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Is Blockchain a Hit or Miss for Supply Chain?

Earlier this month I participated in an interesting show on the topic of “Blockchain Technology: A Hit or A Miss for Supply Chain Networks?” with Irfan Khan, CEO and President of Bristlecone.<p>The discussion was based on Blockchains’ ability to drive end-to-end value, eliminate inefficiencies, and …

With Pilot Flying J Investment, Warren Buffett Bets Against Autonomous Trucks

On Tuesday, it became public that billionaire investor Warren Buffett had invested in the largest truck-stop chain in North America, Pilot Flying J, which has 750 locations across the U.S. and Canada and more than $20 billion in revenue.<p>Under the terms of the agreement, Buffett’s company, Berkshire …

Autonomous Vehicle

6 websites that will help you build your résumé if you don’t know where to start

A slick, impressive résumé is a must-have for all job seekers.<p>But for people who are just entering or returning to the job market, it can be tricky to know where to start.<p>Fortunately, there are websites out there that'll do most of the résumé-related heavy-lifting for you.<p>I recently scoured the …

Employment

Walmart has a futuristic new weapon in the war on Amazon

The retailer has applied for a patent for a warehouse that would dispatch products by drone, taking them straight to customers' homes, reports Matthew Boyle at Bloomberg.<p>"The blimp-style machine would fly at heights between 500 feet and 1,000 feet (as much as 305 meters), contain multiple launching …

Customers

Microsoft announces Coco Framework to smooth blockchain adoption

Microsoft wants to make it easier for enterprises to adopt blockchain technology, and today the company revealed a new tool to aid in that process. Called the Coco Framework, it’s aimed at solving some of the major issues companies run into when deploying blockchain tech.<p>The framework isn’t a …

Blockchain

Tesla seeking to test driver-free electric trucks on public roads

Leaked correspondence with Nevada vehicle regulator reveal Elon Musk’s plans for fully autonomous electric freight<p>Tesla is working on electric, self-driving trucks that can travel in “platoons” or road trains capable of following a lead vehicle, according to leaked correspondence with …

Tesla

Blockchain could fix a key problem in China’s food industry: the fear of food made in China

Behind every food item being sold, there’s a story to tell. In China, where food scares are common, many consumers are particularly anxious to hear it.<p>With that in mind, a Chinese e-commerce company has made it possible for customers to look at a detailed history of their steaks—from when the cow …

Blockchain

Microsoft wants you to upgrade to a new Surface every 18 months

Microsoft is making Surface products easier to buy and upgrade, with a new monthly financing plan called Surface Plus.<p>With the Surface Plus plan, customers in the US can now own expensive products such as the Surface Laptop, Surface Pro, Surface Book and Surface Studio, and pay them off with a …

90% Of Indian Startups Will Fail Because Of Lack Of Innovation, Study Says

Of late, India might have become the third-largest startup ecosystem, but it lacks successful innovation.<p>Notwithstanding the fact that market valuation of Indian startups has grown significantly over the past four years, a recent study, “Entrepreneurial India,” by the IBM Institute for Business …

IoT predictions for 2017 depend on helping developers

The 20 to 50 billion new devices coming online over the next few years — estimates vary — represent a massive opportunity for businesses, and not just technology businesses. Smarter devices and troves of sensor data can improve existing business models and lead to the creation of entirely new …

An MIT professor explains why we are still a long ways off from solving one of the biggest problems with self-driving cars

The Trolley problem goes like this: a runaway trolley is barreling toward five people on a track who cannot move. But you have the option to pull a lever and send it to a side track where you see one person standing. What would you do?<p>But as Rahwan puts it, the Trolley problem gets thornier when …

Artificial Intelligence

IBM And Maersk Apply Blockchain To Container Shipping

IBM and Maersk are using a blockchain built on the Hyperledger Fabric to manage the supply chain for container shipping.<p>Maersk, the Danish shipping company, is the largest container carrier in the world with 18% to 20% of the market, did a proof of concept (POC) with IBM in September, tracking a …

Blockchain

Here's the collateral damage from the collapse of one of the largest shipping companies in the world

Now that Hanjin is being liquidated and that the logistical nightmares have cleared up, what happened to Hanjin's 98 containerships - and their "opaque" ownership?<p>And what happened to container freight rates? They'd plunged to historic lows in the spring of 2016, among rumors that they'd collapse …

