Week of June 10, 2019
Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance
The growth of e-commerce has led to more dangerous goods being shipped – both by large enterprises and individuals – making compliance more challenging and important than ever.
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.
- eBay Warns Sellers of $350 FedEx HazMat Penalty: eBay warned sellers that FedEx will begin charging a fee for packages containing dangerous goods that is determined to be noncompliant.
- Which Emerging Technologies Will Help You Meet Your Supply Chain Challenges?: The number of supply chain technologies keeps proliferating. But which ones should companies invest in now and which ones are not yet ready for prime time?
- The Right Technology for Inventory Management: Managing inventory in 2019 has become an even more complex challenge. Here are 5 reasons why your inventory levels are too high and how the right technology can help better manage your inventory.
- The Coming Tech Revolution in Warehouse Management: Robotic-based systems will eventually replace manual-based processes in supply chain management. So, supply chain leaders need to understand how AI and warehouse management lead to efficiency gains and the top benefits of AI-driven robotics.
- On the Road Again – Three Ways Data is Enabling Smarter Transportation Management: The rise of e-commerce continues to drive greater expectations around speed, agility, visibility and supply chain technology is enabling retailers and manufacturers to keep pace.
- Kenco Expands Innovation Lab into R&D Warehouse Space: 3PL Kenco will experiment with supply chain tech like mobile robots, autonomous vehicles, smart glasses and WMS software.
- NextGen Supply Chain Conference 2019 Highlights: During the recent NextGen Supply Chain Conference, senior-level executives discussed what’s coming around the corner for supply chain management.
- 2019 Top 50 Third Party Logistics (3PL) Providers: The inexorable advance of Amazon is creating new challenges for logistics managers who must meet heightened shipper expectations while navigating today’s complex 3PL marketplace.
Technology & Dangerous Goods Compliance
The continued growth of online retail has led to a wider range of products being shipped from a broader range of shippers. While many of these goods are shipped from large retailers, some are sent from smaller operations (or even individuals) without formal processes (or infrastructure) to ensure shipments are compliant with the latest shipping regulations.
This has resulted in an increasing number of dangerous goods being shipped in a noncompliant manner – leading some transportation carriers to place added emphasis on compliance. In fact, eBay recently warned its sellers that FedEx is now charging a $350 fee for each incident of a package shipped through FedEx that contains dangerous goods that is determined to be noncompliant.
The announcement, posted to eBay’s community page, directed readers to the carrier’s FedEx Service Guide, which contains information about hazmat packages found in the FedEx Ground system that not properly prepared in accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations and FedEx Ground requirement.
The announcement stated, “Refer to the dangerous goods or hazardous materials shipping guidelines from FedEx and the DOT to make sure you are compliant with their regulations and shipping requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure packages are properly marked, labeled, packaged, and documented (if necessary), according to their hazardous materials shipping policies.”
As electronics, batteries and other dangerous goods are shipped more often and in larger quantities, the rules and regulations for shipping them will become more extensive and complex. Consequently, enforcement will continue to increase as well – both for large enterprises as well as individual sellers.
Forward-thinking companies need to have the processes and infrastructure to ensure their shipments are compliant or risk of fines and delayed shipments, which can lead to customer satisfaction issues and additional penalties.
Are you taking the necessary steps to properly ensure your dangerous goods shipments are compliant with government regulations and carrier requirements?
To learn more about dangerous goods shipping regulations, visit https://www.labelmaster.com/industry-resources.
Labelmaster’s Dangerous Goods Information System (DGIS) is the leading SaaS solution to help companies more efficiently and accurately manage their Dangerous Goods shipments. DGIS validates your Dangerous Goods shipment data against the latest regulations, ensuring a more efficient supply chain and reducing friction found in Dangerous Goods shipments. DGIS is a certified partner/validation solution with ERP, transportation and warehouse management systems.