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This Week in Logistics News (May 27-31, 2013)

After a cold and wet holiday weekend, summer has arrived with a vengeance, with temperatures in the 90s yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Time to put away the turtlenecks and find my bathing suit. It was a relatively quiet week for news, but here’s what caught my attention: Descartes Reports Fiscal 2014 First Quarter Financial Results Transplace Selects New Equity Partner Greenbriar Equity Group Supply Vision Partners with FindMyFreight.com U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Policy on […]

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Supply Chain 2050

An interesting and useful exercise for logistics executives to do at their annual strategic planning meeting is to ask, What are the megatrends that will change the face of logistics in five years? Ten years? Twenty years? And even forty years? For me, the three biggest megatrends are robotics in logistics (both for the warehouse as well as driverless cars/trucks, and maybe even drones), omni-channel fulfillment, and the need to develop new distribution models to […]

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Beware, Driverless Cars Are Everywhere!

If you drove to work this morning, chances are you shared the road with countless driverless cars. Not the ones developed by Google and several automakers, which are getting a lot of press these days, but ordinary cars like yours, with people sitting in the driver’s seat, except they weren’t really driving, at least not all the time. They were texting, checking email, searching for a song on the radio, eating a bagel, applying makeup, […]

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Drones – The Birth of a New Transportation Mode

When it comes to moving goods from one place to another, you have various transportation options: you can transport products by airplane, train, truck, or ship. You can also transport them by bicycle, horse, or donkey, or you can walk them over yourself. New technological advancements in each of these modes will continue to make them faster, cheaper, and smarter in the years ahead (except, maybe, for the horse and donkey). Just look at the […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 28 – February 1, 2013)

Wow, 2013 is already one-twelfth over. With no time to waste, let’s go straight to the news… Manhattan Associates Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Performance UPS Achieves Record Earnings Per Share UPS Announces Withdrawal of Offer for TNT Express ATA Asks FMCSA to Delay New Driver Hours Rule (JOC) NRF Forecasts 3.4% Increase In Retail Sales For 2013 November 2012 U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Canada and Mexico Totaled $81.5 Billion EU, […]

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When Will Google Revolutionize Logistics?

Google has assembled a series of technologies capable of transforming logistics as we know it. Some of them are well known and the applications obvious; others less so. I’ll start with the obvious ones. Driverless cars Truck drivers will not be necessary at some point in the future, and that future will probably occur sooner than many of us would imagine. Companies will not only save money on wages and benefits, but driverless vehicles obey […]

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Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2013

Predicting the future has never been easy. Back in 1943, Tom Watson, the president of IBM at the time, said “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” And in 1995, Robert Metcalfe, the founder of 3Com and the co-inventor of Ethernet, made this astonishing prediction: “Almost all of the many predictions now being made about 1996 hinge on the Internet’s continuing exponential growth. But I predict the Internet will soon go […]

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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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This Week in Logistics News (September 24-28, 2012)

The nation is breathing a huge sigh of relief today. No, the economy is still growing at a snail’s pace, and things in the Middle East aren’t getting better, but in what the White House called “a great day for America,” the regular refs are back in the NFL! Classify that under “Things that Make You Go Hmmmm.” In other news… C.H. Robinson Worldwide to Acquire Phoenix International Ryder Publishes 2011 Corporate Sustainability Report ATA […]

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