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  • IMO Sets Sulfur Emissions Limits

    • APICS staff
      2016
    The 170 members of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) made a landmark agreement on Thursday to set limits on sulfur emissions. By 2020, the sulfur content in ship fuel will be limited to 0.5 percent, down from the current limit of 2.5 percent, The Wall Street Journal reports.......Read More
  • Uber's Otto Makes First Autonomous Truck Delivery

    • APICS staff
      2016
    Otto, the self-driving truck subsidiary of Uber, made the world's first autonomous truck delivery in mid-October. A truck retrofitted with $30,000 worth of Otto technology transported 50,000 cans of Budweiser beer from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, Colorado, according to Wired. ......Read More
  • Global Wine Production Expected to Fall 5%

    • APICS staff
      2016
    The International Organisation of Vine and Wine estimates that wine output will only reach 259.5 million hectoliters in 2016, marking the lowest annual production in two decades, The Guardian reports. Experts are pointing to climatic events as a cause for this year’s projected 5 percent drop in global wine production.......Read More
  • Omnitracs Launches Halloween-Themed Trucking Game

    • APICS staff
     
    Global fleet management solutions provider Omnitracs is helping to make supply chain fun this Halloween with the release of Zombie Dispatch. The web-based game is designed to recognize the important role of truck drivers in the economy and illustrate solutions that can help make fleets more efficient, according to an Omnitracs press release. ......Read More
  • Samsung Stops Galaxy Note 7 Production After Recalls

    • APICS staff
      2016
    Last week, Samsung announced that it would stop producing and selling its Galaxy Note 7 mobile devices following more reports of the phones spontaneously exploding, according to The New York Times.Ext......Read More
  • US Carbon Dioxide Emissions Hit 25-Year Low

    • APICS staff
      2016
    US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions for the first six months of 2016 were the lowest recorded for that period of any year since 1991, according to a new report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). ......Read More
  • GE to Acquire LM Wind Power

    • APICS staff
      2016
    General Electric (GE) has agreed to acquire LM Wind Power, a Denmark-based supplier of rotor blades for the wind industry, for $1.65 billion. The deal will help GE vertically integrate its renewable energy business, according to CFO.......Read More
  • Amazon to Open Amazon Fresh Stores

    • APICS staff
      2016
    E-commerce giant Amazon is planning to expand its brick-and-mortar presence through Amazon Fresh stores, Fortune reports. The stores will be available to subscribers of Amazon Fresh, the company’s online grocery ordering and delivery service. ......Read More
  • Hyundai Workers Institute First Major Strike in 12 Years

    • APICS staff
      2016
    Unionized workers at three Hyundai Motors plants in South Korea went on a nationwide, full-day strike last week for the first time in 12 years. Domestic assembly lines were halted early on September 26 as workers walked out to demand wage increases, The Wall Street Journal reports. ......Read More
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Issue Expands into China

    • APICS staff
      2016
    In the past month, issues with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s battery have prompted consumer warnings, recalls, and replacement programs in Australia, Europe, the United States, and South Korea. This week, the Suwon, South Korea-based electronics giant launched investigations into reports about two Galaxy Note 7 handsets exploding in China, according to U.S. News and World Report. ......Read More
  • Hanjin Shipping’s Receivership Sparks Domino Effect

    • APICS staff
      2016
    Hanjin Shipping, South Korea’s largest shipping line, filed for receivership—a form of creditor protection—on August 31 and stopped accepting new shipments. Now, its customers from around the world are scrambling to find other carriers and bracing for rate hikes, The Wall Street Journal reports.......Read More
  • 2016 Olympics Poses Logistics Challenges

    • APICS staff
      2016
    Although Brazil last year relaxed its entry requirements for products related to the 2016 Olympics, the movement of 30 million items into Brazil still has created some interesting challenges and investments for the logistics industry, G Captain reports.......Read More
  • Tesla and Mobileye End Supplier Relationship

    • APICS staff
      2016
    Mobileye Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer, and Chairman Amnon Shashua announced last week that the technology company’s supplier relationship with Tesla Motors will soon be coming to an end. Shashua stated that the Israel-based firm’s work with Tesla will not extend beyond implementation and improvement of Mobileye’s EyeQ3 platform, Fortune reports.......Read More
  • GM Reaches Deal with Bankrupt Supplier

    • APICS staff
      2016
    General Motors (GM) has reached an inventory agreement with its financially strained auto-parts supplier Clark-Cutler-McDermott (CCM). The deal helps the auto-maker avoid a previously projected shutdown caused by the supplier’s financial difficulties, The Wall Street Journal reports.......Read More
  • UK Manufacturing Braces for Brexit Effects

    • APICS staff
      2016
    Following last month’s Brexit vote, the UK manufacturing industry, which generates 10 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, is bracing for potential short- and long-term influences. Among these potential effects are changes in currency valuation; merger and acquisition (M&A), investment, and trade activity; and research and development, according to The Telegraph.......Read More
  • Amazon Cuts Fees for Small and Light Merchants

    • APICS staff
      2016
    E-commerce giant Amazon announced that it will reduce the fees it charges merchants to sell small, flat items that can fit in envelopes—such as smartphone screen protectors and USB cables—effective July 1. The upcoming policy change is an attempt for the Seattle-based e-tailer to continue to compete with Alibaba, eBay, and Wish.com, according to Bloomberg. ......Read More
  • US Manufacturing Attracts European and Asian Investments

    • APICS staff
      2016
    A new study found that European and Asian countries are shifting investments toward American production. The research shows that, although China remains a top manufacturing nation, more foreign companies are seeing benefits to moving some work to the United States, Forbes reports. ......Read More
  • Takata Plans Restructure to Overcome Recalls

    • APICS staff
      2016
    Japanese auto-parts manufacturer Takata appointed a committee of lawyers and corporate-restructuring experts to help the company overcome the damage caused by last year’s airbag-inflators recall. Although many of the details of the restructuring plan have not been announced, one of the main focuses will be overhauling the division responsible for the recalls, The New York Times reports. ......Read More
  • US FAA Approves Night Drone Flights

    • APICS staff
      2016
    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued the first approval for nighttime small commercial drone flights. In mid-April, the US unit of Toronto-based Industrial Skyworks received permission to perform nighttime inspections of buildings and roofs with specially equipped drones flown by trained pilots, according to The Wall Street Journal.......Read More
  • Japanese Earthquakes Create Supply Disruptions

    • APICS staff
      2016
    At least five major Japanese manufacturers have reported production interruptions due to the twin earthquakes that struck the country’s Kyushu region on Thursday, April 14, and Sunday, April 17, Fortune reports. The earthquakes have killed 41 people so far but also highlighted the fragility of the country’s supply chain.......Read More