The Logistics Tribe

The Logistics Tribe

Is the Mainstream Media getting the Supply Chain Crisis right? (Eric Johnson, JOC and Emma Cosgrove, Business Insider)

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In today's episode of The Logistics Tribe we will take a look at why and how the mainstream media has been covering the global supply chain crisis.

The topic is getting a tremendous amount of attention right now. The President of the United States spoke out and intervened in the current transportation and supply chain situation and the headlines in major news outlets and the evening news around the world are full of supply chain stories and attempts to explain what’s going on.

So we invited two journalists onto the show today who have been covering the world of transportation, logistics and supply chain for many years.

We wanted to get their take on what the mainstream media is getting right, what they may be getting wrong, and what the impacts may be on the situation as a result of how this story is covered.

Eric Johnson, is senior editor at the trade publication Journal of Commerce, and Emma Cosgrove is senior reporter for transportation and e-commerce topics at the online publication Business Insider.

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The Logistics Tribe Podcast is supported by our partner GreyOrange, a globale leader in AI cloud software and robotic automation that keeps inventory in motion.

To learn more about GreyOrange, visit: https://www.greyorange.com/

To see GreyOrange robots and software in action, visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGLcH2hQiILnteafeYh_qOA

To connect with Eric Johnson on LinkedIn, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ejohnson3242/

To connect with Eric Johnson on Twitter, visit: https://twitter.com/LogTechEric

To subscribe to Eric Johnson's awesome free LogTech newsletter, visit: https://ericjohnson.substack.com/

To connect with Emma Cosgrove on LinkedIn, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmacosgrove/

To connect with Emma Cosgrove on Twitter, visit: https://twitter.com/emmacos

To connect with Boris Felgendreher, founder of The Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/borisfelgendreher/

A Crash Course in the Global Semiconductor Shortage (Richard Barnett, CMO, Supplyframe)

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The ongoing semiconductor shortage has been sending ripples across our supply chains for many months now, with no end in sight. But the story of what exactly is going on and what products and industries are affected keeps evolving.

So we invited Richard Barnett, CMO at Supplyframe to give our audience of logistics and supply chain professionals on The Logistics Tribe Podcast a crash course on the situation.

Richard is a bonafide expert on the value chains of global manufacturing companies. Together with our host Boris Felgendreher, he discussed the following topics:

- Richard’s background in global supply chain management

- How Supplyframe fits into the Siemens family of companies

- The semiconductor situation prior to the pandemic. What were the important trends?

- The challenges of matching semiconductor supply and demand and the difficulties of ramping up production

- How the pandemic triggered a chain reaction and ripple effects across the supply chain.

- How changed consumer behaviors influenced demand and how that affected different industries differently

- How miscalculations and misjudgments of the situation contributed to the crisis and why the automotive sector was hit particularly hard

- Why the automotive supply chain had missing or misaligned incentives that made the situation worse

- What characteristics of the automotive supply chain made it particularly susceptible to disruptions of this kind

- Did pure-play EV companies fare better during the crisis?

- The regional concentration of semiconductor production and the geopolitical questions that the current situation raises

- What is the European perspective vs. the US perspective?

- What other disruptions might be lurking on the horizon?

- How supply chains will evolve as a result of the current semiconductor shortage.

- Predictions for how the situation will unfold over the next 12 months and a broader outlook for this decade

- And much more

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The Logistics Tribe Podcast is supported by our partner GreyOrange, a globale leader in AI cloud software and robotic automation that keeps inventory in motion.

To learn more about GreyOrange, visit: https://www.greyorange.com/

To learn more about Supplyframe, visit: https://supplyframe.com/

To connect with Richard Barnett, CMO of Supplyframe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richardbarnett/

To connect with Boris Felgendreher, founder of The Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/borisfelgendreher/

Can we ship containers on autonomous, hydrofoiling speed boats yet? (Max Olson, CEO/Founder, Seachange)

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This is the story of a brilliant mechanical engineer in his 20s named Max Olson who had a crazy idea of how to revolutionize container transportation on the ocean.

Contrary to what everybody else in the industry is doing - building larger and larger container vessels for economies of scale - Max set out to design small, hydrofoiling, remote-controlled speed boats that could carry 3 standard size ocean containers from China to the US West coast in less than 5 days. Instead of the normal 15 days of transit time.

How Max came up with this crazy idea, how the prototypes look like, and if his idea has any chance of becoming a viable business any time soon, all of that and more is covered in this episode of The Logistics Tribe. Hosted by Jonah McIntire.

