutical manufacturing is actually conducted in house?  It’s true.  From cell...

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