Archive for Logistics News

This Week in Logistics News (February 17 – 23)

This Sunday marks the end of the 2018 Winter Olympics. It has certainly been and exciting couple of weeks, with hundreds of medals awarded, and some incredible performances by the world’s greatest athletes. Yesterday marked the 38th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, when the USA men’s hockey team defeated the heavily favored team from the Soviet Union. However, many people like to remember this as the gold medal game. But this wasn’t the case. […]

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This Week in Logistics News (February 10 – 16)

On Wednesday of this week, millions of people celebrated Valentine’s Day. And how better to show your love than by spending lots of money. Much like basically every holiday, Americans dug into their wallets to spend, spend, and spend some more. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey on Valentine’s Day, as 55 percent of Americans celebrate the holiday, the average consumer spent $143.56 on Valentine’s Day this year, an increase from last year’s […]

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This Week in Logistics News (February 3 – 9)

Earlier this week, SpaceX launched a rocket into outer space. Attached to the Falcon Heavy rocket, launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, was a 2008 Tesla Roadster, with a dummy at the wheel named “Starman.” The goal was to launch the car into space and into an orbit around the sun that would bring it close to Mars, Well, the mission was mostly successful, as the rocket took off and initially went into the planned orbit. […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 27 – February 2)

The time has finally come for Super Bowl weekend. All the pieces are in place – the teams, the media, the fans, the halftime entertainment, the security, and all the other logistics that need to be in place for the Super Bowl to actually happen. While I am clearly hoping for a Patriots victory, and for the dynasty to continue, I realize that I have become completely spoiled. This is the first year that my […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 19 – 25)

As authors of the Logistics Viewpoints blog, we take pride in delivering insights that you can’t obtain in other sources. As an example, did you know there was a total eclipse of the sun across the US this week? I say this sarcastically because every news outlet covered the event extensively.  But I also say this seriously because I found it to be a completely underwhelming event in Massachusetts. Ok, I understand that Massachusetts is […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 27 – September 2)

Who first proposed the Labor Day holiday in the US? It is unclear who first proposed the holiday, but it does appear to be an Irish-American contribution to the country. According to DOL.gov, it was either Matthew Maguire, a machinist from NJ, or Peter McGwire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters. By the way, the DOL webpage shows a cartoon of the two men duking it out. Are they implying that Irish Americans have […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 20 – 26)

Now for today’s trivia question, brought to you by Lack of Supply Chain Integrity, Inc. Q: What exactly is Egyptian cotton anyway? A: Thanks to the lack of integrity within the sheet and bedding supply chain, I now know how Egyptian cotton differs from regular cotton. According to Wikipedia, Gossypium barbadense is known as extra-long staple cotton, sea island cotton, Pima cotton, and Egyptian cotton. It is sought after for its extra-long, silky fibers.This species […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 14 – 20)

Earlier this week I received an inquiry from Modern Materials Handling (MMH) to discuss my perspective on the warehouse control systems (WCS) market. In particular, the MMH author was researching perspectives on the evolution of WCS into what is increasingly being referred to as warehouse execution systems (WES). WES are comprehensive WCS that coordinate and control disparate automation across the facility, while also providing real-time performance analysis and adaptability, and possibly additional functionality typically associated […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 7 – 13)

Deutsche Post DHL announced a €400 million year over year reduction in profits in Q3 of 2015. In particular, EBIT from the Global Forwarding business went from €37 million in 2014 to -€337 million Euros in 2015. The negative earnings were largely the result of a €345 million write down related to a failed software system upgrade for its freight forwarding business. I believe the referenced software project is what DHL refers to as its […]

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