The Friday Report: June 15th, 2018

Quick wrap up of a few hot topic newsworthy stories in the supply chain logistics industry

Amazon Real-Time Map Tracking Available for Package Delivery

Amazon recently released a new real time parcel tracking application.  Map Tracker works with packages delivered by Amazon’s own logistics network rather than by industry leaders UPS, FedEx or USPS.  The application provides users with a real time map of the last mile delivery of your Amazon package.  Users can view the dot on the screen that represents the package in transit, similar to that used to monitor the arrival of a Uber or Lyft driver.

The application is ideal for time sensitive deliveries or for consumers who find it challenging to be available at the time of delivery.  Developed to improve the convenience of package delivery for its customers, the Amazon Map Tracking feature is only designed for use with Amazon logistics providers.

2018 Top Forklift Manufacturers

Forklift sales continue to increase in North America, up 9.5 percent in 2017 over 2016.  This is the first time in North America that more than a quarter million units had been sold in a year.  Globally, the total number of forklifts sold exceeded 1.33 million.  The largest increase in forklift sales originated in Asia which experienced a 26% rise in a year.

The Circular Supply Chain

Modern supply chains are recognizing the benefits of “output=input” in their operations.  Originally, supply chains followed a familiar pattern.  Starting with raw material suppliers, materials were shipped to a manufacturing facility or assembly plant.  Finished goods or components were then shipped further down the supply chain to a distribution center to be delivered to end customers.  At the very end of the supply chain, the end products were disposed of in the trash.

Supply chains today are changing fast and are being adapted to a circular pattern.  This means that a link is being added to connect the beginning to the end of the supply chain.  The new circular methodology incorporates returns, disposal and recycling.  This helps to fulfill green and sustainability initiatives, reducing waste and the carbon footprint.  Costs are reduced and sustainability benefits are passed along to trading partners.

In today’s circular supply chain waste materials is frequently transformed into usable, sellable goods for profit.  With regulations on recycling and proper disposal of manufacturing byproducts, many companies are looking for opportunities to turn waste into sellable goods.  A U.S. example of this includes California Recycled Content Laws.

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