Blue Maestro, based in the United Kingdom, is a fairly new company that provides wireless sensors that can be used to track environmental conditions, such as temperature.

Using Bluetooth technology, the sensors link to smart phones to deliver information about the area’s temperature, humidity, and air pressure levels. The products are popularly used by consumers with exotic pets, but recent innovative products will help monitor perishable storage environments for businesses.

Read the full article here: Blue Maestro Prepares Release of New Bluetooth-Enabled Sensor Products

There is much speculation about the impact that artificial intelligence (AI) will have on the transportation industry, though as yet there is not much implementation. The benefit of its application will be in filling the shortage of workers in the logistics industry. Now is the time to make a new strategy for distribution networks as part of the ongoing digital revolution.

E-commerce is extending into B2B transactions, nano stores are becoming popular and we now have a circular economy. Due to these factors, the flow of goods will gain speed, increasing in frequency and intricacy. Over the next ten years, packing density, which is the amount of order lines per meter cubed, will grow by five to ten times. The cost of transport or storage will not be the major influence on the organization of distribution networks. This will rely on how efficiently goods can be handled, and the logistics industry is changing due to developing technologies.

There are three such developments that will have a major impact upon distribution networks, they are: Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T), autonomous transport, which will transport goods over these networks, and the developments in warehousing technology.

TEN-T is a group of ten designated transport links which cross national borders which will be built and developed by the European Commission until 2030, and will include innovation over railways, roads and water. The objective is to firm up the transport infrastructure in Europe by implementing intelligent management systems to the transport network, in the hope that costs will come down. The new network will be safe and robust, and will carry goods uninterrupted and reliably along it’s corridors between Europe’s major hubs.

Autonomous transport in the form of unmanned trucks is becoming more possible with developments in AI. Wireless technology will be used to interconnect ‘road trains’ with a manually controlled truck at the front. They will need to have the capacity for enough volume and frequency; therefore distribution centers will need to be enormous in order for logistics companies to combine the flow of transport across chains in order to deliver more frequency & reliability.

Distribution centers are also becoming what is known as ‘dark stores’, where robots, RFID chips, automated case picking, GS1 pallet labels, dock & roll and pick by voice are the technologies which are combining to handle the increased intricacy and frequency of deliveries, and DC productivity has been increasing exponentially as a result of their implementation.

Identifying supply chain risks can be challenging, but important. Logistics infrastructure, logistics service providers, and the way products travel through supply chains need to be part of the conversation.

The supply chain starts with the origin of goods, be it a farm for food or a factory for products. This must be reviewed along with every step of the process until it ends up in the consumer’s hands.

Risk comes in several forms, including organizational, operations, strategic, and commercial. The cause of these risks is even more broad, and includes things like weather, terrorism, bankruptcies, breakdowns in infrastructure, suppliers, markets, and prices.

The model for supply chain risk management focuses on security, accountability, visibility, product and logistics specifics, sourcing, and the best supply chain practices.

For more, read the full article here: Guide For Supply Chain Risk Management

Despite growth in technology, Supply Chain Management hasn’t changed much over the years. When changes do happen, they generally involve improvements to MRP and ERP forecasts. However, there are still issues with the system.

The Cloud can create a more efficient supply chain because it allows for better decision-making, mitigates risk, scales easily, increases agility, and controls costs.

Read the full article here: Ultriva Founder Explains How the Cloud Can make Supply Chain Smarter

Commercial invoices are necessary when shipping internationally. A standard format hasn’t been established, but specific information is required such as the parties involved, what the goods are, and the country of manufacture.

If an item can be produced at different locations and then comes together in one case, identifying the country of origin (COO) is murky business. RFID provides an accurate way to keep track of and declare this information.

Read the full article here: Use Your EPC to Indicate Country of Origin

The efficiency of warehouse operations is supremely important for any large company. Manual processes can create a chaotic environment that could negatively affect your reputation, not to mention profits. Implementing warehouse technology can help in a big way.

Reducing the number of steps in any process creates efficiency, so automated packing and shipping processes allow for a steady flow and expedites the time it takes for products to go from warehouse to consumer. It’s also an important consideration in storage facilities.

Automatic data flow can give employees an easier time working the supply chain and prevents the possibility of misplacement. However, the technology is only good if the people using it know what they’re doing, so management needs to be trained well.

The value that real time data has cannot be emphasized enough, as it can lead to new innovations.

Read the full article here: 5 Fundamental Practices to Make The Implementation of Warehouse Technology Pay Off Big Time

Several years after his company was bought out by Amazon, Marc Lore is back with a new strategic company that’s ready to compete with the giant online marketplace.

Jet.com is bringing Costco’s idea to the digital world. Members pay a yearly fee and are able to purchase goods at rock bottom prices. The company makes no money on goods at all – only the membership fees.

Read the full article here: Jet.com’s Marc Lore On Coexisting With Amazon And Why One-Hour Delivery Is Overrated

The University of Southern California has implemented RFID technology to track over 60,000 pieces of furniture and appliances located in student housing.

Before the RFID system, inventory was counted manually and temporary workers were hired once a year, requiring many hours of work. RFID technology has made the process far more efficient, and also made it easier to track when items were missing or relocated, and which needed repair.

Read the full article here: RFID Outclasses manual Furniture Inventory System at USC

Congratulations, you’ve survived the holiday rush! However, January is still a busy month. While people are piling in with returns and exchanges, that traffic can result in more sales. The way you tailor your mobile app can have a big impact this time of year, so follow these tips to start the year strong.

The images you use in your app make a difference, so be sure to update them after the holidays. If you have big sales going on, make them very visible. Consumers need to know that your app is the right one for them, so stay current.

Examine user flow and experience by tracking log-in rates, what screens are being viewed, session times, and revenue metrics. A/B test everything.

The smartest apps can give the customer exactly what they’re looking for and take browsing history into consideration. Gather information from your customers when they sign up, and offer a tailored experience.

Finally, be flexible and competitive. Don’t be afraid to play with prices and react to promotions put forth by competitors. Focus on what you have that they don’t, and stay on top of the game.

Read the full article here: 4 Ways To Leverage Your App To Get More Sales Than Returns In January

Smart packaging goes beyond simply protecting and containing a product. Active and intelligent packaging provides some unique benefits, such as quality assurance and easy access to product information.

This 30 page report from Fast Market Research features information on smart packaging, its potential uses and the benefits that can be gained from it. Smart packaging leads to an increase in consumer convenience and enhances product integrity.

Read the full article here: Smart Packaging: Can It Really Revolutionize The Consumer Packaged Goods Industry?