Monday, August 01, 2011
The prime objective for all supply chains is to provide clients with what they want, when they want it. Inventory management plays a central role in every supply chain’s need to satisfy its clients.
The much-beleaguered less-than-truckload (LTL) sector, which has been the slowest part of the trucking industry to recover from the Great Recession, is showing signs of life. Because of that, LTL shippers should be bracing themselves for higher rates and tighter capacity as LTL operators are showing greater pricing discipline amid the toughest government oversight since trucking was economically deregulated in 1980.
Successful labor management goes beyond the installation of software. Here’s a look at the implementation process and how one major retailer uses its program as a tool for continuous process improvements—with multi-layered benefits.
Logistics professionals are certainly moving toward mobile applications to improve overall supply chain operations, but just how fast is it happening? Our technology correspondent gives us a reality check.
When all is said and done, history may reveal that the Great Recession was cruelest to the carriers that make up the national less-than-truckload (LTL) category. As our John Schulz has been reporting over the past year, the overall LTL market has been less than profitable for many of the top carriers in this $27.5 billion sector, which has been plagued by overcapacity, high overhead costs, and staggering losses from its largest players.