Wednesday, August 01, 2012
It dawned on me the other day that some of the practices we employ in the planning and management of our logistics operations are similar to how farmers plan and harvest crops and how baseball managers select their team and deal with the variety of performance issues and injuries throughout the long season.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Much has been written and said about the less-than-truckload (LTL) sector on this Web site and in the pages of this magazine. Make no mistake, though, the sector these days is in a much better place than where it was not all that long ago.
Posted on 07/31 at 12:29 PM
The United States Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) said today that trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was up 8.3 percent in May 2012 compared to May 2011 at $83.8 billion.
A recent Bloomberg report stated that European Union (EU) regulators have extended their review of UPS’s bid to acquire Netherlands-based TNT NV, a provider of mail and courier services and the fourth largest global parcel operator for $6.28 billion by ten working days until December 12.
Increasing diesel prices appear to be the norm again, with the price per gallon up 1.3 cents to $3.796 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Posted on 07/31 at 08:07 AM
Diesel Prices •
Monday, July 30, 2012
In a July 25 letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, seeking more details on maritime cargo container scanning, Thompson expressed his disappointment over the apparent lack of progress being made since “Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007” was written into law.
Echo Global Logistics, a Chicago-area non-asset based freight brokerage and a provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, announced last week it has acquired all of the assets of Shipper Direct, a Nashville-based truckload transportation brokerage.
Distribution is a growing industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that total warehousing and storage jobs will by 2.35% a year from 2010 to 2020.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Looking at GDP data, it is pretty clear what is happening. Consumers are uneasy about making non-essential purchases—and with good reason.
USPS said the new envelope is 9.5 x 12.5 inches and can be ordered online for free at http://www.usps.com
effec,tive August 2, and it can be sent to nearly every U.S.-based location overnight at $17.75 for either commercial or online customers.
Posted on 07/27 at 10:57 AM