Reflections

Automated Supply Chains Take an Inevitable First Step

Oct 19, 2015 | 22:49 GMT
Driverless trucks in the mining industry
Rio Tinto's use of driverless trucks in its mining operations are a first step toward creating an automated supply chain.
(WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Technology has always been the way to offset high labor costs in the developed world. Moving toward driverless trucks is the next big step in that direction for supply chains. More broadly, however, the developed world is advancing to where technology can prevent the export of jobs in manufacturing to other countries where people still do them. ...

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