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The Northeast Passage Shipping Lane

Maersk confirmed last week that is intends to sail the containership Venta Maersk through the Northeast Passage from the Far East to St. Petersburg. The route runs along the Russian Arctic through what the Russians call the Northern Sea Route. This will be the first container ship to traverse the passage, although COSCO has sent LNG tankers through the route a number of times over the last couple years. The story piqued my interest due to the […]

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Evolving the Supply Chain for Anywhere-to-Everywhere Shipping

The supply chain as we used to know it is changing – and these changes are impacting not only retailers, but a variety of businesses and industries.  An increasing number of businesses that never had to worry much about shipping are finding themselves competing with experienced and emerging retailers. Just look at how major pharmacies and healthcare providers are rolling out ship-to-home medical supply services. Traditionally, manufacturers only had to worry about shipping products to […]

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Is Amazon Building a First Mover Advantage in Logistics?

Amazon undoubtedly reaped first mover advantages in e-commerce. In recent years we have seen Amazon make giant investments in logistics assets. Are those investments aimed at making their traditional business more “profitable” or are they designed to turn Amazon into a leading logistics company?

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The Challenge of Profitable Shipping in an OmniChannel World

The need to provide online customers with transparency to shipping costs is well known. According to KISSmetrics, unexpected shipping costs account for nearly one-third of all abandoned shopping carts. And the importance of providing online shoppers a variety of service levels is also understood –  the 2015 Pitney Bowes Annual Shipping Survey found, 93% of consumers indicated shipping options to be an important factor in their overall shopping experience – a 23% increase over 2014. […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 22 – 28)

March 24 marked the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound in Alaska. The impact of the oil spill is still being felt today. While the majority of species affected by the spill have recovered to pre-spill levels, and the commercial fishing industry has mostly recovered, federal scientists estimate that between 16,000 and 21,000 gallons of oil remains on beaches in Prince William Sound and up to 450 miles away. […]

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Amazon Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

After Amazon reported its year end revenues, their stock tumbled despite comparable quarter revenue growth of 20 percent. The company did end the year with a narrow profit, something they did not accomplish last year, but investors have tired of the promise of future profits. Profits would have been bigger except for widespread failures to deliver holiday presents in a timely manner. This led Amazon to issue $20 gift cards and refund shipping costs to […]

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Guest Commentary: The Simplicity of Black Box Integration

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci I wonder if Leonardo da Vinci was envisioning the flexibility and capabilities that are inherent in black box technology when he made this comment. Just think about it, an input goes into the black box millions of times a day and yields the same output, time after time. With each input being transformed into the correct output in a microsecond, black box is simple, yet truly […]

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