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TRENDS IN LOGISTICS

The election is over, but the race is just starting for logistics providers. Although rate volatility is expected to stabilize in 2017, organizations must do more with fewer resources to survive. From Amazon to hyper-local retailers, 2017 will be a year of intense scrutiny and pressure on logistics providers.

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third party logistics service providers

2017 will not be a bed of roses for third party logistics service providers, nor will the coming year be filled with thorns in the sides of major supply chain entities. By understanding how the industry will evolve throughout 2017, you can prepare your organization for the challenges and opportunities that will come.

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INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING TRENDS

Where and how manufacturers make products for Americans will change in 2017. Current industrial manufacturing trends show the new administration is pushing for reshoring among the nation’s biggest manufacturers, and new technologies are revolutionizing how companies respond to growing skepticism and scrutiny by the public and government oversight as well.

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trends in manufacturing

Continuous improvement is part of the game in manufacturing. Factories are finding new ways to change how products are made, reflecting an increased need for shorter product life cycles. Among the new trends in manufacturing improving the industry, additive manufacturing and cloud-based systems will push manufacturing forward in 2017.

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Amazon’s supply chain

Aside from the new administration, Amazon’s supply chain continued push deeper into new and existing markets will define additional trends in the supply chain throughout the coming year. While supply chain entities struggle to stay competitive with the e-commerce giant, more organizations will look for ways to eliminate inefficiencies and boost operations.

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supply chain entities

At Thomasholmes, the topic of Amazon and its impact on logistics and manufacturing comes up often. Amazon is taking a major share from every company involved in the global supply chain. Dan Gilmore, Editor of Supply Chain Digest, may have described it best as “the Relentless Amazon Assault on Everything.”
So, we must re-evaluate how we view Amazon’s impact on supply chains.

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