Alan Amling
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Seeing Logistics in 3D

From hearing aids to jet engines, 3D printing is revolutionizing the world of manufacturing.
Alan Amling | UPS

Of all the ways 3D printing will change the world, the democratization of manufacturing is perhaps the most important. Think of it as the Uberization of manufacturing, where supply can be accessed anywhere in the world to produce goods at the click of button. This is a once-in-a-generation logistics opportunity, as so-called additive manufacturing will […]

Assets are Dead … Long Live Assets

We’re overthinking it. Business success is about making lives better.
Alan Amling | UPS

Are assets losing value in this age of platform-based businesses? Conventional wisdom suggests that asset-heavy businesses, which dominated the Fortune 500 list for the last century, are in decline. Uber is on the rise despite not owning any vehicles, Apple is dominating music distribution without owning any record companies and Airbnb is disrupting the lodging […]

Pet Rocks, Hula Hoops and 3D Printing?

Research shows 3D printing is no fad.
Alan Amling | UPS

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a 30-year-old technology, but it remains an enigma to many manufacturers who wonder if it’s a fad or if it has applications beyond product design and prototyping. I can tell you that 3D printing is the real deal. And it’s fast becoming an integral part of industrial […]

Aerospace MRO Providers Facing New Demands

Strong logistics partners can help navigate emerging markets, where there’s no margin for error.
Alan Amling | UPS

Emerging market growth is reshaping commercial aircraft manufacturing with historic repercussions for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) side of the business. Aerospace supply chains now sprawl across the globe, creating fresh opportunities for plane-makers and their suppliers. The resulting complexities can be daunting, especially for manufacturers that lack the logistics expertise to meet new […]

Will Disruption Take a Bite Out of Logistics Jobs?

New technologies and trends will shake up the industry, but could boost employment.
Alan Amling | UPS

As advancing technology and business-model innovations gain momentum and threaten to disrupt logistics, some are beginning to worry about their impact on logistics-related jobs. Take 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, for example. The concern over jobs is based in the fact that 3D printing eliminates the need for both high-volume production facilities and […]

On the Road to Disruption

Change comes to all industries eventually. Is logistics next?
Alan Amling | UPS

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one that is most responsive to change.”   –Charles Darwin In their heyday, few would have bet against the ongoing market dominance of category behemoths Kodak and Blockbuster. We now use those companies as examples of the myopia that sends […]

TED@UPS: What Happens When Pigs Fly?

Since these new consumer expectations are not going away, something’s got to give.
Alan Amling | UPS

Summary:  “That will happen when pigs fly!” How many times have you heard that in your life? I heard it when I was a kid and tried to build a hovercraft from my Mom’s vacuum cleaner. I still hear it today from time to time. It’s what practical people say to dreamers. They’re often right…but […]

Three Keys to a Greener Supply Chain

Once “nice to have,” sustainable supply chains are now a capability companies “need to have.”
Alan Amling | UPS

More than two-thirds of supply chain executives said sustainability will play an increasing role in the supply chains of the future. Alan Amling of UPS believes there are three key steps that companies should follow to reduce the environmental impact of their supply chain.