• What Uber’s IPO Reveals About Uber Freight’s Marketplace Opportunity is Highly Misleading

    Uber has a very powerful brand name. It undoubtedly contributed to Uber Freight’s growth. But if this was a stand-alone prospectus for just Uber Freight, and if the Freight division did not carry the name “Uber,” who would be foolish enough to invest in them?
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  • This Week in Logistics News (April 13 – 19)

    He’s back! Eleven years after his last major win, Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods won the Masters for the fifth time, while notching his 15th total major victory. In doing so, Woods moved closer to Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 major wins. To put that in perspective, of all active golfers, Phil Mickelson is second in career major wins with 5. Surprisingly, this marked the first time that Tiger has won a major when failing to be […]
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  • Achieving Speed & Accuracy in the Last Mile

    For years, retailers have emphasized increasing delivery speed when it came to the last-mile delivery to differentiate with service. In 2005, Amazon revolutionized customer expectations when they launched their Amazon Prime service, which guaranteed two-day delivery to customers.  They did so with the primary goal of increasing market share, while delivery costs and how they impacted margin were often not considered.  Luckily, they had the financial backing and size to do so and quickl
  • Iconex Uses 3PL to Drive Business Benefits

    A few weeks ago, I spoke with Kim Harper-Gage, Senior Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain at Iconex. Iconex is the world’s largest maker of paper receipt rolls for the retail, banking, and restaurant industry. Additionally, the company makes custom labels for various industries such as logistics and retail. Iconex is a global company with operations in North America, Chile, and Europe. The basis of my conversation with Harper-Gage was about their relationship with managed […
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  • Northeast States Address Emissions with Transport Cap-and-Invest Program

    Leaders of nine member-states of the Transportation & Climate Initiative have committed to create a regional transportation policy to drive down emissions and strengthen economies in the same stroke. The intention is to employ a market mechanism such as “cap-and-invest”. This device does two things: provides a mechanism to force emissions down and channels funding for transition to cleaner transport.The post Northeast States Address Emissions with Transport Cap-and-Invest Program
  • An Autonomous Mobile Robot Customer Speaks of Instantaneous Payback

    At HighJump’s Elevate show in March, one of their customers – Hollar – spoke about implementing an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) solution and getting an almost instantaneous payback. I have been covering supply chain solutions for a long time and I’ve never heard that claim made.  Really excellent payback can occur in six months, a two-year payback is about average, and some heavy forms of material handling pay back in four or five years. The […]
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  • This Week in Logistics News (April 6 – 12)

    We are heading into what I can only call one of the single greatest days of the year in Boston: Patriots’ Day. The holiday officially commemorates the “shot heard round the world,” or the first shots fired at the battles of Lexington and Concord and the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. The region marks the occasion with Revolutionary War re-enactments, parades, and an unforgettable weekend of sports. The Red Sox hoisted the 2018 World […]
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  • ProMat 2019 – Large Investments on Display

    The ProMat show hall had an elephant in the room - Toyota Industries and its companies were front and center, as a display of its recent strategic acquisitions into the warehouse automation world. Piece picking robots, shuttle system enhancements, collaborative robots, and the software that makes these systems "intelligent" were the highlights of my attendance at ProMat 2019. The following exhibits were the most infomative to me.The post ProMat 2019– Large Investments on Display appeared f
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  • Test and Learn Digital Transformations

    Digitalization requires learning. Pilots of supply chain planning software can cost millions. How can companies test-and-learn cheaper and smarter? A conversation with the leadership team of Solvoyo suggests some answers. Solvoyo is in a test-and-learn with a very large consumer goods company.
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  • Furniture Retailer Runs an Orchestrated Supply Chain

    In March, Infor had a customer event at their headquarters called “The Journey to an Autonomous Supply Chain.”  “Autonomy” is their goal, but right now their GT Nexus product, recently renamed Infor Nexus, supports an orchestrated supply chain. If you look at the definition of orchestrated, you will see the word “arrangement.” And when the term orchestrated is applied to a music score, the arrangement is quite intricate. That certainly describes the suppl
  • This Week in Logistics News (March 30 – April 5)

    On April 1, I saw a very interesting piece of news that I just couldn’t believe. Passel, a sharing economy company that has shoppers (dubbed Passers) deliver goods to other shoppers, made a major announcement on how items would be delivered. The company’s R&D division announced that Passers would have the option of engaging drones to assist with delivery. According to a press release, “Drone Assisted Delivery is a Jet Optimized Kinetic Engagement System (DAD: […]
  • The Warehouse Management System of Today… and Tomorrow

    WMS product development roadmaps vary by provider, but there is substantial overlap among the development initiatives of leading WMS providers. Key topics include machine learning, optimization, automation integration, and interoperability. This article captures the “essence of the essence” of the development plans of the leadings WMS suppliers today.The post The Warehouse Management System of Today… and Tomorrow appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.
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  • Supply Chain Blockchain Applications Won’t Work Without Data Standards!

