Archive for Retail

This Week in Logistics News (January 1-5, 2018)

Can a Cuban ski in -21.6F and survive? I wasn’t willing to find out. But I did ski the day before when it was a balmy -10F and I survived (barely) eight runs down the mountain. The cold still has a tight grip on the East coast, with more than a foot of snow falling […]

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Product Returns: The Hangover Headache of E-Commerce

All of the headlines leading up to Christmas were about how retailers and parcel carriers were struggling to keep up with the record amount of online orders and deliveries for the holidays (see WSJ article UPS, Overwhelmed by Online Orders, Warns of Delivery Delays and Reuters article Surging online orders slow Wal-Mart delivery network). But […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 4-8, 2017)

We’re supposed to get our first plowable snow of the season tomorrow, which means I need to head outside and rake and bag the remaining leaves on my lawn. Rake today, shovel tomorrow. My exercise plans for the weekend are set. So, without further delay, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 31 – August 4, 2017)

Last week I asked “What can potentially stop or bring down Amazon?” In case you’re wondering, the top vote-getter in our highly unscientific poll was “A massive asteroid hitting the Earth.” It’s actually not a far-fetched possibility. “A leading astrophysicist from Queen’s University Belfast has warned that an asteroid strike is just a matter of […]

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This Week in Logistics News (June 19-23, 2017)

It’s the last day of school, so lot’s of excitement here at home. With little time to spare this morning, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: Amazon’s Deal for Whole Foods Seen as Ideal for Urban Pickup and Delivery Hubs (WSJ – sub. req’d) Wal-Mart to Vendors: Get […]

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Free Shipping is Costing More (As Small Packages Flood Delivery Networks)

Nothing in life is free — and this includes free shipping, which has become an albatross around the necks of most retailers and parcel carriers. Parcel shipping is the fastest-growing logistics sector. According to CSCMP’s Annual State of Logistics Report published this week, “while overall transportation costs fell 0.7 percent last year, spending on package […]

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