Thursday, April 02, 2015
Last week was an interesting week. On Monday, I was in Orlando taking part in a panel that addressed 200 transportation and logistics professionals at an industry conference. As part of our panel discussion, we highlighted some sobering trends in transportation that could result in 15% to 20% rate increases for shippers over the next three years.
Posted on 04/02 at 08:22 AM
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Irrespective of age, gender, or experience, the most highly compensated logistics managers are those with the best formal educations. But academics and job recruiters say leadership acumen, the ability to adapt to technology, and “cultural skills” are not to be discounted, especially over the long term.
Consumer confidence is up, fuel costs are down, and trade is growing—all factors that are pulling the air cargo sector out of the doldrums. Our panel of industry experts examines the resurgence and shares how shippers can now work with carriers to mitigate risk and optimize their global supply chain operations.
Yard management systems (YMS) vendors are rolling out new capabilities and incorporating advanced technology to help logistics operations gain better visibility over exactly what’s going on
in their yards at any time.
While the European economy is combating the Greek debt crisis and the EU Commission is calling for unity, the transport and logistics industry is sticking to the motto: “business as usual”—now more than ever. How will the EU continue to develop economically and politically in an effort to tighten it’s relations with U.S. partners? The answer remains open.
Fleet optimization and delivery tracking solutions improve “last mile” e-commerce deliveries, but success with final delivery depends on a solid process. Beginning upstream with DC network design, implementing fulfillment rules at the order management and WMS levels, and streamlining processes in the DC all pave the way for an efficient last mile.
As automated data collection (ADC) technologies become affordable and ruggedized, a wider swath of logistics operations are turning to a range of equipment and software to gain efficiencies and meet the growing demands of their customers.
The PMI, the ISM’s index to measure growth, fell 1.4 percent to 51.5 (a PMI of 50 or greater represents growth), declining for the fifth straight month since reaching 57.9 in October 2014. And it is 4 percent below the 12-month average of 55.5. The March PMI is at its lowest level since May 2013’s 50.1.
Posted on 04/01 at 01:43 PM
How the food giants integrate supply chain operations is one of the most interesting components of the recently-announced merger between H.J. Heinz Co. and The Kraft Foods Group.
Analysts say our annual listing reflects the management teams that are willing to get their hands dirty in order to compete in the cutthroat world of deregulated trucking. Here are the carriers that are leverage rolling assets and technology to post the most impressive financial numbers.