When was the last time you tried driving somewhere new without using a navigation app on your smartphone or car?
My daughter’s smartphone gave up its ghost on Tuesday, so the next day she had to rely on printed directions to get from the house where the girls she babysits live to a nearby pool.
She and the girls never made it to the pool.
Instead, my daughter spent almost two hours in the car, driving around the greater Boston area, with no idea where she was or where she was going. She stopped multiple times to ask for directions, and the police even escorted her to the freeway at one point, but she still couldn’t find her way to the pool or back to the house (the fact that many Boston streets lack street signs didn’t help).
A left turn here, a U-turn there, and she ultimately made it back to the house. The girls didn’t mind that they never made it to the pool; in fact, they wanted my daughter to keep driving past the house in hopes of getting lost again.
It was an emotionally draining day for my daughter, but the first thing she did when she got back home was to drive to the Apple store and buy a new phone.
Maybe she should have bought a map and compass instead.
Moving on, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week.
- Apple commits to be 100 percent carbon neutral for its supply chain and products by 2030
- The Next Phase of the Retail Apocalypse: Stores Reborn as E-Commerce Warehouses (WSJ – sub. req’d)
- Blue Yonder Acquires Yantriks to Deliver Dynamic Commerce
- Descartes ShipRush™ Enhanced to Enable Small and Medium-sized Businesses to Access UPS Discounts to Reduce Ecommerce Shipping Costs
- Schneider Announces Partnership with Mastery Logistics Systems to Advance Quest Technology Platform
- BDP International Unveils Digital Shipping Platform
- Amazon expands its robot delivery trials to more states (The Verge)
- Aurora expands to Texas in bid to ramp up self-driving truck efforts (TechCrunch)
- Chinese ports hit capacity as virus tests slow clearing: shippers (Reuters)
I’m taking the day off to get lost somewhere myself, so I’ll share my commentary next week.
Have a happy weekend!
Song of the Week: “Lost!” by Coldplay