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Thursday, March 01, 2012

I often run home from a store, write down the events of an interaction that I had, and then lose the note. However, in a recent case, the unsolved problem had a built-in, daily reminder. Almost every night my Droid smart phone automatically turned itself back on after I powered it off—if I could only be so lucky with the other notes I lose.

I want to draw your attention to developments in Washington that threaten to overwhelm shippers with new liabilities that carriers have traditionally controlled.
Posted on 03/01 at 12:08 PM
ColumnsTruckingMarch 2012TransportationCSARegulationSMSPermalink


In Logistics Management’s April 2010 issue, we introduced Profit, Sales, and Operations Planning (PS&OP), a way to align supply chain decision-making with high-level financial goals and long-range strategic planning. Since that time, more companies have begun implementing PS&OP-like approaches—using financial data, scenario modeling, and analytics to concurrently optimize sales, balance demand and supply, and maximize profits.

Refinery closures and sulfur regulations threaten to push diesel prices over $5 this year.
Posted on 03/01 at 11:41 AM
ColumnsGlobal LogisticsGlobal TradeMarch 2012Permalink


Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Most companies’ manufacturing strategies involve decisions relating to landed cost per unit, cost/quality balance, and various SKUs’ compatibility with supply chain parameters—transportability, packaging, serviceability. However, one thing is often missing: insights for connecting manufacturing operations with business results. Few companies excel at understanding and optimizing the business value of their manufacturing decisions.

Rare is the news day that passes without mention of the proposed Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline. In fact, just as I was about to send this article to the Logistics Management editors, news broke that President Obama rejected the proposed route for the KXL. Of course, this is not the last we will hear of the project. The route will be revised and resubmitted for review, and we will soon revisit the issues surrounding the KXL.
Posted on 02/01 at 03:47 PM
ColumnsFebruary 2012TransportationOilPermalink


This past month I was in Central America working with a natural resources firm on the negotiation of terms and freight for global supply and distribution. I was reminded again of the diversity of cultures and approaches to negotiation, contracting, and price components.
Posted on 02/01 at 12:58 PM
ColumnsGlobal LogisticsGlobal TradeFebruary 2012Permalink


This month’s cover story on the evolving relationship between Tuesday Morning, an upscale retailer with 865 stores, and its motor carrier partner is an inspirational sign of the times—and contains a theme that we may be hearing repeatedly from other shippers if the economy kicks into high gear.
Posted on 02/01 at 09:12 AM
ColumnsViewpointTruckingFebruary 2012IntermodalTransportationPermalink


Humor aside, NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL), logistics, and a submerged Italian cruise ship have a lot in common.
Posted on 02/01 at 07:41 AM
ColumnsSage AdviceFebruary 2012TransportationPermalink


Sunday, January 01, 2012

When it comes to the oil and fuel markets, it’s been quite a year. On the supply side, the biggest story was the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region uprising epitomized by the Libyan revolt that led to the death of Muammar Gadaffi and the shuttering of 1.6 million barrels of daily oil production.
Posted on 01/01 at 01:49 PM
ColumnsPearson on ExcellenceGlobal LogisticsJanuary 2012Emerging MarketsPermalink



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