Category Archives: truck

Amazon uses trucks to move data to the cloud faster

An article in the Wall Street Journal (November 30, 2016) titled “Amazon Uses Trucks to Drive Data Faster” describes use of a 45 foot shipping container with 100 petabytes of data to move data from a company to the cloud … Continue reading

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Amazon.com’s 43% increase in shipping costs

An article in the Wall Street Journal (October 28 2016) titled “Amazon’s Shipping Costs Likely to Surge With Holiday Orders” describes a 43% increase in shipping costs in the third quarter of this year as reported by Amazon.com. The article … Continue reading

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Self Driving Truck Hauls beer 120 miles in Colorado

An article on October 25, 2016  in CNN.com (http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/25/technology/otto-budweiser-self-driving-truck/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_tech_pool) describes a trip made by an autonomous truck powered by Otto that carried 51, 744 cans of beer 120 miles in Colorado. The trip was planned and the truck was surrounded … Continue reading

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Will a van and delivery robots combination be competitive as a logistics solution?

An article in CNN money titled “This Mercedes Benz van will carry a fleet of delivery robots” (http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/07/technology/starship-robot-mercedes-benz/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_tech_pool) describes a Mercedes van and a fleet of robots from Starship technologies that will combine the speed of travel of the van … Continue reading

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Alternate Future Scenarios for US trucking

An article in FleetOwner.com by Sean Kilcarr titled “Logistics outlook:last mile a major Choke Point” on June 22, 2016 describes four technology adoption scenarios outlined in the State of the Logistics report for 2016.  The technologies listed include the internet … Continue reading

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US Postal service to deliver Amazon groceries between 3 and 7 am

An article in the Wall Street Journal (September 6,2014) titled “U.S. Mail Delivers Amazon Groceries in Test” describes a pilot in which US Mail delivers containers of grocery including meat and dairy in San Francisco. The deliveries take place between … Continue reading

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Should we expect US logistics costs to increase in 2014 ?

An article in the Supply Chain Digest (September 5,2014) by Dan Gilmore lists several recent price pressures on US transportation. He lists a 22.6% cost increase accounted by a combination of a 14% wage increase due to driver shortages, a … Continue reading

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