Archive for This Week in News

This Week in Logistics News (February 10 – 16)

On Wednesday of this week, millions of people celebrated Valentine’s Day. And how better to show your love than by spending lots of money. Much like basically every holiday, Americans dug into their wallets to spend, spend, and spend some more. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey on Valentine’s Day, as 55 percent of Americans celebrate the holiday, the average consumer spent $143.56 on Valentine’s Day this year, an increase from last year’s […]

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This Week in Logistics News (February 3 – 9)

Earlier this week, SpaceX launched a rocket into outer space. Attached to the Falcon Heavy rocket, launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, was a 2008 Tesla Roadster, with a dummy at the wheel named “Starman.” The goal was to launch the car into space and into an orbit around the sun that would bring it close to Mars, Well, the mission was mostly successful, as the rocket took off and initially went into the planned orbit. […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 27 – February 2)

The time has finally come for Super Bowl weekend. All the pieces are in place – the teams, the media, the fans, the halftime entertainment, the security, and all the other logistics that need to be in place for the Super Bowl to actually happen. While I am clearly hoping for a Patriots victory, and for the dynasty to continue, I realize that I have become completely spoiled. This is the first year that my […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 20 – 26)

In yet another impressive comeback, the New England Patriots topped the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC title game to move on to their 10th Super Bowl, and 8th in the Belichick – Brady era. They will meet the Philadelphia Eagles, who crushed the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC title game, a week from Sunday in Minneapolis, MN. Logistically, hosting the Super Bowl is no easy feat, given everything that goes into it. The […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 13 – 19)

Amazon has narrowed the field down to the final 20 cities for its seconds headquarters. This is just the first step in the process, from the original 238 communities that sent proposals. Each of the proposals was evaluated based on the specific criteria set forth in the RFP, including availability of software developers and other technology talent, good transportation options, cultural fit, and the ability to move into a phase-one site as early as 2019. […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 6 – 12)

Earlier this week, it was reported that Jeff Bezos was the wealthiest human being of all time. Let that sink in – of all time. His reported net worth is upwards of $105 billion. Of course, that all has to be taken with a grain of salt. When factoring in inflation, Bill Gates has historically been worth more. In 1999, at the height of the dotcom boom, when Microsoft shares were at an astronomical high, […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 30 – January 5)

Happy New Year and welcome back to Logistics Viewpoints! It’s good to be back, refreshed and rested, and ready to bring you all the logistics news you’ve been missing. After a bitterly cold stretch here in the Boston area to end 2017 and start 2018, we finally got a reprieve from the cold yesterday. And by reprieve, I mean the temperatures finally escaped the single digits and crept up towards freezing. The bad news, however, […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 9 – 15)

This news roundup marks the final edition of “This Week in Logistics News” for 2017. It has been a pretty incredible year for me covering logistics news and trends. My recent article highlighted some of the top news stories of the year, including the advancement of drone technology, the ongoing rivalry between Amazon and Walmart, President Trump’s influence on global trade, digital freight matching, advances in warehouse technologies, and e-commerce integration, to name a few. […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 2 – 8)

Earlier this week, a camera on board the Mars Curiosity captured a photo of a round, stone-like object. Now, just what that object was, remains to be seen. It all depends on who you ask. NASA deems these strange spheres to be Martian “blueberries,” which applies to many of these round objects. According to NASA, the “peculiar objects are the result of a natural phenomenon called concretion, in which minerals gather and harden inside water-soaked […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 25 – December 1)

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are once again in the books. And not surprisingly, more and more shoppers are heading to the internet rather than the mall. Plenty of brick and mortar retailers offered deep in-store discounts to drive consumer traffic, but the web reigned supreme. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, more than 174 million Americans shopped in stores and online. The end numbers are staggering. While […]

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