From Groceries to Fine Art, Blockchain Finds Widening Appeal

The retail giant began in October to collaborate with IBM and Tsinghua University in Beijing to trace an array of food products moving through its vast global supply chain with an emerging technology known as blockchain.

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Five in-store amenities helping to drive traffic and engagement

Retailers looking to bring customers in the door need to upgrade the shopping experience with added amenities.

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Handmade at Amazon is getting into the bridal business

Amazon on Tuesday announced the launch of the Wedding Shop from Handmade at Amazon, which showcases thousands of hand-crafted supplies, home decor, gifts and accessories for engagements, weddings and honeymoon travel — including wedding rings, according to a company press release.

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PepsiCo, Walmart and setting a standard for sustainable fleets

Mike O’Connell has a big job. As PepsiCo’s senior supply chain director for fleets and sustainability, he is tasked with overseeing the food and beverage giant’s fleet of 50,000 tractors, trailers, route trucks and other vehicles.

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Autonomous Vehicles in Logistics: What are the Impacts?

After Google’s autonomous car has crashed in Mountain View, many critics have jumped to the conclusion that the whole idea behind autonomous vehicles in logistics is unsafe. They’ve forgotten to mention that Google’s autonomous vehicles have driven more than 1,4 million miles, without a single incident.

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Accelerated testing could bring driverless cars to the road sooner

A shortcut in evaluating self-driving cars could allow researchers to bypass millions of testing miles and potentially saving 99.9 percent in time and costs, mobility researchers at the University of Michigan have reported.

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Supply Chain Conference: The future is already here

The 2017 Supply Chain Conference was all about the future – of the automotive supply chain, of logistics technology, of best-in-class processes and of employees. And what 150 delegates wanted most was to know what they should be doing now to make sure they don’t get left behind. Christopher Ludwig and Gareth Tredway report from Atlanta.

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Self-service shoe departments coming to three Chicago-area Macy’s stores

Macy’s is bringing its new self-service shoe concept to three Chicago-area stores where customers can bypass sales associates and slip on a pair all by themselves.

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Americans are eating more organic food than ever, survey finds

Americans are buying more organic food and household products than ever, according to a new survey published Wednesday morning.

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Technological Advances That Will Improve the Supply Chain

Technological advances to improve operations and profit margins are prominent within the supply chain services industry. Optimization and integration are two areas where technology continues to play a prominent role in logistics, while machine learning and Uberization are significant trends to watch.

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Walmart to invest millions in 12 Michigan store remodels

Twelve Walmart stores in Michigan will get new looks in 2017, part of a multi-million dollar plan to update the chain’s U.S. store portfolio.

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Google sees shopping as the first real-world use of augmented reality

Google says augmented reality will change some of the problems of shopping for clothing online. An AR app from GAP lets you see yourself in clothing before you buy anything. This might cut down on one of the biggest problems in online retailing—returns. If buyers know what a garment will look like on their body they might make better choices and avoid buyer’s remorse.

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DAT: Truckload volume dips but rates higher than expected

The DAT North American Freight Index fell 2.5% in April but volume remained above seasonal norms, signaling a solid start to the second quarter of 2017, reported DAT Solutions, which operates the industry’s largest on-demand exchange for spot truckload freight. Freight volumes increased 60% compared to April 2016.

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The hunt for logistics talent goes beyond traditional education

Various logistics leaders spoke about the challenge of finding talent, and their strategies, at a trade show in Munich last week, as reported by The Loadstar.

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Lowe’s employees have a new uniform — a robotic suit

A home improvement chain is taking a page from science fiction to keep employees safe.

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GM commits to ‘green’ natural rubber for millions of tires

General Motors said it will commit to buying sustainable natural rubber for the 49 million tires it buys annually, an initiative aimed at helping small rubber farmers while protecting company profits by ensuring the material’s long-term availability.

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Profits From Store-Branded Credit Cards Hide Depth of Retailers’ Troubles

Department stores and big name retailers are increasingly making the hard sell to sign up customers for credit cards at the register. The store cards promise deep discounts on clothing, furniture and electronics, and are tough for shoppers to resist.

