Thursday, May 07, 2015
In certain periods of time, there tends to be trends, themes, or takeaways that are top of mind when addressing or viewing certain things. In recent months, two of the major talking points in the supply chain and logistics space have been the West Coast port labor disruption and the drop in oil prices. Those two items were featured as the “special questions related to the early months of 2015” in the Institute for Supply Management’s Spring 2015 Semiannual Economic Forecast issued earlier this week. Each question was presented to the ISM’s manufacturing and non-manufacturing member respondents.
Posted on 05/07 at 10:23 AM
In what as being described as an effort to “restore service levels,” container shipping lines comprising the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) are attempting to pull off a significant rate hike this summer.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Disruptions at West Coast ports, which were resolved at the end of February, may have distorted the numbers
Posted on 05/06 at 04:43 PM
Growth firmly remains in the cards for both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors in 2015. That was the main takeaway from the December 2014 Semiannual Economic Forecast from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), which, in many ways, picked up where its companion Spring 2014 report published last April left off.
First quarter revenue of $1.776 billion was down 4.8 percent annually but up 4.6 percent in constant currency. And adjusted EBITDA at $51 million saw an 18.6 percent annual gain, with a 23.3 percent increase in constant currency.
Posted on 05/06 at 10:47 AM
global logistics •
Heading into 2015, the intermodal sector was faced with the same challenges it had exiting 2014, namely the West Coast port labor disruption and harsh winter weather. But even with these obstacles volumes still managed to show overall growth on an annual basis, according to the most recent edition of the Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics Report from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).
Posted on 05/06 at 09:40 AM
Forget cost cutting. Innovation and sustainability are the most important factors in business today. The companies that get it right can still win in a flat economy, says ISM CEO Tom Derry.
Posted on 05/06 at 07:43 AM
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Our panel of supply chain technology analysts dive into the trends they think are shaping the future of logistics management. The common thread remains the push toward hyper-interoperability—where technology, people, and process collaborate to create true visibility, accurate orders, and happy customers.
APICS and ASTL said they have signed off on an agreement in which AST&L will merge with APICS upon ratification by an AST&L member vote.
Posted on 05/05 at 02:18 PM
The average price per gallon of diesel rose 4.3 cents to $2.854 per gallon, following gains of 3.1 cents and 2.6 cents, respectively, the previous two weeks for a cumulative ten cent gain over the last three weeks.
Posted on 05/05 at 11:06 AM
Diesel Prices •