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The great robot debate: Can automation really replace supply chain jobs?

Posted by ICECORP on Oct 17, 2017 9:00:07 AM

The recent announcement by a major Canadian grocery retailer that it is updating distribution centres has once again raised the spectre of robots taking supply chain jobs. The company will be introducing automation to its distribution operations, and the changes will result in the loss of almost 300 jobs. [1]

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Shipping Report: Ongoing Delays Expected at West Coast Ports

Posted by ICECORP on Sep 18, 2017 9:35:00 AM

Via. CIFFA's Bulletin - Sep 12, 2017

Customers can expect ongoing delays and increased dwell times at Canadian west coast ports for the next several weeks. Volumes are high. Container stacks are growing higher at terminals and service levels are certainly not where they should be.

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The New Normal: Being Prepared for Terror

Posted by ICECORP on Sep 14, 2017 9:45:00 AM

Terror attacks may not be the top of mind risk for your supply chain on a daily basis, but these disruptions happen far more often than you might imagine.

In fact, it is estimated that terrorists target supply chain operations at least once every seven days, and the number is rising. In a recent report, analyst firm BSI says terror attacks that affect supply chains have reached their highest level ever. [1]

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Making Returns Happy: New Options Avoid the Landfill

Posted by ICECORP on Aug 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Did you know that between 10 and 15 percent of purchases made for the holidays will be returned? And for e-commerce that number is more like 30 percent. For comparison purposes, returns to bricks-and-mortar stores are less than 10 percent. [1]

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Drones Rising: How Autonomous Flying Robots May Revolutionize Delivery

Posted by ICECORP on Jun 14, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Drones have been getting a lot of exercise lately, as delivery companies attempt to find out whether the autonomous flying bots, also known as UAVs or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, can live up to the promise of seamless last-mile delivery.

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Transparency in Fashion: How the fashion industry is blazing a trail for socially responsible supply chains

Posted by ICECORP on May 23, 2017 8:30:00 AM

It was four years ago that the Rana Plaza Factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 24, 2013, killing more than 1,100 garment workers. In the rubble of that tragedy, tags were discovered leading back to many well-known brands, including Canadian fast fashion leader, Joe Fresh.

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Unsung heroes of Venture Capital: Supply Chain Partners

Posted by ICECORP on Feb 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Have you ever had the experience of a product or company coming out of nowhere to grab your attention as a consumer? The company starts experiencing incredible growth and the average person doesn’t know how it got there. Amazing things are happening with that brand and there is incredible buzz about the company.  You would probably have to give credit to a venture capitalist.

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Trump and trade - Canada-US relations in flux

Posted by ICECORP on Feb 15, 2017 3:36:53 PM

Regardless of your feelings about Donald Trump's accession to the presidency of the United States, the jury is out on how his election campaign's protectionist rhetoric will play out.

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Artificial Intelligence in the Supply Chain

Posted by ICECORP on Jan 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Now that we're all used to the concept of the Internet of Things and the Big Data that it is creating, it's time to take a look at the latest digital trend that is transforming supply chain operations. Artificial Intelligence (AI) sounds futuristic, but it's real and it's here. Anybody who interacts with an online search engine, chat bot, or talks to their Android or Apple phone is using AI. AI is defined as "the science and engineering of making intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs"[1]. Likewise it is described as "the science of making computers do things that require intelligence when done by humans"[2]. And importantly, intelligence is defined as "the ability to adapt one's behaviour to fit new circumstances"[1] that is, the ability to learn.While AI has been around for more than 60 years, it has only recently started to prove useful. Some of the current areas where AI is gaining traction include successfully understanding human speech, competing at a high level in strategic game systems (such as chess), self-driving cars, and interpreting complex data. [3]

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Are you Compliant? How NOT to Bankrupt your Company!

Posted by ICECORP on Jan 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Author: Shayne Cannon, Senior Customs Compliance Specialist

Quick question, as a corporation would you guess on your annual tax filing to the government?  As an individual would you approximate your T4 amount to your accountant?  The answer to both of these, I hope, is no.  Unfortunately, customs compliance is often treated in this manner. 

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