    Blockchain provides one mechanism for sharing information between supply chain trading partners. Because of the IT security, unchangeable records, and decentralized governance, the technology is getting a lot of attention.  But just as clear thinking depends upon carefully defining terms, effective supply chain collaboration requires a defined vocabulary. Business is just easier when you speak the same language as your customers, suppliers and partners. GS1 is the leading provider of these
  • The US Freight Brokerage Technology Landscape

    Two top executives from Echo Global Logistic gave good presentations on what is hot in terms of technology for freight brokers. These presentations occurred at the Descartes Evolution conference last week.
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  • This Week in Logistics News (March 23 – 29)

    There’s an old proverb “that all good things must come to an end.” As a New England Patriots fan, that ending came a lot sooner than I would have liked. Earlier this week, Rob Gronkowski announced that he is retiring from the NFL. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player quite like Gronk. When healthy, he was the most dominant force on the field; he was a punishing blocker, reliable receiver, and nearly impossible […]
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  • Asset Management Considerations for Carriers

    The asset management needs for carriers can be both varied and complex.  And these needs can differ depending on the type of carrier.  Local and regional delivery companies’ requirements can be very different from that of over-the-road equipment.  This often means that trucks, tractors, trailers, vans, and other equipment must be spec’d and maintained differently, depending on application, which poses unique challenges for enterprise asset management (EAM) and other as
  • Descartes Evolution 2019: Disruptive Technologies for the Customer Experience

    I’m coming to you live from Naples, FL at the 2019 Descartes Evolution Conference. This was my third time attending the event and as always, it did not disappoint. This year marked the largest conference yet, with more than 650 attendees; in fact, it has outgrown its old location in West Palm Beach and from the looks of it, may need a bigger home next year. Yesterday’s sessions were about the big picture, while today’s […]
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  • Modern Business Intelligence for E-commerce Shipping

    Organizations must properly execute their e-commerce shipping strategy to survive in today's market. Business Intelligence is critical to proper execution, providing opportunities to significantly shift, reduce, and manage global transportation costs without sacrificing service.The post Modern Business Intelligence for E-commerce Shipping appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.
  • Demand Management Solutions Continue to Consume More and More Data!

    There are a lot more demand forecasts being made today at companies then their used to be. Many of these forecasts depend upon having more data. Traditionally, demand management applications used order shipment history to make forecasts. But gradually new data sets were added that improved the forecasting accuracy. A demand management application can truly be a Big Data solution today.
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  • This Week in Logistics News (March 16 – 22)

    I spent the majority of this week in Las Vegas attending the Oracle Modern Business Experience conference at the Mandalay Bay. From a supply chain perspective, the conference looked into how disruptive technologies like IoT and blockchain are impacting supply chain management and the benefits and efficiencies they can add. The sessions were both informative and thought provoking at the same time. But I’ll have more on these topics at a later date. The conference […]
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  • Defining a Balanced Supply Chain Network: Are Your “Walls” and “Wheels” Where They Need to Be?

    Two of the biggest and often overlooked challenges facing enterprises today are knowing where to set up shop and how to best leverage enterprise assets across the supply chain network. In the globalized economy, most supply chains are complex and geographically dispersed, serving multiple markets. However, even the small business owner – who markets “farm-to-table” products – faces similar supply chain decision points, albeit fewer in number. Deciding where to locate a hu
  • The Warehouse Labor Gap is Unsustainable

    US warehousing and storage industry (3PL) employment grew from 779 million in January 2015 to 1.2 billion in December 2018, a CAGR of 11% from 2015 through 2018. At the same time, US unemployment is at historic lows. This suggests that the warehousing and storage industry must hire workers from other industries. Stories about individual warehouses paints a picture of high demand for labor, low availability, and high turnover rates. Something has to “give”.
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  • The Autonomous Mobile Robot Market is Growing Explosively

    We just completed the new global market study on the Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) market. The market is exploding. In my twenty years of doing market research I have never seen anything like the growth this market is experiencing.
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  • This Week in Logistics News (March 9 – 15)

    St Patrick’s Day is this weekend, where everyone is a little bit Irish. And it wouldn’t be a holiday without Americans spending a lot of money. So just how much money will be spent this year? According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual survey on St Patrick’s Day, about 55 percent of Americans plan to celebrate. The average consumer plans to spend about $40, which equates to roughly $5.61 billion in total spending. The […]
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  • The Elements of a Successful Transportation Management Competency Center

