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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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Amazon and Drones – Are They Nuts? How This Can Work

You probably saw the 60 minutes segment on Amazon with Bezo’s revelation of its drone project.  More recently, Fred Smith said FedEx has several drone studies underway.  UPS has chimed in too stating it has drone research.  Are they all nuts?  No.  Here is why. During the holiday season, internet purchases were reported to have grown 20+% year over year.  Compounded, that doubles within four years.  Using current methods, could there be a corresponding doubling […]

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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 (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 (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 (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: Not So Fast: How Technology is Slowing Express Delivery

Over the last few years, FedEx and UPS have seen significant shifts in how domestic and international customers are shipping. The shift from express to ground products is growing at an unprecedented rate – impacting carrier financials and even their own networks. As recently as last month, UPS posted a four percent drop in revenue with CEO Scott Davis calling the financials “disappointing.” He, like FedEx’s Fred Smith, acknowledges the shift to slower – and […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 15-19, 2013)

I passed on spending $1100 to fix my car A/C, so I’ve been driving around with the windows down this summer. When you have Cuban blood, 99 degrees is nothing to complain about (although I reserve the right to change my mind). In this week’s news, new products and services and a couple of acquisitions top the list. Con-way Freight Raises the Bar on Mexico Service, Adds Door-to-Door Tracking, 24-Hour Customer Resource Center, Enhanced Web […]

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What Are Your Top 10 Supply Chain Trends?

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Crossroads 2013: Supply Chain as Future Enabler conference at MIT, which featured a great lineup of speakers from Flextronics, Pfizer, 7-Eleven, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, UPS, and MIT. I don’t have the time or space to summarize every presentation, but overall the conference was very informative and thought-provoking. The presentation that I enjoyed the most was A Vision of Supply Chain Evolution by Tom Linton, Chief Procurement […]

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