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By Charlie Tanner · May 1, 2014
Companies tell us they're facing critical challenges to managing supplier compliance, consistent communication and access to accurate data. Having the right purchase order management system in place can really help, but then you have to use it correctly. Global supply chains are growing ever more complex, so it's time to address the issue.
<p>For customers unsure about the value of add-ons and features, renting equipment for an extended test drive has become a popular way to find the right truck.</p> By Josh Bond · May 1, 2014
The structure of an equipment lease can have a significant impact on operations—and there are ways to ensure the impact is a positive one.
<p>Deepening the Savannah Harbor from 42 feet to 47 feet will accommodate an increase in the number of super-sized container vessels transiting the Panama Canal after its 2015 expansion.</p> SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · May 1, 2014
With the Panama Canal expansion planned to meet its deadline in late 2015, shippers are busy determining which top gateways will best serve their future needs. Meanwhile, even more strategic complexity has been introduced with further consolidation of ocean carrier services. Are niche ports ratcheting up their game to catch residual volume?
By Jeff Berman · May 1, 2014
The PMI, the index used by the ISM to measure manufacturing activity, saw a 1.2 increase from March to 54.9 in April, which is 0.5 percent above the 12-month average of 54.4. The PMI is still over the 50 mark—which is the benchmark of strong economic activity—in 16 of the last 17 months, coupled with the overall economy growing for 59 consecutive months, according to the ISM.
By Patrick Burnson · May 1, 2014
Despite an incredible increase in the average purchasing salary also revealed that a gender disparity in both pay and opportunities is still prevalent.
By John D. Schulz · May 1, 2014
YRC swung from consolidated operating income of $9.9 million in the year-ago quarter to a consolidated operating loss of $32.4 million in the 2014 first quarter. That came on operating revenue of $1.211 billion, compared with year-ago revenue of $1.162 billion.
By Jeff Berman · May 1, 2014
Even though the impact of the difficult winter weather could not be overlooked, transportation and logistics services provider Con-way said in its first quarter earnings release today that things are heading in the right direction.
By Michael Levans · May 1, 2014
The terms “convergence” and “collaboration” have been popping up recently in discussions about improving logistics and supply chain management processes and the collection and synchronization of the data that can foster those improvements.
By Peter Moore · May 1, 2014
Private fleet operations are faced with more challenges than ever as the three major external cost drivers—hours of service, equipment modernization, and fuel cost—are clamoring for attention.
By Mark Pearson · May 1, 2014
A growing number of manufacturing companies are warming up to sustainability—taking aggressive steps to soften and shrink their environmental footprints. However, buy-in from those companies’ suppliers has been less encouraging.
By Derik Andreoli · May 1, 2014
Cost conscious shippers understand that fuel comprises between 40 percent and 60 percent of ocean carriers’ operating costs, and bunker surcharges are a similarly important line item on a shipper’s own income statement.
By Jeff Berman · April 30, 2014
LM Group News Editor Jeff Berman recently caught up with Mike Murphy, chief development officer of Centerpoint Properties, a Chicago-based industrial real estate company focused on the development, acquisition, and management of industrial property and transportation infrastructure, about what manufacturers need to do to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to making decisions about locating operations and the subsequent impact on the bottom line.
By Jeff Berman · April 30, 2014
Two renowned supply chain-centric organizations––APICS, a professional organization for supply chain operations management and provider of research, education, and certification programs focused on elevating supply chain excellence, innovation, and resilience, and the Supply Chain Council, a global, non-profit management organization focused on helping its membership make significant supply chain process improvements, are set to merge.
By Jeff Berman · April 29, 2014
United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx sent a long-term transportation bill, entitled, the GROW AMERICA (Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America) Act, to Congress for consideration.
By Josh Bond · April 29, 2014
Early indications suggest 2014 on track to avoid second-half softening.

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