"Conexus Indiana," the state's private-public economic development partnership, has thrived mainly because the private sector leads and the public sector follows, says David Holt, a Conexus vice president and head of its logistics initiative.
When companies go to solve a packaging problem—like figuring out how to keep their boxes from getting crushed in transit—they often focus on just one aspect of their packaging. They can get a better, more complete answer by looking at the entire unit load.
With its formidable delivery capabilities, Amazon is creating something of a dystopia in the retail supply chain. But rival retailers don't have to invest in drones or underground tunnels to stay in the game.