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By LM Staff · July 21, 2016
Retailers and manufacturers that insist on using inefficient and sloppy packaging methods—oversized boxes, inefficient packaging, poorly constructed palletized contents—are paying for their mistakes in sharply higher freight rates. Pitt Ohio White Paper, Logistics White Paper, Dimensional Packaging
By Jeff Berman · July 8, 2016
Of more than 200 buyers of freight transportation and logistics services, 5.5% noted that average fuel surcharges were more than 20% above base rates.
By Derik Andreoli · April 1, 2016
Google is kind enough to aggregate all the oil news stories of the day and send them to me in an e-mail. And as part of my morning routine, I read all the headlines and click through to dig more deeply into those that promise to bring new insight.
By Bob Trebilcock · March 28, 2016
The Simon Property Group argues that going to the mall is greener than ordering online. SCMR’s authors argue the answer is not so black and white (or green).
By Jeff Berman · January 6, 2016
The Paris Agreement climate deal by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which was completed in December, puts a lot on the line in regards to supply chain management and logistics operations, even though those things, as well as specific modes of transport and related emissions reduction mandates or objectives, are not directly cited in the agreement’s language.
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By Ben Camiel · December 2, 2015
The spacious, expansive nature of the warehouse or distribution center (DC) makes it a prime candidate for managing energy consumption and cutting costs
<p>John Bell expects sustainability to take center stage in 2016 and beyond. Is your supply chain ready?</p> By Bob Trebilcock · September 24, 2015
Supply Chain Management Professor John Bell expects globally-sustainable supply chains to take center stage in 2016 and beyond. Is your supply chain ready for the future?
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By mmckeon · September 18, 2015
A growing number of shippers are turning to alternative fuel options for their transportation networks to reduce their carbon footprints and run environmentally-sustainable operations. Biodiesel is not only a viable alternative for fleet owners and third-party logistics companies, but also a growing trend that addresses the needs of shippers looking to achieve sustainable innovation in a more environmentally conscious world.
By Patrick Burnson · September 3, 2015
The Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) has released a report indicating that in 2014 average CO2 emissions in the global container shipping trades declined 8.4 percent from the year before.
By Mark Pearson · May 1, 2015
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.
By Patrick Burnson · March 11, 2015
LadeAS, led by legendary speed sailor, Terje Lade, has introduced “Vindskip,” (or “wind ship”) designed to take advantage of the wind for propulsion, along with advance computer technology enabling weather forecasting and route optimization.
By Patrick Burnson · October 2, 2014
Average carbon-dioxide emissions for global ocean container transport have declined year on year, and by nearly 8 percent between 2012 and 2013.
By Josh Bond · July 18, 2014
Consumer preferences suggest businesses should reconsider chasing the Amazon model.
By Jeff Berman · June 25, 2014
A report cited how Henry Paulson, for U.S. Treasury Secretary, Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York, and hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer banded together to issue a bipartisan report, entitled “Risky Business” that stresses the point that “climate change could cost the country billions of dollars over the next two decades,” and, as Paulson said in the article, “to depoliticize the climate change debate and instead focus on how it poses an economic threat to U.S. businesses.
By Mark Pearson · May 1, 2014
A growing number of manufacturing companies are warming up to sustainability—taking aggressive steps to soften and shrink their environmental footprints. However, buy-in from those companies’ suppliers has been less encouraging.

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From the July 2016 Issue
While it’s currently a shippers market, the authors of this year’s report contend that we’ve entered a “period of transition” that will usher in a realignment of capacity, lower inventories, economic growth and “moderately higher” rates. It’s time to tighten the ties that bind.
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