Author Archive for Chris Cunnane

Omni-Channel Order Management Strategies for Success

I recently wrote an article about the factors contributing to the growth of the omni-channel order management system (OMS) market. Some of these factors include changing customer expectations, the rise of B2B use cases, the store’s changing role in the retail landscape, and the use of artificial intelligence. However, adoption rates of an omni-channel OMS application have remained relatively flat. The big reason for a lack of adoption is the problems that arise with integration. […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 14 – 20)

April 17 was Tax Day in the United States. And it appears that many Americans (myself included) were giant procrastinators this year. While I didn’t wait until the very last minute to file, many millions of Americans did. And when they did, they discovered they were in a nightmare scenario – they couldn’t file their taxes because the IRS systems were down. Luckily, these taxpayers got a reprieve and were able to file once the […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 7 – 13)

In the Boston area, this is one of the best weekends of the year – Patriot’s Day weekend. And the biggest tradition of Patriot’s Day weekend is the running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, where 30,000+ runners will trek the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston. Every runner has a story, whether they are an elite runner looking for the win, a runner that has qualified for the most prestigious marathon in the world […]

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The Other Side of the Coin for Crowdsourced Deliveries

A few months ago, I wrote an article about using crowdsourced deliveries for last mile success. In the article, I touched upon a few key points regarding crowdsourced deliveries. First was the rapidly expanding market for crowdsourced deliveries. Major retailers such as Target, BestBuy, Macy’s, Staples, and Walgreens, to name a few, are currently offering crowdsourced deliveries to their customers. But the market has moved beyond traditional retailers, as restaurants that typically have not offered […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 31 – April 6)

It’s Masters Weekend – one of the most glorious weekends of the year for golf fans. This year’s tournament marks the return of Tiger Woods, who will be competing in his first Masters since 2015, when he finished tied for 17th. While Tiger will clearly be a dominant storyline, one of the feel-good stories has to be Matt Parziale, who is an amateur golfer and firefighter from Brockton, MA. Parziale quialified for the Masters after […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 24 – 30)

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about drone deliveries, and whether or not they were actually close to a reality. In that article, I outlined a few practical applications for drones, as well as some of the more hypothetical uses. Well, this week has shown us that aside form practical uses, companies are looking towards the future for possible applications. Amazon, for example, filed yet another patent for a drone system. This time, […]

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Machine Learning for Transportation Execution and Visibility

I am kicking off some new research on the Transportation Execution and Visibility Systems market in the next week or so. This will be an update on a study Steve Banker did a few years ago, which looked mostly at the execution space, and how the Uber for Freight model was disrupting the market. According to ARC’s definition, transportation execution (TE) systems & marketplaces allow shippers to connect to multiple carriers and then tender, track, […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 17 – 23)

According to recent research, the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” may be significantly larger than previously thought? Just how big is it? Well, the plastic waste floating in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii contains at least 79,000 tons of material spread over 1.6 million square kilometers. That’s the equivalent mass of 6500 school buses, and about the size of Mongolia or Iran. About 1.8 trillion plastic pieces make up the garbage patch, the scientists […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 10 – 16)

Sásta Lá Fhéile Pádraig! Or, for those of you that don’t speak or read Gaelic, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While the holiday originated as a celebration of the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland, it has certainly morphed into something else. It is now a day to celebrate all things Ireland, and as the saying goes, everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. […]

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Drone Deliveries: Are They Actually on the Horizon?

The United States has been lagging behind other parts of the world when it comes to the testing and adoption of drones for last mile deliveries. This is not due to a lack of interest or research and development efforts from some of the largest drone manufacturers. In fact, companies such as Amazon, Google, and UPS have invested incredible amounts of money into how they can deploy drones to make deliveries. These companies have also […]

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