Tuesday, November 01, 2011
UPS Freight has begun freight pickup notifications for shippers in what the carrier says will provide shippers with an “an unprecedented level of pickup control” for the less-than-truckload (LTL) industry.
it’s a safe bet that few of you can name a famous demographer alive today. I certainly can’t, and I studied the subject as a graduate and post-graduate student. Yet demography—the statistical study of the size, structure, and distribution of population over time—provides an essential foundation for those wishing to understand oil economics and the development of oil and fuel markets.
i’m pleased to announce that the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) and Logistics Management
) magazine are presenting U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood with the 2011 McCullough/NITL Executive of the Year Award.
Since I acquired a second home in Vermont this year, my car has new tires and adjustments have been made to my brakes. Once again, I have become an active traveler on America’s busy interstate system; and what I have observed on these highways reminds me not only about the challenges that logistics professionals have in qualifying and selecting safe carriers, but the direct and indirect breadth of your safety responsibilities and oversight.
The use of dedicated and private truck fleets seams to wax and wane with the economy. I’m referring, of course, to those who are trying to optimize transportation cost through use of dedicated equipment and not those who justify a private fleet primarily as a marketing tool.
In the future, companies’ physical end-to-end supply chains will work in concert with equally comprehensive and far reaching “digital supply networks”—from systems that support initial design and development work, all the way to those that help manage delivery and post-sale service.
Logistics Management’s 6th Annual Warehouse and Distribution Center (DC) Operations Survey
findings reveal that inventory turns are not improving, more DCs are closing rather than opening, and many companies are remaining cautious with equipment investment.
Taking a holistic, integrated approach to fleet management can make a significant and continuous contribution to higher, company-wide productivity and lower costs. Our team sets out to help managers overcome current fleet-optimization issues and offers ways to create value in private fleet management.
Diesel prices continued heading up this week, with a 6.7 cent hike to $3.892 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Posted on 11/01 at 06:20 AM
Monday, October 31, 2011
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