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Amazon to Take On FedEx and UPS

Amazon is building a new Air Hub in Ohio. Amazon’s end goal is to deliver packages for itself and other retailers. This puts it into competition with FedEx and UPS.

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UPS and Additive Manufacturing: Managing a Megatrend

UPS Invests in a 3D Printing Firm to Learn UPS actively monitors emerging technologies including 3D Printing. 3D Printing, also known as additive manufacturing, was not that interesting to UPS initially. But as industrial manufacturers began making components, not prototypes for R&D, but direct material components used in finished products, UPS began to become interested. In time, they realized that this could be a megatrend that could reshape the face of the logistics industry. Alan […]

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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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This Week in Logistics News (October 24 – 30)

Tomorrow is Halloween. Pumpkins have been carved, pumpkin seeds have been roasted, candy has been bought (and opened, eaten, and more has been bought), and costumes have been purchased or made. And tomorrow, children across the land will go door to door asking for candy, while dressed in these scary, funny, cute, or ridiculous costumes. It’s certainly one of my favorite holidays of the year. But there is so much planning that goes into the […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 10 – 16)

Cubs win! Cub win! And for the first time in the 100 years the Cubs have been playing at Wrigley Field, they clinched a post-season series at home. As Jason Stark pointed out, this was the 7,907th game played at Wrigley – and they finally clinched a series at home. This series also marked the first time since 2003 that the Cubs have won a post-season series at all. As a life-long Red Sox fan, […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 26 – October 2)

Sunday night brought a lunar eclipse. But this wasn’t any ordinary lunar eclipse. This was a total lunar eclipse of a super moon (a super full moon). A rising super full moon looks much larger than a normal full moon as it is closer to the Earth. Total eclipses of super full moons are not exactly common. In fact, the last one occurred in 1982 and the next will not occur until October 8, 2033. […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 4 – 10)

Yesterday morning, I had a nice relaxing cup of coffee outside and finally enjoyed some warm weather. That’s because I spent most of the week in Atlanta attending a conference. Well, in reality it was three conferences wrapped up in one: Home Delivery World, Click & Collect Show USA, and ETail Show USA. The three conferences shared a common venue as well as common keynotes, but each had their own respective breakout sessions focused home […]

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E-Commerce Growth Brings Last Mile Headaches

During the second half of 2014, Clint Reiser and I worked on an extensive survey examining the omni-channel commerce landscape. One of the key findings from that research was on the growth of e-commerce. According to our research, the lion’s share of revenue is still driven by the store. Brick and mortar locations accounted for approximately 67% of all revenue for our survey respondents. However, when looking at revenue growth, our research tells us a […]

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It’s the Final Countdown for UPS, FedEx, and the Postal Service

With the Christmas holiday just a week away, retailers and shippers are scrambling to make sure that their supply chain networks are firing on all cylinders for seamless deliveries. And if things couldn’t get more hectic, today is Free Shipping Day. To date, nearly 1,200 merchants are participating in the event, from big box retailers to niche consumer goods companies. With the busiest shipping day just around the corner (Monday, December 22), let’s take a […]

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Following Holiday Season Delivery Debacle, Amazon Revamps Its U.S. Delivery Network

Following the Christmas holiday debacle in delivering packages in a timely manner to customers, it was apparent that Amazon needed to make changes.  Amazon Prime was a contributor to the mess, and the fees for Prime have been raised which may help damp down the last minute rush during the next holiday season. A very good article in DC Velocity outlines other changes that are planned: UPS, who has been the primary carrier, will be […]

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