Archive for Menlo Worldwide Logistics

This Week in Logistics News (October 28 – November 1, 2013)

From the family room, I heard my 11-year old son crying in the kitchen being consoled by my wife. I assumed it was related to something that had happened at school that day. I was right about the school part, but wrong about the reason. In science class that day, the teacher was trying to get a point across to the class, and in her attempt to relate it to something the kids could understand, […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 30 – October 4, 2013)

Is it ironic that the U.S. government partially shut down on Tuesday, the same day I was scheduled to give a talk on collaboration? I’m thinking of sending my representatives in Congress a copy of the book Getting to We, written by my friends Kate Vitasek and Jeanette Nyden — and also inviting them and all members of Congress to participate in my upcoming conversation with Kate and Jeanette on Talking Logistics. You never know, […]

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Guest Commentary: 3PLs are the Secret Weapons in the e-Fulfillment Arms Race

In his 1997 book The Innovator’s Dilemma, Harvard Business Professor Clayton Christensen introduced the term “Disruptive Innovation,” which describes how certain novel products or technologies can enter a market sector, defy market norms, and ultimately unseat well-established market leaders. Today, third-party logistics providers (3PLs) are participating in the disruptive innovation of a whole category: the one-stop shop. In the ‘90s and early 2000s, one popular big-box retailer took a strong hold of this market sector […]

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Guest Commentary: Moving Parts: Effectively Managing the Aftermarket Auto Parts Supply Chain

When an automobile parts dealer or a business in the auto service parts retail network makes a request to its suppliers to fulfill an order, there is an expectation that the right component shows up at the right place, in the right time frame, at the right cost. After all, at the end of the line in this complex supply chain fulfillment cycle is a customer with a vehicle waiting for a repair part. That […]

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This Week in Logistics News (June 24-28, 2013)

Another crazy Friday morning, now with the kids out of school, so let’s go straight to this week’s news: JDA Announces Major Enhancements to Workforce Mobility, All-Channel Commerce Solutions HighJump Software Enhances HighJump Warehouse Advantage Express Offering to Meet Increased Demand in SMB Marketplace FedEx Adds 1,900 New Lightweight, Fuel Efficient Vehicles to Fleet UPS Launches Industry-First Service For High-Value Time- And Temperature-Sensitive Shipments ATA Releases Latest Freight Forecast, Projecting Strong Trucking Growth Trucks Transported […]

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Guest Commentary: The Advent of the 4PL Model in Upstream Oil and Gas

Over the past few years, fuel production in the United States has seen a marked increase, largely due to the widespread adoption of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, whereby pockets of natural gas and crude oil trapped deep in the shale layer far below the earth’s surface are extracted via a horizontal drilled well. During the extraction process, the lower, horizontal portion of the well is perforated and flushed with millions of gallons of fracking fluid, […]

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Guest Commentary: 3PLs are Key Strategic Partners in Real Estate Procurement

When the U.S. economy entered its multi-year recession, many businesses softened the blow by engaging a 3PL to help match slower demand with operational savings. Now that the economy is recovering, some of those same companies are expanding. Since this often involves growing their network of distribution centers, companies are increasingly looking to their logistics partners for something new: real estate advice. When offered this type of opportunity, 3PLs can rise to the occasion by […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 7-11, 2013)

No time to waste this morning, as I have a lunch date planned with my soon to be five year old daughter. Here’s the news that caught my attention this week: GT Nexus and TradeCard to Merge Oracle Unveils New Releases of Oracle Transportation Management and Oracle Global Trade Management Oracle Announces New Release of Oracle Retail Category Management Menlo Worldwide Logistics Expands Operations in Singapore Freight Shipments Rose 1.7% in November from October Cass […]

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Guest Commentary: Beyond Sustainability to Supply Chain Resilience

Businesses around the world are increasingly becoming more vocal and active around “sustainability” issues and managing the breadth and depth of the “carbon footprint” generated by their operations. While both of these terms are getting lots of airplay, what they really point to is the need to plan for greater “resilience” in supply chain design, management and execution. How resilient are you in your thinking, and does that reflect itself in your supply chain’s processes […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 1-5, 2012)

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School found that “men with shaved heads are perceived to be more masculine, dominant and, in some cases, to have greater leadership potential than those with longer locks or with thinning hair.” I was cheering the news, reading the article out loud to my wife in the next room, until I came to this disturbing section: men with shaved […]

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