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Saturday, August 01, 2015
Ports, terminals, and ocean carriers currently comprise a family in severe dysfunction—and denial. But can the intervention of shippers restore some badly needed order? Our experts who work close to the action provide some answers.
In many cases, big ERP is going head-to-head with the supply chain management software best-of-breed mainstays—and is now making significant investments to add even more functionality to the toolbox.
Logistics professionals continue to believe that supply chain risks vary by region. However, the shipping/sourcing relocation decisions are becoming even more complex as the resiliency and relative strength of the perceived emerging leaders continues to wane.
Having sprouted from mere lift truck maintenance, fleet management is now budding into a powerful and integral part of labor management.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
In the best year for the freight transportation industry since the Great Recession, logistics managers chalk up efficiencies that drive further U.S. economic growth. However, capacity issues persist, causing shippers to worry about rate hikes as carriers continue to be meticulous in their partnerships.
As we roll deep into 2015, the $37 billion less-than-truckload (LTL) sector remains solidly profitable overall. LTL capacity is closely aligned with demand, and with significant barriers to entry in the sector, little additional capacity is expected in the near future.
The $337 billion truckload sector—the largest single piece of the trucking market—now accounts for about 37 percent of total freight transportation spending in the U.S. According to industry analysts, the truckload industry has done a “credible job” in recent years of diversifying their offerings and moving away from the idea that 53-foot dry van truckload should be treated as a commodity rather than a customized service.
Posted on 07/01 at 09:50 PM
July 2015 •
Like any mode of freight transportation operating in a fluctuating economy and horrendous winter weather conditions, there are always bound to be challenges. Based on how things have played out over the last year, the railroad and intermodal sectors are clearly not immune to the ups and downs experienced on the nation’s highways.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an upward revision of its 2015 industry outlook to a $29.3 billion net profit. On expected revenues of $727 billion, the industry would achieve a 4 percent net profit margin.
The container shipping industry has been highly unprofitable over the past five years, note analysts with McKinsey and Company. Making things worse, earnings for ocean carriers have been exceptionally volatile.