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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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This Week in Logistics News (December 31, 2012 – January 4, 2013)

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing vacation. Now it’s back to the grind — and fun. There was very little news this week, but here’s what caught my attention: JDA and RedPrairie Complete Merger New UPS Worldwide Express Freight Service Offers Faster International Shipping in More Lanes Roadnet Technologies Unveils Product Enhancement To MobileCast Vehicle GPS Tracking Software Operating System Wal-Mart to Police U.S. Warehouses (Wall Street Journal) As expected, […]

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TNT Express Reaps the Benefits of Operations Research

The important role of operations research in driving supply chain benefits was in full display at last month’s OPTIMUS 2012, ORTEC’s annual forum in Atlanta, GA. Many of the company’s key clients were there, including Walmart, Coca-Cola, General Mills, and Clorox. In the case of Coca-Cola, for example, the company has saved $500,000,000 in ten years through a variety of initiatives, including improved loading and routing of its 10,000 trucks (see “Coca-Cola Enterprises: Better Trucks, […]

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Best Buy Embraces Omni-Channel Commerce

Big box retailers are facing pressure from two directions, Walmart’s low prices and Amazon’s e-commerce driven convenience. These retailers are in the process of reinventing themselves by embracing omni-channel commerce, which aims to deliver a seamless consumer shopping experience through all available channels — i.e., mobile devices, personal computers, bricks-and-mortar stores, catalogs, and so forth. A few weeks ago I wrote about how Home Depot is approaching this challenge. I recently came across a Wired […]

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Google, Same-Day Delivery, and Container Tracking

Meet Google, your new supply chain and logistics technology provider. According to a New York Times article, Google has started to test a same-day delivery service in San Francisco with some Google employees and their friends. At least one national apparel retailer is participating in the test, according to a source. Although Amazon and Walmart have made headlines in recent months with their own same-day delivery offerings (see “On Amazon’s Quest for Same-Day Delivery” and […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 22-26, 2012)

Last year, Halloween greeted us with a snow and ice storm. This year, it greets us with Hurricane Sandy. This is too much trick and not enough treat for me. In other news… C.H. Robinson Reports Third Quarter Results UPS International Profit Rebounds SAP Announces Record Third Quarter Results Exceed €1 Billion in Third Quarter Software Revenue C.H. Robinson Europe BV Receives AEO-certification FedEx Freight Expands Service and Shipping Solutions to Meet Customer Needs in […]

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Kraft Foods Leverages Downstream Data to Drive Supply Chain Collaboration

At the CSCMP Annual Conference a couple of weeks ago, I attended the best supply chain presentation I’ve been to in years. It was given by Ron Volpe, Customer VP – Supply Chain at Kraft Foods, and Jon Golovin, CEO of Retail Solutions Inc. Kraft is using solutions from Retail Solutions to better leverage its downstream data. The company has a truly audacious goal for inventory reductions based on using this data. I’d like to […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 8-12, 2012)

The kids are all excited because we’re going to the circus tonight. But when you have four young kids running around the house, it’s a circus every night for me and my wife, with animals and clowns included. In the news this week… Wal-Mart Delivery Service Says to Amazon: ‘Bring It’ (Wall Street Journal) FedEx to Park Old Trucks, Planes in Revamp (Wall Street Journal) Freight Shipments Fell 0.6% in August from July Retail Container […]

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Lean Logistics at BJ’s Wholesale Club

When you think of competing on the basis of supply chain excellence, Walmart is probably the first retailer that comes to mind. Walmart is indeed excellent, perhaps the best in the world when it comes to procurement. But I would argue that from a lean logistics perspective, BJ’s Wholesale Club is one of the best retailers in the world. Let’s define our terms here. The operational excellence methodology known as “lean” is centered on preserving […]

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