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Friday, August 01, 2014
In 2013 we saw multiple attempts by carriers to firm up ocean freight pricing in trans-Pacific lanes. In the meantime, trans-Suez lanes were regularly defeated by rapid additions to available ship capacity in other key lanes as prices started to look better.
Simply listing a typical company’s supply chain challenges could consume this column. However, there’s a small group of capabilities that are critical for supply chains in today’s volatile environment.
If you’re searching for a good summer read, look no further than the current issue of Logistics Management
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According to a recent Accenture survey of manufacturers, 82 percent plan to increase U.S.-based production, 75 percent report a significant shortage of skilled resources, and 11 percent say that they estimate an average percentage drop in earnings due to increased production costs and revenue losses resulting from skills shortages.
Sunday, June 01, 2014
In casual conversation with friends, it surprises me how many myths still exist around moving freight by rail. “It must be slow, unmanageable, old fashioned.” Rail seems to conjure memories of pillows of steam hovering over charming brick stations, or lonely whistles heard from a distant train snaking through the countryside.
I joined my son at his church last week and happened to meet a senior executive from a brick manufacturing company. When this gentleman learned of my logistics background, he asked if I knew anyone who had flatbed trucks.
Many logistics and supply chain executives bemoan the fact that their people aren’t generating enough new ideas. However, often the fault lies with the companies themselves. Comfortably nestled inside the box, most organizations don’t work hard enough to nurture and support entrepreneurialism and innovation. According to an Accenture study, tons of ideas are floating around a typical company.
An analysis of natural gas storage volumes strongly suggests that natural gas prices will rise significantly towards the end of the year; and as they rise, so too will the price for CNG and LNG.