Author Archive for Adrian Gonzalez

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

With the holidays around the corner, this was a relatively quiet week for news. And I suspect many of you are already in vacation mode, so I’ll keep it brief today. A New Threat to UPS and FedEx (Wall Street Journal) Whirlpool Shifts Some Production to U.S. From Mexico (Wall Street Journal) Big three container shipping lines’ alliance under scrutiny (Financial Times) A couple of interesting articles in the Wall Street Journal this week. First, […]

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Do 3PLs Have an Image Problem with Young Professionals?

Last week on Talking Logistics, I had a great conversation with Professor Robert Lieb from Northeastern University about the challenges 3PLs face attracting and retaining talent. Of course, the “talent shortage” problem is not only an issue for 3PLs, but also for manufacturers, retailers, and others. But is the challenge the same for everyone, or do 3PLs face unique challenges in terms of attracting and retaining talent? For example, we all know that, generally speaking, […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 9-13, 2013)

Same-day delivery (or is it shipping?) and global trade dominated the news this week, so let’s take a look. Home Depot To Offer Same Day Delivery (Wall Street Journal) Retailers Turn Store Clerks Into Web Shippers (Wall Street Journal) WTO overcomes last minute hitch to reach its first global trade deal (Reuters) U.S.-Japan Impasse Dogs Pan-Pacific Trade Talks (Wall Street Journal) XPO Logistics Agrees to Acquire NLM Freight Shipments Fell 0.7% in October from September […]

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Red Robin, GE, and Baby Boomers: An Update on Social Networking for Business

I’m always on the lookout for companies that are using social networking technologies to enable business processes other than marketing and customer service. Yesterday, I came across a Financial Times article that mentioned two examples: Red Robin and GE. Here are the excerpts: Red Robin, the US fast-food chain, used to take 18 months to create a burger [emphasis mine], waiting for sales figures to come in from small trials, [Adam Pisoni, co-founder and chief […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 2-6, 2013)

There are huge piles of leaves in my backyard that I need to bag before Tuesday, the last day the city will pick them up, so let’s go straight to the news because I have a date with a rake this afternoon. Amazon to Deliver Packages Using Drones GrandJunction’s Technology Platform Surpasses 60 Million Local Deliveries Managed Descartes Reports Fiscal 2014 Third Quarter Financial Results Container shipping lines Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV in merger talks (Financial […]

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Collaborate? Sure, Except I Don’t Trust You

According to an AP-GfK poll conducted last month, only one-third of Americans say most people can be trusted. That’s down from half who felt that way in 1972, when the General Social Survey first asked the question. Almost two-thirds of the poll respondents said “you can’t be too careful” in dealing with people. Is that what you’re thinking when you’re sitting across from a supplier, customer, or other trading partner? Are they thinking the same […]

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The Wrinkles in Our Lives

Are you going out like that? Always, just as I was about to head out the door to go partying with my friends, my father would ask me that question. That’s all he had to say because I knew what he meant: Are you going out like that, wearing that wrinkled shirt? My answer didn’t matter, because before I could say yes or no, he was already taking out the iron from the coat closet, […]

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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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5 Reasons Why Excel is Champ of Supply Chain Apps

Earlier this month, I participated in the CONECT 12th Annual Northeast Cargo Symposium where I gave a talk on Hours of Service and shared some words of advice with CONECT’s Young Professionals group, which had their own session at the conference. During that session, a young professional from a medical device company gave a great presentation about free trade agreements — what they are, why they are important, and how to use them effectively as […]

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Viewpoints on the Air Podcast #7: Integrated Route Planning & Load Building

Last year, I wrote about how Walmart improved the efficiency of its private fleet by almost 69 percent in 2011 compared to its 2005 baseline. How did Walmart do it? By increasing its pallets per trailer and better managing its routes (among other things). Obviously, companies can achieve great benefits via better route planning and load building. However, from my perspective, many companies treat route planning and load building as two distinct, separate steps in […]

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