The Week of September 18th: 10 things eft's been reading

It was all autonomous cars, now the trucks are coming.

1. A huge backlash came after this announcement, but it does represent something key: the importance of last mile – either mom and pop or ‘tech-based’. ‘Two Ex-Googlers Want To Make Bodegas And Mom-And-Pop Corner Stores Obsolete’. [FastCompany]

2. Reverse outsourcing: A Chinese company is coming to the US to take advantage of low costs by way of US sew-bots ‘China Snaps Up America’s Cheap Robot Labor.’ [Bloomberg]

3. October 26th could be a very important day for trucking. ‘Musk tweets date and location for Tesla semi truck unveil.’ [Road Show]

4. K+N spots a gap in the market. ‘Kuehne + Nagel charges in with supply chain solution for lithium batteries.’ [Loadstar]

5. Target is looking to use technology to improve the customer experience. ‘Target’s app will soon guide you to the item you’re looking for.’ [Engadget]

6. Now everyone’s doing an autonomous truck. ‘Inside Embark’s mission to make autonomous trucking a reality.’ [TechCrunch]

7. Protectionism and the reshaping of the US supply chain: ‘Buy American, Hire American: How Renewed Protectionism Is Reshaping Supply Chains.’ [IndustryWeek]

8. Is Amazon buying customers again? ‘Amazon's Whole Foods Price Cuts Brought 25% Jump in Shoppers.’ [Bloomberg]

9. And are they looking to get into pharma? ‘Amazon is taking on the drug supply chain, says report.’ [CNBC]

10. Gen Z is coming. And they live and breathe social. ‘Gen Z twice as influenced by social media as by deals.’ [RetailDIVE]


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