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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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Google’s Robotic Investments: Driverless Cars Supported by Home Delivery Robots?

In the news last week, it was announced that “Google plans to build and launch onto city streets a small fleet of subcompact cars that can operate without a person at the wheel.” The electric powered cars with a range of about 100 miles wouldn’t even have a steering wheel, or gas and brake pedals. “The vehicles will use sensors and computing power, with no human needed.” Coincidentally, that same week ARC Advisory Group’s Dick […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 2-6, 2013)

There are huge piles of leaves in my backyard that I need to bag before Tuesday, the last day the city will pick them up, so let’s go straight to the news because I have a date with a rake this afternoon. Amazon to Deliver Packages Using Drones GrandJunction’s Technology Platform Surpasses 60 Million Local Deliveries Managed Descartes Reports Fiscal 2014 Third Quarter Financial Results Container shipping lines Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV in merger talks (Financial […]

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This Week in Logistics News (June 10-14, 2013)

I’m short on time this morning, so let’s go straight to the news. Transplace Updates, Enhances TMS Freight Allocation Module 2.0 Infor Delivers Automotive Innovation Throughout The Value Chain Wal-Mart buys a ‘predictive analytics’ firm (Internet Retailer) Google finalizing $1.3 billion deal for mapping company Waze (Reuters) Con-way Freight Announces 2013 General Rate Increase Freight Shipments Fell 1.2% in April from March Retailers Remain Cautious On Merchandise Imports U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 25-29, 2013)

Lots of interesting news this week related to e-commerce fulfillment and same-day delivery, so let’s get right to it. Wal-Mart may get customers to deliver packages to online buyers (Reuters) Wal-Mart Introduces Lockers as It Battles Amazon in E-Commerce (New York Times) Google launches same-day delivery in San Francisco Bay Area (Reuters) UPS Expands Expedited Ocean Freight Services, Global Reach UPS, Teamsters “far apart” as contentious labor talks continue (Logistics Management) North American Trade Numbers […]

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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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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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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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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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