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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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Takeaways from Manhattan Associates’ Momentum 2017 Conference

The recent WannaCry cyber attack exploited a problem that exists at most companies today: the use of outdated software systems. In WannaCry’s case, hackers exploited vulnerabilities in Windows XP — an operating system still in wide use today, even though it was originally released in 2001 and Microsoft stopped supporting it in 2014. A similar […]

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This Week in Logistics News (May 8-12, 2017)

It was a very busy week in the world of supply chain and logistics, so let’s go straight to the news that caught my attention: FLEXE Launches Nationwide Next-Day Delivery Effective immediately, Amazon’s smart speaker “Alexa” can update DHL customers on their parcel shipment LLamasoft Partners with TPG Capital Airbus creates new commercial drone services […]

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Collaborative Supply Chain Innovation: Bringing Solutions to Market Faster

In supply chain and logistics, there’s always a new problem to solve or a new opportunity to go after, which often involves some form of innovation — whether it’s a process innovation, a technology innovation, or both. There are many paths companies can take to drive supply chain innovation, but in a recent episode of […]

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