With industry-wide uncertainty, organizations are forced to quickly and cost-effectively expand their capacity to adapt to seasonal, promotional, or economic variances. But what are the best techniques in which to do so?
In the Logistics Management research brief, “Adapt and React: Leveraging Flexible Labor Strategies to Manage Volatile Demand,” discover firsthand how:
- Roughly 75% of organizations surveyed struggle to identify and train qualified workers
- 60% of logistics providers want more visibility into idle or nonproductive time
- 100% can find ways to improve on these problems with the right labor management system
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When the United States House of Representatives last week voted extend current law and authorizes surface transportation programs through the end of July by a steep margin, it was widely expected that the United States Senate and follow their lead. That is exactly what happened on Friday, May 22, with the measures headed to President Obama to be signed into law.
For the month of April, Cass and Avondale found that truckload rates in April, which measures truckload linehaul rates paid during the month, were up 3.8 percent annually, while intermodal dropped 1.9 percent annually during the same period.
Following the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) signing off on ratifying a new five-year contract with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) on May 20, the ILWU followed suite on May 22, saying that 82 percent of its longshore worker members voted to ratify the tentative contract agreement between the parties that was reached on February 22.
Straying from its typical seasonal trajectory, United States-bound waterborne shipments dipped from March to April, according to data recently issued by Panjiva, an online search engine with detailed information on global suppliers and manufacturers.
One theme tied together all of the presentations, regardless of the topic: The importance of data.