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BJ’s Wholesale Clubs Competes Based on Sheer Supply Chain Efficiency

Amazon gets plaudits for their supply chain innovation. But when it comes to sheer cost savings driven by supply chain efficiencies, it is hard to beat BJ’s Wholesale Clubs. Traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are said to be struggling because of Amazon. There is research that shows wholesale clubs and supercenters have been the bigger threat. The …

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This Week in Logistics News (January 11 – 17)

One hundred and one years ago Wednesday, a bizarre disaster struck the city of Boston: the Great Molasses Flood. The disaster has also been known as Boston Molasses Disaster, the Great Boston Molasses Flood, or, in a clever play on words, the Boston Molassacre. In the North End, a storage tank filled with 2.3 million …

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Today’s Pickup: Amazon reportedly tests inventory staging for merchants

Good day, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN ) is reportedly testing a new service that allows merchants to stage inventories near fulfillment centers to meet holiday demand  Amazon is piloting the new service, called Storage and Replenishment, in Ontario, California, and plans to expand it elsewhere in the U.S., Bloomberg reported on Dec. 2, citing documents it …

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Today’s Pickup: Getting on the same page with accounts payable; the great logistics moonshot

Good day, Organizations evaluating the return on investment (ROI) of accounts payable (AP) automation find obvious benefits from cost savings, early payment discounts and rebate-earning opportunities. However, it is important that they consider improved payment experiences for key suppliers and partners, said Rich Wessels, treasurer for third-party logistics provider Transplace. The company has improved its …

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Scathing reports document negative impacts of Amazon warehouse model

Days before the Black Friday shopping crush, an investigative journalism outlet and a California think tank separately released two scathing reports documenting the social, environmental and economic costs of Amazon.com. Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AMZN ) breakneck-speed package delivery and fulfillment model. The investigative piece, a joint project between the Reveal Center for Investigative Reporting and The Atlantic, …

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UPS, in latest density push, pays customers to pick up at alternate locations

The push to build density in business-to-consumer (B2C) last-mile delivery has become so intense that customers are now being paid to aid the effort. UPS Inc. (NYSE:UPS) announced on November 7 that it is offering $35 in rewards for consumers to pick up holiday packages at any one of 15,000 alternate delivery locations across the …

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Today’s Pickup: BYD and Toyota announce joint BEV venture

Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD and Toyota have announced a new joint venture focused on researching and developing battery electric vehicles.  Scheduled to launch in China in 2020, the venture will design and develop electric vehicles and platforms. The former are intended for the Chinese market, and will be designed to “be attractive to Chinese …

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Amazon air carrier ATSG posts higher 3Q earnings

Air Transport Services Group (NASDAQ: ATSG ) reported a 219% increase in third-quarter operating profit of $105 million. The outsourced provider of air cargo services for Amazon.com’s Prime network and other customers generated $366 million in revenue, up 79% from the same period in 2018. The gains mostly came from one-time occurrences: earnings from operations …

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Amazon offering big shippers customized ground delivery services at low rates

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is offering customized ground parcel delivery services for its select high-volume shippers at rates as low as $3 per parcel for shipments weighing up to 50 pounds and traveling significant lengths of haul, according to a person familiar with the program. The business-to-consumer (B2C) program is by invitation-only and according to Amazon …

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