New York’s plan to reduce truck traffic with barges moves ahead

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) released a request for proposals (RFP) Monday seeking operators for the new marine terminal on the Hunts Point Peninsula in the South Bronx, according to a press release

This RFP is part of New York’s Freight NYC plan, released in 2018, which aims to modernize New York’s freight system to keep up with growing last mile demand while mitigating road congestion, which the NYCEDC estimates will cost the local economy $27 billion in the next 30 years. Reviving barge service on the city’s waterways is part of the plan. 

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Yum Brands works on science-based carbon emissions reduction targets

Yum Brands has begun the necessary work to join the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), according to Jon Hixson, vice president for global government affairs and sustainability for Yum. 

If Yum, the parent company of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC, ultimately makes a commitment and sets emissions reduction targets in accordance with SBTi standards, it would become the second restaurant group do so based on current commitments. McDonald’s was the first such group to commit, pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions at McDonald’s restaurants and offices by 36% by 2030 from a 2015 base year and cut emissions intensity per metric ton of food and packaging across its supply chain by 31% by 2030 from 2015 levels.

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Digital freight brokerage: a crowded field that could have many winners

Digital freight brokerage isn’t a winner-take-all game. Just ask its biggest fan.

Mark Young, director of transport procurement for Anheuser-Busch, doesn’t just work with one or two digital freight brokerages — he works with nearly all of them.

“I see the tech-enabled carrier space as something that provides transformational value,” Young told Supply Chain Dive. We work with them all very similarly and see the benefits they can provide.”

Companies like Convoy, Transfix, Uber Freight and Loadsmart use algorithms to match carriers and loads based on origin, destination, type of load, price and timing. Frost & Sullivan estimates the digital freight brokerage market will reach $54.2 billion by 2025.  

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Inside Ahold Delhaize’s supply chain innovation arm

When Dan Covert set out to build a team of technologists tasked with innovating the back-end of Ahold Delhaize stores, he didn’t seek out grocery professionals with years of experience. Instead, he hired people from aerospace, ocean freight and meal kits. 

Covert is director of supply chain research and development for Retail Business Services (RBS), a technology-focused entity that exclusively serves Ahold Delhaize’s brands, founded in 2018. His job is to evaluate technologies that can help Ahold’s supply chain better deliver for its stores and to do that, Covert wanted to avoid entrenched ideas and traditional thinking. 

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John Deere’s demand forecast in limbo amid trade uncertainty

John Deere is optimistic that the fundamentals underlying the agriculture economy remain strong, but the company is in limbo gauging demand for replacement equipment until the U.S. and China reveal an outcome of the trade war.

Investor Communications Manager Brent Norwood said on the company’s recent earnings call that Deere expects sales growth in the U.S. and Canada this year could be flat, or it could be up to 5%. The wild card is trade uncertainty. 

On the call, analyst and executives discussed whether the changes to trade flows occurring in response to the changing tides of tariffs may be permanent, even if the trade war subsides. “We’ve always said, the trade routes will be realigned and the trade flows will readjust and it’s going to be bumpy when that happens for a couple of years,” CFO Raj Kalathur said.

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Chipotle’s supply chain turnaround is in full effect

Chipotle has built a new supply chain team and made several operational changes in order to stage a comeback after the restaurant chain’s food safety issues reappeared in the form of a norovirus outbreak in August, which reportedly sickened 700 people

Carlos Londono, the new head of supply chain, was tapped for the role in the spring of 2018. “Our new supply chain team is now fully in place and we set to find efficiencies later in the year by strategically reviewing this sourcing of all of our ingredients,” CEO Brian Niccol said on a recent earnings call.

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How Bulletproof brews a transparent coffee supply chain

The supply chain has never been so marketable. Same-day delivery, 2-day shipping, recyclable packaging, sustainable sourcing, free trade, free returns — they all endear consumers to one product or retailer over another. But few brands are fundamentally built on the quality of their supply chain.

Enter Bulletproof. 

“We do definitely sell the supply chain and the purity of the products,” Keith Bone, VP of supply chain, quality and regulatory operations at Bulletproof 360, told Supply Chain Dive. “The simplicity of the products that we’re making and selling is a key component of the success we’ve seen to date.”

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