eft Weekly Newsletter 15th May 2014

Alibaba forces change; Internet of Things; CH Robinson exec writes; Hot Trends survey; HP and Menlo Webinar today

A couple of fantastic articles today to share with you. Vivek Sood provides a wonderful commentary on Alibaba (and Amazon) - he definitely poses a few pertinent questions that need answering - and David Upton explores how one of the topics of 2014 “The Internet of Things” could affect supply chain. We also welcome Chris O’Brien from CH Robinson, who has contributed for the first time, with an article about using supply chain as an advantage and not an expense.

Additionally, make sure you sign up today for HP and eft’s webinar on ‘Innovation ROI in the Logistics Industry’. It takes place today at 11am EST and features Richard Carroll, VP of Enterprise IT at Con-Way/Menlo, Tim Hodge, Global Account Manager for Menlo Worldwide at HP and Donn Deffebach, Client Principal, Travel & Transportation Industry at HP. It’s complimentary and if you sign up, but can’t attend live, you’ll still get access to the slides and audio. Sign up here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/662446206

Lastly, we are conducting the second “Hot Trends in Logistics Survey” which will take about 3 minutes and looks at 3D printing, Latin America, Internet of Things and Drones. You can complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J97MCMK and everyone who complete the survey will get instant access to the full results of the first “Hot trends in Logistics Survey” which we have just compiled and is not yet available publically.

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New This Week: 

Movianto CEE Extends Warehouse Facility in the Czech Republic
Movianto CEE (Central Eastern Europe) have received approval for the extension of the existing Brno facility by 2,600 sqm (2,470 sqm warehouse plus 130 sqm offices). 

Ever Heard The One About the Talking Lamp post?
David Upton looks at how the internet of things has, and might develop in the future. By reviewing a Project run in Bristol in 2013 he explains what the future functions and benefits of IoT may be 

Vietnam Container Port Developments  
With its lengthy coastline of some 3,200 km, Vietnam's seaport network comprises of numerous small and medium-sized entities, the fragmented sea-side capabilities further hampered by inefficient land-side distribution. 

Will Alibaba and its 40 million Accomplices Ride Roughshod Over Corporate America? 
As factories move to China, middlemen are removed & what happens to the retailers? Vivek Sood uses Alibaba (Chinese ecommerce) as a case study to explore this further 

FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Winners Revealed 
On May 13th 2014, leading figures from business gathered in central London to celebrate the successful women working in the UK transport & logistics industry. 

Your Supply Chain: More than an Expense, a Competitive Advantage 
Often, supply chains are viewed as an unavoidable expense in business—a drain rather than an advantage. 

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