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Most Popular Articles of 2017

The Logistics Viewpoints year has come to an end. It was certainly a very busy year for us covering all the top supply chain and logistics news stories. Like in years past, we wanted to look back at the top 10 most popular articles written this year and see what our readers found to be the most interesting. The most read story from this year was Steve Banker’s Key Supply Chain Trends to Follow in […]

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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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Most Popular Articles of 2017

As hard as it is to believe, the year is already more than half-way over. Which makes this the perfect time to look back at what have been the most popular Logistics Viewpoints articles for the first half of the year. It’s nice to see a wide range of topics on the list, as well as the variety of authors on the list. All three regular contributors (Steve Banker, Clint Reiser, and myself) are included, […]

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Amazon’s Latest Take on Drone Deliveries: Fantasy or Reality

As I mentioned in last Friday’s news round-up, Amazon has won a patent for a flying warehouse or fulfillment center that will deploy drones to deliver parcels. Basically, the plan for Amazon is to have a blimp or airship of some sort hovering at an altitude of around 45,000 feet, stocked with lots of products. When an order is placed, a drone will fly down from the floating fulfillment center and deliver the item within […]

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The Halloween Supply Chain

Halloween is a short 12 days away, and spending for the holiday is soaring. According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $8.4 billion this year. This marks an all-time high in the survey’s 11-year history. US consumers are expected to spend an average of $82.93 on Halloween this year (based on 171 million Americans planning to celebrate Halloween), which […]

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Walmart’s Acquisition of Jet.com: Strategic Initiative or Desperation Move?

As mentioned here a few weeks ago, Walmart has officially completed its acquisition of Jet.com, paying $3 billion in cash and $300 million in Walmart stock for the e-commerce start-up. Walmart is the second largest e-tailer in the US, and the big news around the acquisition was Walmart’s desire to become a bigger player in the growing e-commerce landscape and finally provide a serious challenge to Amazon’s stranglehold on online commerce. Obviously it is going […]

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The Top Ten Logistics Viewpoints Posts of 2015

Just like last year, the Logistics Viewpoints team thought our readers would be interested in seeing what 2015 posts obtained the most views over the year. It’s nice to see posts written throughout the year (not just the beginning of the year) on this list. It’s also nice to see articles written by Logistics Viewpoints contributing authors as well as our sponsors. The most popular article so far this year was my article “E-Commerce Growth […]

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The US Turkey Trot: Turkey Supply & Demand Balancing

Last Thanksgiving, my colleague Chris Cunnane wrote a holiday post titled Turkey Logistics: The Thanksgiving Supply Chain that discussed the aggregate demand fueled by America’s voracious appetite for turkey. As he stated in that article, about 730 million pounds of turkey is consumed by Americans over the Thanksgiving holiday, of which about 90 percent are frozen turkeys that are bred, slaughtered, and frozen year round. After reading Chris’ article, I wondered “where in the US […]

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In-Store Fulfillment: How to Do It Right

Over the last few months, I’ve done extensive research on omni-channel fulfillment processes and technologies. One of the findings from my study was that one of the biggest questions retailers face when they move to an omni-channel initiative is where to start? With the continued growth in online shopping, retailers are trying to figure out how best to fulfill e-commerce orders. From my recent survey, distribution centers are the most common method for fulfilling e-commerce […]

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With Halloween on the Horizon, It’s Time to Prep for the Holiday Season

Halloween is only ten days away, but for the shipping industry, all eyes are on the holiday season. The last two years have seen their fair share of problems. This was due to the influx of last minute online orders that overwhelmed shippers. Additionally, brutal weather brought shipping lanes to a standstill, or at the very least, a slow trickle. As a result, millions of packages have been delivered late. Looking ahead at holiday season […]

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