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This Week in Logistics News (September 23-27, 2013)

Tuesday night, I went to Staples with my daughter to buy some printer ink. She was immediately attracted to a colorful display, which caught my attention too. I took a picture of it and shared it on Twitter, which became my most popular tweet of the week:  3D printer and supplies at #Staples. The future is coming faster and faster. #3DPrinting #SCM #logistics pic.twitter.com/S4tGkRxR5u — Adrian Gonzalez (@talkinlogistics) September 24, 2013 Yes, the future is […]

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Walmart’s Omni-Channel Dilemma

I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on about what Walmart is doing in the area of omni-channel fulfillment. I am struck with conflicting emotions – awe at the company’s vision and technological approach, and a great feeling of dread that it won’t be able to achieve its vision because of poor in-store execution. The vision is audacious. Neil Ashe, President of Global e-Commerce, said the following during Walmart’s most recent quarterly financial […]

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This Week in Logistics News (June 17-21, 2013)

Summer is finally here, so let’s go right to the news…and then maybe the pool. C.H. Robinson Continues European Expansion with Istanbul Office MercuryGate International Inc. Announces Expanded European Presence Through Partnership JDA Software Announces Integrated Product Roadmap FedEx Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings Oracle Doubles Dividend; Cloud SaaS Revenues Up 50%, Engineered Systems Up 45% Infor Reports Q4 Double-Digit Growth Natural Gas Seen as Major New Transport Fuel (Wall Street Journal) EU, U.S. leaders […]

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This Week in Logistics News (June 10-14, 2013)

I’m short on time this morning, so let’s go straight to the news. Transplace Updates, Enhances TMS Freight Allocation Module 2.0 Infor Delivers Automotive Innovation Throughout The Value Chain Wal-Mart buys a ‘predictive analytics’ firm (Internet Retailer) Google finalizing $1.3 billion deal for mapping company Waze (Reuters) Con-way Freight Announces 2013 General Rate Increase Freight Shipments Fell 1.2% in April from March Retailers Remain Cautious On Merchandise Imports U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of […]

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Vignettes from JDA FOCUS 2013

Last week, I attended JDA’s user conference, JDA FOCUS 2013. There were more than 2,600 attendees there — a bigger event than last year because of the JDA/RedPrairie acquisition. One of the things I value about this conference is not only the opportunity to listen to smart customers talk, but also having conversations with some of JDA’s sharp executives who test my thinking. Here were some interesting tidbits: A top executive from Walmart gave a […]

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Walmart’s New Solution for Outbound Routing and Load Building

Any time Walmart speaks about what it is doing in logistics, I’ll listen. In March, Steve Simpson, Senior Manager of Transportation Technology at Walmart, participated in a webinar on how Walmart is optimizing outbound loads through its implementation of ORTEC‘s routing and load-building solutions (ORTEC is a Logistics Viewpoints sponsor). A couple of caveats need to be made here. Walmart is not using ORTEC across its entire transportation network; it is using this solution 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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Best-Cost vs. Least-Cost Sourcing

The “reshoring” of manufacturing operations from China and elsewhere to the United States continues to make headlines. Back in December 2012, for example, Apple announced that it is investing $100 million to build some of its Mac products in the US. A month later, Walmart announced that it will increase its sourcing of US products by $50 billion over the next 10 years. And earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal published an article about […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 21-25, 2013)

It’s been a brutally cold week, so grab a blanket and something hot to drink, and let’s go straight to this week’s news. Infor SCE 10.2 Adds Mobility, Innovation to Logistics Management HighJump TrueCommerce EDI Solutions Adds New Transaction History and Reporting Features Union Pacific Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year ATA Truck Tonnage Index Jumped 2.8% in December Wal-Mart Toughens Supplier Policies (Wall Street Journal) Apple steps up labor audits, finds underage workers […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 14-18, 2013)

Countless: the number of double spaces after periods I’ve had to delete as an editor over the years. Last weekend, Slate republished a much discussed article from two years ago titled, “Space Invaders: Why You Should Never, Ever Use Two Spaces After a Period.” If you are guilty of this writing crime, please read the article, and in the spirit of Lean and continuous improvement, stop adding that extra space. In this week’s news… SAP […]

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