Amazon to Take On FedEx and UPS

Amazon is building a new Air Hub in Ohio. Amazon’s end goal is to deliver packages for itself and other retailers. This puts it into competition with FedEx and UPS.

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This Week in Logistics News (February 4 – 10)

The Patriots have done it again. And I’m still in shock. In a comeback for the ages, the Patriots scored 31 unanswered points over the final 17 minutes of regulation and overtime to claim their fifth Lombardi trophy. This time, they were finally on the right side of a game-defining circus catch. And while the saying “cue the duck boats” is becoming a common occurrence in the Boston sports scene, it still brings about a […]

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Logistics in 2017: The year of drones and data streams

Technology in the 21st century evolves at a frightening pace. The newest innovations have a lifespan measured in months. No sooner have businesses accommodated a new technology than it is superseded. The companies that adapt to each rapid change are the only ones which stand a chance of survival – it soon becomes hard to compete without the latest technological ability. The same thing is happening in logistics. The rise of drones and connected data is […]

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A Sneak Peak into the Future of the TMS Market

Over the last 4 years, I have released an annual analysis of the global transportation management systems (TMS) market. The research combines the analysis of large amounts of information with interviews with executives from numerous TMS software companies. The end result is the publication of ARC’s TMS Global Market Research Study, which analyzes the market shares across numerous categories of the leading TMS suppliers. I am in the process of kicking off that research once […]

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Leveraging Supply Chain Design to Thrive in Uncertain Times

Presidential election years always bring with them a certain level of uncertainty, and this year’s election cycle may have ranked near the top of that category.  Every new administration brings some amount of expected change, and while the range of policy changes are yet to be fully understood, there are already early signals — and it appears that status quo is not the trend. This year’s election process has brought renewed focus on supply chain […]

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An American Steel Company Transforms their Supply Chain into a Competitive Weapon

An American steel manufacturer began its journey toward making their supply chain a competitive weapon in 2010 when they implemented a new Integrated Business Planning (IBP) process. Since then, the company has improved its delivery performance from the low 60s to over 90 percent; their quoted lead times are now the shortest in the industry.

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This Week in Logistics News (January 28 – February 3)

The Super Bowl is this Sunday – the Atlanta Falcons are seeking their first championship while my beloved New England Patriots are seeking their fifth. If you’re planning on going to the game, you’re going to have to shell out some serious cash. Looking at the secondary market, data from TicketCity indicates that the average ticket price is $4,744 and the largest sale was $74,928. Now for the majority of us, we’ll enjoy watching the […]

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Trump, Trade, Transportation, and the Protectionist’s Dilemma

Richard Peretz, UPS CFO, was on CNBC yesterday morning discussing the company’s most recent earnings release. The interview addressed a number of prominent topics in the logistics world. First of all, he noted the ongoing increase in B-to-C as a percentage of UPS’ overall business, and as we have stated repeatedly on Logistics Viewpoints, this is driven by the boom in e-commerce. Secondly, he noted the company’s ongoing investment in the automation of its US […]

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Enterprise Software Market Revenues Shrink in Q3 2016

On a quarterly basis, ARC Advisory Group releases a report that discusses the quarterly results of the major publicly traded enterprise software companies. The aggregated supplier revenue results and commentary provide market participants and other interested parties with a timely snapshot of the market’s performance. The latest report shows the worldwide enterprise software market continued its year-over-year decline in the third quarter of 2016.  The euro was nearly stable with respect to the US dollar […]

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Demand Management Applications Need to Be Flexible

Demand management solutions need to be flexible! Over time, companies often go on a journey where their forecast accuracy is improved by using more and more data and by forecasting at a more granular levels. Demand forecasting applications need to be able to support this journey.

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