Category: Transportation and Logistics

Noteworthy Announcement from JD.com- Supporting Domestic China Parcel Delivery

Chinese online commerce provider JD.com made what Supply Chain Matters views as a noteworthy announcement, namely that the E-commerce provider will leverage its own deployed logistics capabilities to offer parcel delivery services across select areas of China to a broader population of consumers and businesses.

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United States Postal Service Proposing Rate Hikes for Amazon and Other Parcel Carriers

The United States Postal Service (USPS), bowing to political headwinds, is proposing a 9 to 12 percent increase in shipping rates for the agency’s Parcel Select services that cater to parcel delivery providers Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and others.

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Upcoming Holiday Fulfillment Period Provides Added Challenges and New Opportunities

Consumer confidence remains strong and forecasts for the upcoming holiday period remain positive. However, B2C and B2B online fulfillment will face added challenges in the coming weeks recruiting added labor, implementing new online fulfillment processes, and securing added resources. This may well be a period where investments in advanced technology can pay dividends.

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Tesla’s Q3-2018 Operational Performance Demonstrates Some Progress

While Tesla Motors achieved its third-quarter production milestones, overall operational and delivery challenges remain for the electric auto maker. The Supply Chain Matters blog question is whether new management can once and for all overcome such challenges.

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From NAFTA to USMCA- A Step Back from the Precipice and the Realities of NAFTA 2.0

North America supply chain networks have been granted one huge sign of relief in the announcement of a last-minute trilateral trade deal involving Canada, the United States and Mexico. Attention is now turned to determining the implications and needed changes.

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The Rebranding of APICS- What is This All About?

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a perspective commentary regarding this week’s announcement of the rebranding of the APICS professional education organization to the Association for Supply Management (ASCM).

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Oracle’s Upcoming OpenWorld- A Check-In on Autonomous Transaction Processing

In mid-October, Oracle will be conducting its annual OpenWorld customer conference, and one sure topic to be premiered will be Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing. Supply chain focused IT support teams, and indeed, supply chain functional teams should stay abreast of this technology.

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Jack Ma’s Departure from Alibaba- What Does it Mean?

The long-term race of major online retail platform providers positioning for global dominance made a potentially subtle turn last week. Jack Ma, the founder of China-based online services and E-Commerce provider Alibaba announced his pending departure. Supply Chain Matters explores what the announcement could imply going forward.

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The Darker Sides of Amazon’s Work Culture Becoming More Visible

These past weeks, there have been a lot of not so flattering news concerning Amazon and its work-related management practices. As a supply chain management focused blog, we are compelled to highlight the concerning as well as any positive trends.

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Digital Platforms and Disruption Innovation Respond to Increased Supply Chain Alignment Needs

An ageless tenet of responsive supply chain management is in efforts to overcome frequent imbalances in either fulfilling customer demand or supply network response. New advanced technology-enabled capabilities are now being introduced to provide various businesses augmented tools and capabilities to overcome and more quickly mitigate information and decision-making needs related to customer demand and supply network response limitations.

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