Freight Loading Gets Faster, Sam’s Club Expands, Hydrogen-Powered Trucks Advance, and Amazon Cuts More Costs

by | Mar 3, 2023 | 3PL, Logistics

Trucking company ArcBest Corp. has launched a new freight management that allows warehouse workers to load and unload truck trailers significantly faster. The electronics industry has formed an advisory council to address supply chain issues. Sam’s Club plans to build five new automated fulfillment centers this year. Hyliion and Hyzon Motors plan to develop the third version of Hyliion’s Hypertruck ERX, while UK-based Tevva recently achieved a 560-kilometre test run in its 7.5-ton hydrogen electric battery-powered truck. And Amazon has possibly closed more warehouses as it continues to cut costs.

Freight Loading Speeds Up With New Technology

Trucking company ArcBest Corp. has launched a new freight-management system called Vaux, which is a racking system that sits underneath and around cargo inside trailer beds. This new technology allows warehouse workers to load and unload truck trailers much faster than the traditional process, taking less than five minutes compared to the 45-minute traditional process. 

Source: Wall Street Journal

Electronics Industry Gets Supply Chain Advisors

SEMI, an industry association for electronics manufacturing and design companies, has formed an Industry Advisory Council (IAC) to address supply chain issues. The council will focus on developing solutions to help SEMI members better withstand supply chain disruptions and make proactive decisions to protect their businesses and supplier networks. The council has engaged DHL, McKinsey & Company, and Resilinc to guide the initiative, and founding members represent Google, Infineon, Intel, KLA, Merck KGaA, and TSMC.

Source: Inside Logistics

Sam’s Club To Build New Fulfillment Centers

Sam’s Club plans to build five new automated fulfillment centers this year and upgrade existing ones as part of a broader effort to shrink the average distance between its supply-chain facilities and its stores and members. The retailer also plans to open 30 new stores that include space for handling e-commerce orders. The expansion aims to speed up order fulfillment while reducing shipping costs and response to strong e-commerce sales growth.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Hydrogen-Powered Trucks Get Powerful Updates

Hyliion and Hyzon Motors plan to develop the third version of Hyliion’s Hypertruck ERX. The companies expect to integrate a Hyliion electric powertrain system with a Hyzon fuel cell by late 2022, with production starting once there is sufficient hydrogen fueling infrastructure. Meanwhile, UK-based Tevva recently achieved a 560-kilometre test run in its 7.5-ton hydrogen electric battery-powered truck. The test run, conducted by four Tevva engineers, saw the team accumulate over 1,000km in the vehicle, without needing a single stop for recharging on the almost 350-mile return journey. 

Source: Freight Waves & Inside Logistics

Amazon Continues To Cut Costs

Data from consulting firm MWPVL International shows that Amazon has cancelled, closed or delayed 99 facilities, affecting almost 32.3 million square feet of active or planned ground-level space in 30 US states. This comes as the e-commerce giant continues to reduce operating expenses. Amazon has disputed MWPVL’s figures, with a spokesperson stating that the firm’s data is incorrect. However, no specifics were provided.

Source: Supply Chain Drive

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