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In this issue of ACWI Advance we take a closer look at these stories:
- Accelerating automation has a major impact on the industrial real estate market.
- The addition of two new members of the STB draws praise from rail shippers.
- A chemical industry indicator is consistent with recovery of the U.S. economy.
- A new study shows that overuse of video calls is wearing on office workers.
- The National Labor Relations Board finally takes aim at Scabby the Rat.
- The American Logistics Aid Network presents its Humanitarian Logistics Awards.
- Gartner says you need four advanced strategies to develop supply chain talent.
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Accelerating automation of supply chains is having a major impact on the industrial real estate market, according to a research report prepared by the global IRE services firm Prologis.
“Automation has the power to revolutionize logistics operations. As capabilities expand alongside declining costs, faster returns on investment are fueling adoption,” Prologis states.
The swearing in of two new members of the Surface Transportation Board in the midst of such a busy news season may not have made headlines, but it drew praise from rail shippers.
With the addition of Robert Primus and Michelle P. Schultz, who were confirmed by the Senate on Nov. 18, the STB has finally reached its full complement of five board members.
The Chemical Activity Barometer, the leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council, rose 0.8% in November on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis, following a 1% gain in October.
On a year-over-year (Y/Y) basis, the barometer fell 2.4% in November. The unadjusted data show a 1.3% increase in November, following a 0.5%% gain in October and 0.7% gain in September.
A new study by the global staffing firm Robert Half shows video calls may be wearing on workers.
More than three-quarters of professionals surveyed (76%) said they participate in virtual meetings. Those respondents reported spending nearly one-third of their workday on camera with business contacts or colleagues, according to Half.
Fulfilling its threatened assault on a giant inflatable prop deployed by labor unions to publicly embarrass employers and those who do business with them, the National Labor Relations Board has finally taken aim. But will they pull the trigger?
Called Scabby the Rat, he (or is it she?) is available for rent in various colors and sizes from a firm in the Midwest. He also has been ensnarled in controversy and litigation over the 30-plus years plus years he has stood rampant in the public eye.
The American Logistics Aid Network presented its 2020 Humanitarian Logistics Awards at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals EDGE annual conference.
To remain competitive in an ever-changing environment, chief supply chain officers (CSCOS) need to apply four advanced strategies to develop and train supply chain talent, according to Gartner.
“Despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are moving forward with their digital objectives or even accelerate the automation of their supply chain,” said Caroline Chumakov, principal analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain Practice.