    Too many larger transportation projects fail to deliver value over time or end up being scrapped because there was inadequate investment in a long-term post-go-live support and growth strategy. The most successful enterprise-wide transportation management programs don’t stop with the successful rollout of the system. Instead, they go on indefinitely, delivering more business value over time. To sustain and grow their transportation management success, companies need to implement a competen
  • 2019 Supply Chain Trends

    As I wrote about a few weeks ago, I spent the first week of February in Orlando attending ARC Advisory Group’s Industry Forum. The event had a heavy focus on how digitizing factories, cities, and infrastructure will benefit technology end users and suppliers alike. While I was there, I had the opportunity to sit down and interview a few ARC analysts including Craig Resnick, Greg Gorbach, Larry O’Brien, Mike Guilfoyle, Harry Forbes, Will Hastings, and […]
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  • The High Cost of The One Percent Inventory Accuracy in Your Supply Chain

    If your company is experiencing inventory accuracy problems, the problem extends across your entire logistics network—and right to your end customer. Here’s how digital inventory technologies are helping companies solve those challenges. The supply chain industry is going through a transformation because customers’ expectations are changing and labor is hard to find and retain. If you add to that the national warehouse vacancy rate hovering at record lows and warehouses bloated
  • HighJump Elevate is a Wrap

    HighJump, a global provider of supply chain solutions, wrapped up its annual user conference, HighJump Elevate, last week. HighJump is a leading provider of warehouse management systems (WMS), but their solution portfolio is broader.The post HighJump Elevate is a Wrap appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.
  • This Week in Logistics News (March 2 – 8)

    One of the things I like best about the user conference season, other than seeing new innovative technologies and learning from my peers, is the fact that I actually get to watch movies on my flights. I recently watched Bohemian Rhapsody, the based-on-reality movie about the life and times of Queen and its front man Freddie Mercury. Rami Malek’s transformation into Freddie Mercury, as well as the other actors portraying Brian May, Roger Taylor, and […]
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  • 5 Truckload Shipping Trends For 2019

    Our industry’s cyclical pattern of tension and slack has become familiar to many of us. To understand whether demand for truckload capacity will be up or down in the coming year, it’s critical to watch the economy. With slower economic growth forecasted for 2019, we could expect a more historically normal level of truckload market balance than we had last year. In addition to economic growth, there are a variety of factors that will influence […]
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  • Is 2019 the Year of Robotic Piece Picking?

    The overall structure and content of the MHI Promat and Modex events evolves very slowly from year to year. However, a prevalent theme seems to arise each year that differentiates one event from years prior. I’m told that robotic piece picking was the stand-out theme at LogiMAT last month and that theme will surely cross the pond to ProMat next month. I plan to spend a large portion of my time in Chicago at the […]
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  • Singapore Locks in Last Mile Delivery

    Singapore is looking to enable an efficient last mile network by developing a single interoperable platform to facilitate e-commerce.
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  • Canadian National Goes Green

    Canadian National is committed to sustainability and outperforms their peers in this area. Canadian National is using fewer railcars and locomotives to ship more freight. Achieving these gains have been aided by some interesting supply chain technologies. This is also good for the bottom line.
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  • This Week in Logistics News (February 23 – March 1)

    I spent the better of the last week in the sunny, warm confines of Southern Florida. It was a harsh dose of reality coming back to Boston and a snow storm. On our trip we saw iguanas, sea turtles, vultures, (wild) alligators, and a host of other animals. When it comes to animals, one of the best things I did with my family on vacation was to visit Panther Ridge, a non-profit conservation center in […]
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  • Kraft Heinz Stock Plunges to a Record Low Despite a Highly Efficient Supply Chain

    Kraft Heinz Company’s stock plummeted last week despite having one of the most efficient supply chains in their industry. The shares dropped as much as 28 percent one day after writing down the value of some of the Kraft and Oscar Mayer brands and other assets by $15.4 billion. The company's portfolio is filled with food products like Oscar Mayer hot dogs and Kraft macaroni and cheese that are perceived to be less healthy by consumers seeking fresher, less processed alternatives.
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  • Autonomous Trucks Today

    Last summer, I wrote an article about the future of electric trucks. Notably, I outlined that the industry was ready to transition to zero-emission trucks and that a number of major manufacturers including Tesla, Daimler, Thor, and Toyota had unveiled electric class-8 trucks while UPS, FedEx and DHL had unveiled electric class-6 parcel trucks. But now the big question is whether the industry is ready for autonomous trucks. The jury is clearly still out on […]
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  • Additive Manufacturing Has Both Potential and Challenges

