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The Humanity in Artificial Intelligence

What happens when AI and humans work together to solve global problems?

  Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood shared that his mother would say, in times of crisis, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” This advice holds true when looking at the potential for artificial intelligence to change the world.  People are using technological advances to create and experiment with innovative approaches to […]

The New Logistics Economy

The “new” logistics economy sometimes overshadows methods that are more traditional. There’s room for both.

It was four decades ago but I remember it like it was yesterday. My first job out of college was as a cost analyst for a manufacturing company, barely putting my economic degree to use by costing out bills of material. Little did I know these costing projects were an audition to become the company’s […]

The Not-So-Distant Future of Fuels

After years of investment and research, for UPS, now is the time for alternative energy sources.

Mike Casteel, director of fleet procurement for UPS, recently gave a keynote address on “the future of fuels” at the annual meeting of the Fuels Institute in Dallas, Texas. Afterwards, Fuels Institute Executive Director John Eichberger interviewed Casteel, who has more than 40 years of logistics, energy and automotive experience. Below is their candid chat about […]

Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide

New technology, infrastructure and route-to-market investments could be the panacea for our largest cities and most remote communities.

At first glance, the rural Mississippi Delta and bustling metro Atlanta don’t have much in common. The Delta spreads across 19 counties in northwestern Mississippi with a population of just more than 400,000 in an area roughly the size of Massachusetts. Persistent poverty and lack of job opportunities continue to nag this largely agricultural region. […]

Smart Logistics and Inventory Innovations

Medical device manufacturers win big when supply chain management and cloud-based technologies synchronize field stock.

Changing demographics, new product innovations, downward pressure on reimbursement and growing regulatory demands are driving changes in supply chain management in the medical device industry. At the same time, one of the biggest logistics challenges for manufacturers is excess inventory — including implantables, cardiac pacemakers, insulin pumps, advanced surgical kits and more — which can […]