Food Logistics - By LARA L. SOWINSKI - Despite the disparate levels of sophistication between cold chains in developed markets versus those in emerging ones, the common goals are generally the same: maintain food safety standards and protect brand reputation, reduce operating costs, and keep pace with changing consumer demands, which includes online grocery shopping and home delivery. The cold storage sector is tasked...

Modern Materials Handling - When Luxottica Group S.p.A. decided to build a new 713,000-square-foot distribution center in McDonough, Ga., the Italian manufacturer and retailer of eyewear, accessories and fashion had three primary goals, according to Massimo Sapone, the senior vice president of logistics and planning for North America. The first was to consolidate locations in Georgia, Ohio and California into one North...

Transport Topics - The head of Daimler Trucks has questioned, but not completely written off, the business case for heavy-duty truck platooning in light of other emerging technologies and fuel gains from new combination vehicles operating independently. Tests using combinations of the latest aerodynamic tractors and trailers showed the gains in miles per gallon were “not as high as expected,” said...

Freight Waves - As peak season nears, EnVista’s Senior Project Manager Mark Taylor gave FUEL 2018 attendees his best tips to navigate the sea of surcharges that lies ahead. As FreightWaves reported in September, the parcel market has largely been focused on commercial shipments between businesses. However, the last 15 years has seen a dramatic shift in the industry, as the...

SC Digest - For the second year, consulting firm enVista held its Fuel client conference last week in Chicago, expanding beyond its transportation focus in the inaugural event to more general supply chain topics, drawing some 130 attendees. That's a very impressive number for a show in just its second year, especially in the consulting world where such client conferences are...

The Loadstar - Weekends are shrinking for employees of parcel carriers, another disruption wrought by the inexorable momentum of e-commerce. This month FedEx Ground announced its US operations were now running six days a week, with management pointing to growing e-commerce demand and record volumes anticipated for the coming holiday season and beyond. FedEx has run weekend operations during previous peak seasons...

Chief Executive - Jim Barnes started Envista with his partner, John Stitz, back in 2002—and at the time, it was the two of them and a few subcontractors. Today, the supply chain consulting and e-commerce services company has more than 600 associates and $100 million in revenue. “We no equity. No venture capital. we’ve done it through, quite frankly,...

Freight Waves - On the final day of enVista’s FUEL 2018 Conference, Adrian Gonzalez, President of Adelante SCM explained that in order to compete in the ever-changing logistics environment, the best thing companies can do is define their own competitive weapon. Amazon’s killer weapon? Amazon Prime. According to Gonzalez, Amazon Prime members spend on average about $600 more per year than...