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The Marijuana Supply Chain: Is Home Delivery Next?

It used to be that if you wanted marijuana, you got the flower bud and smoked it in either a joint or pipe of some sort. Today, however, the options are expanding. Aside from the traditional bud, marijuana dispensaries offer various forms of marijuana concentrates, including shatter, wax, crumble, sugar, honeycomb, sap, and oil (apparently these names refer to a concentrates texture). The expanded options are because marijuana is becoming a big business. Actually, it’s […]

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Fourth of July Spectacular

Tomorrow is the 4th of July, a holiday celebrating American independence, fireworks, and backyard BBQs. And like any good American holiday, consumers are ready to spend some money. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has been conducting its annual Independence Day survey with Prosper Insights & Analytics since 2003. The survey looks at the spending habits of consumers for holiday by different categories. According to the latest survey, 86 percent of Americans plan to celebrate Independence […]

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How Amazon Changed Whole Foods

It has been almost two years since Amazon acquired Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in cash. And over these two years, changes have been made to Whole Foods, at the corporate level and down to the individual store as well. Some of these changes have been for the good, while others have left people questioning what has happened to Whole Foods. In the end, as part of Amazon, it is all about the bottom line, […]

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The Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

As I mentioned in my news round-up last week, Hurricane Florence has brought an estimated $40+ billion in damages to North Carolina. So far, I have written about the 60 percent drop in freight activity coming out of the state, as well as the closures and slow re-openings of both ports and I-95. Some truck routes in and out of the state are still unreliable. Most reports indicate it could still take several weeks for […]

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Lineage Logistics: A Data-Driven Approach to Cold Chain

Towards the end of last year, Steve Banker and I met with Greg Lehmkuhl, President & CEO, Sudarsan Thattai, CIO, and Chris Timmer, SVP Sales and Value-Added Services from Lineage Logistics. The name Lineage Logistics may not be a household name, but that is something the leadership team is used to. However, Lineage, a mid-cap company based in Detroit, Michigan, is one of the world’s largest and most innovative temperature-controlled supply chain providers. The temperature-controlled […]

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Fleet Management for Disaster Relief

I heard a fascinating piece on NPR last week about car rental agencies and their disaster relief plans. When it comes to relief efforts after a hurricane or other natural disaster, rental car companies are the face of the future. This comes down to their ability to manage their fleets appropriately, to get the proper vehicles to the proper locations at the proper time. I’ve written about fleet management here before, but from a transportation […]

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Centralized Routing Fuels Cost Reductions

Safety-Kleen, a subsidiary of Good Harbors, has made the decision to centralize routing of their trucks. There was no consistent message or process, as every branch would route their trucks differently. The drivers would essentially design their own routes based on their daily tickets that had come in. The initial phase of the process had 100 of the 200 branches switch over to centralized routing. In the 18 months since the roll-out, on-time performance has improved 78 percent. In the first year, revenue and gallons per mile have improved 19%. On top of that, the total first year cost reductions are nearly $6 million.

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Enterprise Software Market Revenues Shrink in Q3 2016

On a quarterly basis, ARC Advisory Group releases a report that discusses the quarterly results of the major publicly traded enterprise software companies. The aggregated supplier revenue results and commentary provide market participants and other interested parties with a timely snapshot of the market’s performance. The latest report shows the worldwide enterprise software market continued its year-over-year decline in the third quarter of 2016.  The euro was nearly stable with respect to the US dollar […]

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Takeaways from 2016 MercuryGate Dominate

Last week I attended MercuryGate’s annual user conference at the Royal Sonesta in New Orleans, LA. The conference’s theme was “Dominate.” To do this, MercuryGate is striving to make their customers smarter, stronger, faster, and better, and the presentations that I attended all hit on this. Over the course of the last year, MercuryGate has released new products and made upgrades to existing products to make managing your transportation easier. Everything MercuryGate does, and everything […]

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LeanLogistics ClientConnect – Discover · Disrupt · Deliver

LeanLogistics held its annual user conference in Chicago, IL last week. I had not attended a Lean conference in the past, so I was excited to see what the conference would be like. In his opening remarks, LeanLogistics Chief Commercial Officer Chris Timmer mentioned that this was the largest conference they had ever put on. Based on the energy and size of the crowd, I certainly believe it. The theme of the conference was Discover […]

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