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It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s a Walmart Blimp!


modern mechanics blimp coverWalmart’s recent patent application seems like something out of a 1959 issue of Popular Mechanics. Who would conjour up a mixture of last century tech to fill modern supply chain demands? Turns out it may be Walmart who mixes and matches blimps, drones, mechanized warehousing, and wireless communication to bring near-instant delivery to the masses and do better than Amazon’s Prime 2 day delivery service.

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Chatbots in the Chain

chatbotsYou’ve likely encountered chatbots even if they didn’t introduce themselves as such. Today you’re most likely to encounter them when you call a customer support hotline or online chat service. They ask questions and deliver answers and act surprisingly like human operators… except they’re much more quickly available.

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Planning for Disruption

According to Forbes, companies with flexible supply chains can survive and even thrive in a disaster such as Hurricane Harvey. Having a set of contingency plans and advance warning has helped companies in Harvey's path reroute their distribution and fulfillment.

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