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The editors of DC VELOCITY magazine bring you weekly updates on logistics, material handling, and supply chain news.
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In this episode, guest Brandon Coats, global product manager for robotics and vision at Material Handling Systems (MHS), discusses artificial intelligence. We have all heard of AI and its potential for improving our lives. Coats talks about some of the misconceptions about artificial intelligence and offers some practical applications where AI can improve distribution operations.We also look at this week's ProMatDX 2021. This virtual experience of North America's largest material handling show did not disappoint. We discuss the 8th Annual Industry Report and what it says about the health of the industry and how supply chain leaders are boosting their technology spending to build resilience in their operations. We look at the products awarded as most innovative at the show. We discuss how automation may or may not be the right fit, depending on your products, market, and a number of other factors. And we examine how one company scaled automation within their distribution facility in less than 90 days.Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:Material Handling Systems (MHS)Supply chain leaders boost tech spending to build resilienceMHI honors innovation award winnersBusinesses need to right-size the automation level for their operationCrocs takes the fast track to automated picking9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by Honeywell IntelligratedOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Chris Jones, executive vice president at Decartes, discusses supply chain vulnerabilities. The Covid-19 pandemic changed everything in our lives, including the way goods are delivered to us. But the pandemic also exposed weak areas of our supply chains and revealed vulnerabilities for sourcing many critical goods, such as PPE, pharmaceuticals, batteries, and electronic components. How can we assure that suppliers address these vulnerabilities as we begin to recover?As businesses begin the process of restoring their operations to pre-pandemic levels, they need to be aware of the many threats that still loom. A recent report highlights five risks for businesses to track as they recover their operations in 2021 and beyond.Before the onslaught of Covid-19, most consumers did not have a clue as to what was meant by "the supply chain" and how supply chains actually operated. Now, they have a greater awareness of them, mostly due to shortages they have experienced during the past year. How should manufacturers, retailers, and e-commerce providers react to both the real and perceived conceptions that consumers have about the supply chains upon which they depend?Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:DescartesRisk report lists five trends rocking pandemic recoveryConsumers identify supply chain pain points9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by Honeywell IntelligratedOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Johnathan Foster, principal consultant at Proxima, discusses the ripple effects of that huge container ship, The Ever Given, that was stuck for a week in the Suez Canal. The ship has been re-floated and the canal is open again, but it has caused supply chain backlogs all over the world. This is on top of already congested ports. What will the overall impacts be to the movement of the world's goods?The huge spike in e-commerce brings with it enormous surges in home deliveries. Logistics professionals call that final leg of the delivery process "the last mile." Placing smaller microfulfillment distribution centers closer to these customers  can reduce the environmental impact of making those last-mile deliveries. What steps are being done to be kinder to the earth when we get goods delivered to our doorsteps?As the nation begins to emerge from the pandemic, are there enough truck drivers to handle demands of a resurgent economy? We look at what is being done to address the driver shortage and to make certain trucks can keep rolling.Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:ProximaSupply chains brace for ripple effects of Suez Canal blockageDeveloping a greener last mileFlatbed Truckload capacity tightens as construction and manufacturing loads riseFreight hauler hiring 100 extra truckers to manage West Coast port surgeTruck driver turnover held steady in fourth quarter ATA says9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by Honeywell IntelligratedOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Hanko Kiessner, CEO of Packsize, discusses sustainable packaging. Sustainable packaging means more than just choosing materials that can be easily recycled. It also includes shipping products in the right-sized box best suited for them. Sustainable packaging can have ripple effects throughout our supply chains that not only are good for the earth, but bring savings to shippers' bottom lines.We all know that the United States Postal Service has struggled for years financially. Customer habits have changed in the internet age, which puts pressure on a model developed around daily first-class mail service. This week, the USPS announced a 10-year plan aimed at solving some of its financial woes. Can it achieve the needed changes and successfully pivot to better compete on package deliveries? The utilization of warehouse and distribution center space has grown tremendously over the span of the pandemic, as shoppers continue to order more of their goods through e-commerce. What is the outlook for the foreseeable future, and is there enough capacity in the industrial real estate market to meet surging demand?Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:PacksizeDeJoy says postal service overall will expand parcel service for business customersBooming logistics market drives demand for large warehouses and DCs9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by MHSOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Peter Friedmann, executive director of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, joins us to discuss how the shortage of ocean containers is having a devastating effect on the export of agricultural products. Farmers and other producers can't get the containers they need to export their goods. That's because ocean carriers find they can make more money returning in-demand empty containers more quickly to Asia, rather than sending them to the Midwest to be filled with agricultural products.Washington is talking again about infrastructure, and the Biden administration has promised to deliver a workable bill to repair our nation's crumbling roads, bridges, tunnels, ports, and more. Is there the political will to finally pass a bill, and how will it be funded? Are there alternatives to the federal gas tax to pay for repairs?Last month's winter storms caused chaos and destruction in the South, especially in Texas. Beyond the human suffering in that part of the country, the storms also disrupted our nation's supply chains. New figures show just how bad it was.Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:Agriculture Transportation CoalitionATRI calls for tweaks to VMT Tax as infrastructure bill gains steamTexas storms battered on-time delivery rates9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by MHSOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Bindiya Vakil, CEO of Resilinc, discusses vulnerabilities within our worldwide supply chains. Many U.S. manufacturers have experienced shortages in critical goods needed to keep production moving. President Biden is proposing plans to fix broken supply chains for critical goods, such as semiconductors and PPE. Vakil talks about our complex supply chains and the difficulties of simply decoupling from foreign markets.Freight has taken a bumpy ride over the past year, mainly due to the ongoing pandemic. It's been more of a roller coaster ride than a consistent level of goods movement. How is the industry coping with such highs and lows in capacity and demand?We have continuously reported on problems of congestion at America's ocean ports. But congestion is not a problem facing just U.S. ports; it is a concern elsewhere in the world, slowing down the movement of goods and causing supply chain delays.Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:ResilincFreight statistics stumble in January from pandemic recoveryUK ports suffer post Brexit logjams9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by MHSOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Bill Brooks, vice president of North America Transportation Portfolio at Capgemini, discusses the current state of the Covid-19 vaccine programs. Logistics plays a major role in getting people vaccinated. Where are the bottlenecks, and can anything be done to assure that vaccines are distributed more quickly to both urban and rural areas?The logistics industry continued its expansion in February, as the pandemic-induced growth of e-commerce stresses existing supply chains. Capacity is limited and prices are continuing to increase due to rising demand. What is the outlook for logistics for the foreseeable future?Investments are growing at supply chain vendor companies. Two in particular made major investments this week to better serve demand for new systems and material handling equipment.Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:CapgeminiLogistics industry expansion continues in FebruaryProject44 acquires German ocean freight tracking firmConveyor company fought time and weather to open new factory9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by MHSOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Craig Hoskins, chair of the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) discusses the challenges that the food delivery industry has endured during restaurant, schools, and institutional facility closures  during the Covid-19 pandemic. What will it take to get back to normal? He also suggests ways to address the truck driver shortages that affect food deliveries and the need for greater support for our restaurants.New research from IBM looks at digitalization and how it will affect the trucking industry. New technologies are coming to our nation's trucks. How long will it take before these become standards in the industry?And the logistics industry has seen its share of cargo thefts during the pandemic , But where and how those thefts are occurring has shifted from previous years and it varies by commodity and region of the world. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA)Survey says digitalization trends will sweep trucking industry by 2030Report tracks rise in cargo theft from storage facilities.9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored byApteanOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Shawn Winter, vice president of Mobility Solutions at Descartes, talks about the concept of the Super Peak Season and how shippers can prepare for it. With the growth of online shopping, shippers and carriers find that there are times when they struggle to keep up with demand, such as the recent holiday season. Winter discusses some strategies for thriving during peak demand challenges.The food service industry was especially hard hit at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. With restaurants, schools, and other institutions closed or locked down, business fell off the cliff, forcing many food distributors to lay off drivers. Now that demand volumes are returning, they are having trouble finding enough drivers to fill routes. What can be done to assure their deliveries?And DHL shares some strategies for dealing with a post-pandemic world. How should businesses plan now for the challenges that will occur this year and next?Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:DecartesDriver shortage revisits food service industryDHL lists four retail hurdles in post-pandemic landscape9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by ApteanOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Dwight Klappich, research vice president at Gartner, discusses the growing interest in robotic goods-to-person systems. Robots are hot right now. What makes them the cool technology to have for distribution operations, and in what ways are they being deployed? Klappich shares the latest research Gartner has done into these fascinating and quickly-evolving technologies. Many companies held on to their cash during the pandemic, and now there is more incentive to move forward on projects that have been kept on hold for the past year. New research predicts how companies will spend their money during the remainder of this year.And earnings reports came out this past week for the fourth quarter of 2020. Two organizations in particular give us reason to hope that there are better days ahead for the supply chain industry and the overall economy. The United States Postal Service and XPO both showed profits in that quarter, but the challenges for getting back to normal are still enormous.Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:GartnerUSPS posts rare quarterly profit after holiday parcel surgeXPO says strong fourth-quarter results show company has turned a cornerOutlook calls for gradual improvement in business spending9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by ApteanOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Tim Pajak discusses a new initiative from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). Pajak serves as the organization's member engagement manager and shares about the new worldwide partnership between CSCMP and Junior Achievement to bring information to young people about the role of supply chains in our lives. One primary goal is to encourage these young people to consider supply chain careers.The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly disrupted the retail sector and new reports show that many of the changes in shopping habits are here to stay. We talk about the lasting impacts and how some retailers are adapting operations to keep up with changing consumer demands.And new figures show just how tight warehouse availability is. The rise of e-commerce and a push for faster deliveries in urban areas are expected to keep warehouse capacity tight for the foreseeable future. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:TheCouncil of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)Email Tim Pakaj at CSCMP - tpajak@cscmp.orgCloud tools help retailers cope with new buying patterns as pandemic impacts lingerDespite mid-year dip, rents for logistics real estate rose worldwide in 2020Logistics continues strong growth path in January9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored byApteanOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Melinda McLaughlin, vice president, global head of research for Prologis, discusses the market for industrial real estate. The lack of new construction last year, especially during the early phases of the pandemic, has left capacity very tight and rental costs high. What is the outlook for 2021, and how are trends such as e-commerce and urban fulfillment designs affecting the  real estate market for warehousing?Walmart is partnering with three industrial suppliers to build automated microfulfillment centers within many of its stores. The automation will allow it to more quickly process online orders for pickup or delivery. Will this type of concept be able to expand the reach of brick-and-mortar retailers and allow them to better compete with large online retailers like Amazon?Demand for goods-to-person technologies, where robots or automation systems bring products directly to workers, are growing in popularity. What are the factors driving this demand, and is this the future of distribution center design?Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:PrologisWalmart launches plan to build micro-DCs inside dozens of retail storesDemand for robotic goods-to-person systems to quadruple through 20239th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by DCV-TVOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Joe Ruddy, chief innovation officer at the Port of Virginia, discusses how the maritime industry survived the rough seas of 2020 trade. Demand was light even before the pandemic, then fell off the cliff when Covid-19 struck, only to return with a vengeance in the latter part of the year. How did our nation's ports handle those changes, and what infrastructure is in place to keep goods flowing well in 2021 and beyond?The trade war with China is not expected to go away under a new administration in Washington. Many importers are looking at diversifying their manufacturing, and even bringing some of it home or to nearby neighbors. But that is not going to be easy to accomplish.And truckload capacity is tight and looks to remain that way for the foreseeable future. What are the factors driving that tight capacity, and is there anything shippers can do to hold down rates?Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:The Port of VirginiaChina and US face reckoning over trade disruptions in 2021Truckload carrier predicts challenging year ahead for industryDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by DCV-TVOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Tony Sciarrotta, executive director of the Reverse Logistics Association, shares how retailers are handling the deluge of holiday returns.  Because of the ongoing pandemic, many purchases were made online instead of in-store during the holidays, so now retailers are faced with a deluge of returns this month. What are some of the strategies that are being used to process them and how can retailers reduce the number of returns they receive in the future?New Gartner research discusses how companies can compete with major disruptors who changed the landscape.And can smartphones be used better by retailers to not only process orders but also help customers have a better shopping experience? This and some other news from this week's National Retail Federation conference.Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:The Reverse Logistics AssociationGartner reports four ways to compete with industry disruptorsNRF: Covid pressures force merger of online and in-person shopping techSurvey of shoppers says BOPIS leaves room for improvement9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by DCV-TVOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Zac Rogers, assistant professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Colorado State University, discusses the current state of logistics, including capacity and pricing for transportation and warehousing. He also shares the latest Logistics Managers' Index figures and how they relate to what is happening in the market.Capacity remains tight in all aspects of transportation, including air, ocean, and trucking. What is driving this tight capacity and how are shippers and carriers reacting to it?Most fires and other disasters that carriers suffer are due to poorly packed shipping containers. What can shippers do to assure that the containers that they submit to carriers are packed properly to assure safety in transit?Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:The Supply Chain Management program at Colorado State UniversityLogistics Managers Index reportShippers brace for tight capacity  - trend to continue in 2021Amazon adds 11 more cargo jets to its growing air fleetCargo safety security a key issue in 20219th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by DCV-TVOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Kristi Montgomery, vice president of Innovation, Research & Development at Kenco, discusses the need for innovation. She heads up the Kenco Innovation Labs, an internal think tank and testing center that develops new technologies and methodologies to help solve customer problems within the supply chain. She discusses why innovation is so critical to a company's future.While vaccines are being rolled out, we learn about new research that shows how inefficiencies and lack of good data are causing major problems for companies using our nation's cold chains.  