Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date.
Here’s a quick roundup of some industry news, including a look at how automakers are investing in autonomous cars, the types of digital technologies being used to speed up production processes, and how carriers are adapting their business models as online shopping grows in popularity.
Self-driving ride-shares on the horizon
The roads are about to get more crowded, as companies continue testing on self-driving vehicles. Reuters reports that General Motors Co., in partnership with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft Inc., plans to start testing fleets of fully autonomous electric cars beginning next year. According to Paul Lienert’s article, Exclusive: GM plans to build, test thousands of self-driving Bolts in 2018 – sources, the vehicles will be tested in ride-sharing fleets across several states, marking what is expected to be one of the largest tests by a major automaker.
Exploring the different types of self-driving features
If the news about self-driving cars has you wondering what will happen to driver-operated controls like brake pedals and steering wheels, this is the primer you need. Reporting for The Washington Post, Aaron Cole’s What are the different levels of self-driving cars? explores the different self-driving “levels,” as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Boeing to revamp satellite assembly process
Aerospace giant Boeing plans to introduce new production practices for building its satellites, according to The Wall Street Journal. Andy Pasztor’s article, Boeing Looks to Build Satellites More Quickly, With Fewer Workers, examines how some of the proposed changes – such as a greater reliance on 3D printing and automated testing of components – are designed to increase the company’s competitiveness in the changing industry.
Building supply chain excellence at LEGO
The LEGO Group will use solutions from JDA Software to help digitally transform its supply chain, reports American Shipper. Eric Johnson’s article, LEGO to use JDA building blocks, highlights the toymaker’s plan to drive a broad digital transformation of its supply chain in order to better respond to demand situations and deliver high-quality service to its retail partners and LEGO consumers worldwide.
UPS expands delivery schedule
As online shopping grows in popularity, carriers are adjusting their business models in order to keep up. United Parcel Service Inc. announced that it will start offering a number of new services on Saturdays, including ground delivery and package pickup and sorting, reports The Wall Street Journal. Paul Ziobro’s article, UPS to Start Ground Deliveries on Saturdays, takes a look at the carrier’s planned investments, as well as its testing of new technologies like drone delivery.