Archive for Logistics Trends

Top 10 Logistics Stories of 2017

2017 is just about in the books, and it has been a busy year for the supply chain industry. Let’s look back at ten of the top logistics stories of the year. Drones 2017 has been the year of the drone. There’s been a lot of interest in using drones for last mile deliveries. In the US, an easing of FAA regulations could finally make it a reality, which is good news for the likes […]

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Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2018

There are several key supply chain trends to watch in 2018. Omnichannel Revenue Management The retail supply chain has been going through a massive transformation. Traditional brick and mortar retailers seek to leverage their stores to better compete against Amazon and other ecommerce retailers. ARC’s Chris Cunnane does an annual survey omnichannel retail in conjunction with DC Velocity.  The main reason retailers invest in expensive omnichannel initiatives is to increase sales, increase market share, and […]

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Amazon Launches Trucking App

Amazon is no stranger to innovation; we need to look no further than its investment in drone technology, warehouse robots, robotic picking competitions, the Prime program, dash buttons, cloud services, and a host of others. Often times, the company will quietly launch one its new services as a test run before making any major announcements or grand roll-outs. Last month, Amazon did it again with the launch of its first trucking app. Named Relay, the […]

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2017 Holiday Planning Guide

Now that Halloween is behind us, the time has come to focus on bigger things: the 2017 holiday season. Retail imports have been on the rise as the industry braces for the busiest time of the year. The National Retail Federation’s (NRF) latest projections call for a 3.6 to 4 percent increase in holiday sales for 2017 over the same period in 2016. That makes for a total of $678.75 billion to $682 billion, up […]

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Mid-Year Logistics Industry Review

US GDP grew at about a 2 percent annual growth rate in the first half of the year. The logistics and warehousing industry grew at a tepid rate in the first quarter. But this is positive when compared with the Q1 performance of recent years when the industry actually contracted, likely due to atypical seasonality. According to US Census data, US exports in the first half of 2017 totaled $763.6 billion, representing a 7.3 percent increase over the total for the first half of 2016. According to US Census data, US exports in the first half of 2017 totaled $763.6 billion, representing a 7.3 percent increase over the total for the first half of 2016.

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A New and Better Way to Manage Freight Trucking Risk?

I was recently informed of the new start-up company named TransVix that is developing a US trucking futures exchange market. Admittedly, my logistics research is focused more on warehousing than on transportation. However, I do have a solid understanding of both logistics and financial markets, and of financial derivatives such as forward contracts and futures. So I thought I would take this opportunity to discuss the concept of trucking futures and provide my perspective, and […]

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Key Takeaways from NRF 2017

Last week, I attended the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Big Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, NY. This was my ninth straight year attending the show since becoming an analyst, and my fourth year of attending as a member of ARC Advisory Group. This show has historically been a very large and busy show, and this year was no exception, with nearly 35,000 retailers and industry partners in attendance. Every year a […]

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3PL Market’s Organic Growth Shrinks Three Quarters in a Row in 2016

The third-party logistics (3PL) market − encompassing non-asset-based transportation, warehousing, and integrated supply chain services − experienced a year-over-year growth of 1.8 percent in revenues in the third quarter of 2016. The growth was mainly driven by acquisitions. Organic growth (without the effect of acquisitions) declined in all three quarters of FY2016 – by 8.9 percent in Q1, 6.9 percent in Q2, and 3.4 percent in Q3. This decline is mainly due to uncertain global […]

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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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Key Supply Chain Trends to Follow in 2017

The problem with trends is that they are like a freight train gaining speed; everyone can see the train, but at what point do you say the train is really moving at speed? With that in mind, here are the trends I’m following and the predictions I am making.

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