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On any given day, there are many stories about the rapidly evolving e-commerce industry and its impact on some aspect of the economy. Most are focused on the direct impact to brick and mortar retailers, delivery providers or technology providers. Perhaps not as apparent is the impact to manufacturers which are at the core of supply chains. And perhaps none face a bigger challenge than the hi-tech manufacturers who must navigate not only the evolving demands of e-commerce but must...

Welcome to the first post in a new blog series called 5 Questions with a Supply Chain Innovator! This series will focus on what’s happening in the supply chain and logistics market – from people just like you – i.e., real practitioners. In each blog we hope to peer into the crystal ball and capture insights as well as lessons learned from those on the front lines. And perhaps, we will get to know these Supply Chain Innovators a little...

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...

Manufacturers can face daunting challenges in efficiently managing their logistics. From the movement of supplier components to the assembly line, to the movement of finished products from the production floor to the distribution center, manufacturer and supplier logistics require a long list of integrated transportation services and technologies to get the job done. A logistics policy needs to combine the “classic” top-down approach with a bottom-up component. The essence of the bottom-up component is performance measurement of the logistical system. This...

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...

On February 24, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. The new law impacts a number of customs processes including an increase of the “de minimis” threshold to $800 from $200. The law is targeted to take effect March 10, 2016, so now is the time to prepare for its impact. Under the new law, almost all direct-to-consumer shipments valued at less than $800 will now be duty free into the US. This is...

In my last post, I discussed how a company’s supply chain and logistics processes are under tremendous pressure. Markets are increasingly competitive as businesses find new ways to remove costs and become more efficient. To remain competitive in this ever-changing landscape it is imperative to obtain the best shipping rates possible.

A company’s supply chain and logistics processes are under tremendous pressure. UPS, FedEx and other shipper’s rates increase every year. At the same time markets are increasingly competitive as businesses find new ways to remove costs and become more efficient. To remain competitive in this ever-changing landscape it is imperative to obtain the best shipping rates possible. In this first post of a two-part series on procuring UPS and FedEx services, I’ll pull from the experience of optimizing the supply...

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!)