Author Archive for Chris Cunnane

This Week in Logistics News (November 11 – 17)

On Wednesday, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci was sold at auction at Christie’s in New York City for a record-shattering amount. While there are only about 20 known surviving da Vinci paintings, “Salvator Mundi” is the only one that is in private hands. The painting was once thought to be a copy, and sold for about $60 in the 1950’s. It resurfaced at an estate sale in 2005, and a consortium of American art […]

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Free TMS Set to Disrupt the Market

The global transportation management systems (TMS) market is an area that is poised for growth. As I’ve written about in the past, one of the major trends that is driving TMS adoption is the strong, proven ROI associated with an implementation. ARC survey on the ROI of TMS found that respondents indicated freight savings of approximately 8 percent with the use of a TMS application, which is a 2 percent improvement from the last time […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 4 – 10)

We’ve all done things that we probably either regret or, at the very least, know we shouldn’t have done. This is true in both our personal lives and our work lives. However, I recently saw an article that epitomizes this scenario. A Nevada Department of Transportation employee is under investigation for violating the rules of his job. His main responsibility is to test employees suspected of on-the-job substance abuse. What did he get in trouble […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 28 – November 3)

For the first time in franchise history, the Houston Astros are world series champions. The Astros outlasted the LA Dodgers in a thrilling seven game series to bring home the crown. As soon as that final out was made, the real planning began. And no, I’m not talking about how the Astros can build off of this year’s team in free agency to defend the title next year. I’m talking about the victory parade. There […]

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2017 Holiday Planning Guide

Now that Halloween is behind us, the time has come to focus on bigger things: the 2017 holiday season. Retail imports have been on the rise as the industry braces for the busiest time of the year. The National Retail Federation’s (NRF) latest projections call for a 3.6 to 4 percent increase in holiday sales for 2017 over the same period in 2016. That makes for a total of $678.75 billion to $682 billion, up […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 21 – 27)

We are in the final weekend before one of my favorite holidays: Halloween. This year, I actually have plans to go to a costume party for one of the first times since having kids. I was stuck when it came to a costume as I looked back at some of my classics: Bob Ross, Richard Simmons, Brett Michaels, and a handful of others. Now that I have three kids, we are spending more than usual […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 14 – 20)

As I mentioned in my post earlier this week, the life of bees is an interesting one. This past weekend, I saw it up close and personal as I took my annual “apple picking” trip with my family. However, this year, we went with friends to make things more interesting for our kids. Due to the warmer temperatures, the bees were not ready to pack it in for the winter. Instead, they were looking for […]

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The Latest Buzz on Bees and the Supply Chain

The life of bees is a fascinating one. One interesting fact is that bees are the only insect that produces food consumed by humans. And that is one of the most troubling aspects of colony collapse disorder (CCD), which is the rapid decline in bee populations around the world. It is not just the supply of honey that is at risk. Bees are responsible for cross-pollinating plants, which in turn, enables fruits and vegetables to grow. Without bees, a food shortage is all but inevitable.

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This Week in Logistics News (October 7 – 13)

This was a disappointing sports week around these parts. On Monday, the Red Sox were oh so close to forcing a deciding game 5 in the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros, only to have their bullpen implode and blow a late game lead. This, of course, lead to their second straight opening round loss in the playoffs, and the firing of manager John Farrell. Also on Monday, I took my son to […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 30-October 6)

This has been a tough week. The senseless shooting in Las Vegas has left me grasping for something to write. But I just don’t even know what to say. However, this is not the appropriate place for me to step up on my soapbox, so I’ll share something my colleague Steve Banker said in his opening keynote at MercuryGate’s user conference in Las Vegas earlier this week. Steve said he was glad that the conference […]

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