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This Week in Logistics News (June 17-21, 2013)

Summer is finally here, so let’s go right to the news…and then maybe the pool. C.H. Robinson Continues European Expansion with Istanbul Office MercuryGate International Inc. Announces Expanded European Presence Through Partnership JDA Software Announces Integrated Product Roadmap FedEx Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings Oracle Doubles Dividend; Cloud SaaS Revenues Up 50%, Engineered Systems Up 45% Infor Reports Q4 Double-Digit Growth Natural Gas Seen as Major New Transport Fuel (Wall Street Journal) EU, U.S. leaders […]

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The Evolution of Omni-Channel Logistics

Traditional retailers were fairly slow to wake up to the huge threat posed by Amazon. But my recent visit to “Retail’s BIG Show,” put on by the National Retail Federation (NRF), convinces me that they are now wide awake. One way bricks and mortar retailers have responded to Amazon and other e-retailers is by turning their stores into more of an asset with omni-channel commerce. Omni-channel is based on providing consumers with a more seamless […]

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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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Home Depot Drops the “E” Off of E-Commerce

At a Home Depot Investor Conference, Hal Lawton, President of Home Depot’s Online Business, said “approximately 50 percent of our sales involve online research at some point in the shopping process. And another key fact is that almost one in every four store shoppers have previously been on homedepot.com before purchasing in our store. It’s for this reason that we have dropped the ‘e’ off of e-commerce.” Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, […]

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Guest Commentary: The ABC’s of Managing Parcel with Freight

As the Internet has weaved its web into our daily lives over the past 15 years or so, parcel shipping has been quietly doing the same. The growing popularity of e-commerce means that more people than ever are purchasing goods online (39% more than just five years ago, according to comScore) than going to physical stores. This relatively dramatic shift is forcing shippers to adapt their supply chains to the new ways in which we […]

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Guest Commentary: Three Common Distribution Mistakes Most Retailers Make

No matter their size, reach or scope, most retailers make three common mistakes when it comes to their supply chains. Faced with intense competition, squeezed profits and pressure to cut costs, savvy retailers are looking for new ways to reduce costs. One of the most promising areas for improving efficiency is in product distribution. Consider the top three distribution mistakes retailers make – and the shortest route to a smarter solution. Mistake 1: Using last […]

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A Brilliant New Retail Format Supported by Last-Mile Logistics

In South Korea, Tesco has a chain called Home plus that has become the second largest retail chain in the nation. The 115-store chain consists of big discount hypermarkets similar to Walmart in merchandise, but also similar to mini-malls in that they feature numerous independently-operated smaller stores like travel agencies, fast food, and bookstores that lease the space from Tesco. What caught my attention, however, is Home plus’s e-commerce initiative. Weekly grocery shopping is a […]

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Amazon and the e-Fulfillment Journey

According to Fortune magazine, Amazon (the largest online retailer) is now the 100th largest company in America. The company was founded in 1994 with the intention of leveraging the Internet to create a new sales and fulfillment model. Amazon has gone from zero revenues to over $24 billion in little more than 15 years. I remember writing about e-fulfillment in the 90s. Much of what I and others wrote about back then has come to […]

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