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Amazon’s Fall River Fulfillment Center Tour

As I conduct research on the global warehouse automation market, I hear statements such as “warehouse automation demand from Amazon and other e-commerce behemoths is draining automation providers of available resources and capacity.” Furthermore, Amazon purchased Kiva to capture essentially all of Kiva’s output capacity for its own use. So when I signed up for a tour of Amazon’s fulfillment center in Fall River, MA, I expected to witness large amounts of advanced automation. This […]

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The Top Supply Chain Stories of 2018

The top supply chain stories of 2018 included trade wars, increasing logistics labor costs, natural disasters impacting regional and global supply chains, and omni-channel innovation.

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Amazon Is A Green Company!

Amazon is not the world’s least sustainable company. On the contrary, I believe Amazon is a leader in transforming our economy toward green business models. Amazon is an enormous business. In 2017, the company generated $177 billion in revenues. Shipping costs, including sortation and delivery center and transportation costs, were $21.7 billion. In some ways the transportation of e-commerce orders generates more GHG than traditional store replenishment. But this does not consider the trips consumers make to and from stores in their own vehicles. I believe comparing supply chains to final destination in this way levels the field with respect to e-commerce vs. traditional brick and mortar.

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The Worst and Best in Sustainability: Amazon vs. Dassault Systèmes

The world’s most sustainable company is a supply chain software company – Dassault Systemes. The world’s least? Amazon. Amazon is an incredibly innovative company that has devoted virtually no innovation to improving the sustainability of their supply chain.

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Recent Supply Chain Case Studies from Logistics Viewpoints

I recently attempted to read a white paper from McKinsey that talked about the value a digitization program can provide; the problem was that after reading the article for ten minutes I still had no idea how they defined “digitization.” Sometimes I get fed up with theory. What follows are ten supply chain case studies published over the last year in Logistics Viewpoints that provide a practical approach to improving supply chain capabilities. Click on […]

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SWOT that Supply Chain

Business students are all exposed to the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis tool. This last week I came across several interesting stories – or in one case a presentation – that all centered on different aspects of SWOT in the supply chain realm. First, STRENGTHS; Greg Toornman – the Director of Global Materials, Logistics, and Freight Management at AGCO – spoke last Wednesday (February 14th) at ARC’s 22nd Annual Industry Forum. AGCO is […]

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Amazon Go – IoT to the 4th Degree

Amazon opened its check-out free Amazon Go convenience store to the general public last week. This high-tech low-touch store is a busy urban introvert’s dream. The opening triggered a second wave of media coverage that included descriptions of user experiences and a number of possible explanations about how Amazon is able to manage this high-tech customer experience. Amazon states on its website that this shopping experience is made possible by the same types of technologies […]

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The Amazon Supply Chain: The Most Innovative in the World?

Is the Amazon supply chain the most innovative in the world?  A very strong argument can be made that it is just based on their activities of the last year.

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Trump Blasts USPS for Charging Amazon “So Little”

Trump blasted the United States Postal Service for charging Amazon “so little.” Amazon is using zone skipping, something difficult to do. And the USPS may indeed be undercharging.

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Amazon Launches Trucking App

Amazon is no stranger to innovation; we need to look no further than its investment in drone technology, warehouse robots, robotic picking competitions, the Prime program, dash buttons, cloud services, and a host of others. Often times, the company will quietly launch one its new services as a test run before making any major announcements or grand roll-outs. Last month, Amazon did it again with the launch of its first trucking app. Named Relay, the […]

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