Solar-Powered Impulse 2 Plane May Have Positive Impact on Air Cargo Industry

supplychain247 | April 27, 2016

Solar-Powered Impulse 2 Plane May Have Positive Impact on Air Cargo Industry
On the heels of the international Paris Agreement on climate change, many companies are seizing the opportunity to create innovative technologies that benefit the bottom line and also reduce emissions. One of the best examples of this is the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 plane’s 21,747-mile circumnavigation of the globe.

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Over the last 100 plus years of the history of supply chain management has evolved from an initial focus on improving relatively simple, but very labor-intensive processes to the present-day engineering and managing of extraordinarily complex global networks. We will take you through the last 60 plus years below and end the post with an amazing infographic.

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Over the last 100 plus years of the history of supply chain management has evolved from an initial focus on improving relatively simple, but very labor-intensive processes to the present-day engineering and managing of extraordinarily complex global networks. We will take you through the last 60 plus years below and end the post with an amazing infographic.

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