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Logistics and Distribution Innovation in China: Part II

A closer examination of the Chinese logistics model reveals 10 areas brimming with future opportunity.

Editor’s Note: This is Part Two in a two-part series. You can read Part One here. Certain innovative logistics practices in China may be valuable indicators of future practices in the Western world as e-commerce and urbanization become more prevalent. In terms of speed, the demand for fast delivery is growing. A recent report by […]

Logistics and Distribution Innovation in China: Part I

East meets West: These logistics solutions in China could have ripple effects up and down supply chains around the world.

Editor’s Note: This is Part One in a two-part series. You can read Part Two here. Two mega trends, e-commerce and urbanization, are on a collision course that will reshape logistics practices around the world. E-commerce turns what used to be multi-package shipments to retailers into individual shipments to consumers. Consider that a shipment of […]

Lighting the Way to Industry 4.0

Companies embracing new technologies and business models need beacons to show the path.

With all the talk of rapid advancements in digital technology, it’s important to remember that while this issue of Longitudes may have been delivered digitally, it’s consumed from a physical device. Our lives are built around physical items that start with the sourcing of physical materials manufactured, assembled, stored and shipped to a home or […]

As Technology Advances, Don’t Forget About William

How do we ensure innovation does not outpace what’s best for our people?

I was visiting Detroit recently, and as I often do, I sought out a local establishment to mingle with the locals. I sat down at the bar for a beer and pub grub. After a few minutes, a weathered man with a well whiskey and a water sat down next to me. We started with […]

Seeing Logistics in 3D

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

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 […]