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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


From a business standpoint, the first 10 years of the 21st Century have been anything but normal. Economic turmoil is almost constant, currency valuations shift with the wind, and bank lending vacillates between lenient and tight-fisted.
Posted on 01/01 at 12:30 PM
ColumnsPearson on ExcellenceJanuary 2012TransportationPermalink


Faced with a tight domestic transport market that includes labor and fuel pressure on carriers, shippers are inclined to leverage volume and go for extensions of past rate agreements. I would like to encourage shippers to start thinking outside the box.
Posted on 01/01 at 12:18 PM
ColumnsTruckloadJanuary 2012TransportationLTLRatesTLTrucking Less than TruckloadPermalink


Consider this post-holiday scenario: You go to return something you received for Christmas, and when you finally get to the front of the exchange line after waiting 20 minutes, a smirking face behind the counter condescendingly tells you that “all you needed to do is pick out the right size and exchange it at the regular checkout counter.”
Posted on 01/01 at 12:11 PM
ColumnsSage Advice3PLThird Party LogisticsJanuary 2012TransportationPermalink


Our January issue features one of our most anticipated reports, Logistics Management’s Annual Rate Outlook. Not only has it traditionally been one of our best-read reports—second online only to our Annual Salary Survey—but over the past seven years the related webcast has attracted thousands of shippers looking for insight into what the coming year may hold in terms of rates and capacity.
Posted on 01/01 at 10:24 AM
ColumnsViewpointAir CargoOcean FreightTruckingJanuary 2012Rail FreightTransportationPermalink



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