Author Archive for Chris Cunnane

This Week in Logistics News (April 15 – 21)

Patriots’ Day is one of the best days of the year in Boston. For those of you that don’t know what Patriots’ Day is, I’ll tell you. It is a state holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is observed on the third Monday in April, and kicks off school vacation week. There are war re-enactments and parades to celebrate. It is […]

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Centralized Routing Fuels Cost Reductions

Safety-Kleen, a subsidiary of Good Harbors, has made the decision to centralize routing of their trucks. There was no consistent message or process, as every branch would route their trucks differently. The drivers would essentially design their own routes based on their daily tickets that had come in. The initial phase of the process had 100 of the 200 branches switch over to centralized routing. In the 18 months since the roll-out, on-time performance has improved 78 percent. In the first year, revenue and gallons per mile have improved 19%. On top of that, the total first year cost reductions are nearly $6 million.

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This Week in Logistics News (April 8 – 14)

I saw over the weekend that Norway is planning on building the world’s first ship tunnel to bypass part of the ocean. The tunnel will be a 5,610-feet passageway dug through a piece of rocky peninsula that will allow vessels to avoid a treacherous part of sea. The tunnel will be 118 feet wide, 162 feet tall, and will accommodate cruise and freight ships weighing up to 16,000 tons. The tunnel, if it remains on […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 1- 7)

The boys are back! That’s right, the Bruins are back in the playoffs after suffering season-ending collapses the last two years. On top of that, baseball season officially kicked off this week, and the Red Sox opened up the season with a two-game winning streak against the Pirates. The weather has not exactly cooperated with us for baseball season, given the low temperatures and yesterday’s rainout. But, playoff hockey and baseball season mean two things: […]

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Descartes Evolution – Logistics Excellence: Now and in the E-Future

Last week, I attended the annual Descartes Systems Group User conference in sunny West Palm Beach, FL. This was my second time attending the event, and once again, it did not disappoint. This was the largest event yet for Descartes, with well over 400 attendees at this year’s conference. I managed to catch some really interesting sessions featuring Descartes employees as well as some great case study sessions, including Clean Harbors, BC Sands, and CVS. […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 25 – 31)

After a cold and dreary winter in Boston, I was excited to spend a little bit of time in the sun. Luckily for me, I went to West Palm Beach, FL for the first half of the week to attend the Descartes Users Conference. The conference itself was fantastic, with lots of great sessions, and opportunities to learn. In fact, you’ll be hearing more about it over the next few weeks. As much as I […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 18 -24)

Thirty-three years ago today, five high school students in Shermer, IL spent a full Saturday in all-day detention for various offenses. The five students were labeled a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. To pass the time, the students talked, argued, snuck out of the library to explore the school, and opened up about their fears and the pressures they face. Over the course of the nine hours they spent […]

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Cocoa Producers Join the Fight to End Deforestation

Over the last few years, there has been a lot of talk about sustainability, green initiatives, and the reduction of carbon emissions from major companies around the globe. This is especially true as companies look at their supply chain. In the same light of making supply chains more responsible, a growing trend is the fight to end deforestation. As the term implies, deforestation is the removal of forests or woodlands for non-forest use. There are […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 11 – 17)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, a day where everyone is Irish. Or, at the very least, pretends to be. And like any holiday, Americans sure love to spend money. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Americans will spend a record amount of money this year. Just how much money? Well, according to the NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, spending for St. Patrick’s Day is expected to reach $5.3 billion, […]

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The Bird Flu Strikes Again

It’s been a few years, but the first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (bird flu) has struck the United States. Earlier this week, a chicken farm affiliated with Tyson Foods discovered a flock had been contaminated. The flock consisted of about 73,500 birds, which were used for breeding. As a result of the outbreak, the flock had to be destroyed. This is certainly not the first time avian influenza has struck the poultry market. […]

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