Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Ongoing difficult economic conditions in Europe continue to paint a difficult picture of a continent slipping into recession, according to the most recent edition of the Global Port Tracker report from Hackett Associates and the Bremen Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics.
Posted on 09/25 at 09:48 AM
"...for 80% of the shipment time, the trailer is idling at a facility." Industry leading companies need to turn trailers, drivers, and shipments faster while driving operating costs down. Velocity is the new currency for supply chain and logistics organizations.
Posted on 09/25 at 09:33 AM
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The price per gallon of diesel fell 4.9 cents to $4.086 per gallon, marking the single largest weekly decline since falling 5.1 cents to $3.678 per gallon the week of June 25.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Business conditions for shippers appear to be on the precipice of a downward slope, according to the monthly Shippers Conditions Index from freight transportation consultancy FTR Associates.
As explained in a previous Boston Consulting Group report, when the many risks and hidden costs of managing extended global supply chains are taken into account, it will be just as economical to manufacture many products in the U.S. if those goods are sold in the U.S.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Most executives today readily acknowledge the critical value of supply chains. A sobering truth, however, is that thousands of U.S. companies never even consider supply chain strategies when creating business plans
Friday, September 21, 2012
Zepol Corporation, a leading trade intelligence company, reports that U.S. import shipment volume for August, measured in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), is down from July by 3 percent and 0.3 percent from August of 2011
With yesterday’s news that the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) have achieved a détente of sorts in their ongoing labor negotiations, having reached a 90-day extension through December 29, with help from the United States Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, this development provides hope that an actual labor strike can be averted altogether.
Posted on 09/21 at 10:26 AM
Staying abreast of developments that impact oil supply and demand helps shippers and carriers understand and plan for fuel price fluctuations; so the recent news coming out of Saudi Arabia must have left many in the logistics and transportation industry scratching their heads.