Archive for Just for Fun

The 2020 Thanksgiving Logistics Shake-Up

Even though this year will be very different than other years, the Thanksgiving logistics headaches will continue. The turkey supply chain remains a complex balancing act between supply and demand, especially at the fresh turkey level. Smaller gatherings could have an impact on demand for smaller birds, which can throw an added complexity into the mix. For those that enjoy a Black Friday deal after a day of turkey, this will be a different year as well. A pivot to more online-centric deals looms; and for those that do go to stores, the experience will be vastly different. But then again, everything has been different in 2020.

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Vertical Farming for Supply Chain Efficiency

Indoor vertical farming has been around for quite some time but is starting to garner a lot more attention these days. As the world population continues to expand, so too does the amount of fruits and vegetables needed to feed the world. Generally speaking, we are not creating new farmland to accommodate the increase in fresh food required. Vertical farming can be part of the solution to this problem.

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The Logistics Hall of Fame

An organization has put created a Hall of Fame for Logistics. Some of the names are what you would expect, some make sense but are unexpected, and there are names that should not be there and glaring omissions.

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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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