Archive for Above the Fold

Robots in Logistics: What Will Humans Do?

According to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), a record number of robots were shipped to companies last year, with more non-automotive companies installing robots than ever before. Almost 36,000 units were shipped in 2018, a 7 percent increase over 2017, with shipments to non-automotive companies up 41 percent. The fastest-growing industries included food and consumer […]

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FedEx SameDay Bot: Will Delivery Robots End Up in the Trash Heap of Ideas?

Last week FedEx introduced its FedEx SameDay Bot. Here are some details from the press release: With the bot, retailers will be able to accept orders from nearby customers and deliver them by bot directly to customers’ homes or businesses the same day. FedEx is collaborating with companies such as AutoZone, Lowe’s, Pizza Hut, Target, […]

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$1B Investment in Flexport – A Smart Bet or Case of Irrational Exuberance?

As reported by Forbes last week, “Flexport, a software-focused freight forwarder [founded in 2013] that helps businesses transport their goods to their point of sale, announced a $1 billion funding round led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund on Thursday, with existing investors Founders Fund, DST Global, Cherubic Ventures, Susa Ventures and SF Express all participating. The […]

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Logistics Outsourcing: Is It Still a One-Way Street?

According to a report in the The Press-Enterprise, Walmart is bringing operations at two California warehouses, which it had outsourced to Schneider Logistics for the past 13 years, back in-house. Here are some details from the article: Walmart spokesperson Michelle Malashock said the company plans to retain “as many people as possible” who are currently […]

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Truck Driver Pay: By the Mile or Hour?

Back in October 2018, a US district judge in Arkansas ruled that PAM Transport, a trucking company based in the state, would have to pay its drivers at least minimum wage for the 16 hours each day that they work. A couple of weeks ago, the judge reaffirmed his ruling. As reported by Business Insider: […]

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Online Grocery Delivery: How Big is the Market Really?

Walmart announced that it has added four delivery companies — Point Pickup, Skipcart, AxleHire and Roadie — to help power its online grocery delivery operations in metro areas across four states. The service is currently available in more than 800 stores with another 800 being adding this year. Yet, according to a Gallup poll conducted […]

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