Supply Chain Moves: Week of September 14th, 2020

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Week of September 14th, 2020

Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance

Advancements in technology continue to change the way supply chains operate. But when it comes to  transporting dangerous goods, there’s a greater number of risks and compliance factors that must be considered.

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.


TECHNOLOGY

  • How IT can Lead Supply Chain Transformation: The technological infrastructure that supports the supply chain often remains a weak spot for organizations, putting pressure on IT professionals to figure out how to transition their company’s supply chain to new, enhanced systems without jeopardizing an existing competitive edge.

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Technology & Dangerous Goods Compliance

Continued technology innovation—from robotics to drones to autonomous vehicles—has the potential to further change the way the logistics industry operates. But when it comes to the transport of DG, there are factors present that create more of a danger when paired with innovation, creating more of a need for risk mitigation measures.

In a recent Global Trade article, Haylle Sok examines the potential use of these innovations in transporting DG and how the safety and compliance efforts going into transporting DG are just as important as the level of efficiency of the transportation process.

According to Sok, while drones and delivery bots are expected to displace millions of truck and van deliveries over the next decade, they’re not exactly realistic solutions for shipping DG, giving current regulations. As for use of autonomous vehicles, the potential risks associated with ground transportation of DG must be considered: collisions and accidents, emergency response measures, loading and unloading, properly securing materials after loading, etc. All activities that require drivers and other employees with proper hazmat training.

Another important thing to remember when merging technology and the transport of DG is their compatibility with other important–and vital–parts of the process. According to Labelmaster’s Mario Sagastume, technology innovation does not always equal fancy robotics or massive automation takeovers. In some cases, it boils down to a clear set of data that provides a clear view of the big picture while identifying bottlenecks, risks and a lack of resources. It is important to consider the basics of technology before diving into complex solutions.

With all the technology, innovation and automation in the world, the human factor will almost always be present. This means proper training, education and accountability will remain critical even with increased automation.

Sok adds, “Before investing heavily in the next technology solution on the market, look carefully at the internal processes first. Take an honest inventory of how compliance is managed, how paperwork is processed, and the quality of employee communications.”

To learn more about dangerous goods software or how to establish a safer, more compliant supply chain, visit https://www.labelmaster.com.

Have questions about dangerous goods transport? Call the Labelmaster Regulatory Hotline at 1.800.621.5808.


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