Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Even with some slippage for key metrics, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported today the non-manufacturing activity in February remained on a growth path for the 49th consecutive month in its February Non-Manufacturing ISM Report on Business.
It's easy to underestimate how much time is spent walking back and forth to fixed printers, computers, scales and other equipment. But it's a costly practice. By eliminating just 6 minutes of walking per hour, thousands of dollars can be saved over the course of a year. Converting a stationary workplace to a mobile powered workstation is the easiest, most economical way to increase productivity and start saving time and money immediately.
At the recent 2014 Stifel Transportation and Logistics Conference, and the Food Shippers Annual Transportation Conference, I had some great discussions with industry experts. They highlighted three reasons carrier rates will rise in 2014.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
The challenge for business leaders is in finding the best supply chain talent, says, Mike Burnette, Associate Director at The Global Supply Chain Institute University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration.
When the Air Freight Forwarder’s Association (AfA) stages its annual conference next month, the focus will be “closing the deal.”
Fourth quarter revenue for CEVA–at $2.149 billion-dropped 9.4 percent annually, while adjusted EBITDA jumped up 57.1 percent to $77 million, with the company citing cost reduction actions taken last year contributing to ongoing annual improvements for the latter. For 2013, CEVA revenue fell 8.3 percent year-over-year to $8.517 billion, due to sluggish volumes from its Freight Management group.
Posted on 03/04 at 10:34 AM
Global Logistics •
The average price fell 0.1 cents to $4.016, marking the first decline since the average price dropped from $3.873 from $3.886 the week of January 20. Prior to this week, the average price per gallon rose a cumulative 14.4 cents.
Posted on 03/04 at 09:08 AM
Diesel Prices •
Monday, March 03, 2014
Although there have been recent signs of new hires in the logistcs sector, managers are being advised to remain cautious when it comes to investing in human capital this year.
More than a third of manufacturing firms in the small and midsized business (SMB) sector expect the economy to strengthen in the coming six months, while nearly half expect it to remain the same, according to the results of the second annual Sage Manufacturing Survey announced by Sage North America.
The PMI, the index used by the ISM to measure manufacturing activity, increased 1.9 percent to 53.2 in February.
Posted on 03/03 at 01:53 PM