3-D printing could someday help Amazon achieve same-day delivery without requiring that huge inventories sit in regional warehouses across the country. But plenty of experts say 3-D printers still have a long way to go before they can make a serious dent in the supply chain that connects businesses to demanding customers.
The Washington Post has been thinking about how Jeff Bezos does business for reasons beyond Bezos’ recent purchase of the venerable newspaper. Brian Fung, a technology reporter at the paper, recently speculated on how 3-D printing’s ability to create objects on demand could affect the ongoing race between companies such as Amazon, eBay, and Wal-Mart to attract customers based on the ability to deliver purchases within the same day they’re ordered. [Read More]
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