Afternoon Coffee: Robotics in supply chain slow to gain traction; Hurricane forming; Procurence in SolutionMap

This year's MHI annual industry report shows that about 32% of supply chain professionals are already using robotics and automation, according to an article by Supply Chain Dive. This figure, though, is slightly down since 2016, when 35% of respondents reported using them. And the Dive’s reporting shows that the cost of adding robotics and uncertain return on investment are barriers to implementing the technologies.

With hurricane possible, U.S. oil companies cut Gulf of Mexico production

As the first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season approaches, U.S. oil producers on Wednesday cut nearly a third of Gulf of Mexico crude output. Reuters reports 15 production platforms and four rigs were evacuated in the north central Gulf of Mexico. Tropical Storm Barry is off Louisiana and may develop into a hurricane Friday.

Procurence in SolutionMap

SpendMatters UK/Europe has spoken with the newest European company included in our latest SolutionMap ranking, which compares software solution providers in 12 categories. Procurence, a Warsaw-based company that is strong in supplier risk management, is ranked as a Customer Leader in the Supplier Relationship Management and Risk category. Procurence CEO Matt Zaleski began as a purchasing and supply chain consultant who wanted to create software that was easily accessible for non-IT-experts. Read the full story here.

60% of companies yet to fully implement B2B e-commerce strategy: DHL study

A new DHL report titled, “The e-commerce supply chain: Overcoming growing pains,” has found that 70% of B2C companies and 60% of B2B companies were focused on the full implementation of their respective e-commerce supply chain strategies, with 70% of total respondents viewing e-commerce as “very important” or “extremely important.”

Glostone Trucking Solutions develops app for drivers’ electronic credentials

As of Jan. 1, 2019, all U.S. states and Canadian provinces are required to accept electronic credential images of IRP cab cards and IFTA licenses. To tackle this, Glostone Trucking Solutions has developed “Permit Book,” a driver app and cloud-based fleet management tool. This allows documents to be electronically loaded into the system and assigned to a driver, truck or trailer to be viewed and verified anywhere.

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