Author Archive for Clint Reiser

Global Trade Management (GTM) Solutions Mitigate Uncertainty

I recently began the update of ARC Advisory Group’s research on the global trade management solutions market. At the outset, it was unclear to me how (or even if) the increased global trade uncertainty would impact the market for GTM solutions. In early 2017 there were two theses as to how the uncertainty from Brexit and Trump’s rhetoric on trade agreements would affect business activity. One view was that increased uncertainty would hinder trade volumes, put terms […]

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Amazon Is A Green Company!

Amazon is not the world’s least sustainable company. On the contrary, I believe Amazon is a leader in transforming our economy toward green business models. Amazon is an enormous business. In 2017, the company generated $177 billion in revenues. Shipping costs, including sortation and delivery center and transportation costs, were $21.7 billion. In some ways the transportation of e-commerce orders generates more GHG than traditional store replenishment. But this does not consider the trips consumers make to and from stores in their own vehicles. I believe comparing supply chains to final destination in this way levels the field with respect to e-commerce vs. traditional brick and mortar.

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A Must Read: The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

It is rare at Logistics Viewpoints (LV) that we would do more than reference a few sentences from another publication. However, I believe that Bloomberg Businessweek’s recently published article titled The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies is thought provoking and (potentially) consequential enough to warrant an entire post. I recommend that LV readers set aside some time to read the entire article for themselves. But in the meantime, I […]

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Adoption of Consumer-Grade Mobility in the Warehouse

ARC Advisory Group and DC Velocity magazine recently concluded a web survey on the current use and future plans for mobile computing in the warehouse. Detailed findings from the research will be published soon. However, I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the results from a small subset of the research – namely the use of consumer-grade mobility in the warehouse. Consumer Devices are Affordable and Intuitive The use of Android-based devices in the […]

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Remember Webvan? They Weren’t Wrong – Just Early

It’s funny how some trends seem to go “full circle.” In 1999, everybody thought they could pick the next big thing. Then after the dot.com bubble burst, it seemed like everybody distanced themselves from their “visionary” pasts. I recall a brief discussion I had around 2002 with a self-described “internet guy.” He commented about the online grocery company Webvan’s business model with the statement “I don’t know what they were thinking – I mean, if you double-bag […]

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The Northeast Passage Shipping Lane

Maersk confirmed last week that is intends to sail the containership Venta Maersk through the Northeast Passage from the Far East to St. Petersburg. The route runs along the Russian Arctic through what the Russians call the Northern Sea Route. This will be the first container ship to traverse the passage, although COSCO has sent LNG tankers through the route a number of times over the last couple years. The story piqued my interest due to the […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 18 – 24)

It is the bane of my work week. Each week I waste more time there than anywhere else. What is this place that is the sinkhole of my productivity? I’ll give you a hint – it’s the sinkhole of productivity for much of the East Coast of the US. Yup, that’s right – Interstate 95.  There is a stretch of I-95 in the metropolitan Boston area that is always congested and always under construction. It […]

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Let’s Talk Import Tariffs, Expectations, and Empirical Evidence

Import tariffs and potential trade wars have been a hot topic in the media since Trump was elected President. My colleagues and I have written about the topic a number of times on Logistics Viewpoints, as well. However, much of the news propagates recent announcements and often includes an opinion on the subject matter. I thought it would be helpful to take an empirical look at import data surrounding tariff announcements and implementations to determine […]

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Warehouse Mobility Upgrades Accelerate

ARC’s research on the global WMS market identified today’s warehouse technology investments that were highest on investment priority lists (see WMS Product Development Roadmaps). Warehouse mobility investments including upgrades and replacements was high on that list. ARC and DC Velocity recently launched an online survey to obtain detailed insights into the topic, including current use and future plans for use of various mobile operating systems (OS), the relative importance of mobile OS capabilities, the range of current […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 14-20)

It’s the dog days of summer folks. And that brings about one of my favorite sporting events – the MLB All-Star Game. On Tuesday night at Washington Nationals Park, the American League beat the National League 8-6. Of course, as a Boston Red Sox fan I favor the American League so the result was pleasing. But the highlight of the event had to be the record 10 home runs in total that were hit over […]

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