Are You Ready for a Drone-Filled Sky?

Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date.

Drone delivery made headlines in 2016 and continues to be a hot topic in 2017. Here’s a quick roundup of some industry news, including a look at drone delivery in the future, the latest trends in manufacturing, and the supply chain journey of the iPhone.    

A future filled with flying warehouses in the sky

Chicago Tribune reports that Amazon is exploring new methods of drone delivery. Brian Fung’s article, Amazon’s latest idea: A flying warehouse that will deliver your stuff by drone, looks at how a fleet of large airships may one day be used by Amazon to deliver more of its goods by drone.

The impact of automation on the future workforce

In Bloomberg’s article, Automation Trepidation, its editorial board explores how the evolution toward automation will define the future. The article takes a look at drone delivery and how these types of advancements in automation will drive new skills training in the future economy.

Pace of U.S. manufacturing is accelerating  

American manufacturing is increasing at an accelerated pace reports Bloomberg. In her article, Manufacturing in U.S. Expands at Fastest Pace in Two Years, Michelle Jamrisko dives into the numbers behind this growth trend.

Consumers are driving change in the auto industry

According to The Wall Street Journal’s article, U.S. Auto Makers Move to Adapt as Low Fuel Prices Drive Consumers Away From Smaller Cars, there has been a shift in demand in the automotive market. Bigger, more expensive vehicles are driving sales, but as Mike Colias reports, the decline in demand for small and midsize passenger cars has led to job cuts.

A look at the supply chain journey of the iPhone

According to a recent article in The New York Times, Apple has sold more than a billion iPhones since the first one was released, and approximately half of all iPhones are now made in China. Read David Barboza’s article, An iPhone’s Journey, From the Factory Floor to the Retail Store, for a behind-the-scenes look into the iPhone’s supply chain journey as it travels from a huge manufacturing facility in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou.

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