Monday, May 04, 2015
Led by perennial earnings champ Old Dominion Freight Line, the nation’s LTL carriers as a group are enjoying a particularly strong earnings season—especially when one considers the first quarter usually is the slowest period for trucking in general with harsh winter weather bearing down on earnings.
Posted on 05/04 at 08:21 AM
Friday, May 01, 2015
At this time last year, West Coast port congestion was a speculative concern. Now that shippers have seen the worst case scenario unfold, many analysts feel that Gulf and East Coast ports are ready to pull in more vessel calls at peak season this year. Is a “battle royale” waiting for the bell?
A mixed bag may be the most appropriate way to characterize the current state of manufacturing based on the most recent edition of the April edition of the Manufacturing Report on Business issued by the Institute for Supply Management today.
Posted on 05/01 at 01:42 PM
The Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (FRA) issued its long-awaited Final Rulemaking for “Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains.”
Posted on 05/01 at 12:21 PM
Every year at this time I ask a few of the market’s most trusted supply chain technology analysts what trends they’re following—and, more importantly, what should be top of mind for logistics professionals looking to put software and technology to work inside their operations.
U.S. carloads were down 1.6 percent at 278,294 carloads, and intermodal volume was up 5.6 percent at 279,0123 containers and trailers.
Posted on 05/01 at 09:45 AM
The announcement by “big brown” that they’re adding 1,400 more compressed natural gas (CNG) powered trucks to their fleet should be interpreted by others as a signal to start getting in gear on alternative fleet fuel system reviews.
Even though the immediate prospects of a long-term federal surface transportation authorization remain dim, various media reports suggest that at least short-term help could be on the way.
Posted on 05/01 at 08:46 AM
In recent years, companies have nodded respectfully toward the concept of supply chain sustainability. Ethical supply chains have been seen as a “nice to have” rather than a “must have.” Now, however, the landscape has changed. Companies without responsible, ethical supply chain practices will begin losing their ability to grow and compete.
In the 1970s, legislation was enacted banning the export of domestic crude oil without a special license—and unless Canada is the destination, export licenses are nearly impossible for domestic producers to acquire. With the growing oil glut, the time to lift the ban has come.
Posted on 05/01 at 07:00 AM
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