Archive for same-day delivery

This Week in Logistics News (December 9-13, 2013)

Same-day delivery (or is it shipping?) and global trade dominated the news this week, so let’s take a look. Home Depot To Offer Same Day Delivery (Wall Street Journal) Retailers Turn Store Clerks Into Web Shippers (Wall Street Journal) WTO overcomes last minute hitch to reach its first global trade deal (Reuters) U.S.-Japan Impasse Dogs Pan-Pacific Trade Talks (Wall Street Journal) XPO Logistics Agrees to Acquire NLM Freight Shipments Fell 0.7% in October from September […]

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60 Minutes’ Amazon Drone Story is Nonsense! What Really Makes Sense?

60 Minutes recently aired an episode that showed aerial drones from Amazon delivering goods right to the front porch of a customer. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon was touting their continued experimentation in the path to achieving same day deliveries. Same day delivery by drones is ridiculous. It is not just that the FAA is behind schedule on regulating drone flight paths, and getting to real regulations is likely years away. It is also, […]

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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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Guest Commentary: Parcel Shipping Outlook for 2014

As we enter the busy peak season for shipping, it’s amazing to think of the changes and trends that started taking hold in 2013. The buzzword of the year was “omni-channel fulfillment, as retailers attempt to create a superior customer shopping experience across multiple channels, including online, mobile devices, brick-and-mortar, direct mail, and catalog. Retailers are responding to customer demands for better experience, better access, and better choice. Enabling new fulfillment strategies – such as […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 11-15, 2013)

Lots of interesting news to discuss today, so let’s go straight to it. Descartes Unveils Same-Day Delivery Optimization Technology Amazon to Begin Sunday Deliveries, With Post Office’s Help (Wall Street Journal) Gap Inc. Pushes Omnichannel Focus (Women’s Wear Daily) Freight Shipments Rose 0.8% in September from August University of Maryland Selects Resilinc as Supply Chain Risk Partner Truckers Tire of Government Sleep Rules (Wall Street Journal) Lots of news this week related to omni-channel fulfillment […]

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

There’s lots going on today, so let’s go straight to the news. Freight Shipments Rose 0.4% in August from July Turnover Rose at Large Truckload Fleets in the Second Quarter Federal Government Shutdown Starts to Crimp Trade (Wall Street Journal) New Customer-Centric Solution from SAP to Help Retailers Improve Operations, Consumer Experience and Brand Perception HighJump Software, TrueCommerce EDI Solutions Group Announces Strategic Partnership with AdvancePro Technologies Globe Tracker and Xmetra Announce Partnership UPS to […]

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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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Forget Innovation, Just Execute Better

Have we reached the point where we should just focus on executing better with the systems and processes we have than chase the next technological or process innovation? Translation: There’s still plenty of juice to squeeze in the fruit we currently have, so why go pick more fruit when our hands are already full? This was one of the questions a longtime friend of mine (a Senior VP of Global Logistics) raised in a recent […]

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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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An Amazon Study Shows Why Same-Day Deliveries Matter

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about same-day delivery, with Amazon, Walmart, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Google, and eBay all launching or ramping up their efforts in this area (see “On Amazon’s Quest for Same Day Delivery” and “Google, Same-Day Delivery, and Container Tracking”). Here is why it matters: it results in fewer abandoned shopping carts. In a study with its Amazon Prime customers, Amazon found that merely displaying an icon touting same-day availability increased conversions […]

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