Friday, November 01, 2013
In today’s dynamic global marketplace, increasing logistics flexibility is critical as shippers look for greater collaboration with their third-party providers on the way to seamless integration of supply chain activities.
With intelligent circuit boards, dexterous handling, and ultra-low maintenance, new technologies illustrate how what’s underneath the product can help a company stay on top.
Whether they are opening new DCs, improving inventory control, or turning to 3PLs to improve processes, survey respondents tell us that there’s no one prominent way to keep costs in check while simultaneously improving service levels.
The recent progress made in transport infrastructure legislation speaks volumes about the cooperation of logistics and supply chain community stakeholders. They, too, seem to reading from the same sheet of music on this issue.
While port management is mindful of wildcat actions slowing commerce at its gateways, a new strategy may mitigate that risk.
LTL executives are looking to drive relentless cost increases out of their operations—and they’re telling shippers to prepare for rate increases in the 3 percent to 5 percent range. Here’s why rates are rising and what shippers should expect in 2014.
The PMI, the index used by the ISM to measure manufacturing activity, increased 0.2 percent to 56.4 in October and stands as the new high for the PMI in 2013.
Posted on 11/01 at 12:43 PM
Total intermodal container and trailer movements in the third quarter were up a cumulative 4.7 percent at 4,010,582. As has been the case for several quarters running, domestic containers showed the highest growth rate, increasing 9.4 percent annually to 1,557,084. This was ahead of the second quarter’s 9.0 percent annual increase and shy of the first quarter’s 10.2 percent gain.
Posted on 11/01 at 10:03 AM
Every November we step inside the warehouse and distribution center (DC) facilities of Logistics Management readers to get a better look at how the activities and processes inside the four walls are affecting their overall logistics and supply chain operations.
Carload volume—at 297,455—was up 3.6 percent to the same week last year, and intermodal—at 261,231 trailers and containers—was up 3.2 percent.
Posted on 11/01 at 08:37 AM