Move to seven-day ground delivery by FedEx continues to raise the stakes in parcel market

When FedEx announced last week that it plans to launch residential delivery seven days a week for most of the United States, effective January 2020 in an effort to “further serve the fast-growing e-commerce market,” it was viewed as big news, and that very much remains the case just a few days later. It is hard not to see it any other way, it seems, given that the e-commerce clearly continues to take a lasting hold on how we shop,...

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Note to CEOs: Great Supply Chain Orchestras Have Great Conductors

Recently, I was moderating a panel discussion at a conference for company presidents and CEOs with two supply chain leaders—Mark Holifield, EVP, Supply Chain at Home Depot, and Tracy Rosser, former SVP, Transportation for Walmart. I invited them to the conference so they could share how Home Depot and Walmart use their supply chains as a competitive advantage and a key element in achieving outstanding financial results. Source: logistics Mgmt

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Amazon makes official entrance into truckload brokerage market

Lately, it seems odd when there is not any news coming about logistics inroads being made by global e-commerce bellwether Amazon. If it is not announcing a pending rollout of one-day free shipping for Amazon Prime members, then it is its entrance into the highly competitive truckload brokerage market, which came to light this week, according to various reports. Source: logistics Mgmt

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Is it time to be (a little) concerned about the economy?

For more than a little while, much has been made of what has been viewed as strong economic growth. To what degree, though, varies based on the person or the source. According to President Trump, as per his State of the Union speech in February, the economy is experiencing “an economic miracle,” whereas others note that while things have been relatively solid and stable, there are also some causes for concern. Source: logistics Mgmt

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ATA’s Spear makes the case for needed infrastructure improvements at Senate hearing

With true signs of momentum for a new, and badly needed, federal transportation infrastructure bill seemingly forever stuck in neutral, it is refreshing to see the nation’s top trucking lobbyist, American Trucking Associations (ATA) President and CEO Chris Spear continue to ring the bell (loudly) for federal action to get the wheels on new legislation moving. Source: logistics Mgmt

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Concerns over global and domestic economic outlooks appear to be growing

The theme regarding the economy a year ago at this time may very well have been “Happy days are hear again, given solid GDP growth, buoyed by high levels of consumer confidence, manufacturing output, and strong import volumes, among other factors. But move ahead to the present, and the theme could be something along the lines of “Where have all the good times gone?” The shift in economic themes, while jarring, to a degree, has been underway for a little...

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