Supply Chain Moves: Week of April 1, 2019

Labelmaster Supply Chain Moves


Week of April 1, 2019

Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance

Technology continues to transform every industry sector. To successfully navigate the changing landscape, companies – especially those shipping dangerous goods – must understand how these shifts impact their supply chain operations.

To help companies keep a pulse on technology trends impacting business and the movement of dangerous goods throughout the supply chain, Labelmaster has launched “Supply Chain Moves,” a weekly report linking the latest technology news to dangerous goods compliance.

Let’s examine the recent supply chain technology and industry news.



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Technology & Dangerous Goods Compliance

During the recent Automotive Logistics Supply Chain Conference in Atlanta, representatives of major auto manufacturers examined industry trends and their impact on the supply chain. One topic of focus: the shift towards electrification.

Nick Bailey, head of research at Transport Intelligence, stated that the move to electrification is going to be profound, putting a great deal of focus on the management of the battery supply chain. For example, shipping and forwarding services and processes will be needed to move lithium battery cells from Asia to battery pack assembly plants around the world, and then move battery packs to the production line.

Amy Paulsen, director of logistics electric-vehicle maker Rivian noted that bringing some commodities in has become more difficult (and costly), and regulatory issues continue to be a challenge as well. She stated “Ensuring supply of electronic components is also down to a close relationship between the carmaker and their contract component manufacturers, as well as the 3PLs moving the parts between the two.”

As lithium batteries continue to become more pervasive in automobiles and electronics, companies – from battery manufacturers and auto suppliers to the auto manufacturers themselves – must continue to evolve their supply chains to keep pace with the changing landscape. It’s critical to have the right partners, packaging solutions and shipping process in place to safely, efficiently and compliantly ship lithium batteries (and other dangerous goods) across the global supply chain.


What trends are putting pressure on the supply chain in your industry?

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