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Retail sales up in April

Retail sales increased in April, led by online, consumer electronics stores and home improvement outlets.

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Gain in Retail Sales Suggests Slowdown Was Temporary

A pickup in U.S. retail sales last month adds to signs of steady consumer spending that will help propel the economy after a first-quarter slowdown, Commerce Department data showed May 12.

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Food’s Globalized Supply Chain Creates Complex Exposures

The increasingly globalized nature of today’s supply chain environment means even the toughest quality control measures may not be enough to protect a food manufacturer or supplier from risks that could cause millions of dollars in lost product, additional expenses and significant reputational damage.

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Target debuts 360° shopping

Target Corp. is taking a cue from Hollywood to help shoppers create the living room of their dreams.

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Five Apps for That: Finding the best fuel stop near you

If you don’t want to overpay for fuel but at the same time plan the most convenient stops, check out some apps that provide all the information you need.

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Household cleaner packages pop with effervescence

New packaging graphics across the full line of Lemi Shine’s cleaning products include vibrant colors, retro typography, and an effervescent bubble pattern to convey a powerful and safe solution.

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Diesel average drops nearly 2 cents per gallon to $2.565

The average price per gallon of diesel gasoline dropped 1.8 cents to $2.565 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.

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Flatbeds, van start May strong on spot market

Rates are starting to move on the spot market, starting May for flatbeds on average (based on the first full week, last week) at the highest point ($2.09 per mile nationally) seen in two years, says DAT’s Ken Harper attendant to this week’s spot market update, based on loads matched on DAT load boards.

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U.S. railroads post 4.6 percent traffic gain in Week 18

U.S. railroads logged 515,305 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending May 6, a 4.6 percent increased compared with the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

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How to leverage logistics in times of crisis

When something major disrupts the supply chain, it’s imperative to have a logistics plan in place. Stakeholders save time and effort, and minimize chaos, by immediately turning to their playbook and communicating with those affected.

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Unilever invests in organic meal kit company

Unilever is making a play in the meal kit market. Unilever Ventures, the company’s venture capital and private equity arm, along with Baseline Ventures and Founders Circle Capital, led a $9.2 million Series C-2 funding round for Sun Basket, an organic meal kit delivery service.

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Toyota Finds Its Groove With Racing Sponsorship

There’s an expression that automotive dealers have long observed: “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.”

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NRF: Retail imports expected to grow through summer

The nation’s major retail container ports should receive steady increases in retail imports through the summer and into the fall, according to the Global Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.

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Sustainable packaging becomes a must-have within the industry

Results from a study by Smithers Pira, an international market research company, reveal that sustainable packaging is being demanded not only by consumers, but also by manufacturers and retailers, Environmental Leader reported last week.

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Party City tops estimates; to launch new marketplace

Party City on Tuesday announced earnings and revenue that topped expectations, and said it would launch an online marketplace for party services.

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Target begins testing next-day delivery with ‘Target Restock’ service

Target announced this morning it’s now testing a next-day home delivery service called Target Restock. The service, which is currently being trialed with Target employees ahead of a customer-facing pilot this summer, is designed to offer an easy way to shop online for household essentials which will arrive the day after you place your order.

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With help from Wal-Mart, family business aims to revolutionize frozen foods

No dairy. No grains. No refined sugars. These maxims of the paleo diet guided the development team behind a new brand of frozen meals initially created for Wal-Mart Stores.

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US Hybrid Introduces Zero-Emission Class 8 Fuel Cell Drayage Truck

During the ACT Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center, California-based US Hybrid Inc. announced its joint venture with Jiangsu Dewei Advanced Materials Co. Ltd., a Chinese company, and unveiled a zero-emission Class 8 fuel cell port drayage truck featuring its PEM fuel cell engine.

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Rapid advancements boost momentum for electric cargo vehicles

Among the many alternative fuels and power systems discussed throughout the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, the strongest buzz may surround electricity.

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One month left to prepare for International Roadcheck

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance‘s annual International Roadcheck inspection spree will be held in one month, June 6-8, across North America.

