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Aug 17

2012

The Consequences of the USPS Fallout

Posted: Aug 17, 2012

News headlines are always full of doom and gloom when concerning the US Postal Service (USPS) and with probably good cause.  The USPS’ revenue has steadily been declining since 2001 with the advent of email and technology.  Even with more optimization and efficiency measures along with layoffs and office closings, the USPS lost nearly $3 billion per quarter in 2011 and even more in 2012 as ...

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Aug 10

2012

Two Digital Giants and Their Effects on the Digital Supply Chain

Posted: Aug 10, 2012

The supply chain has stayed fairly traditional in most businesses for a long time as many can easily chart how their supply chain moves about.  However, on the digital front, the concept has constantly been evolving as technology and user interfaces continue to change at a rapid pace.  As we discussed in previous blog posts, these digital players are quite notable players in the supply chain,...

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Aug 02

2012

How the Battle Between FedEx and UPS Affects Your Business

Posted: Aug 02, 2012

Whether you are a business that frequently ships parcels all across the country or an individual shipping small parcels to people in your state, you’re most likely to be using one of two major shipping forces - UPS and FedEx.  They have both controlled and been a part of a long-standing oligarchy in the small parcel delivery services industry with few competitors in their way.  For business...

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Jul 27

2012

Amazon’s Potential Same-Day Delivery Effects on Your Business

Posted: Jul 27, 2012

This blog post isn’t the first we’ve spoken about Amazon and it’s effects on business and carriers.  A few months ago, we explored their acquisition of Kiva, bringing in mechanical robots to help make their supply chains even more efficient.  Coupled with their strong online presence and branding, they are looking to take over both as a consumer’s primary merchant and a potential majo...

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Jul 20

2012

Staying Mindful of Unexpected Regulations Affecting Supply Chains

Posted: Jul 20, 2012

There are many factors to constantly check as a supply chain manager or owner, especially in regards to risk management.  These can include natural disasters to international crises, both of which have made headlines in the past year.  One variable that may not be commonly thought of is domestic regulation.  Many may think that regulations are much more steady and less prone to drastic chang...

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