August 2015 Issue

In this issue:
  • 32nd Annual Quest for Quality Awards
  • Ocean cargo collaboration
  • ERP's added functionality
  • Mitigating emerging market risks


IN THIS ISSUE
By · August 1, 2015
Which carriers, third-party logistics providers, and U.S. ports have crossed the service-excellence finish line ahead of their competitors? Our readers have cast their votes, and now it’s time to introduce this year’s winners of the coveted Quest for Quality Awards.


By · August 1, 2015
While still facing many of the regulatory and driver recruitment challenges facing their longer-haul less-than-truckload (LTL) brethren, our reporting over the past year indicates that the Regional LTL sector has found its footing in terms of capacity alignment and revenue growth.


By · August 1, 2015
As we roll deeper into 2015, the longer-haul less-than-truckload (LTL) sector remains solidly profitable overall. Carriers in this category are seeing capacity closely aligned with demand, and with significant barriers to entry in the sector, little additional capacity is expected in the near future.


By · August 1, 2015
According to the reporting of our veteran trucking correspondent John Schulz, the truckload sector now accounts for about 37 percent of total freight transportation spending in the U.S.—and is by far the largest single piece of the trucking market.


By · August 1, 2015
As Jeff Berman recently reported in our 2015 Rail/Intermodal Roundtable, the many service performance issues that faced the nation’s rail networks over this past winter and into early spring are clearly on the mend—and that’s great news for shippers heading into the peak season.


By · August 1, 2015
On the heels of the labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast in late 2014 and early 2015, as well as less dramatic port congestion issues in Europe and Asia, delays to containerized cargo movement have been the subject of many of our news stories and features over the last year—and understandably so.


By · August 1, 2015
As Executive Editor Patrick Burnson has been reporting over the last few years, the ocean shipping industry has been navigating tumultuous waters as shippers have worked diligently to control costs at the same time that trade has witnessed a spotty recovery in the face of global financial troubles.


By · August 1, 2015
According to the latest figures compiled by the third-party logistics consultancy Armstrong & Associates, major domestic 3PL players posted double-digit growth in 2014, with more of the same in this year’s forecast.


By · August 1, 2015
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently announced an upward revision of its 2015 industry outlook to a $29.3 billion net profit.


By · August 1, 2015
Ports, terminals, and ocean carriers currently comprise a family in severe dysfunction—and denial. But can the intervention of shippers restore some badly needed order? Our experts who work close to the action provide some answers.


By · August 1, 2015
In many cases, big ERP is going head-to-head with the supply chain management software best-of-breed mainstays—and is now making significant investments to add even more functionality to the toolbox.


By · August 1, 2015
Logistics professionals continue to believe that supply chain risks vary by region. However, the shipping/sourcing relocation decisions are becoming even more complex as the resiliency and relative strength of the perceived emerging leaders continues to wane.


By · August 1, 2015
Having sprouted from mere lift truck maintenance, fleet management is now budding into a powerful and integral part of labor management.


By · August 1, 2015
While there’s adequate capacity in what’s viewed as a less chaotic market than last year, carriers have regained a position of strength as the supply/demand equation rests comfortably in their favor. As a result, truckers are seeking “shippers of choice” as looming capacity worries continue to mount.


By · August 1, 2015
One of the clever anecdotes that’s making its way around the ocean freight market these days is that the sea-level rise currently underway is not from global warming, but rather from the huge additional number of new, ultra-large container vessels (ULCV) being launched at the rate of one or two a month.


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