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Omni-channel Momentum

Manhattan Associates (a Logistics Viewpoints sponsor) held its annual user conference, Momentum 2013, two weeks ago in Las Vegas. I’ve attended many supply chain conferences so far this year, but none have equaled this conference for coverage of the issues associated with omni-channel commerce. The best speech was the keynote by Matthew Siegel, Executive Vice President of E-commerce at ANN INC., a women’s apparel retailer with 950 stores across its Ann Taylor and LOFT brands. […]

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This Week in Logistics News (May 20-24, 2013)

I’m still recovering from my red-eye flight back from Las Vegas earlier this week. Sleep deprivation was a small price to pay to get home in time for my son’s “moon-bounce-in-my-backyard” birthday party. Take a huge plastic structure, fill it with air, and toss a group of 8-year olds in it — a recipe for hours of ear-piercing fun and laughter. Luckily, no tears were shed, and no bones were broken. I’m now wondering if […]

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Guest Commentary: Network Analysis – The Lynchpin of Successful Transportation Bid Preparation

In my experience working with shippers to create and execute bids, I have yet to present a transportation network and spend to a shipper and have them say, “That’s exactly what I thought it was.” The shipper is always surprised by their spend, carriers used, spikes and valleys in volumes, and by the shifting origin-destination pairs. So why is this important? During the bidding process, the execution of the bid receives a lot of focus. […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 22-26, 2013)

With no time to waste this morning, let’s go straight to the news that caught my attention this week. Manhattan Associates Reports Record First Quarter 2013 Earnings E-Commerce Lifts UPS 1Q Earnings Critical Aspects of Transportation Planning, Execution and Modeling Enhanced in JDA’s Latest Software Release SAP Simplifies Mobile Access to Analytics for Enterprise Workers New FedEx Delivery Manager Allows for Customized Delivery Solutions UPS to Acquire Hungarian Healthcare Logistics Company CEMELOG UPS Ramps Up […]

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Distributed Order Management, A Critical Application

A relatively small number of software vendors offer distributed order management (DOM) solutions; IBM, Manhattan Associates (a Logistics Viewpoints sponsor), and Oracle are the best known of these vendors. What is DOM? It is a central order orchestration hub for companies with complex fulfillment networks. A DOM provides… a common view of inventory for companies with diverse order management or enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems; the ability to designate how an order should be fulfilled […]

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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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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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Guest Commentary: Achieving Agility in the Food Supply Chain

Supplying the nation with food is the most critical of functions, but one that comes with layer upon layer of complexity. In many ways, the supply chain of supermarkets and independent merchants is similar to those of any other retailer. Suppliers are spread around the country and the globe, and driven by customer demand for local, independent products, retailers must work with small, local farmers as well as with large multi-national suppliers. However, two key […]

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Guest Commentary: Mobile Technology and Freight Transportation

It’s no secret that anything “mobile” is all the rage today. However, mobile technology is not new to the transportation world. In fact, the introduction of Qualcomm’s OmniTracs™ in 1988 and UPS’ roll-out of the DIAD (Delivery Information Acquisition Device) four years later are prime examples of pioneering companies investing in mobile technology as a means to drive efficiencies and create competitive advantage. Author Malcolm Gladwell defined a “tipping point” as “the moment of critical […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 29 – November 2, 2012)

The biggest news this week was Hurricane Sandy, which left a path of flooding, power outages, and destruction along the east coast. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the storm, especially those hardest hit in New Jersey and New York City. The storm also disrupted logistics operations, including the closing of local airports and the Port of New York/New Jersey. Events like these are another reminder of why companies need to prioritize […]

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