Cost-Effective Parcel Execution Starts with Data … All the Data

There are hundreds of thousands of 3rd party and carrier-provided shipping systems in circulation like label-printing cash registers cha-chinging in warehouses all over the world.  Many shippers have more than one, each one representing a silo of valuable information that could provide valuable insight into potential performance improvements and cost-saving opportunities for parcel execution. Sadly, even as shipping costs are increasing at more than twice the rate of inflation, all of this data is locked […]

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NRF 2018: IoT and Fulfillment for the Customer Experience

Earlier this week, I attended the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Big Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, NY. This marked the tenth straight year that I have attended the event as an analyst. Over the years, certain key themes have emerged, and many of those themes have remained in place each and every year. Namely, these themes and trends include omni-channel (or at the least the evolution from multi-channel to cross-channel to […]

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eCommerce Company uses Artificial Intelligence to Improve their Value Chain

Plated is using  machine learning and artificial intelligence to improve diverse operations across their value chain. These operations include product development, customer engagement, sales, and forecasting.

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This Week in Logistics News (January 6 – 12)

Earlier this week, it was reported that Jeff Bezos was the wealthiest human being of all time. Let that sink in – of all time. His reported net worth is upwards of $105 billion. Of course, that all has to be taken with a grain of salt. When factoring in inflation, Bill Gates has historically been worth more. In 1999, at the height of the dotcom boom, when Microsoft shares were at an astronomical high, […]

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Three Ways to Design Your Supply Chain for Successful Mergers and Acquisitions

As the global economic outlook improves, worldwide mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is predicted to pick up. M&A deal volume and deal value remains strong. According to recent surveys, 56 percent of responding companies expect to actively pursue acquisitions in the next 12 months[1], with global M&A value projected to top $3.2 trillion, up 23 percent from this year[2]. Despite the increasing numbers, failure rates for M&A initiatives are extremely high. Depending on which report you […]

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Crowdsourcing for Last Mile Success

The Key Last Mile Markets Last mile deliveries continue to be costly and headache-inducing for retailers. A lot of this is due to consumers constantly evolving and tough to meet demands of fast, reliable, and cheap (or free) service. Many retailers have turned to crowdsourced delivery options to alleviate the stress of last mile deliveries, and in turn, have turned their stores into mini-warehouses. However, the problems associated with last mile deliveries are not just […]

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The Amazon Supply Chain: The Most Innovative in the World?

Is the Amazon supply chain the most innovative in the world?  A very strong argument can be made that it is just based on their activities of the last year.

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

Happy New Year and welcome back to Logistics Viewpoints! It’s good to be back, refreshed and rested, and ready to bring you all the logistics news you’ve been missing. After a bitterly cold stretch here in the Boston area to end 2017 and start 2018, we finally got a reprieve from the cold yesterday. And by reprieve, I mean the temperatures finally escaped the single digits and crept up towards freezing. The bad news, however, […]

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Machine Learning Limitations: The Need for a Clear Measure of Success

Demand planning is a good application for machine learning because the measure of success – the forecast accuracy – is clear. To learn, an application needs a clear measure of success. Having a clear measure of success sounds easy. But often, defining success in not easy. Consider a situation where a manufacturer learns of a shortage of a key component.  Customers have already been promised products that depend upon that key production input.  The supply […]

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Best Logistics and Supply Chain Shows to Attend in 2018

Welcome 2018! There is a long list of supply chain and logistics events being held this year. I find that each conference has its own strengths. It would be great to attend a dozen each year to collaborate with colleagues and learn from their experiences. I’m sure your view is similar, but travel budgets and time constraints require us to make choices. To assist you with your conference planning, we have assembled the following list […]

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