Week of March 1st, 2021
Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance
As global commerce continues to evolve, traditional supply chain processes – from shipping documentation and training to capacity pricing and order fulfillment – must also change in order to keep pace.
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 bi-weekly report linking the latest technology news to dangerous goods compliance.
Let’s examine the recent supply chain technology and industry news.
- Labelmaster Launches Online 3D Hazmat Training Experiences: New virtual game-like experiences provide interactive, real-life training to supply chain professionals responsible for shipping dangerous goods.
- How Technology Supports Retail Supply Chains: Technology will make room for increased flexibility and more options within the delivery cycle, not only helping to offset some of the pressure the supply chain faces but also to help improve operations for retailers.
- How 3D Printing Manufacturing Hubs can Optimize City Logistics: Researchers are investigating how 3D printing manufacturing hubs could soon replace the multi-echelon transportation systems many of us are familiar with around the world.
- Walmart Says its Automated Supply Chain is ‘Ready to Scale’: Walmart plans to invest heavily over the next year in a more automated e-commerce fulfillment environment.
- Autonomous Supply Chains Are on the Horizon: Supply chains have increasingly come to rely on automation to improve efficiency and resiliency, but still, very much involve hands-on assistance from people. A more “people-less” supply chain allows humans to monitor the whole process while every step is run autonomously.
- After A Bruising Year, Logistics And Supply Chains Are Ripe For Technology Disruption: The Covid-19 crisis showed that the supply chain industry is begging for disruption, and technology initiatives such as the Internet of Things, mobile apps, artificial intelligence and blockchain promise to remake the logistics sector.
- The Future of 3PL Operators in the E-Commerce Age: The scope of activity overseen by 3PLs continues to expand. Here’s a look at what lies on the road ahead for 3PL operators as e-commerce technology evolves and grows in demand.
- Logistics Companies Turn to “Cognitive Technologies,” Deloitte Says: Survey shows 80% of executives plan investments in data-driven decision making, but smaller firms lag behind.
- Redwood Logistics Integrates with Blue Yonder for Real-time Capacity, Pricing: Redwood Logistics announced an integration with Blue Yonder’s dynamic price discovery service to provide instant truckload rates with guaranteed capacity, bringing superior buying capabilities.
Technology & Dangerous Goods Compliance
Shipping dangerous goods is highly regulated and can be extremely complex, which is why quality training is so crucial. Unfortunately, many organizations find their training insufficient and ineffective. According to Labelmaster’s annual DG Global Confidence Outlook survey:
- 71% of DG pros indicate training is the primary activity used to keep up with regulatory updates, yet 25% are not confident the training program they currently use adequately prepares their teams to comply with the regulations
- Nearly 1 in 5 DG pros state their greatest DG-related challenge is insufficient or ineffective training
- 42% of DG pros would invest in more effective training if their senior leadership offered more financial resources
- 74% of DG pros agree more effective remote training is needed to adapt to today’s current environment
To help address this gap, Labelmaster created its new 3D Online Training Experiences, which provides more interactive, real-life training to supply chain professionals responsible for shipping hazmat. The game-like experiences immerse trainees in a virtual warehouse where they must make real-time decisions and confront real-world challenges as they attempt to safely and compliantly ship flammable liquids or lithium batteries, including:
- Locating and reading shipping instructions
- Selecting outer packaging and inside packaging components
- Selecting and applying appropriate labels and markings to the box
- Selecting correct bill of lading or shippers declaration
Now any organization, whether they are looking to elevate their DG management program for a competitive advantage or looking to create a basic program to comply with training mandates, can leverage these best-in-class training methods to confidently enable safer and more compliant DG handling throughout the supply chain.
To learn more about Labelmaster’s 3D training experiences and view a short video, visit www.labelmaster.com/3d-dg.
Have questions about dangerous goods transport? Call the Labelmaster Regulatory Hotline at 1.800.621.5808.
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