As you read this, I will be flying home from project44’s Transform conference where I moderated a panel discussion on real-time freight visibility and I recorded several video interviews with project44 customers and partners. Stay tuned for the videos and my takeaways from the conference, which featured many high-level industry executives, in a future post.
While in Chicago, I had dinner with Mark Wahlberg.
Ok, so did everybody else who attended the conference, but it was cool nonetheless.
I wanted to ask Mark about his intense workout schedule, which is eerily similar to mine — for example, he wakes up in the morning, has a few meals throughout the day, and then goes to bed at night, just like me! — but I didn’t get the chance. Maybe next time.
All right, time to head to the airport. Without further delay, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week:
- Walmart to Acquire Cornershop in Mexico and Chile, Further Investing in Last-Mile Delivery and Strengthening Omnichannel Strategy
- Germany’s Merck Introduces Automation to Supply Chain (WSJ – sub. req’d)
- Walmart Doubles Spending in Battle for Truckers (Bloomberg)
- Trucking Payrolls Soared by 5,700 Jobs in August (WSJ – sub. req’d)
- FedEx Ground Expands U.S. Operations to Six Days Per Week Year-Round
- UPS plan to boost business shipping falls short with investors (Reuters)
- Descartes MacroPoint™ Capacity Matching Helps Freight Brokers Address Tight Transportation Capacity Market
- GE Transportation and MatchBack Systems Help Drive Marine Terminal Efficiencies
- Kuehne + Nagel deploys blockchain technology for VGM Portal
- What’s in the Amazon box? Maybe a real 7-foot Christmas tree (AP)
Song of the Week: “Simplify” by Young The Giant