Wednesday, March 16, 2011
With the closing of three Japanese ports — Sendai, Hitachinaka and Kashima — some U.S. manufacturers and retailers may be opting for air cargo alternatives to meet shipping and sourcing deadlines.
The high volume and frequency of orders placed over the Internet combined with a multitude of available products from retailers make automated scanning at logistics centers more important than ever. This paper will analyze the current state of barcode scanning applications and investigate potential for improvement, focusing on the most common applications performed by distribution centers today.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
In the previous Oil & Fuel column, I explained that throughout 2010 and early 2011 tight diesel markets had been pressuring the price of crude in much the same way that they did during the 2008 price run. My intention was to write a follow-up article this month that compared the factors underpinning tight diesel markets then and now. However, the rising turmoil in the oil-rich Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has taken the markets by surprise, and thus deserves attention.
Posted on 03/15 at 01:44 PM
Diesel Prices •
The long-term financial health outlook for less-than-truckload transportation services provider YRC Worldwide remains cloudy based on details in a 10-K annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday.
In a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, DeFazio expressed his concern about the plan to allow Mexican trucking companies to operate long-haul trucking operations in the U.S.
USPS officials said that upon ratification by union membership-expected-in the next two months, this deal will run through May 20, 2015 and impact roughly 205,000 employees.
Following a cumulative 29.8 cent hike over the previous two weeks. Diesel prices checked in with a 3.7 cent increase to $3.908 per gallon, noted the EIA. On an annual basis, diesel prices are up 98.4 cents.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Import shipment volume for February, measured in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) decreased 9.94 percent from January and increased 9.03 percent over February 2010, reported Zepol Corporation, a trade intelligence company.
As truck tonnage levels show decent annual growth levels with capacity remaining tight, it does not come as a surprise to see the trucking spot market continue running along at a swift level. That is the consensus from TransCore which said in a recent release that truckload freight availability increased by 12 percent for the week ending March 5, according to traffic in its TransCore TrendLines report.
While most of the world’s focus was on Japan’s response to its earthquake and related crisis, trade experts were quietly working behind the scenes in Washington last week to establish a long-term strategy for rebuilding that country’s economy.