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Wednesday, August 01, 2012
It’s my honor to present the logistics and transportation community with the results of the 29th Annual Quest for Quality Survey. This is the culmination of a six-month research project conducted by Peerless Research Group (PRG) that’s become known as the most important measure of customer satisfaction and service performance excellence available in our industry.
Shippers are increasingly telling me that the number of options in the less-than-500-pound shipment market confuses them. The one thing that many can understand is that costs continue to climb despite the deregulation of rates. However, enormous savings can be achieved by knowing your shipment weight and distance, direction, and cube as well as the capabilities of your carrier.
The average truck consumes roughly 11,000 gallons of diesel per year. Consequently, even minor shifts in fuel prices have a significant impact on operating costs. For instance, when applied to a fleet of 100 trucks, a price drop of 25 cents per gallon generates annual savings exceeding a quarter of a million dollars.
It dawned on me the other day that some of the practices we employ in the planning and management of our logistics operations are similar to how farmers plan and harvest crops and how baseball managers select their team and deal with the variety of performance issues and injuries throughout the long season.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
As the world transitions to low-carbon alternatives, logistics managers will continue to depend on fossil fuels for the majority of their energy needs for the foreseeable future, said Business for Social Responsibility executives in San Francisco.
The survey-based “Supply Chain Metrics Report” also suggests that supply chain managers may be expecting too much from transportation providers
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
After seeing weekly declines for three months straight, diesel prices headed in the opposite direction this week, rising $3.5 cents to $3.683 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Monday, July 09, 2012
This signing comes after a 30-month stretch in which funding for the nation’s transportation projects was kept intact by a series of 9 consecutive extensions, following the September 2009 expiration of the previous bill, SAFETEA-LU.
Monday, July 02, 2012
The House approved the bill, which adopts the name of the Senate’s version, MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century), by a 373-52 margin, and the Senate signed on with a 74-19 vote. The bill was awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature for it to be signed into law at press time.
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Sunday, July 01, 2012
The logistics industry has yet to climb back to the profitability it hit in 2007–the precipice from which it dropped during the recession. According to the report’s author and industry analysts, it may be a while until the overall industry hits full stride again.