The Tesla Truck Costs Twice as Much as Diesel

Elon Musk unveiled a prototype of an electric Tesla Truck on November 16th.  Over the Thanksgiving holiday the pricing was announced. It’s not pretty. The base price of the 300-mile range Tesla Semi is $150,000, and the 500-mile range model costs $180,000. That’s almost double the base price of a traditional semi truck according to CostOwl. There are real doubts on whether this truck can win in the marketplace. This is a Class 8 truck, […]

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Transportation Strategies for Emerging Brands

Emerging brands have very distinctive needs, including a different approach to transportation. Zipline Logistics has developed a distinctive niche for serving emerging brands.

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Logistics Technology Industry Research – The Key to Informed Investing

My colleagues and I often mention our current research projects in our blog posts, and proceed to note some of the findings or even just some of the considerations at hand. In a recent post, I mentioned “Analysts at ARC Advisory Group receive periodic inquiries from potential investors such as private equity firms and venture capitalists looking to get a better feel for a technology market.” It occurred to me that many Logistics Viewpoints readers […]

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TMS Implementation Drives Long-Term ROI

Selecting a transportation management system (TMS) is no easy feat. In other articles, my colleagues have discussed key considerations when choosing a TMS, such as why RFPs aren’t generally helpful and the difference between deployment options. After the work of selecting a TMS comes the no less rigorous step: implementation. During a TMS implementation, there are some phases during which an organization can set itself up for an improved ROI down the road. Initial steps […]

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A Warehouse Labor Shortage? Robots to the Rescue

There is a looming warehouse labor shortage.  Logistics service providers (LSPs) are beginning to think that robots are the answer.

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This Week in Logistics News (November 11 – 17)

On Wednesday, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci was sold at auction at Christie’s in New York City for a record-shattering amount. While there are only about 20 known surviving da Vinci paintings, “Salvator Mundi” is the only one that is in private hands. The painting was once thought to be a copy, and sold for about $60 in the 1950’s. It resurfaced at an estate sale in 2005, and a consortium of American art […]

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Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Reverse Logistics? Three Critical Questions to Ask to Reach Your Goals in 2018

Two steps forward – one step back. This old catchphrase is fitting for the current state of ecommerce and reverse logistics. The constant growth and rapid evolution of ecommerce is heightening the volume of returns. In 2016 alone, the ecommerce return rate was 30 percent, compared to under 10 percent of brick and mortar sales (Invesp). Retailers recognize that this number is quickly, and inevitably, rising.  Yet, most treat reverse logistics as an afterthought, focusing […]

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Free TMS Set to Disrupt the Market

The global transportation management systems (TMS) market is an area that is poised for growth. As I’ve written about in the past, one of the major trends that is driving TMS adoption is the strong, proven ROI associated with an implementation. ARC survey on the ROI of TMS found that respondents indicated freight savings of approximately 8 percent with the use of a TMS application, which is a 2 percent improvement from the last time […]

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The Road Ahead with Exports

The United States exported $2.2 trillion dollars of product in 2016, making it the third largest world exporter after China and the European Union.[i] Much of this is due to the easing of export controls over the past five years by the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in cooperation with other federal agencies. That’s great news for US companies seeking to expand their sales beyond the domestic market. Yet still, the […]

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8 Best Ways to Boost Warehouse Performance

ARC did a survey designed to uncover just what practices contribute to success in running a warehouse.  A successful warehouse was defined as a warehouse that is productive, safe, contributes to high customer service, and retains its employees.  In looking for best practices, we were looking at what high-performing warehouses were doing that is different from other distribution operations.

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