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Saturday, March 01, 2014

We’ve certainly been reading and hearing more about the benefits of improved communication and collaboration in logistics management—be it with our carriers, third party-logistics (3PL) providers, suppliers, and even competitors.
Posted on 03/01 at 09:00 AM
ColumnsViewpoint3PLThird Party LogisticsMarch 2014LTLLess than TruckloadPermalink


In a recent speech to shippers and carriers, Anne Ferro, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), said: “We need a real change in our transportation culture to recognize that safety means more than complying with safety rules. It means changing work/rest schedules that contribute to fatigue.”
Posted on 03/01 at 08:00 AM
ColumnsTruckingMarch 2014TransportationHOSHours of ServicePermalink


Volatile markets. Unstable currencies. Vacillating demand. Unpredictable commodity costs. Manufacturers, like most companies, have plenty to worry about.
Posted on 03/01 at 07:00 AM
ColumnsPearson on ExcellenceMarch 2014ManufacturingPermalink


Natural gas prices have risen 40 percent to over $6 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) since the beginning of the year. As a regular reader of this column, rising prices should come as no surprise. In July of last year, when the price was just $3.52 per Mcf, I predicted that prices would rise to between $4.00 and $4.25 per Mcf by the end of the year.
Posted on 03/01 at 05:59 AM
ColumnsMarch 2014OilOil PricesFuel PricesPermalink


Saturday, February 01, 2014

We use our february issue each year to peer inside the nation’s four walls to get a better view of how materials handling equipment and automated distribution systems are evolving to become even more closely tied to overall logistics and transportation operations.
Posted on 02/01 at 09:00 AM
ColumnsViewpointFebruary 2014Warehouse & DC ManagementWarehouse & DCPermalink


By now you’ve surely heard a U.S. Postal Service spokesperson talk about a parcel deal that they call “If it fits, it ships” with a simple form of capacity pricing.
Posted on 02/01 at 08:00 AM
ColumnsFebruary 2014LTLLess than TruckloadLess-Than-TruckloadPermalink


In previous centuries, international trade volumes typically flowed east to west, with more goods, materials, and components journeying from emerging markets­— largely in Asia—to mature economies in Europe and North America.

In Lewis Carroll’s hallucinogenic novella, Through the Looking Glass, the Red Queen explains to Alice that she too can become a queen by reaching the opposite side of the playing board. But Alice, who has been running as fast as she can, finds that, despite her efforts, she remains in the same spot.
Posted on 02/01 at 06:00 AM
ColumnsFebruary 2014OilOil PricesPermalink


Wednesday, January 01, 2014

To kick off 2014, I’m going to reinforce a rather bold suggestion that Group News Editor Jeff Berman made in his first blog post of the new year: Let’s cut out the use of the adjective “cautious” before we use the noun “optimism” when referring to the state of the U.S. economy.
Posted on 01/01 at 09:00 AM
ColumnsViewpointTruckingJanuary 2014EconomyImportExportPermalink


Shippers who are facing pricing pressure from driver shortages, new regulations, and rising fuel and equipment costs frequently ask me: “How can we get the carriers to be more efficient?” I interpret more as: “How can I save money without suffering from poor service?”
Posted on 01/01 at 08:00 AM
ColumnsTruckloadJanuary 2014Transportation ManagementTLPermalink



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