« Chain links: What we're reading this week | Main | Chain links: What we're reading this week »

Chain links: What we're reading this week

By Mark Solomon | 03/09/2016 | 8:30 AM


Mobile technology works for truckers. The high-stakes world of the Amazon marketplace. And Target gets buys investing in its supply chain

The `Appy’ Trucker

Mobile technology is making it easier than ever for truckers to find profitable loads and keep more of their income by dis-intermediating middlemen, the Economist writes

Source: The Economist

Target Corp. to invest $2 billion annually in supply chain

Target Corp. will launch a campaign in 2017 to spend $2 billion to $2.5 billion per year in a race to upgrade its supply chain and technology infrastructure. CEO Brian Cornell revealed the plan in a briefing with analysts last week, blaming the firm’s "incredibly complex supply chain" for lower sales in 2015.

Source: Reuters

Customer Ratings, Pricing Competitions and Secondary Market Distributors: Inside the High Stress, High Reward World of Amazon Marketplace

Pharmapacks, an e-commerce health and beauty retailer, expects to do $140 million in revenue in 2016. Nearly half of that will come from Amazon Marketplace, where, in order to maintain a visible presence on product pages, the company has to resolve customer complaints, outprice the competition, and back it all up with an agile, efficient warehousing and distribution operation that sometimes relies on alternate source suppliers for inventory.

Source: Inc. Magazine

STB looking to prioritize freight rails over Amtrak: The Hill

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board is moving to invalidate a federal mandate that requires freight railroads to give preference to Amtrak on tracks that are shared between passenger and freight trains. The STB has said the mandate to prioritize passenger trains was not spelled out in federal law, although it has been enforced since Amtrak was established in the 1970s.

Source: The Hill

Amazon to open second brick-and-mortar bookstore

Amazon plans to open its second brick-and-mortar store in the coming months, adding a location at San Diego’s Westfield UTC mall to the retailer’s first storefront location in Seattle. Amazon has already hung signs on the building and posted job openings for managers, booksellers and “device enthusiasts.”

Source: San Diego Union Tribune

China to heavily promote logistics sector over next five years

China will promote the development of its logistics sector in the next five years to bolster economic growth and deepen supply-side reform. More innovative policies will be unveiled during 2016-2020 to lower taxes and reduce cost in the logistics sector, said the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

Source: Hinxua News Agency

U.K. e-commerce growth hampered by dearth of warehouse space

E-commerce growth in the U.K. could be affected by a lack of warehouse space to handle fulfillment and deliveries

Source: Logistic Manager



By submitting your comments, you agree to our Terms of Service.

The opinions expressed herein are those solely of the participants, and do not necessarily represent the views of Agile Business Media, LLC., its properties or its employees.


Popular Tags

Recent Comments

Subscribe to DC Velocity

Subscribe to DC Velocity Start your FREE subscription to DC Velocity!

Subscribe to DC Velocity
Go digital