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Would You Order A Tesla Electric Semi?

Elon Musk promised that the Tesla Semi reveal would “blow your mind clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension”. The truck is certainly a game-changer for the logistics industry, but Tesla faces some steep challenges if it plans to win over the commercial market.

We can’t wait to see these trucks on the road. The sleek, bullet-train shaped cab of the Tesla Semis will be instantly recognisable once they hit the freeways in 2020 – if Tesla can overcome the production delays which are increasingly plaguing the organisation.

What can the Tesla Semi actually do?

Equipped with a battery instead of a diesel tank, the Tesla Semi is capable of travelling 804km (500 miles) on a single electric charge – even with a full 36,000kg load. Its autopilot system will go a long way towards eliminating human error in truck accidents, with the ability to automatically:

  • detect instability and adjust each wheel individually to make jack-knifing “impossible”
  • maintain a set speed and slow down in traffic
  • keep the vehicle in its lane with lane detection and lane departure warnings, and
  • lock onto other Tesla Semis to travel in a convoy.

Charging will take place via a planned, worldwide network of solar-powered “Megachargers”, which will be added to Tesla’s existing network of 2000 Supercharger stations which are in place to power Model S sedans. For drivers in a hurry, a 30-minute charge will enable 640km (nearly 400 miles).

Inside the cab, the driver’s seat is positioned in the centre of the space (which has full standing room), allowing better visibility. The seat is flanked on both sides by touch screens that provide blind spot monitoring and navigation. The truck also comes with tracking features to be used by a fleet manager for routing, monitoring and scheduling.

What’s the cost?

Unknown – Musk didn’t reveal the unit price on stage, but claimed the Tesla Semi would cost 20% less per mile than a diesel-powered truck. Whatever the price is, it’s only likely to fall in the future as regulations on diesel continue to tighten, charging infrastructure improves and the costs of batteries fall.

Despite the unknown price, pre-orders have started flowing in from companies including Wal-Mart (15 trucks), Meijer (4 trucks), and J.B. Hunt (“multiple trucks”).

Will we see these trucks on the road in 2020?

“If you order now, you get your truck in two years”, Musk said at the reveal. The company, however, has been known to over-promise and under-deliver when it comes to production deadlines. The Model 3 sedan, for example, has been beset by 18-month delays. While the company’s consumer fans are apparently willing to tolerate delays, commercial trucking companies are likely to be less patient. The Tesla Semi notably represents the company’s first foray into the commercial vehicle market.


In other news this week:

NAFTA Negotiations Struggle Onward

  • Reports from the NAFTA negotiations reveal that little progress has been made on U.S. demands that could potentially sink the 1994 trade pact between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
  • Officials are currently meeting in Mexico City for the fifth of seven planned rounds of talks. Upcoming presidential elections in Mexico mean that a deal needs to be reached by late March 2018.
  • New U.S. demands include a five-year sunset clause, and tightening of rules of origin to boost the North American content of autos. Other issues discussed include labour, gender, intellectual property, energy, and telecommunications.
  • While Mexican officials have said “the work is moving forward”, Canadian negotiators complained on Friday about inflexibility by the United States.

Read more: CBC News   

Calvin Klein Bypasses Retailers For Holiday Shopping

  • Calvin Klein is offering an exclusive line on Amazon only for Black Friday sales, in a move that reflects the increasing shift away from traditional stores.
  • The company has announced a holiday retail experience called “Calvin Klein X Amazon Fashion”, with underwear and denim available exclusively in an online Amazon brand store and in Amazon pop-up shops in New York and Los Angeles through to December 31st.
  • Amazon’s pop-up stores pose another threat to brick-and-mortar retailers, in additional to the sales shift to online retail.

Read more: Wall Street Journal

New Procurement Benchmarking Report Released

  • APEX Analytix has released its “Procurement Leaders’ Benchmarking Report”, with best-in-class performance data from global organisations with a combined revenue of $2.3 trillion. The report reveals:
  • Only 10% of organisations have a combined P2P organization under common leadership
  • 65% of businesses don’t authenticate vendors against public domain data sources prior to payment
  • Only 14% capture verifiable details of a vendor’s CEO, CFO or principals.

Get the report here.

5 green initiatives to improve your supply chain

Pretty much each & every one of us (as individuals and organisations) now make a conscious effort to do our bit for the environment and “Go Green” wherever possible. Not only do our “Go Green” actions benefit the world we live in and potentially reduce costs for us but also makes us feel good inside – giving us that feeling that we, as the superintendents of our ecosystem, are making a difference.

Go Green in your supply chain

I’m sure that most of you will have already put practices into place within your home environs with regard to recycling and saving energy by switching to energy saving bulbs and turning off power that is unnecessarily left on stand-by, but have you considered instilling comparable measures within your logistics Supply Chain.

As our attitudes towards the environment changes, what methods could you implement to offer a “Greener” Supply Chain solution?

Here we take a look at 5 ways which could improve your Supply Chain’s eco-efficiency:

1. Take a view from a different prospective of your company and deliberate your current actions. Do you consider your company to already be embracing a good standard of eco-efficiency? How can we expect others that we collaborate with to hold and preserve a high standard of “Go Green” ethos when we, ourselves, do not follow.

2. Evaluate your current use of machinery and packaging and assess where you can make reductions by introducing more energy proficient equipment and the use of recycled packaging products as well as decreasing the volume of packaging your items require. Recent studies indicate that over 50% of goods on store shelves are packaged in recycled paperboard.

3. Use a comparison site to review your business energy prices and see where you could potentially make savings.

4. Inspire your staff to promote green resources and infuse systems which encourage a “Go Green” attitude throughout your workforce. Why not implement an “idea” box for your employees to make suggestions of how & where they feel changes could be made to reflect “Greener” processes.

5. Restructure & modernise your logistics to minimise emissions. Can you make better consumption of your vehicles by combining the shipments of more than one client on a particular route in each load?Could you deliver a higher quantity of resources per load to reduce your truck movements? Contemplate the use of low carbon transport such as rail, barge or sea together with hybrid vehicles for means of transport by road. Full information is available for advice on methods to “Go Green” within your business transportation methodologies via http://www.epa.gov/smartway/

Being environmentally friendly should be high on your list of priorities in the 21st century, but without the knowledge of how to shape a “Greener” supply chain, you can’t realistically or practically reach your end objective. Investigate how you can co-operate with other companies, within your circle of business, how working together could result in the reduction of waste. Details on how a business can contribute to a more sustainable economy can be sourced via the UK Government website.

This guest post was penned by Sarah Robey. Sarah represents a UK-based logistics finding service.