Container Ships

Internet Of Things Market To Reach $267B By 2020

• B2B spending on IoT technologies, apps and solutions will reach €250B ($267B) by 2020.<br>• By 2020, 50% of IoT spending will be driven by discrete manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and utilities<br>• Spending on IoT applications is predicted to generate €60B ($64.1B) by 2020.<br>• IoT Analytics spending …

Internet of Things

Tutorial: How to Fake a Tilt-Shift ‘Look’ in Post and Miniaturize the World

If you love those timelapses that make our great big world look tiny—people scurrying around Manhattan like ants, or airplanes moving around an …

You Can Now See the Most Beautiful Sights in Canada With This $397 Train Trip

Thanks to its massive windows, you can fall asleep under a sky full of stars on this train.<p>After you've checked this $213 scenic train trip from San Francisco to New York off your bucket list, the next voyage you should book is this inexpensive locomotive adventure across our neighbor to the north, …

How Do Infrastructure and Economic Growth Influence One Another?

Credit Suisse is a long standing strategic partner of the World Economic Forum and regularly contributes to its annual meetings in Davos. This year's …

5 Upheavals To Expect Along The New Silk Road In 2017

The New Silk Road is a multifaceted, multinational initiative to establish a network of enhanced overland and maritime economic corridors extending between China and Europe, better integrating a region that consists of over 60 countries and 60% of the world’s population, 75% of the energy …

Supply Chain Trends To Follow In 2017

The problem with trends is that they are like a freight train gaining speed; everyone can see the train, but at what point do you say the train is really moving at speed? With that in mind, here are the trends I’m following, the predictions I am making, or if not a prediction, the inflection points …

Manufacturing

Arduino unleashes a serious Internet of Things system for hardware hackers

Back in the old days hardware manufacturers felt safe in the knowledge that no mere hardware hacker could attempt to recreate their inventions. From Sony to Philips to LG to Samsung, the consumer electronics industry was locked up and no one could crack the case. Until those meddling Arduino kids …

Arduino

Big Data Paralyzing Your Business? Avoid These 3 Common Traps

With the abundance of data flowing into organizations these days, the next challenge isn’t usually how to acquire more data but <i>how to translate it into something meaningful</i>—informed actions that lead to higher revenues, lower costs, increased productivity, greater customer loyalty and so on. As …

Ship shake: Hanjin woes may help float tech, data start-ups

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The global shipping industry, ravaged by collapsing revenues, defensive mergers and the failure of major player South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd 117930.KS, is slowly waking up to the redeeming potential of technology.<p>A Hanjin Shipping Co ship is seen stranded outside the …

The Internet Of Things Won't Be Big It'll Be Huge

It’s time for a break from the <i>sturm und drang</i> of the political season. Herein an exploration of a macro trend that bodes well for America – and for investors. Of course governments are capable of either facilitating or stifling tech revolutions. But progress is (nearly) inevitable when tech cycles …

TTIP protests see crowds take to streets of seven German cities

Organisers of rallies against controversial transatlantic free trade agreement expect 250,000 people to take part<p>Demonstrators took to the streets across Germany on Saturday to protest against the controversial new transatlantic trade agreement that would create the world’s biggest free market of …

Wärtsilä Presents Its 'Visions Of Future Shipping' at SMM

Wärtsilä has set out its visions for the future of the shipping industry. The work on future visions has been prompted by the inevitable effect that …

The Naked Truth Behind Denim: How One Swedish Brand Is Cleaning Up Its Supply Chain

This Swedish company is showing that ethical supply chains and commercial viability can go hand in hand even in the fast-paced fashion world. Nudie Jeans, the Gothenburg-based brand, is basically the Patagonia of jeans.<p>Though the company now sells t-shirts, jackets, and other apparel, they started …

Rapid Prototyping 1 of 3: Sketching & Paper Prototyping

3 reasons to rethink your shoring strategy

Where in the world companies should source, assemble, formulate, produce, or distribute their goods is a topic of much debate. From offshoring to nearshoring to rightshoring, and even so-called <i>nextshoring,</i> today's leaders are scratching their collective heads.<p>These are clearly confusing times. …

Manufacturing

Panama Canal Expansion: A Potential Supply-Chain Game-Changer

Many investors, public and private alike, are making big bets on U.S. infrastructure projects tied to expansion of the Panama Canal, which started moving supersized container ships through its wider, deeper channel and locks on June 26.<p>The canal’s expansion was years in the making and cost a …