This Week in Logistics News (September 10 – 16)

This week I traveled to New Orleans for the annual MercuryGate User Conference. As always, I find these conferences to be fantastic opportunities to learn, network, and think about how companies are solving problems in new ways. And this one was no exception. Next week, in my Wednesday column, I will have some takeaways from the conference. This year’s conference also marked the first time I have been to New Orleans since I was a […]

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Share Everything: Why Multi-Tenant Technology Wins

It was 30 years ago that Robert Fulghum first published his collection of essays “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”  In the title essay, he provided a list of how to live, what to do, and how to be.  First and foremost on his list was “share everything.”  Software infrastructure was almost undoubtedly not what Robert had on his mind as he wrote his Credo many years ago, but the adage […]

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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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It’s A Small World After All: Leveraging Unified Commerce to Navigate It Effectively

Many of us (probably most of us) have visited the Disney attraction It’s a Small World. It represents the people and nations of the world working together and sharing a common hopeful outlook for the future.  If we could only get all of our systems to hold hands and play as nicely, our business world would be a better place. The digital customer journey is placing businesses in a performance pressure cooker, as customers are […]

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The Best Part Of Daimler’s New Drone-Equipped Delivery Van Has Nothing To Do With Drones

Even though the idea of launching drones from the roofs of delivery vans, is silly; Daimlers new van is impressive nonetheless. The idea of a car maker as a provider of a holistic delivery system that combines the vehicle, material handling hardware and special racking, and enterprise software is a very interesting. That, not drones, is what makes a true step forward in the automotive industry.

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This Week in Logistics News (September 3 -9)

I cannot believe that summer is over. Yes, I know there are technically 13 more days of summer, but with the passing of Labor Day, it is now meteorological fall. This summer flew by quicker than any I can remember. Somehow my son has now started first grade and my daughter had her first day of pre-school. I officially feel like I am getting old. After my son’s last day of kindergarten, we made a […]

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ArcelorMittal Optimizes Supply Chain Logistics with Predictive Analytics

Michel Plourde, Systems Director at ArcelorMittal Canada, recently briefed ARC Advisory Group about the supply chain challenges surrounding the company’s decision in 2012 to expand its iron ore pellet production in Canada.  These challenges largely involved eliminating logistics bottlenecks created by an inability to adapt quickly to disruptions and changes to plans. ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, operates two interdependent companies in Quebec: ArcelorMittal Mines Canada and ArcelorMittal Infrastructure Canada.  Following a recent 10 million […]

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TMS Growth Drivers: ROI, Omni-Channel, Better Solutions, and Developing Countries

I’ve written on here recently about our GTM study, and about the market dynamics that impact the growth of GTM solutions. Similarly, ARC Advisory Group conducts an annual analysis of the global transportation management systems (TMS) market. The research process includes the analysis of large amounts of information and interviews with executives from numerous TMS software companies. The process concludes with the publication of ARC’s TMS Global Market Research Study, which analyzes the market shares […]

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McDonald’s Risky Commitment to a Cage Free Eggs Supply Chain

McDonald’s announced a 10-year plan to produce cage free eggs. The Fortune article is mainly a turnaround story. But this turnaround depends upon a supply chain transformation.

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This Week in Logistics News (August 27 – September 2)

Who first proposed the Labor Day holiday in the US? It is unclear who first proposed the holiday, but it does appear to be an Irish-American contribution to the country. According to DOL.gov, it was either Matthew Maguire, a machinist from NJ, or Peter McGwire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters. By the way, the DOL webpage shows a cartoon of the two men duking it out. Are they implying that Irish Americans have […]

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