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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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E-Commerce Growth Brings Last Mile Headaches

During the second half of 2014, Clint Reiser and I worked on an extensive survey examining the omni-channel commerce landscape. One of the key findings from that research was on the growth of e-commerce. According to our research, the lion’s share of revenue is still driven by the store. Brick and mortar locations accounted for approximately 67% of all revenue for our survey respondents. However, when looking at revenue growth, our research tells us a […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 21 – 27)

C3PO. R2D2. Johnny 5. Optimus Prime. Voltron. HAL 9000. Wall-E. Terminator. Rosie the maid. Bender. You might notice a theme here. This a short list of some of my favorite robots. These robots can do lots of things: help save the galaxy from evil, understand mortality, travel through time to kill (or protect) Sarah (or John) Connor, control space crafts, clean houses, or be the life of the party. What’s one thing you won’t find […]

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Amazon, Google, and Crowdsourcing: The Battle for the Last Mile

There has been a lot of talk lately as it relates to “last mile” deliveries, and how retailers can delight their customers at the actual moment of fulfillment. As more retailers venture into the omni-channel space, last mile has taken on more importance. Two behemoths have taken center stage in the battle for perfecting (or at least improving) the last mile for customers: Amazon and Google. For many people, Amazon is the end-all, be-all for […]

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Alibaba Details its Logistics Capabilities in a New IPO Filing

The Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. released fresh insights a couple of weeks ago on its logistics capabilities ahead of what’s expected to be one of the largest tech IPOs in history. In an updated security filing, Alibaba included additional details, including new insights on its approach to logistics, that were missing in the initial documents filed in May. Investors had, among other things, asked for more details on how the Alibaba was […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 19 – 25)

It’s been a busy week here at Logistics Viewpoints as we get ready to head to Las Vegas next week for JDA Focus, and Hollywood, FL the week after for Manhattan Momentum. There’s a bit of everything in the news this week, so let’s get right to it. Amazon tries its own deliveries Freight train blues hit car supplies F1 technology to boost UK’s ‘next generation’ of automotive supply chains Oil and gas supply chain […]

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