Links:

Seachange: https://www.goseachange.com/

Max Olson: https://www.linkedin.com/in/max-olson-241471123/

Innovation and Digital Transformation at Schnellecke Logistics (Karsten Keil, Management Board, Group IT & Digitization)

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Our guest today on The Logistics Tribe is Karsten Keil. Karsten is member of the Management Board at Schnellecke Logistics and heads up the the groups IT and Digitization efforts. Together with our host Marco Prüglmeier, Karsten talks about how Schnellecke, a traditional, family-owned, globally-operating logistics provider with more than 75 years of experience is managing innovations and their digital transformation efforts. Together Karsten and Marco touch on the following topics:

- How digital innovation and transformation is managed at Schnellecke globally and how it fits into to IT organization

- What the main innovations are that Karsten's team is currently working on

- What trends in innovations are the most relevant for Schnellecke? The importance of IoT, Data Analytics, real-time SC visibility, robotics

- What the advantages are of AGVs vs. AMRs. The transition from AGVs to AMRs. Why AMRs are the future?

- Visibility and tracking

- Is blockchain already a topic? What's the potential? Resilience advantages of decentralized systems

- Drones for inventory management in combination with RFID tags

- Does augmented and virtual reality play a role yet? How is it being used at Schnellecke for onboarding. What results have been accomplished.

- AR used during the picking process. What worked, what didn't?

- The potential and challenges of autonomous trucks

- Sustainability at Schnellecke

- Could autonomous truck OEMs become a threat to thee traditional logistics business? How Schnellecke sees this as an opportunity. The emergence of platforms to coordinate shop floor equipment and autonomous trucks

- The emergence of digital freight forwarders

- How Schnellecke works with startups. What are the biggest challenges?

- How a traditional, family-owned business with more than 75 years of experience had to change its culture to stay innovative

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To connect with Karsten, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karsten-keil-6090761a6/

To learn more about Schnellecke, visit: https://www.schnellecke.com/en

To connect with Marco Prüglmeier, host of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prueglmeier/

To connect with Boris Felgendreher, founder of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/borisfelgendreher/

The Ultimate Analysis of the Global Ocean Freight Crisis (Jochen Gutschmidt, Sea-Intelligence)

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The current crisis in global ocean freight has impacted supply chains, businesses and consumers around the world. It is one of the most important business topics of the year. And a lot has been written about it already, even in the mainstream press.

But this episode of The Logistics Tribe Podcast offers one of the most clear and comprehensive analyses of the situation, yet.

Our guest Jochen Gutschmidt has spent over three decades on all sides of the ocean freight equation. 20 years in leading roles at Maersk and 10 years at Nestlé and his most recent role at maritime intelligence and analytics firm Sea-Intelligence give Jochen a very unique perspective and a comprehensive understanding of the crazy dynamics that are in play during these unprecedented times in ocean transportation.

Host of today's show is Jonah McIntire, serial entrepreneur in the logistics tech space with many years of experience in global freight, logistics and tech.

Together, Jonah and Jochen are talking about the following topics and themes:

- Jochen's three decades in the world of ocean freight

- A snapshot of the ocean freight chaos in the last 18 months

- What are the root causes of the crisis? Is COVID the only cause at play?

- How is this crisis similar or different to previous situations ovre the last decade?

- The most frequent question Jochen gets from his clients at Sea-Intelligence

- The big picture: What keeps supply chain leaders up at night in the current situation?

- Rate impacts on major lanes: Asia-Europe, Asia-NA

- Rate impacts in spot market vs. long service contracts

- Have the costs for carriers and forwarders actually gone up in line with the rate increases?

- How will the sudden carrier windfalls be used?

- An analysis of the COVID-induced shipping crisis

- The role of the sudden change in consumer behavior in the US during the pandemic and how it differed from consumer behavior in Europe

- How temporary or permanent is the crisis?

- Are we dealing with a "fork in the road" situation for the entire industry?

- What will post-pandemic common rates look like?

- Predictions for the carrier's business strategies post-COVID. Will they go back to rock-bottom rates and price wars?

- What lessons can be learned for supply chain leaders?

- and more

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To learn more about Sea-Intelligence, visit: https://www.sea-intelligence.com/

To connect with Jochen Gutschmidt, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gutschmidt/

To connect with Jonah McIntire, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonahmcintire/

To connect with Boris Felgendreher, founder of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/borisfelgendreher/

To connect with Dana von der Heide, host of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danavonderheide/

To connect with Marco Prüglmeier, host of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prueglmeier/

What you need to know about Intralogistics Planning (Tobias Herwig, ipolog, Host of Fabrik der Zukunft Podcast)

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This episode of The Logistics Tribe is about the current state and future of intralogistics planning.

