Archive for Cloud/Software-as-a-Service

This Week in Logistics News (April 16-20, 2012)

There were several new product announcements this week, so let’s get right to them… Descartes Unveils New Release of Cloud-Based Transportation Management Suite Kewill Expands Market Leading Parcel Shipping Line with Flagship Express Subscription-Based Solution JDA Software Announces Release of JDA Assortment FedEx Corp. in discussions with TATEX Ryder Launches Career Website for Veterans LeanLogistics Continues Global Expansion With France Office C.H. Robinson Rings the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell House clears highway bill with […]

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Entrepreneurs, 3PLs, and Angel Investors: Kick-starting the Make Economy

A friend of mine pointed me to an interesting blog posting titled “Why Angels Chase Electrons” by Christopher Mirabile, Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group, a venture investment group focused on seed and early-stage investments in technology-oriented companies. The posting was in response to a question an entrepreneur had asked Mr. Mirabile: “Why do angel investors (and to some extent, VCs) turn up their noses at real, down-to-earth physical product companies and instead chase ethereal […]

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Guest Commentary: Topco Associates: Executing Transportation Management with Sophistication

Many industries have complex supply chains, but the food and beverage industry has some of the most unique issues. A great example of sophisticated transportation execution is Topco Associates, one of the largest retail grocery cooperatives in the United States. Topco provides sourcing, innovation, packaging, label management, quality assurance and nutritional assistance through store brand and private label services. The true competitive advantage Topco provides to members is based on the sourcing and aggregation of […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 19-23, 2012)

Last October I bought three new shovels in anticipation of another cold, snowy winter. The snow and cold never came, and it was 81 degrees here in Boston yesterday. This coming October I will buy a snow blower. Acquisitions and new software products headline this week’s news. United Parcel Service and TNT Express to Create a Global Leader in the Logistics Industry Amazon.com to Acquire Kiva Systems, Inc. LeanLogistics Releases On-Demand TMS® v.12.1.0 Accellos Announces […]

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What’s Missing in the Cloud vs. On-Premise Debate

There’s been a lot of chatter lately about cloud vs. on-premise solutions. Two articles published last month, for example, weighed in on the recent acquisitions by SAP and Oracle of cloud software vendors. In an article published by TechCrunch, “Great Acquisitions! Now Put a Fork in ERP,” Tien Tzuo, the CEO of Zuora and former chief strategy officer/chief marketing officer at salesforce.com, writes the following: A series of cloud acquisitions won’t help lumbering old ERP […]

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This Week in Logistics News (February 27 – March 2, 2012)

We finally got some snow yesterday, just in time for Little League baseball tryouts this weekend. If the law of averages holds true, then I’m betting we’ll get more “snow-outs” than rain-outs this spring. In this week’s news… UPS Deploys Next High-Tech Mobile Computer to Drivers MercuryGate Enters Asian Market December 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 11.6 Percent from December 2010 ATA Truck Tonnage Retreated 4% in January Passenger Traffic Continues to […]

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Social Media Definition Wars, Etc.

Still have a hard time understanding what social media is all about? Here is a picture (originally posted by Douglas Wray on Instagram) that explains social media in a simple and creative way. Now consider this version of the picture that I drew up. Get ready for the definition and acronym wars to heat up in the months and years ahead. A similar war broke out in the late 90s (and is arguably still going […]

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What If a Cyber Attack Takes Down Your Software-as-a-Service TMS?

In my predictions for 2012, I wondered aloud if this was going to be the year when cyber attacks take down supply chains. We were barely into January when Zappos announced that a cyber attack had compromised the accounts of 24 million customers. And just yesterday, news broke that Chinese hackers had access to the corporate computer network of Nortel Networks for almost a decade. According to a Wall Street Journal article: Using seven passwords […]

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Guest Commentary: Transportation Sourcing Doesn’t Have to Be a Painful Process

As the economic recovery continues, several things are certain: fuel costs will eventually rise, truck capacity will tighten, trucking fleets will decline, driver availability will be constrained and pricing control will begin to shift away from shippers. With base rate increases and fuel surcharge fluctuations on the horizon, best-in-class companies understand the need to become carrier friendly and establish strong carrier relationships to mitigate these future challenges. Since the majority of transportation expenditures are typically […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 12-16, 2011)

Is there a friend or a family member you haven’t spoken to or gotten together with in a long time? Pick up the phone and call them this weekend. I caught up with an old college friend yesterday evening and it was the highlight of my week. And a reminder, especially as the holidays approach, that spending time with people we care about, recalling cherished memories or creating new ones together, is always a treasured […]

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