This Week in Logistics News (January 30 – February 5)

Oil prices have been sliding, hitting a 12 year low of $27 a barrel just last month. As recently as September 2014, oil traded at over $100 a barrel. As a result, fuel prices are creeping towards levels we haven’t seen in quite a while. For example, I saw gas around the corner from my house at $1.79. I think it’s been a decade since I’ve prices that low. It brought back memories of college […]

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The Grass-fed Beef Supply Chain

Demand for grass-fed beef has grown at an annual rate of 25-30 percent for the past decade at the same time that per capita beef consumption for traditional beef products continues to decline. A recent study determined that grass-fed beef demand in several major US metropolitan markets is 3 to 6 percent of the total beef market share. There are several drivers for this growth. One is the natural health benefits – grass-fed beef has […]

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The Future of Distribution and Fulfillment – What We Know, and What We Will Find Out

ARC Advisory Group, in partnership with DC Velocity magazine, has just launched an online survey of logistics practitioners to evaluate the future direction of today’s distribution facilities, technologies, and practices. The survey is designed to obtain a multi-faceted overview of the changing demands placed on fulfillment operations and how practitioners are responding by adjusting processes, investing in technology, reconfiguring DC layouts, and expanding networks. We encourage qualified practitioners to take the survey, and we will […]

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The Internet of Things is Nothing New

I’ve made the argument before that the Internet of Things is nothing new. In the logistics space, for example, we’ve been taking RF scans and using that data to improve warehouse processes since at least 1975 when McHugh Freeman, an early warehouse management system supplier, began business. Internet protocols make it easier to communicate that sensor data to applications. This is a big advance, but I don’t think we are seeing fundamentally new types of applications; just […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 23 – 29)

Last week saw a major snowstorm cripple much of the Mid Atlantic. Luckily, living just outside of Boston, we were dealt just a glancing blow. After last year’s winter, it was nice to have a two-foot plus snowstorm not slam directly into us. But the storm certainly left many states to our south reeling and basically at a standstill. Highways were closed to traffic, trucks were stuck on the roads, and goods could not be […]

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NRF 2016: It’s All About Omni-Channel Execution

Last week, Clint Reiser and I attended the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Big Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, NY. This was my third straight year attending the event as an analyst for ARC Advisory Group and eighth consecutive Big Show overall. In years past, there has always been a main theme that I’ve seen emerge from my meetings, whether it was multi-channel, cross-channel, omni-channel, big data, cloud, mobile, inventory centralization, or […]

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Ben & Jerry’s Commits to Building Non-GMO Supply Chains from Scratch

Last year, Ben & Jerry’s celebrated a milestone: all the plant-based ingredients in their ice cream, yogurt, and sorbet products transitioned to non-genetically modified (non-GMO) sources. Now, they’re working with dozens of other food companies to build up non-GMO commodity supply chains across the country to support this growing sector of the food industry. According to Andy Barker, the social mission strategy and policy manager for Ben & Jerry’s, getting to a non-GMO supply chain […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 16 – 22)

This past Monday marked the one year anniversary of “Deflategate.” And with the NFL considering whether to release PSI measurements from the 2015 regular season, one would think that the game officials would have been on top of all things game ball related last weekend. However, upon arriving at the stadium for last Saturday’s Patriots – Chiefs divisional round playoff game, officials realized they left the kicking balls and air gauges used to measure the […]

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New Year, New Economic Bloc – the AEC

Ring out the old, ring in the new, so the saying goes. Indeed, because while 2015 was fading out this last December 31, the new ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was being born. But if you live much beyond the shores of Southeast Asia it is likely news of this particular birth passed you by. So let me explain, because this region of 632 million people and combined GDP of $2.5 trillion is set to become an […]

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Best Supply Chain Conferences to Attend in 2016

Hear, hear! Once again, it’s a new year (poet, didn’t even know it)! And with that change comes a wish list of conferences that you would like to attend. Let’s face it, a trip to Miami in February isn’t hard to swallow. But your request needs to get approval from the corner office, right? What’s the ROI of you attending this conference? Is it the most productive way for you to spend your time and […]

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