This Week in Logistics News (April 30 – May 6)

At some point, it seems like we all need speed. That being said, would you go over 280 MPH in a car? Better yet, would exceed 280 MPH in a 3D printed car? Well, according to Czinger, a Los Angeles-based hypercar maker, that’s about to be a possibility. According to the website, its first vehicle, the 21C, is engineered by both human and AI technologies and uses a hybrid powertrain system that combines a twin-turbo 2.88-liter flat-crank V8 engine with a drive. 800 volt hybrid and regenerative. system. Together, these powertrains develop 1,250 horsepower. Czinger claims the 21C has a top speed of over 280 miles per hour. The numbers of the car are impressive: 0 to 100 km/h in 1.9 seconds; the quarter mile covered and dusted in 8.1 seconds; 0-186 mph in 15 seconds; 0-248 mph and back to a standstill in 29 seconds. While all of this technology sounds pretty amazing, it has to be said that this kind of performance comes at a price. The Czinger 21C costs $1.7 million, not including add-ons. And now for this week’s logistics news.

UPS plans to roll out its smart packaging initiative to 100 facilities in 2022, which will involve using RFID tags on packaging to accelerate throughput. RFID uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. An RFID system consists of a tiny radio transponder, a radio receiver and a transmitter. The initiative will eliminate 20 million daily manual scans for UPS employees loading its package cars. According to CEO Carol Tomé, “If it doesn’t boost productivity, I don’t know what will, and it will avoid all the bad sorting. When a package is missorted and ends up in the wrong car, it’s not a very good experience for our customer, and it’s actually a drag on productivity. Using RFID tags will also help UPS meet its goal of eliminating $500 million in non-operating costs this year, according to Tomé. “When you introduce technology, it can free up a lot of manual activities. And we really want to put our resources where we can get the greatest return,” she said.

A few weeks ago I wrote that the USPS announced its initial order for 50,000 next-generation delivery vehicles, of which 10,019 will be battery electric vehicles. Apparently, this report is not acceptable. Late last week, sixteen states sued the USPS over its plan to replace its aging delivery fleet with thousands of gas-powered delivery vehicles over the next decade, alleging the agency failed to sufficiently taken into account the environmental damage of vehicles. These sixteen states were joined by the District of Columbia, New York City and a Bay Area organization. Environmental and labor groups have filed separate lawsuits. The lawsuits argue that the agency’s environmental analysis to justify spending up to $11.3 billion on gas-powered trucks, which consume just 8.6 miles per gallon, was deeply flawed.

logistics newsIn early April, employees of a Amazon Staten Island warehouse in New York made history by becoming the first Amazon warehouse to vote to join a union (JFK8 fulfillment center). The big question after that vote was ‘what happens next? Are other warehouses following suit and joining a union? Well, Amazon workers at a New York facility voted not to join an upstart union just weeks after the group won a resounding victory at a warehouse across the street. The election at the LDJ5 sorting center in Staten Island was not close, with the Amazon Labor Union only getting 345 votes to 550 no. Amazon is still fighting to overturn the JFK8 vote.

Spices and condiments are just as affected by the tumultuous global economy as any other product. McCormick & Company, an American food company that manufactures, markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavoring products to retail outlets, food manufacturers and food service companies is no exception. The company faced supply constraints due to the war in Ukraine, which led it to rely on second supply capabilities for its mustard supply. Fortunately, for McCormick, no raw material represents more than 5% of his total cost of goods sold. However, McCormick executives said the company would raise prices in the second quarter, amid cost pressures from rising inflation and supply chain issues.

UberTechnologies partners with Tesco to advance high-speed delivery at the UK’s largest grocer. As part of the deal, courier network Uber Eats will also fulfill orders from Tesco.com and the retailer’s app, Uber said on Tuesday. The partnership will start in 20 stores across the UK, from Edinburgh to Portsmouth, and will guarantee delivery within the hour. Traditional UK grocers are increasingly trying to partner with delivery companies as shopping habits change and consumers demand ever faster delivery of goods. Tesco is already working with Gorillas Technologies GmbH and is testing 10-minute deliveries from a handful of supermarkets. Tesco launched its Whoosh e-commerce service last year to deliver Express format orders in 60 minutes and it has since grown to 200 stores. The company plans to expand this to 600 stores by the end of this year.

Part picking robots are found in more warehouses and distribution centers today thanks to constant improvements in technology that make it more attractive to a wider range of end users. Advances in gripping technology and arm speed make it easier to handle a wider range of items, for example, enabling companies to maximize their investment and reduce their reliance on human labor for mundane picking tasks. This trend is part of a growing demand for industrial robots in general, a trend that is only expected to accelerate as fulfillment operations cope with increasing e-commerce volumes and labor challenges that accompany this growth. The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) tracked a 28% increase in robot sales in North America last year compared to 2020; it was the strongest sales year on record, with $2 billion worth of robot units sold.

Much has been written about the need for shipping containers. The biggest problem now is the fact that shipping containers, once unloaded, cannot be moved. Empty shipping containers are piling up in storage depots on the east and west coasts of the United States, causing a glut of capacity even as they are badly needed overseas in Asia to ship exports to the United States. This trend will present a major challenge in the medium to long term, as the industry keeps a cautious eye on looming contract negotiations between waterfront and port management labor groups on the US West Coast. , according to Germany. Container XChange, a technology company that tracks container movement trends around the world.

time slot managementThe Nations industrial real estate market continues to set benchmarks for low vacancy rates and high rents despite “flat” e-commerce growth as many Americans return to their pre-pandemic routines, according to commercial real estate firm Savills. These steep declines in vacancy and spikes in rent are driving record development of new warehouses and other facilities, the company said in its “U.S. Industrial Market Update – Q1 2022.” Developers are currently building nearly 750 million square feet, up from the 507 million square feet they were building in the same quarter last year. “With vacancy rates as low as 1.6% in Southern California and leading markets experiencing double-digit rent growth, the industrial market continues to be challenging for tenants. National construction activity is up 48% from a year ago, which should help ease conditions going forward with current pipelines of up to 73 million square feet in Dallas-Fort Worth,” Savills said in his report.

It’s all for this week. Enjoy the weekend and the song of the week, drive my car by the Beatles.

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