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Flat 2017 continues for diesel prices

Fuel prices are on the downswing once again with three consecutive weeks of declining prices at the pumps, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report.

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Toys R Us finally gets serious about e-commerce

While Toys R Us was minding the store, it admits that it fell behind on e-commerce. Now the company is taking action in a bid to make up for it.

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Amazon lowers free shipping minimum back to $25

Amazon has lowered its free shipping minimum back down to $25, the latest policy change amid a free-shipping battle with Walmart. The change seems to have been made sometime last week, but it went unreported until today. BestBlackFriday alerted us to the change.

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5 Clean Energy Innovations That Could Transform Our World

Innovations in energy storage, smart grid, and electricity generation technologies will affect every part of the source-to-consumer supply chain for powering the planet.

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Materials handling: Machines on the move

Advances in automated technology and robotics have already transformed many aspects of automotive manufacturing, with the sector taking a lead in plant technology and automation investment, from stamping equipment to precision welding robots. In the context of increasing digitalisation, manufacturers are looking to go much further, from integrating artificial intelligence to virtual reality and the vigorous application of data.

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EV supply chains: Shifting currents

Mass-market electric vehicles are coming. Global plug-in sales grew 42% in 2016, reaching to 773,600 units.

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NRF: Retail jobs on the increase in April

The retail industry had some good news on the job front in April.

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Online sales boom for mattresses squished into boxes

Some internet-based startups are waking up the sleepy world of bedding — and putting yet another sector of retailing, one that thought it was immune from online sellers, at risk.

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The 8 most reliable car brands in America, according to Consumer Reports

The results of Consumer Reports’ latest Annual Reliability Survey are out and once again Lexus and its parent brand, Toyota, repeated their 1-2 finish from last year’s survey.

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These 14 giant corporations dominate the global auto industry

The automotive industry has experienced some incredible growth over the past couple of years. In the US alone, more than 30 automotive brands vie for the 17 million autos that are sold each year.

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3-D printed food set to enter its next dimension

The market for 3-D printed food is expected to reach $425 million by 2025, growing at a compound annual growth rate of about 55% from 2018, according to a new report from MarketsandMarkets.

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‘Not dead, just changing’: What the future holds for the American mall

Real Estate Investment Trust stocks have dropped 18% in the past year, Bloomberg recently reported, and while mall executives would prefer to see the current decline as a transformative period rather than a death knell, that may be wishful thinking.

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Spot market rates up across the board in April

Per-mile spot market rates for all three major truckload segments — dry van, reefer and flatbed — rose in April, according to data from Truckstop.com. The gains are in line with seasonal trends, but they could also reflect the beginning of a rate swell predicted by trucking analysts to occur this year.

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Organic ingredient suppliers work to meet demand

One word might describe what grain-based foods companies are looking for from organic ingredient suppliers: more. More organic wheat, yeast, dough strengtheners, oils and other ingredients are needed to create enough organic food items to meet consumer demand.

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Truck platooning requires more than technology

Platooning technology could offer a major step forward in cutting truck emissions as well as bring significant improvements to highway safety, according to a panel of researchers at the Advanced Clean Technology (ACT) Expo.

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Starbucks rewards members can now earn even more stars at the grocery store

Starbucks has more than tripled the number of products eligible for its loyalty program to include more items available in grocery stores.

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Kraft Heinz sees renovation driving innovation

Kraft Heinz Co. management blamed “calendar effects” for the company’s soft earnings and sales results for the first quarter of fiscal 2017. The company expects performance to accelerate during the second quarter and the rest of the fiscal year as its schedule normalizes and new “big bets” product development initiatives take hold.

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A private enterprise plan seeks to help railroads avoid Chicago congestion, for a price

The Great Lakes Basin Transportation company filed for federal permission to fund and build a $2.8 billion, 261-mile freight railroad line bypassing Chicago’s overcrowded interchange, Crain’s Chicago Business reported Wednesday.

