Category Archives: Third Party Logistics

The Automated Local Fulfillment Imperative

Numerous times recently I’ve found myself saying (and tweeting) that… ‘Going forward Fulfillment automation is no longer just an option.’ Having been a contributor to many SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats) analyses for e-commerce service providers, retailers and even … Continue reading

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When it Comes to ‘Logistics & Sourcing’ at RILA Supply Chain the World is Your Oyster!

One of the things I most look forward to when attending the RILA Supply Chain conference is all of the great retail global logistics & supply chain professionals and information to be found assembled all in one place. In less … Continue reading

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Fast is expensive but cheap is slow, until now

Whether it is a Ferrari vs. a Fiat or a Jet Engine vs. a Propeller, generally speaking, to move something quickly has a higher cost than to move it slowly. The ability to move fast at a lower cost is … Continue reading

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Ryder Places First Medium-Duty Electric Vehicle Order with Chanje Energy and Begins to Roll Out Charging Stations

Miami, November 2, 2017 —Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, announced today it has started to take delivery of 125 medium-duty electric panel vans, the first of their kind … Continue reading

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Logistics is the new black!

There I said it… ‘Logistics is the new black.’ Over the last several years the word ‘logistics’ has subtly worked its’ way further and further into the common lexicon thanks to the massive marketing campaigns of certain courier, rail and … Continue reading

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DSV agrees to acquire UTi Worldwide Inc.

The DSV Group (“DSV”) today signed an agreement to acquire US based UTi Worldwide Inc. (“UTi”). UTi is a global, supply chain services and logistics company with revenue of USD 3.9 billion and 21,000 employees in 58 countries. The combined … Continue reading

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All Third Party Logistics Providers Are Not Created Equal

My initial involvement in the Third Party Logistics business was early in 1993 when I became the first Director of Development for Tibbett & Britten Group in North America. Over the next several years the TBG business grew from 20,000 … Continue reading

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Seven Signs Your Retail Business Needs an Omni-channel Makeover

Are your retail customers finding you less attractive lately? Consider your position on the seven signs shared below and you may decide your retail business needs an omni-channel makeover! This is not just an idle suggestion we’re making as the … Continue reading

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Third Party is the Perfect Place for Logistics Professionals

There has been much discussion on what Logistics is and the emerging role and recognition of the importance of Logistics professionals within organizations. In fact a recent post of mine even asserted that ‘Logistics is the New Black!’ Highlighting this … Continue reading

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Expect MORE from Your Third Party Logistics Provider!

Contrary to what many procurement professionals may think, all third party logistics providers are not created equal. And as retailers are pulled further and faster into the omni-channel future the need for advanced third party logistics providers will only continue … Continue reading

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Emerging Options for Omni-Commerce Logistics Strategy

At SCI Logistics in addition to fulfilling millions of e-commerce orders on an annual basis, we also spend a significant amount of time studying the optimal methods of helping our customers serve consumers in Canada. And by the way, if … Continue reading

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Emerging Options for Omni-Commerce Logistics Strategy

Every week I’m interacting with more and more e-commerce professionals whose day to day job is coming up with the best methods of delivering Omni-Commerce solutions for their customers. One thing I can say is there seems to be a … Continue reading

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Beware the Ship-From-Store Spin Cycle

Seems like every so often there’s a new trend that takes the retail and e-commerce world by storm and the latest of these seems to be Ship-From -Store. An omni-channel nirvana being pumped by systems companies, and falsely supported by … Continue reading

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E-Commerce Success in Canada Depends on Power of Two

Customer demands for more rapid and cost effective e-commerce delivery seem to be increasing on a daily basis. In fact not a week goes by now without my speaking with retailers and etailers that since the dawn of e-commerce have … Continue reading

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Toys“R”Us, Canada partners with SCI Logistics to Open New DC

To better accommodate its customers in Western Canada, Toys“R”Us, Canada has partnered with SCI Logistics to open a new distribution centre in Delta, British Columbia. The 180,000 sq. ft. facility is strategically positioned to receive goods from overseas and domestic … Continue reading

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Why the CMO Needs to Bond with the Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO)

As the world of commerce continues to become more complex, volatile and socially transparent the need for a strong linkage between the CMO and the Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO) grows. In our ongoing exploration to better understand this need … Continue reading

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Damco Chooses LLamasoft as its Supply Chain Design Partner

Damco, part of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, one of the world’s leading providers of freight forwarding and supply chain management services, has selected LLamasoft’s Supply Chain Guru® and Transportation GuruTM to support their crucial supply chain design challenges … Continue reading

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Amazon buys army of robots

From CNN: “Amazon is buying Kiva Systems, a manufacturer of bright orange robots that scuttle around warehouses filling orders, for $775 million. The all-cash deal, which is expected to close in the second quarter, will be Amazon’s (AMZN, Fortune 500) … Continue reading

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