Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date.

This week: how the SpaceX plan for the Big Falcon Rocket could transform the parcel service industry; Amazon’s deals with big apartment landlords; how millennials could be the answer to the looming supply chain talent gap; the rise in U.S. manufacturing output; and how Click & Collect boosts retail sales.

Package Delivery by Rocket

There are many new transportation modalities that have the potential to revolutionize the freight transportation business, especially parcel delivery. As Michael Sheetz reports for CNBC, Delivery by rocket could change the game for UPS, FedEx. The article looks at how Morgan Stanley believes the SpaceX plan for the Big Falcon Rocket as a reusable mode of Earth transportation could change the game for parcel delivery.

Solving the Package Problem for Apartment Operators

Moving goods from the warehouse floor to the front door just got easier. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon and Big Apartment Landlords Strike Deals on Package Delivery. Laura Kusisto looks at how the Amazon Hub program to install locker systems in apartment buildings will give the retailer control over the last mile of the logistics chain.

The Upside of the Looming Talent Shortage

SupplyChainDIVE’s Jennifer McKevitt reports that there may be up to 3.5 million unfilled positions by 2020 as older supply chain employees retire. The good news is that millennials are enthusiastically considering careers in supply chain management. The article, Study: Millennials see supply chain as an opportunity for growth, looks at data from a new Millennials in Supply Chain research report by APICS.

U.S Manufacturing Output Rises

The U.S. manufacturing industry is beginning to regain its footing after the damage from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to Bloomberg’s Sho Chandra. In U.S. Manufacturing Output Rises as Impact From Hurricanes Fades, the Federal Reserve report showed increases in factory output across consumer durables and non-durables, business equipment and construction.

Driving Additional In-Store Sales

Logistics Manager reports that Click & collect boosts retail sales. According to a new JDA/Centiro survey, nearly a quarter of European shoppers bought additional items while picking up their online purchases. Additionally, the report found that 42 percent of respondents who shopped online in the past year have used Click & Collect. The JDA/Centiro Customer Pulse Report Europe 2017, conducted by YouGov, details the latest insights into online buying preferences and behaviors, emerging trends and fulfillment experiences across Europe.