Our host Marco Prüglmeier sat down with Tobias Herwig. Tobias is part of the management team at ipolog, an intralogistics and production planning software company based in Germany. He’s also the host of “Fabrik der Zukunft”, a German speaking podcast about the factory of the future.

So both Marco and Tobias are intralogistics experts and in this episode they discussed the following topics:

- Tobias's career and background in logistics inside of factories

- ipolog, an intralogistics and production planning software company

- The importance of visualization of data vs. the and importance and utility of using virtual reality for intralogistics planning

- Does AI play an important role yet?

- The challenge of collecting data

- Integrating AGVs and AMRs into intralogistics simulations

- How to integrate the virtual planning world with the real-world on the shop floor (digital twins vs. digital models)

- Newest 3-D visualization technology at NVIDIA (Omniverse) and how ipolog is planning to use it

- Tobias's predictions for the future of logistics planning and logistics in general (automation, autonomous transports, integrated digital models, etc.)

- Tobias's own podcast "Fabrik der Zukunft" (factory of the future)

- And much more

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For more information on ipolog, visit: https://www.ipolog.ai/en/optimization-areas/logistics-planning/

To connect with Tobias, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tobias-herwig/

For more information about Tobias's podcast "Fabrik der Zukunft", visit: https://podcast.fabrikderzukunft.com/

To connect with Marco Prüglmeier, host of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prueglmeier/

To connect with Boris Felgendreher, host of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/borisfelgendreher/

To connect with Dana von der Heide, host of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danavonderheide/

What is MQTT?? And why will it be relevant in every logistics operation soon? (Dominik Obermaier, Founder/CTO, HiveMQ)

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Today's episode of The Logistics Tribe is dedicated to the topic of MQTT. MQTT is a messaging protocol for the Internet of Things (IoT). If you work in logistics and supply chain management, you really need to get up to speed on this very important technology that is such a key enabler for connecting devices, vehicles, assets, sensors, etc.

Our guest Dominik Obermaier is a key expert in this field. He is CTO and co-founder at HiveMQ and also the co-author of the book “The Technical Foundations of IoT”.

Together with our host Marco Prüglmeier, Dominik discusses the following topics:

- The history of the MQTT protocol, dating back to 1999

- How and why MQTT has really gained recognition and traction in the last 10 years

- The analogies between http is for the internet of humans and MQTT for the internet of things

- Why MQTT is conquering the world of logistics already, without people even realizing it

- The challenges of connectivity that MQTT can address

- How MQTT makes data transfer as efficient as possible through so called publish/subscribe architecture

- How and why Dominik got interested in MQTT and how he built a company around it

- Why everybody driving a modern car is already using MQTT today

- MQTT as a key component of Industry 4.0, connected factories and connected cities

- MQTT in logistics: connecting devices, vehicles, assets, sensors, etc.

- How does the implementation of MQTT technology work and why it can be set up so quickly

- Some predictions for the future of the internet of things and for MQTT

- And much more

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To connect with Dominik, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dobermai/

To learn more about HiveMQ, visit: https://www.hivemq.com/

To connect with Boris Felgendreher, founder of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/borisfelgendreher/

To connect with Marco Prüglmeier, host of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prueglmeier/

Contrarian Views on Startups, Digital Freight Forwarders, LogTech, AI and more (Jonah McIntire, Founder, TNX Logistics)

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Jonah McIntire is the founder of TNX Logistics, an AI-based road transportation procurement platform that Jonah just sold to Transporeon.

He is also author of the book "Supply Chain Visibility: From Theory to Practice". Jonah holds many contrarian views around logistics and supply chain tech in particular. So this conversation turned into a wide-ranging thought-provoking discussion with our host Boris Felgendreher on the following topics:

- Why startups are much less about a grand vision and more about trial-and-error and opportunism

- What the first version of TNX Logistics looked liked like and why that didn’t work

- What actually did work and how

- What the “whiteboard rationale” was for launching TNX in New Zealand in “stealth mode” and what the reality ended up looking like

- The acquisition of TNX by Transporeon

- Jonah’s views on the success of Sennder in the European road transportation market. What he admires the company for and what he perceives as “tech-washing” on behalf of Sennder, Uber Freight, Convoy and others

- An analysis of the economic models of Uber Freight, Convoy, Flexport

- The valuation premium of digital freight forwarders vs. traditional freight forwarders

- Why Jonah is bearish on drones in logistics but very bullish on autonomous vehicles and why that technology deserves more attention

- Why the vision of humans and AI working together in unison and AI only replacing the boring and mindless tasks that humans don’t like to do may be wrong

- Is AI in logistics and supply chain actually making jobs better or not?

