The Week of August 5th: 10 things eft's been reading

Innovation is buzzword agnostic. Bananas are challenging and the walking dead have come to retail

 Innovation is buzzword agnostic. Bananas are challenging and the walking dead have come to retail.

1. You say you’re looking for supply chain innovation? Well here’s some. And it doesn’t involve any of these: AI, Big Data, Blockchain, Drones, Driverless Vehicles. ‘Device could make washing machines lighter and greener’. [BBC]

 2. You say you’re looking for supply chain innovation? Well here’s some that’s buzz-word heavy: ‘DHL Supply Chain to roll out 'Vision Picking' smart glasses across the globe.’ [Supply Chain Digital]

3. Bananas, they’re everywhere. Turns out, they’re really hard to ship.  ‘The Secret Life of the City Banana.’ [NY Times]

4. News alert, last mile can be profitable. Joking aside, XPO is certainly a company to watch as it ramps up its acquisition spree again, and creates what could possibly be the next UPS – or Amazon logistics network? ‘Last-Mile Lifts XPO Logistics to a New Level.’ [The Motley Fool]

5.  eCommerce is hard – online food is even harder. Amazon made its move, here’s Alibaba’s. ‘Alibaba invests US$300m in online food vendor Yiguo.’ [Shanghai Daily]

 6. Why is it hard? Here’s a full explanation. ‘Online food market may not provide the tasty results operators expect.’ [The Cool Star]

7. Cyber security is increasingly critical for the success of logistics operations. ‘Customers 'furious' with TNT after cyber-attack meltdown.’ [BBC]

8. Self-driving electric semi truck. A lot rides on the success of Tesla. ‘Tesla said to be working on self-driving tech for electric semi truck.’ [TechCrunch]

9. Icons of the mall are dying. But what if some could revive themselves through branding an eCommerce? ‘Bebe, The Iconic Mall Brand, Is Back From The Dead.’ [Fast Company]

10. Direct to consumer soup. Yes, sounds silly, but definitely makes sense. ‘Campbell starts construction of $44M distribution center.’ [The Courier]

 

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