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“Anticipatory Shipping” ideas from Amazon

An article in the CBS News website (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/amazon-files-patent-for-anticipatory-shipping/) titled “Amazon files patent for anticipatory shipping” provides an outline of the idea. The key is that goods would be shipped out before the customer places the order so that the deliveries … Continue reading

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Free ecommerce shipping, online sales, supply chain impact

An article in the New York Times (Jan 4, 2012) describes the 15 % growth in ecommerce sales this year compared to last year. 92% of the online sites offered free shipping and retruns. The resulting surge caused FedEx to … Continue reading

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Cargill – matching global supply and demand of agricultural commodities

An article in Fortune (Nov 7, 2011) describes Cargill’s role inmatching global supplies of soyabean, cotton, palm oil, beef and salt from Indonesia, Australia, Argentina and North America to customers. Charter ships are routed to minimize empty miles – as … Continue reading

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Egypt Unrest and Supply Chain Impact

A Wall Street Journal article (January 31, 2011) analyzes the potential impact of the unrest in Egypt on the global supply chain for oil and cotton.  If the Suez Canal were closed, oil from the Middle East would take 10 … Continue reading

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