What's causing these issues and what are the consequences for not having reliable tracking and data for the pharmaceuticals and food that move through cold chains?Also, two transportation-related stories: What challenges does incoming Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg face, and will infrastructure be on the top of the list for attention under the Biden administration? And a new research center in The Netherlands will test ways to make last-mile deliveries more efficient, especially in urban areas.Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:KencoManual process and lack of visibility lead to big losses in the cold chain.Logistics trade groups say infrastructure should be top goal for ButtigeigFederal regulators loosen rules for commercial trucks and bus licensesDutch investors found $295 million center for research in urban logistics9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by Yale Materials HandlingOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Kevin Paramore, emerging technology commercialization manager at Yale Materials Handling Corp., shares new technologies that promote social distancing within facilities. As we continue through the pandemic, it is important to safeguard our workers while still remaining productive. These new technologies alert workers whenever they get within six feet of distance with another co-worker. They also provide data for contact tracing.We knew that shipping volumes would be extremely high this holiday season, but they have reached levels higher than expected. Carriers are hitting their capacity limits and beginning to turn away business. What does this mean for the industry in  assuring on-time deliveries, and are ther- any good alternatives left in the short window of time available until Christmas?Technologies continue to impact our lives daily. What are some of the emerging technologies that will make a lasting impact on our supply chains in coming years? How soon will they become realities?Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:Yale Materials Handling CorporationCarriers hit breaking point as package volume soarsSelf-driving cars top list of transformative technologies for the coming decadePort Logistics Group rolls out 150 fulfillment robots in California warehouseFedEx taps latest tech to handle e-com surge9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by Yale Materials HandlingOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Phil Rich, chief supply chain officer and senior VP of Sweetwater, talks about being an online retailer during a very different holiday season. Sweetwater is the nation's largest e-tailer for musical instruments and audio equipment. Increasing inventories and gaining better visibility with suppliers were key steps the company has taken. He also is preparing for a higher level of returns in January.Transportation continues to be a very volatile sector of the supply chain. There is a huge demand for logistics services at a time when it is difficult to even find available containers. On top of that, some parcel carriers are refusing additional volumes. We also discuss key company moves this week, such as  XPO's decision to split its operations into two companies and new acquisitions from some major transportation players that further shake up the market.Is the world ready for Brexit? The deadline for the United Kingdom to sever economic ties with the European Union looms large at the end of the month. How can American companies prepare for new ways of trading in the UK and the EU?  We discuss how many are taking a two-pronged approach to reach European customers.Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:Sweetwater.comEmpty shipping containers face delayed returns XPO to Split into two companiesPenske Logistics acquires Black Horse CarriersJ.B. Hunt expands last mile network with latest acquisitionCSX expands east coast rail network with Pan Am acquisitionLogistics takes center stage in Europe as Brexit deadline looms9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by Yale Materials HandlingOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Kevin Doucette, North American Director of Trade Policy and Compliance for C.H. Robinson, discusses global trade in light of tariffs, the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. presidential election, and the stagnant worldwide economy. What areas should supply chain managers focus on when looking at global markets?Industrial real estate continues to be in demand, especially in urban markets, as companies look to move their supply chains closer to end customers. Automation is making some of that possible. We explore this trend and what types of automation companies are looking to add.The truckload freight sector continues its roller coaster ride as we experience the heavier volumes of peak season. What happens to that market sector once peak is over?Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:C. H. RobinsonAutomation spurs opportunity in logistics real estateFreight boomed in October as retailers restocked shelvesTruck fleets order new trailers in record numbers as Covid recovery strains capacity9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by Yale Materials HandlingOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
In this episode, guest Colin Yankee, chief supply chain officer at Tractor Supply, shares how his company has been able to thrive in the midst of the pandemic. As an essential business, this retailer offers the goods that people need. But beyond that, the company made some strategic changes in its supply chains to meet changing customer requirements and the different ways goods are sold and distributed today.There is a lot looming for the new Biden administration once the president-elect takes office. A key part of that will be distribution of a Covid-19 vaccine when it is ready. However, there are significant logistical challenges that still have to be worked out. We also discuss tariffs and infrastructure and how those areas will be affected by the new administration.And there is a building boom with the new  logistics facilities. What is driving the increased activity in a down economy, and will it be sustainable through 2021?Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:Tractor SupplyCovid-19 will continue to dominate legislative agenda.Warehouse  construction leads business recovery as e-commerce booms.9th Annual State of Retail Supply Chain ReportDC VELOCITY's Covid-19 coverageVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Send feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by DCV-TVOther linksAbout DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts
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