Archive for Amazon

Jeff Bezos’ Drone Prediction was Far, Far Too Optimistic

Almost four years ago, Jeff Bezos went on 60 Minutes and unveiled his vision of having drones deliver packages right to customers’ door steps. He said we could achieve this in four or five years. We are far from achieving this, but last week the first regularly scheduled drone deliveries in an urban area were announced.

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Prices that Walmart and Amazon Can’t Touch

Lidl has opened up its first store in the US. Walmart has a reputation for low cost, Amazon for low cost and a wide assortment. But based on what I’ve seen, they can’t touch Lidl’s prices. There is a supply chain story here.

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Walmart Fights Back Against Amazon

Wall Street believes Amazon is winning the retail war with Walmart. Amazon’s market cap is twice that of Walmart, despite being a much smaller and less profitable company than Walmart. Wall Street values the growth of the ecommerce giant over the size and clout of the world’s largest retailer. In the last few years, Walmart has invested billions to up their multi-channel capabilities. Multi-channel involves the combination of stores and a web/ecommerce presence, the ability […]

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Wall Street Believes Amazon is Winning the War with Walmart

Investors believe Amazon is winning the retail war with Walmart. Amazon’s market cap is twice that of Walmart’s. When it comes to retail, Walmart’s most important retail operations (Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club) are more than four and a half times larger than Amazon’s main retail operations (Amazon North America) and the operating income is almost nine and a half times that of Amazon. Investors clearly value growth over profitability. Amazon’s U.S. retail sales increased […]

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Robots, Robots, and More Robots

When Amazon bought a robotics company in 2012, interest in robots for the warehouse soared. Since then, there have been several entrants to the market. Recently, two new interesting solutions emerged.

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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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Is Amazon Building a First Mover Advantage in Logistics?

Amazon undoubtedly reaped first mover advantages in e-commerce. In recent years we have seen Amazon make giant investments in logistics assets. Are those investments aimed at making their traditional business more “profitable” or are they designed to turn Amazon into a leading logistics company?

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This Week in Logistics News (October 24 – 30)

Tomorrow is Halloween. Pumpkins have been carved, pumpkin seeds have been roasted, candy has been bought (and opened, eaten, and more has been bought), and costumes have been purchased or made. And tomorrow, children across the land will go door to door asking for candy, while dressed in these scary, funny, cute, or ridiculous costumes. It’s certainly one of my favorite holidays of the year. But there is so much planning that goes into the […]

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Amazon Innovates at Scale: Launching Prime Now in 111 Days

… innovating at scale at CSCMP’s annual conference last week. For Amazon this means innovating like a start-up but being able to bring to bear the scale and resources of a big company to support the kind of rapid innovation typical of startups.

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This Week in Logistics News (June 6 – 12)

Last week I had the opportunity to speak with the team at MercuryGate (a Logistics Viewpoints sponsor) about their latest transportation optimization (TO) release. The company’s TO engine, named Mojo, had already upgraded to include multi-pool routing, a secondary costing model, and advanced green calculations. However, the newest release of Mojo has a new product set named Mojo Live. According to the MercuryGate team, Mojo Live is designed for smaller sets of data that are […]

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