Archive for 3PL

Mergers and Acquisitions in Logistics: Culture Alignment Matters

For several years now, there has been a steady stream of mergers and acquisitions in the transportation and logistics industry — from big, high-profile, mega deals to very small transactions to everything in between. What has been driving all of this M&A activity? “If you start at the consumer and work your way backwards through […]

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Supply Chain Trial by Jury

Author’s note: I have jury duty today. The last time I reported for jury duty, seven years ago this month, I got selected as a juror for a murder trial and spent almost three weeks in court. Those were also the first three weeks of me going off on my own and starting my own […]

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A Sustained Market Shake-up: What M&A Activity Means for the Transportation and Logistics Industry

Frank McGuigan, President and Chief Operating Officer at Transplace, addresses the following questions and more in this timely and informative episode: What have been the main drivers of all the M&A activity in transportation and logistics in recent years? What makes transportation and logistics so attractive to investment firms? What makes a good acquisition target? […]

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A Recipe for Success: Best Practices for Supply Chain Integration

No two supply chain integrations are ever the same. But after many years of onboarding new customers, I have learned that there are three basic components to most integrations. And I like to think of it in cooking terms. Below are the steps we followed for one of our latest supply chain integrations: Step 1: […]

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3 Steps to Achieving Predictive Logistics

A reporter recently asked me how, in my view, the shipping industry would make money in the coming years. The question caused me to reflect on how this might have been answered just ten or five years ago versus today. In the past, growth came from scale: mega-ships, port infrastructure, and buffer. Today, the answer […]

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The Growing Focus on Last-Mile Delivery

Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a lot of activity related to last-mile delivery — from startups providing last-mile delivery services to advancements in transportation management systems and mobile technologies to more effectively plan, execute, and track last-mile deliveries, as well as several acquisitions in this space. What’s driving this focus on last-mile […]

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