Logistics Outsourcing >> Editors' Blog
The age of the omnichannel is all about options. Customers buying online should be able to receive their purchases in any way they choose — at home, work, a designated retrieval point, or direct from the store. Or so goes the theory.
Selling apparel and other merchandise over the internet is difficult enough for retailers as it is. Now they want to make it even tougher on themselves.
Philosophies that underlie the management of global container-shipping lines seem to come and go with the tides.
If you thought the act of purchasing transportation was as simple as paying a carrier to haul your freight - well, think again.
Logistics outsourcing may be on the rise everywhere, but Asia is where the action is.
It only makes sense that The 3M Company, with a business model resting almost entirely upon technology, would eventually get around to applying it to the supply chain.
Should shippers and ocean carriers have seen the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. coming?
It's been the same drill for years: Ocean carriers and shippers talking service, then fixating on price. Is this disconnect finally about to be disrupted?
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. might be running a distant second to Amazon.com Inc. in the e-commerce race, but it's spending billions of dollars to close the gap.
The requirements for being a supplier of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. just keep getting tougher.
Amazon.com can meet e-commerce shoppers' demand for both fast and free delivery. But what about its smaller rivals?
In the world of e-commerce, "free" shipping isn't really free. The question is, who pays for it?
Is there any aspect of the e-commerce buying experience that Amazon.com Inc. doesn't want to directly control?
The electronic air waybill (eAWB) has arrived. But certain air freight forwarders and carriers are still holding on to the paper version for dear life.
The outsourcing of logistics is supposed to save businesses big money. They pay only for the services they need; they turn over complex operations to a pro, and they get expensive assets off their books. It all makes eminent sense - unless your name is Amazon.com Inc.