May 17, 2020

Supply Chain Digital August Issue is Live

Supply Chain Digital
August Magazine
Ryder Trucking
Freddie Pierce
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Check out August's issue of Supply Chain Digital magazine, featuring stories from Ryder and CSC
Greetings, fellow Supply Chain enthusiasts! The August issue of Supply Chain Digital is now live and available to read! Check out some of the issues to...

Greetings, fellow Supply Chain enthusiasts!

The August issue of Supply Chain Digital is now live and available to read! Check out some of the issue’s top features, including why U.S. public sector procurement is fractured. Government contracts that are set aside for small businesses are being awarded to large firms like Lockheed Martin, American Small Business League founder Lloyd Chapman claims.

You can check out the latest issue by clicking here.

On the lighter side of things, we break down the Top 10 Coolest Trucks in the world today. You’re not going to want to miss out on seeing who’s No. 1.

August’s issue also features:

-         CSC’s Top Outsourcing Tips

-         Why a double-dip recession would be disastrous to suppliers

-         Ryder on dedicated contract carriage

-         Warehouse Racking System FAQ

Enjoy the issue!

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Jun 21, 2021

Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight

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Elon Musk’s tunnelling firm plans underground freight tunnels with shipping containers moved on “battery-powered freight carriers”, according to reports

Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports. 

A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers. 

Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US. 

The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two. 


Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels

The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.

The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete. 

Tesla’s supply chain woes 

Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue. 

Elon Musk Tweet

Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely

Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany

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