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The supply chain sector is increasingly adapting and deploying technology to better understand the unknown. Big data provides a wealth of information and historical precedent to benchmark and optimize current and future events. Modeling and design software similarly affords users the latitude to engineer and plan for potentialities before they happen.

But sometimes high-tech simulation doesn’t go far enough. Recently, UK automobile technology supplier Delphi Automotive completed the first coast-to-coast U.S. test run of a driverless vehicle between San Francisco and New York. The 3,400-mile journey passed through 15 cities and took nine days to complete.

 

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Wednesday
May022012

IKEA Takes Steps to Become "Eco-Friendly"

According to multiple reports, IKEA is replacing its traditional timber shipping pallets with lighter and cheaper corrugated cardboard platforms. The best part is that the eco-friendly switch won’t come at the cost of functionality, as the corrugated cardboard pallets and wooden pallets both support weights up to 1,650 pounds.

“We don’t know if the paper pallet will be the ultimate solution, but it’s better than wood,” said Jeanette Skjelmose, sustainability chief at IKEA’s supply-chain unit, “We hope this will be a start in making transportation systems smarter and freight as compact as possible.”

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