Could Upgrading Our Railroads Help Solve Climate Cha...

America’s iconic transcontinental railroad system is symbolic of our hard work and innovation. Since its inception, it brought settlement to the frontier and enabled us to transport goods and passengers between our coasts with unheard of speed. Today, it presents another opportunity to revolutionize American transportation. As we search for ways to take large trucks off [...]

America’s iconic transcontinental railroad system is symbolic of our hard work and innovation. Since its inception, it brought settlement to the frontier and enabled us to transport goods and passengers between our coasts with unheard of speed. Today, it presents another opportunity to revolutionize American transportation. As we search for ways to take large trucks off the road and reduce our carbon emissions, electrifying our railways and renewing our commitment to shipping by train might be just the ticket. According to the...
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What is AmazonFresh?

As ecommerce continues to grow and adapt to market demands, industries such as online grocery shopping grow with them. And as one of the major drivers of that change, Amazon is looking at rolling out its AmazonFresh program not only within the United States, but in Europe and even Southeast Asia. But what does the [...]

As ecommerce continues to grow and adapt to market demands, industries such as online grocery shopping grow with them. And as one of the major drivers of that change, Amazon is looking at rolling out its AmazonFresh program not only within the United States, but in Europe and even Southeast Asia. But what does the future of online grocery delivery look like now? Just as digital retailing giant Amazon wants to redefine delivery through the use of drones, now it...
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Earthbound Delivery Drones on the Horizon (and the S...

For fans of I, Robot, it looks like science fiction, yet again, is bleeding into reality. While we’ve still got a ways to go before human-like androids act as personal plastic-formed assistants, one company is rolling out earthbound delivery drones to make last-mile delivery runs. While the drones of the air neither reap, nor sow, [...]

For fans of I, Robot, it looks like science fiction, yet again, is bleeding into reality. While we’ve still got a ways to go before human-like androids act as personal plastic-formed assistants, one company is rolling out earthbound delivery drones to make last-mile delivery runs. While the drones of the air neither reap, nor sow, nor have the strength to carry heavier weight packages, robotics company Starship Technologies is taking a more grounded approach to drone-driven logistics. By implementing compact,...
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What’s So Important About Green Logistics?

We do a lot of talking about sustainability and green technology. While imagery associated with recycling and Mother Nature might come to mind, what exactly are green logistics as an industrial practice? Indeed, going green isn't just some passing trend championed by "mamby pamby hippies" as some of the old guard capitalists might have you [...]

We do a lot of talking about sustainability and green technology. While imagery associated with recycling and Mother Nature might come to mind, what exactly are green logistics as an industrial practice? Indeed, going green isn’t just some passing trend championed by “mamby pamby hippies” as some of the old guard capitalists might have you believe. With climate change becoming ever prevalent in headlines and humanity’s wasteful habits (both in industrial and commercial pursuits) spiraling out of control, no amount...
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Why Distributed Order Management is Important to You...

We’ve already covered what distributed order management is in one of our earlier posts. What we haven’t talked about, however, is how implementing it in your current logistics infrastructure is essential to success in the 21st century marketplace. And of course, like most innovation, the sooner you hop on this train before your competitors, the [...]

We’ve already covered what distributed order management is in one of our earlier posts. What we haven’t talked about, however, is how implementing it in your current logistics infrastructure is essential to success in the 21st century marketplace. And of course, like most innovation, the sooner you hop on this train before your competitors, the better off you’re likely to fare. In case you’ve forgotten what distributed order management (otherwise known as DOM) is, it’s a system that manages inventory...
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The New Steam Engine: Hydrogen-Powered Trains Coming...

While hydrogen-powered cars might be falling to the wayside in favor of electric alternatives, trains covering long distances might hop on the hydrogen trend. French train manufacturer Alstom has recently unveiled the Coradia iLint, a new train free of carbon dioxide emissions thanks to its hydrogen fuel cells. Even with diesel-powered trains, traveling by rail [...]

While hydrogen-powered cars might be falling to the wayside in favor of electric alternatives, trains covering long distances might hop on the hydrogen trend. French train manufacturer Alstom has recently unveiled the Coradia iLint, a new train free of carbon dioxide emissions thanks to its hydrogen fuel cells. Even with diesel-powered trains, traveling by rail is seen as a greener alternative compared to flying or commuting by car. Studies have been boasting that trains cut greenhouse emissions by 90 percent...
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The Benefits of Dimensional Weight Over Physical Wei...

