Wednesday 19th Jun 2019 - Logistics Manager Magazine

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NASA takes first step in $7bn lunar logistics plan

NASA is inviting American companies to comment on the logistics of supplying its proposed lunar gateway – a $7 billion project which will support its Artemis programme to put people back on the Moon by 2024.

Volvo to trial autonomous truck

Volvo is to trial “Vera” an autonomous vehicle to transport goods from a logistics centre to a Gothenburg port terminal, in a collaborative project with DFDS.

Lidl’s £500m London expansion plan

Over the next five years Lidl is to invest £500 million to expand its presence in London with 40 new outlets, including a 1,300 sq m store in Fitzrovia near Warren Street tube station, and the addition of a 40,000 sq m unit at its Belvedere distribution centre.

Difficult times for Ted Baker

Ted Baker has seen a 3.8 per cent increase in Group revenue for the for the 19-week period from 27 January 2019 to 8 June 2019 which it has described as a “difficult” trading period due to consumer uncertainty in a number of its key markets.

Scania reveals multi-purpose concept vehicle

Scania has unveiled a battery electric self-driving urban concept vehicle designed to carry commuters in the morning and evening, deliver goods during the day and collect refuse at night.

Amazon reveals new drone design

Amazon has revealed its latest autonomous latest Prime Air drone design that can fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages under five pounds to customers in less than 30 minutes.

FuturMaster launches AI forecasting

FuturMaster, the supply chain planning specialist, has launched forecasting software that uses artificial intelligence to aid in the launch of new products.

5G will drive supply chain improvements

The introduction of 5G technology could drive a move to self-triggered order placement based on inventory level – just one of a number of supply chain benefits identified in a new study by Capgemini.

Risks mount in retail supply chains

Traditional stores under pressure to compete with online offerings may face increasing exposure to risk if they are forced to cut costs in their supply chain, according to the latest Global Supply Chain Risk Report, by Cranfield School of Management and Dun & Bradstreet.