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My Logistics Experiences with Amazon and AAA

When you spend your workday thinking and writing about logistics, you can’t help but see it in your everyday life too. Here are two examples that I experienced last week, courtesy of Amazon and AAA. Amazon: Two Extremes of Packaging My wife walked into the study with a large box from Amazon. Inside was a […]

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Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Well, my big audacious prediction for 2015 did not come true. Google did not acquire a third-party logistics (3PL) company or a logistics software vendor. And business relationships did not become more Vested this year — if anything, they reverted back to being “win-lose” arrangements (see Walmart’s Message to Suppliers: Talk to the Hand and […]

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Bubble Wrap Loses Its Pop for Logistics Cost Savings

In case you missed it, the Wall Street Journal and others reported last week that Sealed Air Corp., the makers of Bubble Wrap, have developed a new version of the product called iBubble Wrap that doesn’t pop. The reaction on Twitter was quick and furious: It’s a sad, sad day in our nation’s history. http://t.co/5XcLiMMDQP […]

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The Better Goal: More Fuel Efficient Trucks or Using Fewer Trucks?

Last Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly proposed standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that would improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon emissions. According to the press release: The proposed standards are expected to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1 billion metric […]

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The Missing Supply Chain Perspective in Packaging Decisions

About a decade ago, I visited a packaging facility operated by a contract packaging provider. The facility would receive bulk quantities of goods from a leading consumer goods manufacturer and package them into different clamshell units (10-count, 30-count, 50-count, etc.) and then into cartons. The cartons were then transported just a few hundred feet through […]

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The Important Role of Packaging in Supply Chain Network Design and Optimization

A lot of consumer packaged goods (CPG) and food companies are under-leveraging their packaging operations – in other words, they haven’t really analyzed where they should be doing it and how to use it more effectively to achieve greater supply chain benefits. In this episode, Paul Lomas, VP at Ryder Supply Chain Solutions, discusses some […]

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