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  • Iceberg Swarm Blocks North Atlantic Shipping Lanes

    • APICS staff
      2017
    More than 450 icebergs have drifted into North Atlantic shipping lanes, creating a large obstacle that forces captains to slow their vessels’ speeds or take detours that add as many as 400 miles to their journeys, according to the Associated Press.......Read More
  • Adidas to Mass-Produce 3D-Printed Shoes

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Adidas announced that its partnership with Silicon Valley start-up Carbon will enable it to make 3D-printed shoes at a speed and price suitable for mass production. The technology will enable the German sportswear company to react more quickly to changing fashions and create more customized products, according to Reuters. ......Read More
  • First U.K.-China Rail Service Trip Underway

    • APICS staff
      2017
    On April 10, the first rail service from the United Kingdom to China left Essex, England, on a 7,500-mile journey to eastern China, BBC News reports. The journey comes three months after a train made the reverse trip along the route, traveling from China to the United Kingdom.......Read More
  • E-Commerce Boom Creates More Jobs with Better Benefits

    • APICS staff
      2017
    The e-commerce boom has resulted in warehouse openings at a record pace. However, e-tailers are having difficulty finding enough employees to meet their production needs in these new warehouses, according to The Wall Street Journal. To help fill the gaps, e-commerce fulfillment groups are raising wages and adding more flexible employment opportunities. ......Read More
  • Brazilian Meat Scandal Starting to Improve

    • APICS staff
      2017
    The Brazilian animal protein industry is receiving some relief as China, Chile, and Egypt lift their bans on Brazilian meat imports, according to The Buenos Aires Herald. In mid-March, 25 countries, including members of the European Union, issued temporary bans on all or some Brazilian meat suppliers following allegations that employees of 21 meatpacking plants in the country bribed sanitation inspectors to approve shipments of tainted meat.......Read More
  • Latest FSMA Rule for Truckers Takes Effect Thursday

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Thursday is the deadline for US trucking companies to comply with the training provision for the US Food and Drug Administration’s Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule, Trucks.com reports. ......Read More
  • Deutsche Post Designs Electric Car

    • APICS staff
      2017
    When Deutsche Post could not find an electric car that met its needs, the Germany-based parcel delivery firm purchased a start-up and designed its own, called the StreetScooter. Following its investment in the project, Deutsche Post already broke even after just 2,500 units. The company plans to make 10,000 of these electric vans annually, which would propel the StreetScooter to the number-one electric light commercial vehicle in Europe, according to Bloomberg.......Read More
  • Amazon Buys Middle Eastern E-Commerce Giant

    • APICS staff
      2017
    To expand its presence in the Middle East, Amazon purchased Souq.com, the region’s largest online retailer. Although the purchase price was not disclosed, the deal was signed after the Dubai-based company rejected a $800 million counteroffer from state-backed firm Emaar Malls,, The New York Times reports. ......Read More
  • Cazza to Build World's First 3D Printed Skyscraper

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Cazza announced plans to build the world’s first 3D printed skyscraper, according to Construction Week Online.......Read More
  • Wal-Mart Invests in Brazilian Market despite Sluggish Sales

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Wal-Mart Stores is investing $320 million throughout the next three years to revamp its hypermarkets in Brazil to appeal to consumers who are increasingly choosing smaller, cheaper shopping options. This investment is an attempt to counter the company's slipping sales in the world’s fifth-largest consumer market, which dropped more than 4 percent last quarter, The Wall Street Journal reports. ......Read More
  • Amazon Plans Air Cargo Option for Chinese Sellers

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Amazon Logistics announced that it will soon offer Chinese sellers the option to fly their goods internationally as air cargo. This expands on the company’s ocean-shipping service to US warehouses, The Wall Street Journal reports.......Read More
  • Intel to Acquire Mobileye

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Computing giant Intel is expanding its relationship with Mobileye by acquiring the vision technology company. The $15.3 billion deal is the largest-ever acquisition of an Israeli company, TechCrunch reports. ......Read More
  • Aldi Goes Omnichannel in Asia

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Aldi is planning to start online sales of wine, snack, and breakfast products to consumers in China through Alibaba’s Tmall e-commerce platform. Australian suppliers will help facilitate the market expansion, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.......Read More
  • Boeing Plans First European Plant

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing is planning to build its first European plant in post-Brexit England, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The company plans to invest 20 million pounds in a facility in Sheffield, England, to supply parts for its 737 and 777 planes, with a particular focus on actuation systems that extend and retract wing flaps during different phases of flight.......Read More
  • Takata to Pay $1 Billion in Penalties

    • APICS staff
      2017
    As a result of one of the court cases following its airbag recalls, Japanese automotive supplier Takata Corporation pleaded guilty to one count of criminal wire fraud in a Detroit federal court. In recompense, the company will pay $1 billion in penalties, The Wall Street Journal reports.......Read More
  • McDonald's to Expand Food Deliveries in Select Markets

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Following a consumer survey last year, McDonald’s is beginning to expand delivery services in new test markets. The fast-food giant has been offering delivery in Asia and the Middle East for years, but it now is trying out delivery in the United States, Europe, and new Asian markets, according to The Wall Street Journal.......Read More
  • McDonald's Reinvents Straw for Improved Shake Consumption

    • APICS staff
      2017
    To pair with the latest variety of its seasonal Shamrock Shake, McDonald’s created a limited-edition straw designed to better facilitate consumption of the two-layered ice cream drink, Tech Times reports. ......Read More
  • Ford Acquires Artificial Intelligence Start-Up

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Ford Motor Company has acquired a majority ownership of artificial intelligence start-up Argo AI. According to The Wall Street Journal, the auto giant plans to invest $1 billion in Argo AI throughout the next five years to support its own self-driving car technology goals.......Read More
  • Industries Average 40 Percent Digitization, McKinsey Finds

    • APICS staff
      2017
    A new report from McKinsey & Company reveals that the digitization trend is not as pervasive as it seems. On average, industries are less than 40 percent digitized, it reports. ......Read More
  • Panama Canal Carries Record 36.1 Million Tons in January

    • APICS staff
      2017
    The newly reopened Panama Canal carried a record amount of cargo in January, according to Global Trade. The total weight of the 1,260 ships that passed through the original and expanded locks measured 36.1 million tons.......Read More