Transportation heroIn early August, IBM and Maersk unveiled TradeLens, a global trade blockchain platform seeking to bring efficiency and transparency to international shipping. After months of testing with port operators, customs authorities, logistics companies, and carriers, TradeLens hopes to be fully commercially available by the end of 2018. The platform is being billed as an open and neutral ecosystem, designed to integrate with other Hyperledger Fabric blockchains. While only time will tell if IBM and Maersk are truly dedicated to collaboration, the possibility of multiple blockchain platforms interacting and integrating could revolutionize shipping from the open ocean to the open road.

voice recognitionIf you have an Amazon Alexa or Google Home device in your home or office it’s no surprise that voice command has become powerful and accurate. But for the most part voice is still part of the consumer realm. Part of the reason may be because enterprises are not entirely comfortable allowing voice control of orders and process at the scale of business. But it seems that the trend is expanding as companies like HighJump and other supply chain software providers explore adding capabilities to their platforms.

tesla semi 1This week Tesla announced its new line of Tesla Semi electric trucks. The company does an interesting job of reverse-hype in the ‘promise less / deliver more’ kind of way and according to those attending the event this introduction was no exception. Semis are the mainstay of logistics company around the world and while it’s too soon to know how big an impact Tesla’s all-electric vehicles will have, it’s safe to say they will change the vehicle industry. But will it make any noticeable changes to the supply chain?

reverse logistics minThe retail industry faces a growing challenge in managing the billions of products consumers return every year. These returns can result in both financial losses as well as potential negative environmental impact such as waste. With the increase in online shopping, return rates have increased exponentially. As painful as it is for retailers, returns have been absorbed as a cost of doing business and until recently, the environmental impacts have been ignored.

logisticsAccording to Gartner, one of the world’s top business research firms, the global logistics software market is growing at a faster rate with each passing year. Just take a look at the numbers: from 2012 to 2013, the supply chain management (SCM) software market grew by 7.3% to $8.96 billion. In 2014, it grew by 10.8% to $9.92 billion.