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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: A race to the bottom in e-grocery delivery; Stylish delivery robots; Pooping while you work at UP

Good day, The push to dominate the nascent e-grocery delivery market has, in some markets, spawned a “race to the bottom” that is hurting the bigger players and crushing smaller grocers, according to Enrique Dans, a professor at Spain’s International University. Writing in Forbes , Dans professes to be unclear as to the motive of …

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BiTA announces involvement in 2 blockchain proof-of-concept projects

The success of blockchain in the supply chain depends on a number of factors, but among the most important is the development of global standards that streamline the communication process and provide clear-cut examples and terminology that defines document creation. At the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) Symposium in Chicago, members of the various working …

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Truck safety advocates blast FCC spectrum carve-out plan

A proposal by U.S. federal regulators to reassign a section of airwaves currently dedicated to advanced communications among cars and trucks will make the roads more dangerous, truck safety advocates warn. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants 45 of the 75 MHz within the 5.9 GHz band that has been set aside since 1999 for …

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FedEx, UPS to slap major handling surcharges on more parcels

Customers of FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX) and UPS Inc. (NYSE:UPS ) that tender a lot of packages weighing 50 to 70 pounds are in for some price pain in 2020 unless they are excellent contract negotiators. The reason: For the first time, FedEx and UPS will slap an “additional handling surcharge” on air and ground deliveries …

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Meet David Faulkenberry, FreightWaves’ Final Mile Man

David Faulkenberry recently joined FreightWaves as Market Expert for Final Mile. He formerly led strategic planning, operations, quality and business system development teams at XPO Logistics, Inc., 3PD, Inc., HomeDirect, Inc., GeoLogistics and Bekins Van Lines. Faulkenberry agreed to sit down with FreightWaves to discuss the state of the industry: Q: How do you define …

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Today’s pick-up: Nail bars in warehouses; FedEx’s Smith goes to war with New York Times

Good day, Do warehouse workers want amenities like basketball courts, a soccer field, a gym, a pizza and grill station, and a pop-up nail bar? Clothing company ASOS seems to think so because it recently designed a warehouse with those perks, according to an article in Material Handling & Logistics. The author, Adrienne Selko, took …

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UPS to waive money-back guarantees if third parties use tracking data

In another salvo in the decade-long, low-level war between the two leading U.S. parcel carriers and a cluster of consultancies that work on behalf of carriers’ customers to optimize their parcel shipping spend, UPS Inc. (NYSE:UPS) said it will waive its money-bank guarantee on late or missed deliveries if customers use a third party to …

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Blockchain conversations need to focus on value to get C-suite buy-in

Blockchain expert Dr. Mary Lacity, director of the Blockchain Center of Excellence at the Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, said increasing deployment of blockchain in businesses will coincide with a shift in how blockchain is presented to executives. “How are we going to approach messaging with the C-suite,” she told the …

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USPS’ fiscal 2019 package volumes hits flat notes

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) reported Thursday morning a low single-digit increase in operating revenue for its 2019 fiscal year as year-over-year shipping and package volumes stagnated at levels not seen in years. USPS posted operating revenue of $71.1 billion, a $514 million increase from fiscal year 2018. Its net loss widened to $8.8 billion …

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