eft Weekly Newsletter 18th September 2014

Sharing economy changes supply chain; M2M changes supply chain; RFID did not change supply chain too well

I wanted to draw your attention to the first 3 articles below. The first from Dr. Walther Ploos van Amstel, who is an associate professor at Vrije Universiteit, is a really interesting insight into the sharing economy and how this could affect supply chain – definitely thought provoking. He’ll be sharing more of his research at our upcoming CSCO Forum (Amsterdam, Nov 18-20) and Logistics CIO Forum (Amsterdam, Nov 17-18).

Secondly, here at eft we have been hard at work over the summer working on a report with AT&T about how M2M is being used in the supply chain and transportation. We now have the findings to share with you based on a survey of nearly 380 executives, please let me know your thoughts.

Thirdly, yet more industry insight from eft, with the results of a survey about on the use of technology in the supply chain…RFID does not come out too well.

Speaking of surveys, we do really appreciate all those of you who take the time (normally just a few minutes) to complete the online surveys we produce and report on. We are keen to continue to share industry opinion freely, and hope you find this information useful. So guess what…..please take a few minutes to give your thoughts on how 3PLs and customers are working together for our annual 3PL Provider and 3PL Customer Report which we will publish in a few weeks. You can complete the survey here

Kind Regards,

Chris Saynor  

CEO, eft  

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New This Week: 

The Sharing Economy Brings Anarchy To The Supply Chain

What will it mean for the supply chain if suddenly one out of every two drills is sold between consumers themselves or if three families share one lawn mower? The emergent sharing economy will fundamentally change supply chains. How are all those products going to get from one consumer to the next?

M2M set to surpass RFID and bar-codes as a tool to gather information along the supply

A new report published by eft and AT&T has found that ‘Machine to Machine’ (M2M) technologies will surpass both RFID and bar-codes as a means of gathering important supply chain information…Plus 12 more graphs to share

20% of Logistics IT Executives Select RFID as Worst ROI Tech 

Technology continues to be one of the driving forces of innovation and differentiation in supply chain and logistics today. In our continued efforts to keep our finger on the pulse of the industry, eft is releasing the results of its 2013-2014 Supply Chain Technology Report.

Q & A – Julie Thomas, VP, Priority Dispatch

Pharma – Delivering Peace of Mind

enVista Opens EMEA Office, Expands Global Services Footprint

Global freight audit and payment provider opens office near Liverpool, UK to better serve clients in all areas of the world 

5 Educational Supply Chain Infographics Covering the SCM, Logistics, Transportation, Distribution and 3PLs 

Adam Robinson from Cerasis oversees five examples that reveal interesting data, best practices, and tips related to the supply chain, logistics, transportation, distribution and 3PLs industries. 

Radical overhaul of EU transport infrastructure

The European Commission has invited Member States to propose projects to use EUR1.9 billion (USD2.4 billion) of EU funding to improve European transport connections.

Microlise & Tata Motors Partnership to ‘Transform’ India’s Commercial Transport Industry 

Microlise, the transport management solutions firm, is to provide pioneering technology to Tata Motors, India’s largest commercial vehicles manufacturer, in a move which is expected to transform the country’s commercial transport industry.


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