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Thursday, January 01, 2015
As is tradition, our annual Rate Outlook and subsequent webcast highlight Logistics Management’s (LM) January offerings. For the past 10 years, we’ve rounded up top economists and freight transportation analysts in each mode—trucking, air, ocean, rail, and intermodal—to offer this comprehensive snapshot on what shippers can expect in terms of rates and capacity in the coming year.
Shippers are about to experience a change in how carriers calculate domestic less-than-truckload (LTL) freight bills. Starting with a few carriers in the spot market in January, contract shippers will increasingly be approached by more carriers to start disclosing freight dimensions and weight with LTL freight tenders.
In a recent white paper, Cisco stated that “the Internet of Everything represents $14.4 trillion in ‘value at stake’—the combination of increased revenues and lower costs that is created or will migrate among companies and industries from 2013 to 2022.”
Over the past 20 years, we’ve heard extensive discussion about the “Railroad Renaissance,” a historical metaphor referring to the period between the Middle Ages and the Modern Era.
Monday, December 01, 2014
As we have for the past several years in the December issue, we’ve removed ourselves from the end-of-year prediction business and have attempted to put together an educational experience that will help you prepare for the year ahead.
The biggest oil and fuel market story of 2014 was the 30+ percent decline in global crude oil prices experienced in the second half of the year. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) spot prices fell from just under $110 to $74 per barrel—a level not seen since the global recession cut a whopping 6 percent from global consumption back in 2009. This price decline has come largely at the hands of surging U.S. oil production and the fact that global demand has lagged due to significant deceleration in the growth rate of Chinese demand.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
The editorial staff of LM is pleased to again partner with the executive team at the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) to present the Annual Executive of the Year Award, an honor that recognizes an individual for career achievement and game-changing leadership in the transportation industry.
Once again, major shippers are asking the U.S. Congress and the Surface Transportation Board to help them counterbalance the rail industry juggernaut with easily accessible rate reasonableness testing and service regulation (Senate Bill 2777).
According to new accenture research, a small number of companies are enjoying returns of 20 percent or more on their emerging market investments. This month, I’ll provide an overview of that research and take a look at what these leading companies are doing to stoke emerging market growth.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
The editorial staff of Logistics Management(LM) is thrilled to again have the winner of the NASSTRAC Shipper of the Year Award grace our October cover. For 15 years, LM has partnered with NASSTRAC, one of the leading logistics and transportation advocacy organizations in the market, to fix the spotlight on a savvy logistics operation that has demonstrated excellence in the execution of a strategy designed to streamline its company’s operations and contribute to the bottom line.