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Panasonic Acquires Supply Chain Software Company

Panasonic announced they will acquire large supply chain software company, Blue Yonder. The deal is valued at $7.1 billion. The two companies have partnered together in the past and now make this synergistic partnership even more powerful by merging Blue Yonder’s software (e.g. artificial intelligence features) with Panasonic’s autonomous hardware into a total supply chain…

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Guess The Latest Product Shortage…

We’ve talked about the global shortage in semiconductor chips, but guess what’s the latest product shortage? Who would have thought that ketchup (or tomato sauce depending on where you live) ould be the latest coveted product. With COVID-19 shutting down a lot of in-person dining and forcing restaurants to focus on take-out and delivery – which…

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Why There Is a Global Chip Shortage

Global Pandemic? Don’t tell semiconductor chip makers and the product manufacturers that need them. Supply chains aren’t just dealing with shipping containers getting stuck in the Suez Canal, there’s a global semiconductor chip shortage but why? Reuters, explains: Sanctions against Chinese companies Manufacturers are stockpiling chips for fear of on-going shortages (thus exascerbating the problem)…

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Stretch the Warehouse Robot

We’ve already started seeing robots being integrated in the warehouse environment and with e-commerce sales skyrocketing around the world, fulfillment centers need all the help they can get to fulfill orders. Now, Boston Dynamics, more known for their dancing robots, are entering into the ring with their own warehouse robot, named: Stretch. Stretch is able…

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Stuck in the Suez…Another Blow for Supply Chains

By now, you’ve heard about the container ship that’s stuck and blocking the Suez Canal. Supply chains are already experiencing difficulties with insufficient chip supplies, furniture items are consistently on back order and now with the blockage of the Suez Canal, this impacts supply chains for oil, grains and automobiles (to name a few). The…

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Apple is SO big that…

Talk about large supply chains, apparently Apple is SO big that they have staff who’s single responsibility is to negotiate the price of glue…[via Trung Phan] Apple is so size that it has supply chain employees who have one responsibility: negotiating down the price of glue. pic.twitter.com/8CR789MS76 — Trung Phan 🇨🇦 (@TrungTPhan) February 18, 2021…

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China Looking to Throttle Rare Earth Materials Supply

As EV car adoption increases globally and car manufacturers declaring their move to 100% electric vehicles in the coming decade, the demand for battery materials is (and will) surge. And as the US-China trade war rages on, China may be considering throttling supply of rare earth materials needed in the manufacturing of electric vehicles and…

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GM’s Foray into the E-Commerce Surge

As e-commerce is experiencing massive growth, the logistics services side is struggling to keep up with demand. GM (the American car manufacturer), has launched a new division, named BrightDrop [via Morning Brew]. This new division supplies electric vehicles in the B2B space. The vehicles are tied to a software platform as well enabling easy fleet management,…