Author Archive for Chris Cunnane

This Week in Logistics News (August 4 – 10)

Food waste and its impact on supply chains and the environment has been a hot topic lately. Tesco has scrapped “best by” dates on packaging to reduce waste, and Circular Systems is pioneering new tech to convert food crop waste – like banana peels and hemp stalks – into wearable fibers. Two more companies are stepping up their part to reduce food waste. Lidl is running a test by selling boxes of “wonky” fruits and […]

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Managed Transportation Services Driven by ROI

I’m kicking off a new study on Managed Transportation Services (MTS). In an MTS arrangement, a shipper contracts with a third party to plan and execute their moves for them. In other words, instead of having internal planners plan and execute moves, those planners are employed by the MTS supplier, but work on the shipper’s behalf. Managed transportation arrangements are based upon different operating models. In some cases, the 3PL also acts as a broker […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 28 – August 3)

Growing up in the 80’s, malls were a pretty big deal. They were the social hotspots for teenagers, the place where you could buy anything (so the original Amazon), and even spawned a full-on tour for Tiffany, aptly named “The Beautiful You: Celebrating the Good Life Shopping Mall Tour ’87.” One of the best things to do at the mall was to go into stores where you knew there was no way you were buying […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 21 – 17)

I’m back at it, after a two-week vacation to Copenhagen, Denmark. I have to say that Copenhagen was one of the cleanest and family-friendliest cities I have ever been to. In all, it was an amazing trip. As an analyst that covers logistics, I feel as though there are two points I have to make regarding my trip. First, the metro line that took us from the airport to our apartment, and the only line […]

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Triple Threat: Trump, Tariffs, and a Trade War

President Trump has been quite vocal when discussing US trade deals, often lamenting how the US has been getting the short end of the stick on almost every trade deal. One of his first moves as President was to pull the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) citing it as a bad deal. Since then, the President has been renegotiating NAFTA (another “bad deal” for the US), and imposing tariffs on goods imported worldwide. The […]

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Transportation Execution & Visibility Systems Strategies for Success

I just finished my latest research on the global market for Transportation Execution and Visibility Systems. Transportation Execution Solutions (TE) allow shippers to connect to multiple carriers and then tender, track, and pay in the system. Visibility solutions allow real-time asset tracking across the entire distribution network. This enables improved estimated arrival times of goods. Visibility solutions are playing a larger role in the market, as real-time tracking of assets becomes more important. Suppliers of visibility […]

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This Week in Logistics News (June 23 – 29)

The group play stage of the 2018 World Cup is over and the tournament has moved on to the knockout stage, where the remaining 16 teams will play a single elimination tournament. Notice I said remaining 16 teams and not the best 16 teams. This is due to the somewhat unfair nature of the random draw, where some groups are simply more difficult to advance through. There were certainly some surprises and amazing moments from […]

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This Week in Logistics News (June 16 – 22)

After nearly 10 months (including 5 snow days), today marks the last day of school for my kids. I’m sure they will come pouring out the front door with screams of excitement, knowing that vacation has officially begun. This vacation will consist of camps, the pool, a few trips, no homework, and most importantly, the carefree days of just being a kid. To say that I am jealous would be an understatement. But it is […]

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Transportation Execution and Visibility Systems: A Market Poised for Growth

I am currently finishing up my latest market study on global transportation execution and visibility systems solutions. Transportation Execution Solutions (TE) allow shippers to connect to multiple carriers and then tender, track, and pay in the system. Visibility solutions allow real-time asset tracking across the entire distribution network. This enables improved estimated arrival times of goods. Visibility solutions are playing a larger role in the market, as real-time tracking of assets becomes more important. Suppliers […]

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This Week in Logistics News (June 9 – 15)

Last weekend, at the Belmont Stakes, Justify made history. The American thoroughbred racehorse became just the thirteenth American Triple Crown winner. For those of you unfamiliar with the Triple Crown, it means winning the three biggest races in the US – the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. While the last Triple Crown occurred in 2015 with American Pharoah, it is certainly a rarity in the sport. In fact, prior to American Pharoah, […]

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