Archive for Mergers-Acquistions

M&A Supply Chain Strategies: Lessons from the Office Depot-OfficeMax Merger

When two companies merge, the supply chain organizations also must merge.  That means downsizing that department, making personnel choices, converging IT systems, and meeting the supply chain synergies promised to Wall Street.  Mergers can go badly wrong, or they can be a new source of competitive advantage. Larry Hartley, the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain at Office Depot, has lived through both types of mergers.  More recently, he was the man in charge of […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 13 – 19)

It’s hard to believe another year is coming to an end. There have been many highs and many lows this year, and an awful lot of newsworthy items to keep you abreast of. We wrote about numerous mergers and acquisitions, new technologies and innovations, customer success stories, drones, overnight delivery, port congestion, drones, 3PL’s, robots, shale oil, drones, omni-channel, warehouse management, transportation management, and, of course, drones (did I mention drones?). As much fun as […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 29 – December 5)

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Black Friday fizzled compared to last year, as sales tumbled 11%. An estimated 6 million+ shoppers that were expected to hit the stores on Black Friday never showed up. There are a few reasons why sales tumbled. First, more consumers appear to not be in a rush to hit stores and deal with massive crowds. With Cyber Monday right around the corner, many consumers are more comfortable with […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 1 – 7)

For many years, “fall back” was a good thing. I could go to the bed at my normal time on Saturday night and enjoy an extra hour of sleep. Sure, it meant that the cold of winter was coming and that it would be dark by 4:30, but for one glorious day, I got to indulge in an extra hour of sleep. Unfortunately, that all changes once you have kids. For some reason, they do […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 16 – 22)

I’m sure everyone’s Facebook feed has been jammed with friends and family members (and links to celebrities) taking the ice bucket challenge. For those of you who don’t know what the ice bucket challenge is, I’ll explain. If you are challenged, you have 24 hours to either dump a bucket of ice water on your head, film it, post it, and challenge some friends to do the same, or you are to donate $100 to […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 12 – 18)

This past Tuesday, April 15, marked the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. It was a moment that brought shock, terror, sadness, anger, strength, and pride to the city of Boston. The local and national media have done a terrific job of capturing the raw emotion of the events, and the healing process of the last year. I don’t feel it is necessary for me to recount my thoughts and opinions of the […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 18-22, 2013)

Yesterday morning, I stood at my kitchen window and watched leaves fall from the trees. They floated down, one after another, to the dead grass below, where other leaves had fallen, yesterday and the day before. What made them drop today? I looked for patterns in their flight, but saw none. Each leaf acted alone, unaware of time and place, like me in the quiet house, watching leaves fall from the trees. In this week’s […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 16-20, 2013)

“Half the countries in the world have an even number of chickens.” I wrote those words on a sticky note back in college, which I found in a memory box recently. I have no idea what it means, or what I was thinking at the time, but if I went through the trouble of saving the note, it must be important, right? In more relevant news… Amber Road Acquires Shanghai-Based EasyCargo Trimble to Acquire the […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 26-30, 2013)

This was a relatively quiet week for news, and I suspect many of you are taking off early today to enjoy the long holiday weekend, which unofficially marks the end of summer. So, without delay, here is the news that caught my attention this week: Qualcomm Signs Definitive Agreement to Sell its North and Latin American Transportation and Logistics Business to Vista Equity Partners Kewill Enhances Logistics Software With New Mobile Apps For Greater Efficiency […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 5-9, 2013)

I gotta get packing, so let’s go straight to the news… U.S. Court of Appeals upholds nearly all of new HOS regulations (Logistics Management) Oracle Helps Retailers Increase Sales and Margins with New Release of Oracle Retail Allocation Paragon’s Territory Optimizer Improves Strategic Planning for Zoned Deliveries Con-way Truckload Doubles Down on Safety, Invests in Advanced In-Cab Technologies to Complement Driver Best Practices C.H. Robinson Reports Second Quarter Results Secretary Foxx Announces Proposal to Save […]

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