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Why Retailers Are Struggling With Ship-From-Store Fulfillment

Why Retailers Are Struggling With Ship-From-Store Fulfillment

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.[more]


‘Try Before You Buy’: A Huge Logistics Challenge for E-Tailers

‘Try Before You Buy’: A Huge Logistics Challenge for E-Tailers

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.[more]


Can Maersk Transform Itself Into an Integrated Service Provider?

Can Maersk Transform Itself Into an Integrated Service Provider?

Philosophies that underlie the management of global container-shipping lines seem to come and go with the tides.[more]


Why It's Important to Become Your Carrier's 'Preferred Shipper'

Why It's Important to Become Your Carrier's 'Preferred Shipper'

If you thought the act of purchasing transportation was as simple as paying a carrier to haul your freight - well, think again.[more]


Why Asia Is Accounting for Most of the Growth in Logistics Outsourcing

Why Asia Is Accounting for Most of the Growth in Logistics Outsourcing

Logistics outsourcing may be on the rise everywhere, but Asia is where the action is.[more]


For 3M, Technology Was the Key to a New Supply-Chain Mindset

For 3M, Technology Was the Key to a New Supply-Chain Mindset

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.[more]


How Shippers Can Protect Themselves Against Another Carrier Bankruptcy

How Shippers Can Protect Themselves Against Another Carrier Bankruptcy

Should shippers and ocean carriers have seen the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. coming?[more]


Are Ocean Carriers and Shippers Focused on Service - Or Just Lip Service?

Are Ocean Carriers and Shippers Focused on Service - Or Just Lip Service?

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?[more]


Walmart Buys E-Commerce Startup Jet.com - But Can It Catch Amazon?

Walmart Buys E-Commerce Startup Jet.com - But Can It Catch Amazon?

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.[more]


Walmart Shrinks Delivery Window; Turns Up Pressure on Suppliers

Walmart Shrinks Delivery Window; Turns Up Pressure on Suppliers

The requirements for being a supplier of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. just keep getting tougher.[more]


Fast and Free: Can Smaller Online Retailers Meet Consumers' Delivery Demands?

Fast and Free: Can Smaller Online Retailers Meet Consumers' Delivery Demands?

Amazon.com can meet e-commerce shoppers' demand for both fast and free delivery. But what about its smaller rivals?[more]


In E-Commerce, Who Pays for 'Free' Shipping?

In E-Commerce, Who Pays for 'Free' Shipping?

In the world of e-commerce, "free" shipping isn't really free. The question is, who pays for it?[more]


Amazon's Latest Hat: A Freight Forwarder From China

Amazon's Latest Hat: A Freight Forwarder From China

Is there any aspect of the e-commerce buying experience that Amazon.com Inc. doesn't want to directly control?[more]


The Air Waybill Is Going Paperless - Slowly

The Air Waybill Is Going Paperless – Slowly

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.[more]


How Retailers Can Meet the Challenge of Amazon

How Retailers Can Meet the Challenge of Amazon

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.[more]


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