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Friday, May 01, 2015
Every year at this time I ask a few of the market’s most trusted supply chain technology analysts what trends they’re following—and, more importantly, what should be top of mind for logistics professionals looking to put software and technology to work inside their operations.
The announcement by “big brown” that they’re adding 1,400 more compressed natural gas (CNG) powered trucks to their fleet should be interpreted by others as a signal to start getting in gear on alternative fleet fuel system reviews.
In recent years, companies have nodded respectfully toward the concept of supply chain sustainability. Ethical supply chains have been seen as a “nice to have” rather than a “must have.” Now, however, the landscape has changed. Companies without responsible, ethical supply chain practices will begin losing their ability to grow and compete.
In the 1970s, legislation was enacted banning the export of domestic crude oil without a special license—and unless Canada is the destination, export licenses are nearly impossible for domestic producers to acquire. With the growing oil glut, the time to lift the ban has come.
Posted on 05/01 at 07:00 AM
May 2015 •
Oil Prices •
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
This marks the 31st year that Logistics Management
) has published the results of our Salary Survey, a research project conducted by Peerless Research Group (PRG) that serves as the fuel to our best-read editorial feature (page 24) and the foundation of the most downloaded report that PRG produces.
On January 1, the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) revisions of their Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) went into effect. Many passengers have only had brief exposure to the complex rules that face aircraft operators.
History suggests that the current oil glut and the associated price decline will be a temporary phenomenon, and the economics and petro-physics of unconventional oil production—fracking in particular—further suggest that the domestic glut will be eroded sooner than most prognosticators believe.
Posted on 04/01 at 07:00 AM
April 2015 •
Oil Prices •
Sunday, March 01, 2015
If you’re one of the more than 70,000 shippers who are getting their daily logistics and freight transportation news on logisticsmgmt.com, you’re well aware of the number of new trade agreements being inked that will make it easier for U.S. organizations to not only source product from emerging markets, but also open the door to deliver goods into quickly growing consumer bases.
One of the most challenging business areas for parties committed to collaborative contracting is in the area of international logistics services. However, some recent research at the University of Tennessee, combined with practical experiences, has started to shape some rules for success in contracting complex logistics.
Today’s digitally empowered customers are just as demanding about after-sales service as they are about the products and services they buy. While customer expectations for after-sales service are growing, surveys consistently find that today’s customers are mostly disappointed and frustrated with the customer service they receive.