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Intel building self-driving car system, announces BMW partnership

Semiconductor titan Intel has officially jumped into the self-driving car frenzy, throwing itself into battle with Google spinoff Waymo, Apple and a host of other firms.

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Millennials Drive U.S. Auto Brand Landscape

Millennials are helping to push Mercedes-Benz, Beats and CarGurus.com to top brand status, according to a new survey by The Harris Poll.

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Amazon, Google ‘Most Loved’ Brands

Amazon and Google take the top two spots in the Most Loved Brands in America, according to a study from Morning Consult.

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Green Fleet of the Year: Walmart

Walmart’s private fleet is not only large, with some 6,400 tractors and 61,000 trailers, but it’s also a near-perfect reflection of the giant corporation’s goals and commitment to social responsibility. And it’s come to represent perhaps the most publicly visible strides the company has made as it pioneers meaningful corporate efforts to foster sustainability.

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Truck orders hit 20,000-plus units for fifth consecutive month

According to preliminary data compiled by ACT Research and FTR, Class 8 North American truck orders topped the 20,000 unit mark for the fifth consecutive month in April.

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Why mega-mergers alone won’t solve the food industry’s growth problems

The urge to consolidate may be tempting for major food and beverage manufacturers struggling with slowing growth and competition from nimble upstarts, but being bigger is not be the only answer.

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Kraft Food Ingredients may add more branded names

Kraft Food Ingredients may look to bring more branded products into its portfolio after adding Heinz ketchup and Lee & Perrins Worcestershire sauce along with a variety of Heinz vinegars, relishes and sauces to its portfolio of ingredients systems in March.

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Amcor Rigid Plastics invests $7m in PET bottle plant

Amcor Rigid Plastics has invested $7m to expand its relationship with Campbell Soup Co. opening a bottle manufacturing plant in Paris, Texas.

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Exxon Mobil beats earnings expectations as profits more than double from last year

Exxon Mobil beat Wall Street’s expectations as first quarter earnings more than doubled profits in the year ago period on rising oil prices and cost cutting.

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Dell adds ocean plastics to its packaging

Dell plans to keep 16,000 pounds of plastic out of the oceans by developing the first commercial-scale global ocean plastics supply chain for its laptop packaging.

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PepsiCo collaborates on bio-based compostable film

PepsiCo collaborates with biotechnology company to develop biodegradable, compostable film resins for its flexible packaging.

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A full load of laundry detergent packaging innovation

Flexible pouch packaging with a child-resistant zipper for pods, a shaped stand-up pouch with carry handle and integrated tap dispenser for liquid detergent, and a shapely rigid bottle with measuring cap for water-activated bleach crystals are among the innovations spotted recently in the household cleaning products aisle.

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How Amazon is disrupting grocery

Of all Amazon’s retail ambitions — an online juggernaut that began with books and has expanded to everything under the sun — its grocery effort remains somewhat undercooked, despite a decade in the space.

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Sorting out self-driving terminology

There are a lot of descriptives and terms in the mix when the talk turns to autonomous vehicles (AVs) – which are also known as self-driving vehicles, driverless vehicles, robot cars, etc.

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Four key areas for digital transformation in procurement

Procurement has changed considerably in recent years, and all evidence suggests that it will continue doing so over the next three to five years. The advent of technology has accelerated this change, and will play a critical role in determining how the industry moves forward – and how quickly.

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Dollar General acquires 300-plus stores

Dollar General Corp. has added to its portfolio through an acquisition.

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Is omnichannel a retail margin crusher?

On the surface, omnichannel sounds like a panacea to bolster sales. But an analysis by AlixPartners provided to CNBC suggests some channels are far costlier than stores.

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Walmart’s Project Gigaton Aims to Slash Emissions

At its annual Milestone Summit, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. introduced a sustainability platform inviting suppliers to join the mega-retailer in reducing greenhouse gas emissions resulting from their operations and supply chains.

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Union Pacific Profits Up 9.5%, Easily Beat Forecasts

Union Pacific’s profits increased 9.5% to $1.07 billion dollars, or $1.32 per share, after strong results on a year-over-year basis in the coal, agricultural and intermodal transportation.

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