Industry News Roundup, September 30, 2013

It’s the last Monday in September! What better way to celebrate it than with a heaping helping of delivery industry news?

Logistics Sourcing: Exploring Fuel Strategies and Natural Gas via Spend Matters

“Alternative options exist for sourcing professionals, but they can be expensive. Natural gas is one option to consider. A natural gas vehicle today costs $35,000 to $45,000 more than the equivalent diesel truck, which can bring the total price tag close to $200,000. Our estimates show that break-even is not necessarily a certainty and that some organizations will be in a cost deficit situation if they make the conversion to natural gas vehicles in their private or dedicated fleets.”

Wheel end maintenance guide updated via Fleet Owner

“SKF has updated its TFO (trouble-free operation) wheel end maintenance guide to include updated wheel end maintenance practices. The guide also includes detailed instructional materials and images for achieving successful wheel end maintenance.”

Where Webvan Failed And How Home Delivery 2.0 Could Succeed via Tech Crunch

“Webvan is well-known as the poster child of the dot-com “excess” bubble that led to the tech market crash in 2000. Business schools around the nation study Webvan’s overly ambitious rush to the biggest IPO to date in Silicon Valley, as a prime example of what to avoid doing while scaling. Ironically I recall guest teaching the first case study on Webvan at Stanford, the day before the market crash in 2000. While it’s true that the impatience to go public helped steer Webvan off a cliff, the once darling company made two other critical, but often overlooked mistakes. Are those mistakes being repeated a dozen years later in the slew of activity — even excitement — in the home-delivery space? If not, why? Is it simply a matter of investors needing a decade to reconsider home-delivery plays? Or is there more to it? Are today’s home delivery specialists realizing that they can avoid these mistakes to slowly but surely conquer an untapped market?”

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