Author Archive for Steve Banker

Nu Skin Selects XPO as a Lead Logistics Provider in a Vested Outsourcing Agreement

A lead logistics relationship is a significant commitment. There deals should always be based on several key collaborative principals. The XPO/Nu Skin deal is one of the few deals explicitly based on these “getting to win” concepts.

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Leveraging Network Effects to Improve Managed Transportation

Jeff McDermott, the Sr. Vice President of Transportation at GEODIS, made the point in a conversation with me that there have been several new entrants providing managed transportation services. “Cloud-based transportation management systems (TMS) have lowered the barriers of entry in this field. But small players don’t have the economies of scale.” By economies of scale, Mr. McDermott is referring to network effects; being able to leverage visibility to large numbers of transportation moves and […]

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What’s New in Transportation Management?

Europeans and North Americans talk about this managed transportation in different ways. In Europe, they often refer to this as a 4PL (fourth party logistics) service. When Europeans talk about a 4PL arrangement, what they are referring to tends to be more tightly defined and less flexible than what North Americans mean by “managed transportation.”

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Trump and the Paris Agreement: Global Supply Chains to the Rescue?

On June 1st, the US withdrew from the Paris Climate deal. Many of the largest companies in the world have embraced sustainability. almost all organizations (97 percent) place a high level of importance on sustainable procurement.
The problem is that initially most companies don’t focus sustainable procurement on greenhouse gas reductions.

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Walmart Fights Back Against Amazon

Wall Street believes Amazon is winning the retail war with Walmart. Amazon’s market cap is twice that of Walmart, despite being a much smaller and less profitable company than Walmart. Wall Street values the growth of the ecommerce giant over the size and clout of the world’s largest retailer. In the last few years, Walmart has invested billions to up their multi-channel capabilities. Multi-channel involves the combination of stores and a web/ecommerce presence, the ability […]

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Wall Street Believes Amazon is Winning the War with Walmart

Investors believe Amazon is winning the retail war with Walmart. Amazon’s market cap is twice that of Walmart’s. When it comes to retail, Walmart’s most important retail operations (Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club) are more than four and a half times larger than Amazon’s main retail operations (Amazon North America) and the operating income is almost nine and a half times that of Amazon. Investors clearly value growth over profitability. Amazon’s U.S. retail sales increased […]

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Manhattan Associates Prioritizes Investments in Omni-channel

At Manhattan Associate’s user conference last week, a series of product enhancements to their Omni-channel capabilities were announced. The most significant was the introduction of a Cloud-based suite.

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3M Commits to Digitization

For 3M, a digital supply chain is about reducing friction, both internally and with partners and customers. And according to their Sr. VP of SCM, “Friction occurs at the connection points.” Digitization provides the information that allows different parties to get to a point where they can more efficiently work with each other.

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Using Smart Devices for Barcode Scanning in the Warehouse

Several suppliers report they are seeing the shift toward smart device barcode scanning among millennials. These scanners are most appealing to companies that have a large seasonal surge and have a need to bring temp workers – often millennials – up to speed quickly.

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JDA’s Exciting New Supply Chain Product Strategy

JDA is working toward providing off the shelf solutions that allow companies to use SNEW data – social media, news, event, and weather data – to improve their supply chain capabilities. In short, they are working to leverage Internet of Things (IoT) to improve supply chain management.

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