Author Archive for Chris Cunnane

This Week in Logistics News (October 5 – 11)

Sustainability has been a really hot topic around here lately. We’ve touched upon ways that companies are reducing their carbon footprint, re-engineering products to include recyclable materials, and using sustainable energy at their factories. But one area that often times goes under the radar is how to re-use consumer goods products that are already out in the market. Lego is tackling this problem head on, and in a very creative way. The company is launching […]

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The Food Supply Chain is at Risk

The global food supply chain is complex, vast, and vital to human existence. For that reason, when there are disruptions to the food supply chain, it makes major headlines. These headlines come in all shapes and sizes, including disruptions due to food recalls, natural disasters, disease, and political unrest, among others. Perhaps the biggest threat to the global food supply chain is climate change, as its effects are being felt already in many regions of […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 28 – October 4)

We have written extensively about the future of self-driving vehicles on this platform. And while we usually stick to autonomous trucks and mobile robots, we occasionally look at the current and future state of autonomous cars. As Elon Musk continues to build his empire, with a nod to the autonomous trucking world, one has to wonder how the public feels about autonomous vehicles. Over the last few weeks, a number of videos have surfaced of […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 21 – 27)

Wednesday September 25, marked the 39th anniversary of John Bonham’s death. Also known as Bonzo or the Beast, Bonham was arguably the greatest drummer in rock n’ roll history. While I may personally be partial to Keith Moon’s overall body of work, Bonzo was immensely talented and a larger than life figure. Bonham was ranked number 1 on Classic Rock’s list of 50 Greatest Drummers in Rock, and Modern Drummer describes him as “the greatest […]

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Where Does Last Mile Go from Here?

Omni-channel continues to be one of the hottest trends in supply chain management today, basically touching every software application you can imagine. In order to truly be omni-channel, retailers and brand manufacturers must provide a unified brand experience for their customers. This is true for all three major phases of the customer journey – before, during, and after the sale. The last mile of an order tends to be the most costly and headache inducing […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 14 – 20)

Last week, I wrote about the robot uprising that is going on in the store, where retailers are using robots for a variety of tasks, including stock checks, damage control, and customer service. So, what happens when a robot cannot fulfill its responsibilities and makes too many mistakes. Well, it turns out that after getting reassigned, it gets fired just like its human counterpart would. That’s exactly what happened in Scotland this week when a […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 7 – 13)

Ah yes, it is officially palindrome week. This year, however, palindrome week takes on a whole new significance. After next Thursday (9/19/19), there will not be an official palindrome week until 2021 (we don’t count putting a 0 in front of the month around here). This is the end of a wonderful run of years, starting in 2011, where the dates read the same frontwards and backwards for a week+. And to quote one off […]

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The Robot Uprising Reaches the Store

The robot uprising is coming to a store near you. And no, I’m not talking about Skynet building T-1000 Terminators to take over the world (or store in this case). I am talking about how the retail store is drastically changing to become more automated, using artificial intelligence, and relying on non-human assistance for check-outs, price checks, and inventory management. Robots and drones are in stores now and retailers are looking to build upon their […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 31 – September 6)

It’s that time of year again. And no, I don’t mean back to school or the home stretch of the baseball season. I mean football season is kicking off. And once again, my hometown Patriots are set to raise another Super Bowl banner on opening night. In a step away from the norm, the NFL season did not kick off with the defending Super Bowl champions hosting the Thursday night game. My guess is that […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 24 – 30)

For the last few months, Patriots fans have been wondering what Rob Gronkowski’s “next chapter” will be. As a fan, my obvious hope was that after some down time and the chance to heal his body, he would decide to rejoin the team. Earlier this week, Gronkowski held a press conference to finally announce his next chapter. And while he did not rule out a return to the field (nor did he in any way […]

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