Author Archive for Chris Cunnane – Page 2

This Week in Logistics News (April 20 – 26)

Two of my all-time favorite musicians are Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend. Aside from being musical masterminds, these two had something else in common – smashing their guitars on stage. During the 60’s, Hendrix would often light his guitar on fire before smashing it to pieces; Townshend would often smash his guitar and amps before Keith Moon joined in on the destruction of this drum kit. This was the beginning of what has become a […]

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Managed Transportation Growth Drivers

A while back, I wrote about the managed transportation services (MTS) market. According to ARC’s definition, 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. The market study I am wrapping up is restricted to revenues generated from control […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 13 – 19)

He’s back! Eleven years after his last major win, Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods won the Masters for the fifth time, while notching his 15th total major victory. In doing so, Woods moved closer to Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 major wins. To put that in perspective, of all active golfers, Phil Mickelson is second in career major wins with 5. Surprisingly, this marked the first time that Tiger has won a major when failing to be […]

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Iconex Uses 3PL to Drive Business Benefits

A few weeks ago, I spoke with Kim Harper-Gage, Senior Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain at Iconex. Iconex is the world’s largest maker of paper receipt rolls for the retail, banking, and restaurant industry. Additionally, the company makes custom labels for various industries such as logistics and retail. Iconex is a global company with operations in North America, Chile, and Europe. The basis of my conversation with Harper-Gage was about their relationship with managed […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 6 – 12)

We are heading into what I can only call one of the single greatest days of the year in Boston: Patriots’ Day. The holiday officially commemorates the “shot heard round the world,” or the first shots fired at the battles of Lexington and Concord and the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. The region marks the occasion with Revolutionary War re-enactments, parades, and an unforgettable weekend of sports. The Red Sox hoisted the 2018 World […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 30 – April 5)

On April 1, I saw a very interesting piece of news that I just couldn’t believe. Passel, a sharing economy company that has shoppers (dubbed Passers) deliver goods to other shoppers, made a major announcement on how items would be delivered. The company’s R&D division announced that Passers would have the option of engaging drones to assist with delivery. According to a press release, “Drone Assisted Delivery is a Jet Optimized Kinetic Engagement System (DAD: […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 23 – 29)

There’s an old proverb “that all good things must come to an end.” As a New England Patriots fan, that ending came a lot sooner than I would have liked. Earlier this week, Rob Gronkowski announced that he is retiring from the NFL. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player quite like Gronk. When healthy, he was the most dominant force on the field; he was a punishing blocker, reliable receiver, and nearly impossible […]

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Descartes Evolution 2019: Disruptive Technologies for the Customer Experience

I’m coming to you live from Naples, FL at the 2019 Descartes Evolution Conference. This was my third time attending the event and as always, it did not disappoint. This year marked the largest conference yet, with more than 650 attendees; in fact, it has outgrown its old location in West Palm Beach and from the looks of it, may need a bigger home next year. Yesterday’s sessions were about the big picture, while today’s […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 16 – 22)

I spent the majority of this week in Las Vegas attending the Oracle Modern Business Experience conference at the Mandalay Bay. From a supply chain perspective, the conference looked into how disruptive technologies like IoT and blockchain are impacting supply chain management and the benefits and efficiencies they can add. The sessions were both informative and thought provoking at the same time. But I’ll have more on these topics at a later date. The conference […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 9 – 15)

St Patrick’s Day is this weekend, where everyone is a little bit Irish. And it wouldn’t be a holiday without Americans spending a lot of money. So just how much money will be spent this year? According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual survey on St Patrick’s Day, about 55 percent of Americans plan to celebrate. The average consumer plans to spend about $40, which equates to roughly $5.61 billion in total spending. The […]

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