- How to think about breakthrough technologies that will suddenly change an entire industry. Analogies to the Manhattan project

- And much more

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To connect with Jonah McIntire, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonahmcintire/

To connect with Boris Felgendreher, founder of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/borisfelgendreher/

To connect with Dana von der Heide, host of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danavonderheide/

To connect with Marco Prüglmeier, host of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prueglmeier/

What have you changed your mind on recently, Erik Wirsing? (Global Head of Innovation at DB Schenker)

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Erik Wirsing is leading Global Innovations at DB Schenker, one of the largest logistics providers in the world, with over 75.000 people and over 17 billion Euros in annual revenue.

In that role, it's vitally important to keep a close eye on the trends, technologies and innovations that are changing the industry.

And as change is happening faster and faster it's more important than ever to frequently adjust your point of view on the innovations and technologies that really matter

So our host Boris Felgendreher sat down with Erik to find out what Eric has actually changed his mind on recently.

The result is a wide-ranging conversation about the following topics:

- Managing teams, partners and relationships remotely. Connecting with people emotionally via digital tools. Fresh views on home office and remote work during and after the pandemic

- Additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Example: 3D-printed face masks.
Can logistics providers benefit from a world were items and spare parts can be produced locally as opposed to transported.

- New business models for logistics providers.

- Cargo drones and Volocopter, a company DB Schenker invested in

- The tolerance and appetite for trying new, unproven things that may not work inside a large "conservative" organization

- Examples of great ideas on paper that failed to work in practice and what lessons were learned

- Autonomous driving: A topic the Schenker organization changed its mind on in just the last few weeks. Why and how?

- The prospects of Hyperloop technology

- The speed of electrification of heavy-load truck transport

- The sudden rise and popularity of cargo bikes for inner-city transport

- Space logistics and satellite technology

- and more

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To learn more about DB Schenker, visit: https://www.dbschenker.com/global

To connect with Erik Wirsing, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erik-wirsing/

To connect with Boris Felgendreher, founder of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/borisfelgendreher/

To connect with Dana von der Heide, host of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danavonderheide/

To connect with Marco Prüglmeier, host of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prueglmeier/

Getting Ready for Autonomous Delivery Bots on Sidewalks (Bern Grush, Chief Innovation Officer, Harmonize Mobility)

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Bern Grush, Chief Innovation Officer for Harmonize Mobility, Inc., is a Canadian transportation innovator trained in Human Factors Psychology and Systems Design Engineering from the Universities of Toronto and Waterloo (Ontario), respectively. He brings a unique urban-sensitivity to vehicle automation from both a human-social perspective and a complex-systems perspective.

Bern is the principal author of the 2018 textbook “The End of Driving: Transportation Systems and Public Policy Planning for Autonomous Vehicles”. He is the inventor of a management platform for transit-user microsubsidies being piloted in the EU, and the project leader for ISO technical standard 4448: “Sidewalk and kerb operations for automated vehicles” for ground-control operations.

In today's episode of The Logistics Tribe, Bern talks to our host Marco Prüglmeier about the opportunities and challenges related to deploying autonomous mobile delivery robots on our inner city sidewalks.

Links to resources mentioned in this episode:

White Paper "The Last Block: Towards an international standard to regulate and manage sidewalk robots:
https://citm.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Harmonize-Mobility_The-Last-Block_21.02.01.pdf

White Paper "Draft international standard for ground-based automated mobility: Loading and unloading at the curb and sidewalk: http://endofdriving.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Whitepaper-A-Draft-International-Standard-for-Ground-based-Automated-Mobility.pdf

Paper "Footway Robots and Business Improvement Areas".
http://endofdriving.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Footway-Robots-and-Business-Improvement-Areas-Grush-final-2021-04-30.pdf

Article in Cities Today: "New standards on the way for delivery robots": https://cities-today.com/new-standards-on-the-way-for-delivery-robots/

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To connect with Bern, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bern-grush-1b5120/

To connect with Marco Prüglmeier, host of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prueglmeier/

To connect with Boris Felgendreher, host of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/borisfelgendreher/

To connect with Dana von der Heide, host of the Logistics Tribe, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danavonderheide/

About this podcast

Boris Felgendreher, Dana von der Heide and Marco Prüglmeier invite you to listen to The Logistics Tribe, a weekly podcast about the world of global logistics and supply chain management.

You can follow the hosts on Linkedin:

Boris Felgendreher: https://www.linkedin.com/in/borisfelgendreher/

Dana von der Heide: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danavonderheide/

Marco Prüglmeier: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prueglmeier/

by Boris Felgendreher

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