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Sunday, November 01, 2015
I was recently out west visiting shippers in the new oil patch and discussing issues in rail. In this area, rail does not mean intermodal, it means tank cars and hopper cars leased by shippers and shipped long distances to and from the many new oil and gas wells that have been drilled in the past few years.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
This marks the 16th year that we’ve had the winner of the NASSTRAC Shipper of the Year Award grace our October cover, and the staff of LM
couldn’t be more thrilled to continue to partner with this leading transportation advocacy organization to make this happen.
Posted on 10/01 at 10:00 AM
October 2015 •
In meetings with shippers and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) who buy freight transportation services, I often encourage them to step back and consider the many cost areas that make up the “rate” that they’re trying to reduce.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Until recently, most companies viewed ethical supply chains—socially responsible, eco-friendly operations—as good for people, good for the environment, and maybe even good for public relations.
Posted on 09/01 at 08:00 AM
September 2015 •
Saturday, August 01, 2015
One of the clever anecdotes that’s making its way around the ocean freight market these days is that the sea-level rise currently underway is not from global warming, but rather from the huge additional number of new, ultra-large container vessels (ULCV) being launched at the rate of one or two a month.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
A growing reliance on automated systems makes global supply chains more vulnerable to potential criminal and terrorist cyber attacks than ever before. Analysts contend that a new “collective awareness” is necessary to thwart these assaults before they even begin.
If you’re looking for a good summer read to slip into your beach bag, look no further than the issue of Logistics Management
) that you’re currently holding—especially if you’re a fan of “feel-good” bestsellers.
LTL rate structures have started to morph from static, classification-based rate tables that have been in place since the 1930s through to the dimensional pricing experiments of the past few years. I say “through” because dimensional pricing is not an end, but a step toward dynamic pricing models that enable collaboration in real time for smart, connected shippers and carriers.
Monday, June 01, 2015
Even casual observers of the freight transportation market are finding it difficult to avoid the success that the rail intermodal sector is experiencing. In fact, most of America is catching sporadic television advertising showcasing the sustainability and productivity benefits the mode offers U.S. business—Union Pacific’s well-produced spot caught my eye during a recent broadcast of a baseball game.
The Americas are seeing old rules of thumb fall to the wayside in intermodal freight movements as new services and new levels of activity are reached. Shippers should take note as carriers are adjusting to a higher level of intermodal commerce.