Author: Mike Comstock

There has been a plethora of press, advice, speculation and opinion on the transformation of transportation logistics in the fast-changing world of e-commerce. Traditional distribution channels have been disrupted with the emergence of still evolving omni-channel fulfillment concepts and retailers have been slow to adapt. Just today, Macy's announced they will close 100 stores. “We operate in a fast-changing world,” said Macy's Chief Executive Terry Lundgren, and “this involves doing things differently." One of the most concise and compelling studies on managing...

The ever-increasing competitiveness in the shipping industry has spawned a myriad of suggestions, papers and guidelines on how to “optimize” one's logistics operation.  Clearly, nearly every organization has room for improvement in some aspect of its supply chain, but what is optimization and how does an organization embark on optimization initiatives? With an increasing array of technology and tools available to shippers, it sometimes helps to reset to the basics and make sure the solution is “right-sized” to the problem.  The...

PostalVision2020/6.0 Conference – “B2Me- Game Changers” has just wrapped up a day and a half of ideas, innovation and provocative discussion focused on how the world of delivery is changing driven by consumer demand.  The key theme that permeated the event was that data, and really big data is at the core of all innovation and transformation of the supply chains that serve both consumers and businesses. Whether the topic was direct marketing, ecommerce merchandising, or delivery logistics, having access...

No, this is not Amazon or Alibaba. This operation makes those guys look like rookies. The undisputed king of B2C delivery is none other than Santa himself. With centuries of experience, no one comes close to logistics operation of St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Pere Noel, et al. (talk about localization!)

Cyber Monday sales hit an all-time high of $3.12 billion this year and it was reported by the Wall Street Journal that at least one carrier, UPS, is having difficulties keeping up with the growing demand.

As 2015 comes to a close, it is time to develop next year’s logistics plan. Here are three proven ways to reduce and control your shipping costs in the coming year. These tips are not new – in fact, you should perform them every year, if not more frequently. However, the solutions and resources available to you for help are new.

New Technology in the 21st Century is having a major impact on how business is conducted today. New carriers and new business models have given rise to complexity in supply chain that is increasingly difficult to manage for companies of all sizes. That same new technology holds the answer to getting a handle on the complexity...

If you are responsible for your company’s parcel shipping, you have undoubtedly been focused on ensuring your peak season operational plans are well designed and in place. As if that is not enough for you to worry about, you have been inundated by changes announced by all the major parcel carriers in the last couple of weeks.

When markets are up and customer orders are coming in, companies are more worried about satisfying demand, and less about how to optimize shipping costs or rebalance their supply chain networks and inventory. I have seen many companies operate at a low profit margin and make up revenue through high sales volumes in these kinds of situations.