Tuesday, March 01, 2016
The maturation of multi-channel distribution has put added pressure on all major modes of freight transportation. “Just-in-time” and “just-in-case” strategies now have to meet the “just do it” demands created by today’s highly impatient consumer.
Warehouse execution system (WEC) suppliers are offering higher-level functionality—such as waveless order processing, performance analytics and mobile apps—turning WES into a configurable platform for warehouse operations management.
Bloated inventories have come to characterize the current state of U.S. manufacturers and retailers for the first quarter of 2016, forcing logistics managers to apply classic reverse strategies to wring out supply chain waste.
Capital expenditure plans for materials handling solutions are ebbing overall, but restrained spending on hardware is balanced by steady investment in the information solutions that tie equipment together.
Even if there's a turnaround, don't expect the growth rates that we saw in the 1990’s or the 2000’s
With “tepid” freight demand dampening LTL profits, analysts and carriers executives say that fuel, capacity utilization, and mounting regulation will play a large role in 2016 rates. Here’s what shippers should expect.
“The US is a bright spot in the global economy,” says IHS chief economist Dr. Nariman Behravesh, “ and within the U.S. it’s the consumer that is the bright spot.”
In its Manufacturing Report on Business, ISM said that the PMI, its index to measure growth, was 49.5 in February (a reading of 50 or higher indicates growth), topping January by 1.3 percent and sub-50 for the fifth month in a row.
Posted on 03/01 at 02:39 PM
Chicago-based project44,said last week it rolled out new volume LTL (less-than-truckload) rating API, which has been deployed by Sunset Pacific Transportation, the largest LTL consolidator in Southern California.
Posted on 03/01 at 11:38 AM
This month we’ve decided to focus the majority of our editorial on the impact (and subsequent challenges) e-commerce and multi-channel fulfillment is having on logistics and transportation management.