Archive for Guest Commentary – Grand Junction

Driver Networks and The Future of Last-Mile Delivery Operations

My smartphone now allows me to order and receive almost anything within an hour or two — from a bottle of wine a dinner guest mentioned during appetizers to more coat hangers for the shorts I received as a gift a few hours ago. And I hardly pay for the convenience! It’s like the good […]

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Addressing a Legal Threat to Local Delivery Operations (The FedEx Ground Case on Driver Classification)

The recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that FedEx misclassified its Ground drivers as independent contractors is “a shot across the bow” to companies offering local delivery. That’s because most companies with a local delivery component to their business — whether a national furniture retailer offering scheduled delivery or a tech startup […]

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Time for Companies to Rethink Their Customer Delivery Strategy

While couriers have long been used for local or “last mile” business-to-business deliveries in the U.S., and for consumer deliveries in densely populated areas of the world such as Europe and Asia, the average American thinks only of big name players like FedEx, UPS, or a name such as Con-way that they saw on the […]

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Debunking the Myths of Same-Day Delivery (Or What Amazon Learned from a 90-Year-Old Distributor)

What do both Google and eBay do wrong that a 90-year-old industrial supply distributor does right? I’m talking about same-day delivery. And I’m also talking about Grainger, the longstanding industrial supply distributor whose doorstep delivery footprints are being followed, even now, by another of the most innovative companies in the world — Amazon. Same-day delivery […]

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