Sunday, February 01, 2015
The Panama Canal expansion is moving forward on schedule, bringing with it the potential for more direct shipment between Asia and the East Coast. Ports in the Gulf are anticipating growth from trade with Latin America, while West Coast ports are just trying to retain market share.
Omni-channel fulfillment is a challenge that’s facing practically everyone involved in logistics and transportation management. For retailers, suppliers, and manufacturers alike, the pressure is now on to deliver anything, anytime, from anywhere—and the need to establish cross-functional teams and improve service is increasing at a lightening pace.
Recently, I had to stop at my post office and get a signature before moving my mailbox about 60 feet down the street. I brought along photos so that the postmaster didn’t have to drive out and survey the area. She was agreeable, but requested that my neighbors and I get bigger mailboxes.
Great businesses have key similarities. Most have sound business strategies that clearly explain the nature and mission of their products or services, as well as how and to whom those offerings are sold. Leading companies also have particularly strong core competencies that enhance differentiation. And of course, highly successful companies execute: They deliver value quickly, reliably, and profitably.
Since 2011, domestic oil production has increased by 4.5 million barrels per day (bpd), and over the last 12 months alone production has increased by 1.4 million bpd. Meanwhile, Russian production hit a post-Soviet era high in November, and oil exports from Iraq are growing at a record pace.
Friday, January 30, 2015
The tired cliché of “Perfect Storm,” is probably lost on East Coast shippers now weathering fierce winter winds and snow, but the expression still has currency on the Pacific Rim.
Owners of corporate fleets and fuel buyers face two dilemmas: a limited supply of cost-effective, low greenhouse-gas fuels, and little information on fuel sustainability impacts across the full production and use value chain.
Posted on 01/30 at 03:13 AM
U.S. Carloads were up 5 percent annually at 294,738, and intermodal at 253,317 containers and trailers was up 3 percent.
Posted on 01/30 at 02:49 AM
Thursday, January 29, 2015
When it comes to Congress actually getting its act together on a new long-term federal transportation bill, things remain as status quo as it gets, with the big takeaway being nothing really ever gets done, when it comes to passing a badly overdue and needed bill, rather than these band-aid extensions Congress keeps signing off on.
Posted on 01/29 at 12:03 PM
Truckload and intermodal pricing was up on an annual basis, according to the December edition of the Truckload and Intermodal Cost Indexes from Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners.