Monday, May 04, 2015
A new study, “Understanding Risk Assessment Practices at Manufacturing Companies,” uncovers complex business risks and disruptors facing manufacturers, and a pressing need for the industry to evolve its risk assessment capabilities.
Posted on 05/04 at 08:33 AM
Led by perennial earnings champ Old Dominion Freight Line, the nation’s LTL carriers as a group are enjoying a particularly strong earnings season—especially when one considers the first quarter usually is the slowest period for trucking in general with harsh winter weather bearing down on earnings.
Posted on 05/04 at 08:21 AM
Friday, May 01, 2015
Well-run private fleets continue to set the gold standard for service, safety, and accountability. However, operating a highly efficient fleet takes work—and money. Increasingly, private fleet managers are operating a “blended” operation, alternating between their own trucks and for-hire options to help mitigate costs.
Rather than sinking more money into manual processes, many logistics managers are turning to labor management systems (LMS) to better control one of their biggest costs. With more use, our analysts see LMS transitioning from performance reporting to enabling more forward-looking analytics and planning.
Forwarders who specialize in the controlled temperature marketplace are facing more regulations now than ever. But by bringing new technology into the fore, they can quickly meet compliance standards and differentiate their service. Here’s some advice for shippers looking to solve the “cold chain” challenge with the help of a third party.
Fleet costs don’t stop at the purchase price. Today, expanded collaboration between fleet managers, dealers, and finance partners is changing the way fleet costs are managed over time.
At this time last year, West Coast port congestion was a speculative concern. Now that shippers have seen the worst case scenario unfold, many analysts feel that Gulf and East Coast ports are ready to pull in more vessel calls at peak season this year. Is a “battle royale” waiting for the bell?
A mixed bag may be the most appropriate way to characterize the current state of manufacturing based on the most recent edition of the April edition of the Manufacturing Report on Business issued by the Institute for Supply Management today.
Posted on 05/01 at 01:42 PM
The Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (FRA) issued its long-awaited Final Rulemaking for “Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains.”
Posted on 05/01 at 12:21 PM
Every year at this time I ask a few of the market’s most trusted supply chain technology analysts what trends they’re following—and, more importantly, what should be top of mind for logistics professionals looking to put software and technology to work inside their operations.