Amazon spent $28B in freight costs last year. How well are they using their advantage?

Someone asked me this question on a popular social platform. The subtext was this: What kind of discount do you think they’ve negotiated with the major carriers (UPS, FedEx, USPS, etc.)? I have over 12 years of operational experience and 23 years of commercial negotiation experience with freight companies on large scale global freight operations.

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AMAZON'S THREAT TO AUSTRALIAN RETAILERS

Why Almost Everybody is Missing the Most Important Point in Their Solution to Amazon’s Threat to Australian Retailers

HOW BIG AMAZON’S THREAT TO AUSTRALIAN RETAILERS? Yesterday (on 2nd November 2017) I happened to briefly glance at the Australian Financial Review – the key finance newspaper in this country while I was waiting in the lobby for a meeting. Almost the entire paper was devoted to just one single topic – AMAZON’S THREAT TO

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Five Key Cornerstones of The 5-STAR Business Network

There are five key Cornerstones of success in building and harnessing effective global business networks So what are these 5 key cornerstones of the super networked businesses that lead to these networks being called the 5-STAR Business Networks? As an aid to memory, I have given them mnemonic names in order, shown below (see the

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Who is going to win the battle of Titans (Apple, Amazon & Google)

As everybody knows, three giants in the tech and software world have amassed an incomparable power in recent years from their networks and their strategies. With a vast range of products, they have stitched up the market amongst themselves. But what are the strengths and weaknesses of each giant? What are the deep business and

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Amazon Smartphone is a Dud

No Matter Which Way You Look At It – The New Amazon Smartphone Is A Dud

Why? As a strategy – it is doing what Apple did with iTunes more than a decade ago – build a walled garden for your customers to play within. The strategy rests on two assumptions – first, that the customers will not find a jailbreak, and the second that you have built a strong enough

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Will Alibaba and its 40 million accomplices ride roughshod over Corporate America?

Now that all the factories have moved to China (or some such places as Vietnam, Bangladesh, Taiwan), and all the customers have moved to the PC (or some such places as mobile phones or tablets) what will happen to all the middlemen? The retailers, the wholesalers, the shopping centres, the warehouse parks, the dealers, the

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