Supply round-up: this week's hottest supply chain content
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Disruptive technology is advancement that changes the way consumers, industries, or businesses operate. Disruptive techs have the potential to replace age-old practices. From 'fog computing' and automated truck convoys, to robotics and 3D printing, the future's already here for supply chain, and it's very sci-fi.
This month sees the 65th birthday of an invention that has transformed trade from being regional, to global: the shipping container. The 'wheel ' of its time, it gave rise to globalisation as we know it today.
So the US Federal Trade Commission has ordered nine major retailers and wholesalers to hand over their supply chain data, as the Biden administration seeks to understand the nature of supply chain disruptions affecting the country. This begs the question: should governments meddle in managing supply?
At an astonishing half-a-millennia old, Gebrüder Weiss is by some margin the world’s oldest transport and logistics company. Today, Gebrüder Weiss group is a private freight-forwarding company that has facilities and offices in 150 locations worldwide. The remarkable story of this Austria-based company is a timeline of history itself.
Earlier this year, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), sounded the alarm bells about how avoidable food loss is causing hunger for millions of people across the world. Now, a report by McKinsey says improved supply chains will be vital if hunger isn’t to become an even bigger problem.