As more and more shipping companies are switching over to dimensional weight pricing, a lot of people are wondering what the deal is. Why not stick with the traditional physical weight pricing model -- after all, the heavier the package, the more it should cost, right? It turns out physical weight might not actually be [...]

As more and more shipping companies are switching over to dimensional weight pricing, a lot of people are wondering what the deal is. Why not stick with the traditional physical weight pricing model — after all, the heavier the package, the more it should cost, right? It turns out physical weight might not actually be the best way for shipping companies to manage their cargo. Not to mention the complications it causes for both them and the businesses that rely...
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VolkerWessels Wants to Roll Out PlasticRoad

When it comes to construction, plastic doesn't just have to come in Lego-shaped bricks to be a viable building material. Dutch construction company VolkerWessels is opening up about its PlasticRoad project which, as the name suggests, is looking for an alternative to conventional road-building by using recycled plastics instead. Is asphalt truly so bad that [...]

When it comes to construction, plastic doesn’t just have to come in Lego-shaped bricks to be a viable building material. Dutch construction company VolkerWessels is opening up about its PlasticRoad project which, as the name suggests, is looking for an alternative to conventional road-building by using recycled plastics instead. Is asphalt truly so bad that we need to find alternatives for it in a hurry? No, I wouldn’t say that. I will say, however, that it doesn’t hurt finding more...
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What Do You Know About Vendor-Managed Inventory?

Owning your own business is tough work, especially when you have inventory to take care of. Between predicting customer trends and seasonal supply and demand, trying to maintain the right amount of stock in your warehouses is just the tip of the iceberg, let alone everything else it takes to keep a business going. The [...]

Owning your own business is tough work, especially when you have inventory to take care of. Between predicting customer trends and seasonal supply and demand, trying to maintain the right amount of stock in your warehouses is just the tip of the iceberg, let alone everything else it takes to keep a business going. The nice thing about technology, however, is that it inspires new ways of accomplishing old tasks if not directly through application, then indirectly through process. Vendor-managed...
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How Ecommerce is Cutting Down Shopping’s Carbon Foot...

Of all the conveniences the 21st century has to offer, online shopping has to be one of the best. From computer, tablet, or smartphone, in just a few clicks, you can order anything from armchairs to zebra-print neckties and have it sent straight to your house. But more orders means more delivery trucks, and more [...]

Of all the conveniences the 21st century has to offer, online shopping has to be one of the best. From computer, tablet, or smartphone, in just a few clicks, you can order anything from armchairs to zebra-print neckties and have it sent straight to your house. But more orders means more delivery trucks, and more delivery trucks means more greenhouse gases, right? Well… not exactly. CO2 emissions associated with retail and ecommerce product pathway stages. Image source: Anna Argyridou (via...
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The Ins and Outs of Distributed Order Management

While some of us might dread going to the store, shopping as we do is a modern convenience we often take for granted. Whether it's your local grocery store, a big box retailer chain, or an online storefront, we have an expectation that the products we seek should always be in stock. For most, inventory [...]

While some of us might dread going to the store, shopping as we do is a modern convenience we often take for granted. Whether it’s your local grocery store, a big box retailer chain, or an online storefront, we have an expectation that the products we seek should always be in stock. For most, inventory might as well be handled by magic and mystical logistics elves, making sure that new blender is on the shelf, ready to go to a...
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What’s the Difference Between Ship-to-Store and Ship...

As people are ordering products online in record numbers, brick-and-mortar stores are slowly drifting to the wayside. Some crafty retailers, however, are trying to capitalize on the new digital trend by offering ship-to-store and ship-from-store services. But what exactly is the difference? You might recognize ship-to-store by a different name: in-store pickup. This business model [...]

As people are ordering products online in record numbers, brick-and-mortar stores are slowly drifting to the wayside. Some crafty retailers, however, are trying to capitalize on the new digital trend by offering ship-to-store and ship-from-store services. But what exactly is the difference? You might recognize ship-to-store by a different name: in-store pickup. This business model is when a retailer offers customers an online storefront where they can order products instead of browsing physical aisles. Orders are then processed at a central...
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