Monthly Archives: April

  A majority of retailers, suppliers and logistics firms expect to provide same-day delivery by 2023, and 40% expect two-hour delivery will be the norm by 2028, according to a new survey. Omnichannel decision-makers surveyed by Zebra Technologies say they expect disruption led by drones, autonomous vehicles and crowdsourced delivery to completely change the way retail

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The updated Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van will offer a multitude of new options and features when it hits the market later this year, but the most significant additions could be its new connected-vehicle services. The third generation of Mercedes-Benz’s flagship commercial van will be available with an array of digital tools to assist drivers and help

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With all the e-commerce activity in the supply chain, the assumption would be that this is now a smoothly running logistics operation. According to a new survey from Zebra Technologies Corporation, that assumption would be wrong. The Future of Fulfillment Vision Study found that only 39% of supply chain respondents are operating at an omnichannel level (the ability

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  More big trucking companies are looking to cash in on home delivery of bulky items as consumers grow more comfortable shopping online for furniture and other goods too big for conventional parcel networks. Ryder System Inc. R -1.78% is the latest operator to jump into the business, paying $120 million this month to buy MXD Group, a logistics

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Thanks in part to Tesla, the logistics industry is on the road to a transportation transformation. In November 2017, Tesla rolled out the heavy-duty Semi, an electric-powered, semiautonomous truck that’s already been pre-ordered by the likes of DHL, Anheuser-Busch, J.B. Hunt and Walmart. If all goes as planned, those companies will be among the first to

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The rapid growth of e-commerce is driving deep changes in logistics, from tightening up trucking capacity to elevating the importance of final-mile delivery processes. To respond, logistics managers now need to think in terms of systems that they can leverage today to make processes more efficient, while also keeping an eye on longer-term developments that will reshape

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  Forget what the experts and technogeeks are predicting for the era of driverless vehicles and trucks. What are the oddsmakers saying? Actually, Las Vegas is quite bullish on the prospect of driverless vehicles. In fact, Jim Murphy, an oddsmaking consultant for sports and non-sport novelty bets focused on the entertainment business, politics, technology and financial

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Amazon has a new patent in its portfolio – this time for technology that allows self-driving trucks to interface with drones, Chain Store Age reported. The patent, which was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2014, focuses on the final leg of deliveries. Instead of having trucks that drive packages to their destinations, the trucks

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If there ever was a scrum in the supply chain, it’s last-mile delivery. And it’s a worldwide scrum, no less. From China to Europe to the U.S., companies as divergent as Amazon, SF Express, Shipt, Instacart and XPO Logistics are pushing and shoving their way through the last-mile delivery maze. Dr. Benoit Montreuil of Georgia Tech puts it much more elegantly. “We are working very

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If someone asked you point blank: “what is the biggest issue in freight transportation today?” there is a better than good chance that the truck driver shortage would be at the top of the list. Why wouldn’t it be either? It is a topic of daily discussion at every industry trade show and conference, while

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