All Columns Entries
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Every year, more products are being produced by companies whose supply chain operations are intelligently linked with suppliers and business partners. Many of the machines that make those products are guided by advanced data analysis, decision science, and other smart technology. The people who consume those products are probably using digital connections to guide their choices and ultimately make a purchase.
The natural gas market outlook has been a frequent topic covered in this column over the last two years. Over this time, I have consistently argued that although natural gas is abundant, natural gas prices will inevitably rise because the costs of production do not support the “glut” prices that have resulted from the fracking boom.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
That crisp, fall breeze signals that it’s time to dig into the findings of Logistics Management
) Annual Study of Logistics and Transportation Trends (Masters of Logistics), the clearest breakdown available of transportation spending across modes and the by far the most comprehensive summary of how logistics professionals are managing their operations in current economic conditions.
It’s been 15 years since I sold a successful third-party logistics business to a group of investors. And I would like to say that the strategy and market approach of the third party logistics provider (3PL) industry has changed greatly in those years, but I can’t.
This is no magic bullet that makes it possible for organizations to suddenly excel at end-to-end inventory management: to hold the right amount at the right place at the right time; to maximize enterprise-wide responsiveness to shifting demand; and to ensure crystal clear views of in-transit, in-process, and finished-goods inventories.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
It’s my distinct honor to present the logistics and transportation community with the results of the 30th Annual Quest for Quality Survey
. The publication in your hands marks the culmination of a six-month research project conducted by Peerless Research Group (PRG) that’s become known over three decades as the single most important measure of customer satisfaction and service performance excellence available in the logistics and transportation industry.
In the past months, ABF Freight System and UPS Freight announced 5.9 percent general rate increases, effective May 28 and June 10, respectively. Con-way Freight will raise its LTL rates 5.9 percent on June 24. On June 10, FedEx Freight announced a 4.5 percent GRI in non-contract base rates effective July 1, and other large carriers are expected to follow suit over the next several weeks.
A lot of global companies are hoping that emerging markets will prop up their bottom lines. They could be disappointed.
One needs to look no further than the futures market for evidence that analysts’ forecasts are rarely correct. In every trade, the buyer believes that prices will rise, and the seller believes the exact opposite. Not often do you see an analyst publicly reflect on a prior forecast—except, of course, when their goal is to make a “victory lap.”
Monday, July 01, 2013
Looking for a great way to kick off your summer reading? Well, look no further than page 28. Once again, we’ve devoted a sizable portion of our July issue to putting the Annual State of Logistics Report into context for shippers.