Archive for Logistics Trends

Let the Holiday Rush Begin (or Continue)!

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the rear view mirror, the holiday shopping season, and the rush to deliver packages, is in full swing. The last few years of holiday shopping, and the shipping crunch associated with e-commerce orders, has produced its share of ups and downs. Late packages will never be eliminated fully, but retailers and shippers alike have taken steps to ensure that a holiday meltdown similar to 2013, where an estimated […]

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Will Logistics Provide a Good Career Path for Young Grads?

In this Presidential election, trade as a destroyer of jobs has been one of the few issues actually discussed. But automation kills many more jobs than trade. For young grads, based on automation trends, will logistics remain a solid career?

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Quantifying the Changing Warehouse Order Profile

My colleagues and I have written a number of articles about the widespread growth of e-commerce and its effect on distribution operations. Many companies are opening new facilities for e-commerce fulfillment and others are using traditional replenishment facilities to fulfill e-commerce orders as well. It’s well-known that e-commerce growth is affecting the requirements placed on many organizations. But to what degree is the movement of goods through the supply chain shifting? And to what degree […]

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Why Pool Distribution Now?

Pool distribution as a store replenishment strategy is more relevant than ever because of decreasing margins and the need to move goods quickly to stores in reaction to changing consumer demand. Pool distribution is a great example of the power of the “network effect”, as it leverages numerous retailers and pool operators to substantially lower distribution costs and increase delivery frequency. While pool started with specialty retailers, it is applicable across much of the retail […]

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Air Freight, Not as Competitive as it Could or Should Be

Air freight is not as competitive as it could or should be. There has been a modal shift; roughly 400,000 tons have been lost to ocean each year since 2000. Part of this is beyond the control of the industry. But it is partly due to the fact that air is just not as fast, seller’s shipping dock to the customer, as it should be.

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How Will Brexit Affect Global Supply Chains?

Brexit will have a minimal impact on global supply chains. The U.S. presidential election could have a much bigger impact. And changes in EU tax enforcement, the most of all.

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Top Young Tech Companies Poised to Transform Supply Chain Management

The young companies that are poised to transform the supply chain management profession fall into a relatively few categories. The most interesting start-ups we are seeing have business models based on the sharing economy, the Internet of Things (IoT), predictive analytics, and robotics. The Sharing Economy: Five companies are very interesting: Flexe, Deliv, Doorman, Transfix, and Shyp. Flexe describes itself as a marketplace for warehouse space.  It is a cloud-based marketplace platform analogous to airbnb.  […]

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The Challenge of Profitable Shipping in an OmniChannel World

The need to provide online customers with transparency to shipping costs is well known. According to KISSmetrics, unexpected shipping costs account for nearly one-third of all abandoned shopping carts. And the importance of providing online shoppers a variety of service levels is also understood –  the 2015 Pitney Bowes Annual Shipping Survey found, 93% of consumers indicated shipping options to be an important factor in their overall shopping experience – a 23% increase over 2014. […]

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The Rise of the Logistics M&A Mega Deal

As well as 2015 being the warmest year since records began (in 1850), it was also pretty hot 12 months in the area of business mergers and acquisitions, which hit a new high of $4.3 trillion in deals struck. Specifically in the logistics industry, several so-called mega deals led to a near year-on-year doubling of M&A value to $173 billion, according to data from PwC. Prominent among the 2015 deals: FedEx’s $4.8 billion grab for […]

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3PL Market Witnesses Further Decline

The 3PL market has experienced further declines in the 4th Quarter.

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