Author Archive for Chris Cunnane

This Week in Logistics News (September 16 – 22)

Monday, September 18, marked the 47th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix. While his short-lived career lasted only four years, he is universally recognized as the greatest guitarist in rock n’ roll history. He released three studio albums and one live album, but since his death, more than 10 posthumous albums have been released, including a number of live albums. The live event is where Hendrix shined; he wasn’t just a singer/songwriter/guitarist. He was […]

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Sneak Peak: Omni-Channel Order Management

A few weeks ago, I wrote about omni-channel and returns management. This was part of my sneak-peak into my upcoming omni-channel fulfillment and returns management strategy report. A common theme here at Logistics Viewpoints is to write about what we are currently researching. So, in conjunction with my omni-channel returns management research, I am also working on a new market study on omni-channel order management systems. This study is focused on those suppliers offering a […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 9 – 15)

Today is September 15. It’s neither October, November, nor December 15. It is September 15. That means it is still “officially” summer, but I can go along with the notion of fall. The days are getting shorter, the early mornings and nights cooler. It’s the perfect time for a fire pit. It also means I don’t mind seeing people enjoying a pumpkin latte or pumpkin beer now that Labor Day is over. However, I’m already […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 2 – 8)

The boys are back and they’re looking for trouble. The 2017-18 NFL season kicked off last night, with my hometown Patriots raising Super Bowl banner number 5. In a move that surprised some fans, Roger Goodell made the trip to Foxboro, much to the delight of the crowd and their clown towels. The night did not go exactly as planned however, with the Chiefs pulling off the upset 42-27. I had the chance to go […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 26 – September 1)

This weekend is Labor Day weekend in the United States. It represents the creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. Now, the holiday is celebrated annually on the first Monday in September. The Labor Day weekend also represents the […]

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Walmart and Amazon Continue Their Sparring Match

The rivalry continues between Amazon and Walmart. Just a few months ago, I wrote about the impact of Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, and how Walmart and the market in general would react. And while the rivalry has been growing over the last few years, that purchase seemed to stoke a fire under both companies, and things are only heating up. While Amazon has a dominant position in the e-commerce space, Walmart is the brick […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 12 – 18)

This summer in the Boston area has been an interesting one. We have seen temperatures fluctuating in a bizarre pattern that I cannot ever remember, with a few days in August only reaching a high temperature of the upper sixties. So, when the leaves started changing colors in early August and dropping off the trees, I couldn’t help but wonder if the cooler temperatures this summer were bringing an extremely early fall. It turns out […]

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Omni-Channel and Returns Management

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 key is to use all available channels in a complementary way, using the specific […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 5 – 11)

Wednesday marked the 22nd anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia’s death. Whether you are a fan of the Grateful Dead, or any of the large number of side projects he worked on, Jerry Garcia is a cultural icon and a very talented guitarist / songwriter. I actually never saw him play, and outside of hearing Touch of Grey hit mainstream radio in the summer of 1987 while on a West Coast road trip with […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 29 – August 4)

Yesterday afternoon, I went to my town’s transfer station to drop off recycling and garbage. As I was dropping off my recycling, my car door was open and the Beastie Boys were playing on the radio. I was approached by a 15-year-old (give or take) who looked at me and said “Is that the Beastie Boys? My dad loves them.” I instantaneously felt old. But I also had a moment of nostalgia. I was just […]

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