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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Time is money when you are running a successful business. The less time your crews spend at the gas pump or driving around, the quicker they can get to job sites and finish on schedule. And, of course, with less money spent on fuel, the more money you can put towards your bottom line.
Posted on 03/12 at 02:40 PM
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Commerce reported that February retail sales at $437.0 billion were down 0.6 percent compared to January and up 1.7 percent compared to January 2014, and the NRF said that February retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, dipped 0.2 percent seasonally-adjusted month-to-month compared to January and increased 3 percent annually on an unadjusted basis.
Posted on 03/12 at 09:50 AM
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At 123.8, the Freight TSI was down 0.2 percent compared to December and 29.9 percent higher than April 2009’s low of 94.6, which was during the depths of the recession.
Posted on 03/12 at 09:08 AM

Intermodal service conditions have been showing positive progress since late November and seem poised for growth.
Posted on 03/12 at 01:33 AM

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lest shippers believe that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is fully on board with the new “tentative” contract agreement with the Pacific Maritime Association, consider what happened at the Port of Oakland this week.
Posted on 03/11 at 08:11 PM

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.
Posted on 03/11 at 03:21 PM
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As global supply chains become more complex and detailed over time, there still remains a fairly significant disconnect, when it comes to shippers, specifically retailers and manufacturers, counting on outdated tools and ineffective processes in managing their supply chains. That was a chief takeaway from a study recently issued by supply chain and logistics software and technology provider JDA Software Group Inc., entitled “JDA Vision 2015 Supply Chain Market Study.”
Posted on 03/11 at 11:53 AM

We asked manufacturing experts what the 10 smart practices are for improving enterprise asset management. Download our short 10 step checklist to see what practices you should employ to improve your enterprise asset management.
Posted on 03/11 at 11:37 AM
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Even with the myriad challenges that stemmed from the West Coast port labor disruption, the most recent edition of the Cass Freight Index Report from Cass Information Systems found that both freight shipments and expenditures both showed annual and sequential growth in February.
Posted on 03/11 at 09:37 AM
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Truckload spot volume and rates for the month of February were down on an annual basis in February, according to the DAT North American Freight Index. DAT said that spot market freight availability in February was down for the second month in a row, which it described as a “seasonal pattern that mimics the first quarter of 2014 but at a higher volume.”
Posted on 03/10 at 11:12 AM
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