This Week in Logistics News (August 20 – 26)

Now for today’s trivia question, brought to you by Lack of Supply Chain Integrity, Inc. Q: What exactly is Egyptian cotton anyway? A: Thanks to the lack of integrity within the sheet and bedding supply chain, I now know how Egyptian cotton differs from regular cotton. According to Wikipedia, Gossypium barbadense is known as extra-long staple cotton, sea island cotton, Pima cotton, and Egyptian cotton. It is sought after for its extra-long, silky fibers.This species […]

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Growth Factors for the Global Trade Management Market

Two weeks ago, I wrote an article about our just released market study on the Global Trade Management (GTM) market outlook. GTM solutions streamline and automate processes related to customs and regulatory compliance, global logistics, and trade financing.  By doing so, GTM solutions facilitate the flow of information, money, and goods in global trade supply chains that include buyers, sellers, and intermediaries, including customs agencies, banks, and freight forwarders.  ARC segments the GTM market into […]

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Softening Global Trade Continues to Hurt the 3PL Market

Organic growth (without the effect of acquisitions) in the non-asset section of the 3PL industry declined by about 6.9 percent, mainly due to softening global trade. This market continues to struggle.

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JDA’s Roadmap for Supply Chain Visibility

On Friday JDA Software announced that it received $570 million in additional equity funding. This made me think about their product roadmap. In particular, would this change their roadmap for supply chain visibility? I hope if anything it enhances it. Supply chain visibility has become hot, as multinationals again begin to explore supply chain control towers. For JDA, not unexpectedly, much of the initial roadmap for visibility has been focused on their transportation management system (TMS) solution because ensuring on time shipments […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 13 – 19)

Wage discussions have certainly been in the news lately, especially with the “Uberization” of last mile deliveries. Just last week, I wrote about how Deliveroo, a food delivery start-up based in London, recently raised another $275 million in funding. This actually brought their total private funding up to nearly half a billion dollars since 2012. Well, Deliveroo has been told by the government that it must pay its workers the minimum wage unless a court […]

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The Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) Resurgence Continues

ARC Advisory Group has been conducting an annual analysis of the warehouse management systems (WMS) market for the last 20 years. The process involves an analysis of large amounts of information and interviews with executives from numerous WMS software companies; and concludes with the publication of ARC’s WMS Global Market Research Study. ARC’s long-term history of market analysis and data trends provide valuable context for analyzing the current state and producing our five-year forecasts for […]

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How “Uber for Freight” Apps seek to Transform the Industry

Over $170 million invested since the beginning of 2015 in tech startups with an Uber style model seeking to transform the freight industry. But how well do the venture capitalists investing in these companies really understand logistics?

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eCommerce Shippers Need New Solutions

In my conversations with industry pros, there was a disagreement about whether there was much of any growth in the use of parcel software in most industries. But there was no disagreement that ecommerce and omni-channel initiatives were leading to a double digit growth in sales of multicarrier software to retailers. Ecommerce was also leading to increased usage of parcel software by consumer goods companies who were engaged in drop shipping their products directly to a […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 6 – 12)

The Olympic Games are in full swing, and have been incredibly entertaining so far. As most of us remember from four years ago, the Olympics are not just about the winners, losers, and magical athletic feats. They are also about the memes that are created. Who could possibly forget “McKayla’s not impressed” in London? Well, it didn’t take long for this year’s first meme to kick off. For some reason, Chad le Clos, after a […]

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Global Trade Management: Strategies for Success

ARC Advisory Group conducts an annual analysis of the global trade management (GTM) market. The research process includes the analysis of large amounts of information and interviews with executives from numerous GTM software companies. The process concludes with the publication of ARC’s GTM Global Market Research Study, which analyzes the market shares across numerous categories of the leading GTM suppliers. Aside from the market share analysis, the study looks at the trends that are driving […]

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