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Apple and Total Landed Profits

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, was hauled in front of a Congressional subcommittee in May and grilled about corporate tax avoidance. At issue is a complex corporate structure that allows Apple’s European subsidiaries to distribute profits to a holding company in Ireland where the corporate tax rate is 12.5 percent. As a result, Apple holds over $100 billion in Ireland that the CEO says “isn’t coming back” anytime soon. This equates to avoiding $35 billion in […]

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Best-Cost vs. Least-Cost Sourcing

The “reshoring” of manufacturing operations from China and elsewhere to the United States continues to make headlines. Back in December 2012, for example, Apple announced that it is investing $100 million to build some of its Mac products in the US. A month later, Walmart announced that it will increase its sourcing of US products by $50 billion over the next 10 years. And earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal published an article about […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 21-25, 2013)

It’s been a brutally cold week, so grab a blanket and something hot to drink, and let’s go straight to this week’s news. Infor SCE 10.2 Adds Mobility, Innovation to Logistics Management HighJump TrueCommerce EDI Solutions Adds New Transaction History and Reporting Features Union Pacific Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year ATA Truck Tonnage Index Jumped 2.8% in December Wal-Mart Toughens Supplier Policies (Wall Street Journal) Apple steps up labor audits, finds underage workers […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 31, 2012 – January 4, 2013)

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing vacation. Now it’s back to the grind — and fun. There was very little news this week, but here’s what caught my attention: JDA and RedPrairie Complete Merger New UPS Worldwide Express Freight Service Offers Faster International Shipping in More Lanes Roadnet Technologies Unveils Product Enhancement To MobileCast Vehicle GPS Tracking Software Operating System Wal-Mart to Police U.S. Warehouses (Wall Street Journal) As expected, […]

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Best Buy Embraces Omni-Channel Commerce

Big box retailers are facing pressure from two directions, Walmart’s low prices and Amazon’s e-commerce driven convenience. These retailers are in the process of reinventing themselves by embracing omni-channel commerce, which aims to deliver a seamless consumer shopping experience through all available channels — i.e., mobile devices, personal computers, bricks-and-mortar stores, catalogs, and so forth. A few weeks ago I wrote about how Home Depot is approaching this challenge. I recently came across a Wired […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 3-7, 2012)

I’ve been reading a lot lately about how sitting for too long isn’t healthy, and how many business professionals are now using stand up desks at work. So I decided to work standing up this week, and because stand up desks are expensive, I employed my Cuban ingenuity and built my own using an ironing board and five of my Encyclopedia Britannica books. I am happy to report that my lower back feels much better. […]

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Maps: The New “Killer App” in Supply Chain Software?

The iPhone 5 was released last month, and although Apple made some notable enhancements to the phone’s design and sold 5 million units the first weekend, most of the buzz has been about one thing: how inferior Apple Maps is compared to Google Maps, which prompted Apple CEO Tim Cook to issue an apology and recommend using mapping solutions from competitors while they work on the problem. Who knew we loved our maps so much? […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 3-7, 2012)

Are you up yet?! What do you want for breakfast? Look in the other drawer. Don’t forget your lunch in the fridge. Why is this binder on the floor? I have no idea where your other sneaker is, just look for it! Did you brush your teeth? If we don’t leave in one minute we’re going to be late! Yes, school is back in session, and so is the morning chaos of getting four kids […]

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The Apple Supply Chain: The Best in the World?

Many supply chain professionals consider Apple’s supply chain to be the best in the world. I don’t. The reasoning appears to be that since Apple is one of the fastest growing and most profitable companies in the world, it must surely have one of the best supply chains too. This is a “halo effect” fallacy. Apple is the best in the world at innovative product development. Because the company develops hardware, software, and associated digital […]

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Using an iPhone Barcode Scanning App in the Warehouse

I recently spoke to the folks at BabbleWare, a new software vendor with a low-cost warehouse management, manufacturing execution, and mobile field-based execution applications. BabbleWare mentioned that one of its WMS clients is actually experimenting with using the iPhone as their barcode scanning application. Are they crazy? Yes, you can buy a barcoding application at Apple’s App Store, and it is cheap—only $1.99 for the RedLaser application. The various barcode apps for sale were designed […]

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