As carriers seek to shift their customers away from the traditional freight classification system, many shippers are resisting the change. That's ironic, because shippers have complained loudly for decades about the way the classifications are developed.
Ace Hardware worked with its waste and recycling contractor to get one DC to the point where it ships nothing to a landfill. A second DC is close behind. And that's only a part of the hardware cooperative's sustainability efforts.
I am persuaded we are on the brink of another major upheaval in logistics and supply chain, spurred largely by technological developments like 3-D printing, ubiquitous connectivity, and the coming of driverless vehicles.