Archive for Mergers-Acquistions

Is Oracle’s Acquisition of Logfire a Cloud-WMS Inflection Point?

Oracle recently announced a definitive agreement to acquire Logfire, a Cloud WMS provider. Last year I explained that Cloud WMS deployments still remain limited compared to Cloud adoption of other supply chain software (I am using the term “Cloud” to represent single instance, multi-tenant solutions). And with good reason. WMS is a real-time application that requires quick response times to function properly. In addition, a WMS solution supports processes often confined to a single facility. […]

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Dematic and Intelligrated Acquisitions Highlight Warehouse Automation’s Superior Growth Potential

The global warehouse automation & control (WA&C) market has experienced numerous mergers & acquisitions over the years. However, most of the acquisitions have been smaller vendors that sell similar solutions that offer a complimentary technology, capability, or additional geographic presence to the acquirer. In contrast, the recently announced acquisitions of Dematic and Intelligrated represent major shifts in the global WA&C market. Dematic announced on June 21 that it is going to be acquired by the KION Group, one of […]

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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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Divestitures: 3 Ways to Navigate Your Supply Chain During Transitions

When companies increase focus and concentration on core capabilities to improve their service offerings and increase shareholder value, divestitures can often result. A major transition that impacts all areas of a business, including supply chain reliability and efficiency, divestitures have the potential to be positive or negative. You decide. While restructuring assets of a business portfolio can help sharpen strategic focus for large companies, divestitures also create challenges for supply chain executives who become tasked […]

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M&A Supply Chain Strategies: Lessons from the Office Depot-OfficeMax Merger

When two companies merge, the supply chain organizations also must merge.  That means downsizing that department, making personnel choices, converging IT systems, and meeting the supply chain synergies promised to Wall Street.  Mergers can go badly wrong, or they can be a new source of competitive advantage. Larry Hartley, the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain at Office Depot, has lived through both types of mergers.  More recently, he was the man in charge of […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 13 – 19)

It’s hard to believe another year is coming to an end. There have been many highs and many lows this year, and an awful lot of newsworthy items to keep you abreast of. We wrote about numerous mergers and acquisitions, new technologies and innovations, customer success stories, drones, overnight delivery, port congestion, drones, 3PL’s, robots, shale oil, drones, omni-channel, warehouse management, transportation management, and, of course, drones (did I mention drones?). As much fun as […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 29 – December 5)

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Black Friday fizzled compared to last year, as sales tumbled 11%. An estimated 6 million+ shoppers that were expected to hit the stores on Black Friday never showed up. There are a few reasons why sales tumbled. First, more consumers appear to not be in a rush to hit stores and deal with massive crowds. With Cyber Monday right around the corner, many consumers are more comfortable with […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 1 – 7)

For many years, “fall back” was a good thing. I could go to the bed at my normal time on Saturday night and enjoy an extra hour of sleep. Sure, it meant that the cold of winter was coming and that it would be dark by 4:30, but for one glorious day, I got to indulge in an extra hour of sleep. Unfortunately, that all changes once you have kids. For some reason, they do […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 16 – 22)

I’m sure everyone’s Facebook feed has been jammed with friends and family members (and links to celebrities) taking the ice bucket challenge. For those of you who don’t know what the ice bucket challenge is, I’ll explain. If you are challenged, you have 24 hours to either dump a bucket of ice water on your head, film it, post it, and challenge some friends to do the same, or you are to donate $100 to […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 12 – 18)

This past Tuesday, April 15, marked the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. It was a moment that brought shock, terror, sadness, anger, strength, and pride to the city of Boston. The local and national media have done a terrific job of capturing the raw emotion of the events, and the healing process of the last year. I don’t feel it is necessary for me to recount my thoughts and opinions of the […]

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