Supply Chain Moves: Week of August 5, 2019

Labelmaster Supply Chain Moves


Week of August 5, 2019

Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance

Technology innovation has led to the emergence of new delivery methods – from autonomous vehicles to aircraft systems. And these emerging technologies promise to impact the supply chain of the future, including the transport of dangerous goods.

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.


  • Peak Fever: As retailers prepare for the holiday shopping season, new inventory strategies and real-time data will be key to coping with the turbulent market forces of 2019.


  • These Technologies Are Key To High-Performing Logistics: Scarce trucks and drivers, late deliveries and rising shipment costs can put a supplier’s relationships with customers to the test. Fortunately, suppliers are starting to apply a range of new technologies to address those problem areas.

Technology & Dangerous Goods Compliance

Will unmanned aircraft systems (i.e., drones) have a role in dangerous goods transport? If Mark Wuennenberg has anything to say about it, the answer is yes – and soon.

According to Wuennenberg, the main advantage of unmanned aircraft is that no one is on board. So, in certain circumstances, you could transport dangerous goods that you couldn’t on a manned aircraft. He states, “You can accept greater risk. With lithium batteries, for instance, you’re not worried about them catching fire and endangering the crew.”

He cites several ways in which unmanned aircraft could soon be used more effectively for hazmat transportation, including helping solve last mile delivery issues. However, Drone Delivery Canada, is more focused on how to get cargo from the main depot to the local depot rather than consumer home delivery.

“Unlike others who propose dropping a burrito on your front step, we’re looking at depot-to-depot delivery services allowing numerous flights over the same route,” he says.

He adds that the unique advantage of unmanned aircraft is that they can often be used to reach locations that ground vehicles and conventional aircraft can’t easily get to – and can do so at a fraction of the cost. This will be very beneficial when delivering to remote and rural areas that are poorly served or not served at all by conventional delivery services, which drives up the costs of goods.

Mark Wuennenberg will speak about “Innovation Taking Flight – Drones in Cargo Logistics” at the 14th annual Dangerous Goods Symposium, September 4–6, 2019, in Chicago.

Will unmanned aircraft become a part of your supply chain?

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