Ingram Micro's 2020 plans have end-user insight, solution portfolio and expansion, enablement, financial solutions and value creation as their five areas of focus, says Paul Bay, executive vice president and Americas group president.
Distributors can misuse the potential of big data when they let it maintain old ways of operating or assume that big data alleviates the need for strategic planning and prioritization, says Jonathan Byrnes, a founding partner of Profit Aisle. "If the availability of Big Data encourages a massive flock of independent tactical initiatives, it will do more harm than good," he says.
Target reported a 31% increase in e-commerce sales for the third quarter, of which 80% was tied to same-day delivery, including curbside and in-store pickup and Shipt deliveries. CEO Brian Cornell said the retailer shaves approximately 40% off its costs when online orders are filled from in-store inventory versus a distribution center, and there's about a 90% reduction when e-commerce orders are picked up in store or sent via Shipt.
UPS and FedEx are, for the first time, levying additional surcharges for air and ground packages weighing 50 to 70 pounds, a move that iDrive Logistics strategist Matthew White says equates to a 15% to 24% price increase per package. Shipware founder and co-CEO Trevor Outman said some businesses could incur hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars in new expenses because of the "astounding" change.
Cyberattacks in the third quarter were frequently directed at transportation, delivery and storage businesses, according to a report by cybersecurity company Mimecast. Josh Douglas, Mimecast's vice president of threat intelligence, said companies need to focus on email security and educate employees, which he called "the last line of defense."
Businesses moving goods via rail throughout Canada may have to contend with disruptive supply chain issues, now that 3,200 union workers have gone on strike after failing to reach an agreement with Canadian National Railway. The railway moves more than $187 billion in goods annually, and executives are warning that a prolonged dispute could affect a wide variety of industries, result in a reduction of exports and lead to a shortage of consumer goods.
Air Canada and Drone Delivery Canada plan to launch the world's first airport-based drone delivery operation at Edmonton International Airport. Drone Delivery Canada "will develop a drone logistics network centered at this world-class airport as a hub for numerous drone routes for our customers," said CEO Michael Zahra.
Berlin Packaging Chairman and CEO Andrew Berlin has resigned. John Zimmerman will be interim CEO, while Michael Grebe will become executive chairman, the company said.
Ingram Micro's focus continues to be on supporting its customers through cloud capabilities, business intelligence and managed service contracts, says Kirk Robinson, Ingram Micro's chief country executive for the US. Ingram Micro doesn't focus on its competitors, instead choosing to prioritize improved understanding of its customers, Robinson says.
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