Category: Transportation and Logistics

Kroger’s Strategic Move with Ocado- Achieving Online Scale and Competitiveness

Kroger’s announced increased equity stake in in United Kingdom based grocery robotics retailer Ocado Group is yet another indicator of important strategic moves in building out scale and more competitive online customer fulfillment grocery and food retail capability.

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A Significant Customer Announcement from Nikola Motor

Anheuser-Busch and Nikola Motor Company have jointly announced an order for up to 800 hydrogen-electric powered Nikola Two semi-trucks. This announcement is significant from two dimensions. It serves as a market endorsement of hydrogen-electric powered Class 8 trucks as a preferred strategy for sustainable-powered heavy-duty vehicles for long-haul transportation services. The announcement further adds credence to investing in an industry disruptor that has definite manufacturing and infrastructure plans.

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President Trump’s Attacks on Amazon- Leadership is Better Channeled on Fixing U.S. Postal Service Financial Challenges

President Trump has again turned to Twitter, a preferred outreach medium to repeatedly rant on Amazon, and how the online retail giant is ripping off the United States Postal Service (USPS). Supply Chain Matters humbly suggests that the President channel his energies in a far more appropriate direction, providing the leadership and influence to help the USPS to become a modern and competitive agency for this new era of the online economy.

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2018 Prediction Deep-Dive: Transportation Carrier Network and Third-Party Logistics Strategies Turn Towards Achieving Added Scale

Supply Chain Matters continues a series of deep-dives into our 2018 Predictions of Industry and Global Supply Chains with a perspective on global transportation network and third-party logistics strategies. This prediction has had special significance with ongoing developments already occurring in 2018.

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GE Transportation Expanding Efforts to Improve Ocean Cargo Logistics Efficiencies

GE Transportation, a division of General Electric, along with California’s Port of Long Beach, announced a pilot initiative to collect broader amounts of information related to inbound ocean container shipments. Supply Chain Matters spoke directly with Jennifer Schopfer, Vice President and General Manager of Transport Logistics for GE Transportation regarding this latest announcement as-well as the broader directions involved in this effort.

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Amazon’s Announced Acquisition of Ring- Supply Chain Matters Initial Viewpoint

Online retailer Amazon announced its intent to acquire video-based doorbell product provider Ring for a reported sum of $1 billion. The obvious question is why Amazon would be willing to invest such a considerable sum in a doorbell provider. The likely answer has a lot to do with the next iterations of online last-mile customer fulfillment along with the leveraging of Internet of Things enabled home and apartment devices.

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