This Week in Logistics News (October 31 – November 6)

As I wrote earlier this week, the election is behind us – well, maybe not. With record numbers of mail-in votes still being counted, a winner has yet to be declared. As of the writing of this, swing states including Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, and North Carolina were still counting ballots, and the races are too close to call. And even for some of those states that have been called, like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arizona, there […]

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Editor’s Choice: What Early Holiday Shopping Means for Parcel Shipping

Regardless of whether consumers and retailers are ready, holiday shopping – and shipping – season is here! With carriers announcing capacity shortages and major headlines advertising “Shipageddon,” consumers have been encouraged to start shopping for the holidays NOW.  While this elongated holiday shopping season can certainly create new revenue opportunities for retailers, retailers can only capitalize on the opportunity if their parcel shipping operations are prepared to execute.

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Coronavirus Vaccine: Development and Distribution Logistics

The election is behind us (well, maybe not), and during the campaign COVID-19 was a key talking point for both President Trump and former Vice President Biden. One of the biggest questions that still does not have an answer is when a coronavirus vaccine will be ready. Beyond that, there are all the logistical hurdles of producing enough coronavirus vaccines which will then need to be stored, distributed, and administered. As pharmaceutical companies around the […]

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Is Walmart’s On-time In Full Program Fair?

Walmart’s OTIF mandate is getting stricter. Off the record, many of their smaller suppliers are complaining. But not all of them. Some of their mid-sized suppliers are in retail consolidation programs and are not getting fined for being late.

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This Week in Logistics News (October 24 – 30)

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is Halloween. And like everything else over the last six-plus months, Halloween will be different this year. Cities and towns across the country have released trick or treating guidelines that have either canceled the practice or changed it to ensure proper social distancing and mask wearing. In my town, for example, we have a defined timeframe for kids to go trick or treating, with the understanding that no one […]

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Unified Logistics: A New Mindset for a New Era

Success in a post-pandemic business landscape requires that we truly shed the shackles of our traditional siloed thinking and embrace a holistic, customer-centric view of our supply chains. We need to take command and control of our product flow through all supply and fulfillment channels, breaking down functional walls that impede our larger view. And, finally, we need to embrace the rapidly expanding technology ecosystem to fully leverage the benefits of an open platform for ongoing logistics innovation. Unified logistics represents an unprecedented mindset that is imperative for these unprecedented times.

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Autonomous Mobile Robot Conference: Insight into a Rapidly Expanding and Evolving Ecosystem

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) hosted its virtual Autonomous Mobile Robot Conference earlier this week (October 26 – 27). I personally kicked off research on the global mobile warehouse robotics market earlier this month and therefore chose to attend conference sessions that provided insights on the broader context of mobile warehouse robotics, namely the concepts of ecosystems, integration, and interoperability.  Autonomous mobile robot (AMR) interoperability as a concept found its way into many sessions but it was the main topic of the session presentation by Aaron Prather of FedEx. A unifying architecture as the mechanism to scale AMR adoption…

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Navigating Unprecedented Times with Command and Control Centers

Global supply chains have changed more in the last six months than they have in the last six years. Never has the need to respond with agility been more clear. Control towers are a key tool to achieve agility. New solutions are available.

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This Week in Logistics News (October 17 – 23)

I may be in the minority here, but I’m just going to come out and say it. I do not like glitter. I dislike glitter so much that some of my friends have (jokingly) threatened to send me a glitter bomb package. I’m the only one in my family that feels so strongly about it. In fact, my daughters love it, and as a result, they always seem to end up with birthday, Valentine’s Day, […]

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Retail 2020 – A Year of High Season

One thing is certain – there is no normal in 2020.  What we have experienced so far this year is either a blip that we will look back at and wonder on, or our lives have fundamentally shifted, and 2020 is really just Year One. Either way, what we understand about this year is that Covid-19 has upended everything about the status quo. The pandemic has exposed all of our weaknesses and all of the […]

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