    Deutsche Bahn believes that additive manufacturing will result in high savings - in the multi-digit million range - in warehousing and spare parts procurement.  Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is of the upmost importance for Deutsche Bahn, especially in the management of spare parts for older trains.  But an international conference on this subject also pointed to the challanges of using this still immature technology.
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  • A Digital Logistics Platform

    The term "digital" has become all the rage. Parcel software, particularly the Public Cloud solutions, has been digital for decades. Parcel software provides label compliance, enables intelligent procurement, provides analytics and visibility to improve the shipping process, and allows for bills to be audited to insure the shipper has not been overcharged.
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  • This Week in Logistics News (February 16 – 22)

    Last year, I wrote about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which upon further review, may be significantly larger than previously thought. The plastic floating waste contains at least 79,000 tons of material spread over 1.6 million square kilometers. While a lot of the materials come from humans’ ocean activities, such as abandoned fishing nets and gear and lost shipping containers and/or their contents, there are clearly other items in the patch. If not in the […]
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  • Open Up a Whole New World of Competitive Differentiation with Transportation Optimization

    Transportation optimization tools enable efficient load and route plans in today's high pressure omnichannel and ecommerce distribution environment. The best optimization tools allow companies to look at freight movements holistically, analyzing shipments, rates, and constraints, and ultimately improve decision making. In environments such as the recent capacity crunch, load optimization across all modes can help transportation managers fully load their trucks, which means fewer loads that
  • How Supply Chain is (Still) Underappreciated

    Supply chain advancements are credited with efficiency improvements within organizations but are often overlooked for their beneficial economic side-effects.For example, supply chain software may contribute more to productivity than traditional measures such as GDP suggest. One example is the Great Moderation. Another is the inability of economic models to capture the rapid improvement of software over time. This inaccurate measurement leads to underreporting of quality improvements. This underr
  • Blockchain Proof of Concepts Highlight Supply Chain Use Cases

    Many proof-of-concept trials are demonstrating potential business benefits for the participants.  ARC has examined 24 pilot programs in the aerospace, automotive, chemical, food & beverage, logistics, mining, oil & gas, pharmaceutical and power industries.  By examining these PoCs, the primary goal in terms of business value could be determined for each one.
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  • Achieving Energy Savings through a Digital Transformation: The Vopak Case Study

    Vopak, a leading operator of tank terminals, is undergoing a digital transformation. One of their projects occurred at their Savannah terminal. New sensors, machine learning, and optimization drove significant energy savings.The post Achieving Energy Savings through a Digital Transformation: The Vopak Case Study appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.
  • This Week in Logistics News (February 9 – 15)

    According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual Valentine’s Day survey with Prosper Insights & Analytics, Americans were expected to spend a record amount on Valentine’s Day this year despite a years-long decrease in the percentage of people celebrating the holiday. Those celebrating planned to spend $3.9 billion on jewelry (given by 18 percent), $3.5 billion on an evening out (34 percent), $2.1 billion on clothing (18 percent), $1.9 billion on flowers (35 percen
  • A Software Revolution that is Hard to See

    Today, so many exciting things are going on in the cloud software world that my bet is we will see very large improvements in the way things are done driven by higher productivity and innovation. The difficulty in perceiving this now is that there is no thing to "see" with this software.
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  • Logistics Robots Market 2019 Global Technology, Development, Trends and Forecasts to 2025

    New Study On “2019-2025 Logistics Robots Market Global Key Player, Demand, Growth, Opportunities and Analysis Forecast” Added to Wise Guy Reports Database Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday
  • Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) Come of Age

    The key for AMRs is that they enable workers to be more productive due to constant collaboration. During Steve Banker's panel discussion on AMRs at ARC Advisory Group's Forum last week, the four panelists made two key points about AMRs. First, robots are not replacing human workers, but rather, are assisting them. Second, warehouse labor is becoming harder to find and more expensive to train and retain. These two reasons are why there will be an increase in AMRs in the warehouse.
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  • AMRs Come of Age

    The key for AMRs is that they enable workers to be more productive due to constant collaboration. The panelists made two key points. First, robots are not replacing human workers, but rather, are assisting them. Second, warehouse labor is becoming harder to find and more expensive to train and retain. As a result, AMRs will surely become a bigger component of the warehouse moving forward.
  • Barker and Stonehouse turns to Paragon's routing and scheduling software for superior customer service

    Barker and Stonehouse, the UK's largest independent family-run furniture retailer, has invested in a logistics solution from Paragon to provide customers with a superior delivery service with more choice Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday
  • Global Construction Robots Market 2019 Industry Analysis, Share, Growth, Sales, Trends, Supply, Forecast 2025

    WiseGuyReports.com adds “Construction Robots Market 2019 Global Analysis, Growth, Trends and Opportunities Research Report Forecasting 2025” reports tits database. Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday

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