Logistics Management Magazine Archives

August 2016 Logistics Management

In this issue:

  • 33rd Annual Quest for Quality Awards
  • 2016 Ocean Shipping Roundtable
  • ERP: Gaining speed
  • Getting the right lift truck
  • Quarterly transportation market update: Trucking
August 30, 2016 · This contract manufacturer gains real-time visibility and actionable insights over its massive global supply chain through the development of a dynamic, mobile platform— and earns a top spot in Gartner’s annual supply chain innovation awards.
August 24, 2016 · A growing number of low-cost lift trucks offer new avenues for pairing equipment and applications, but less cautious buyers might find that small up-front costs come at a steep price.
August 3, 2016 · Ship owners are investing in optimization, but now the shipper has a role to play in helping an operator innovate by adjusting their own operations and aligning to be a desirable partner.
August 3, 2016 · As carrier consolidation and reconfigured deployment schedules become old news, contrarian views suggest that some unexpected consequences may be on the horizon for logistics managers. A prominent shipper, retail analyst, and international trade specialist advise a measured approach for the future.
August 3, 2016 · Shippers are benefiting from temporary excess capacity in the truckload market, but analysts say this condition is temporary. The driver situation, increasing regulations, and inventory sell-offs all point to a tighter capacity situation in 2017 and beyond.
August 3, 2016 · As the lines between the large enterprise resource planning (ERP) providers and best-of-breed supply chain management applications continue to blur, the ERPs are now moving to create holistic, end-to-end “hubs” that incorporate multiple trading partners, providers and even customers.
August 2, 2016 · While we’re entering an era in which companies can detect supply chain risks much more quickly than in the past, new technological solutions and strategies are desperately needed to address the added complexity of global logistics.
August 1, 2016 · Which carriers, third-party logistics providers and U.S. ports have crossed the service-excellence finish line ahead of their competitors? Our readers have cast their votes, and now it’s time to introduce this year’s winners.
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U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are up, for week ending September 16, reports AAR
Rail carloads, at 232,723, eked out a 0.2% annual gain. Intermodal containers and trailers, at 257,067 units, were up 3.3% annually.

Q&A: Cary Davis, American Association of Port Authorities President and CEO-elect
In late August, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) announced that its Board of Directors announced that, effective October 1, Cary Davis will become its new President and CEO. Davis joined AAPA in November 2019 and has played key public policy roles for the organization in his roles as VP of Government Relations, General Counsel and Board Secretary.

Estes’ $1.52 billion bid beats ODFL’s bankruptcy offer for Yellow terminals
The first big winner in the bankruptcy dismantling of Yellow Corp. is less-than-truckload (LTL) rival, Richmond, Va.-based Estes Express, the nation’s fourth-largest LTL carrier.

FedEx reports mixed fiscal first quarter earnings, with Ground up 3%
Quarterly revenue—at $21.7 billion—was down 7% annually, and operating income—at $1.49 billion—increased 25%. Net income, at $1.08 billion, topped the $875 million recorded for the same quarter a year ago. Adjusted earnings per share came in at $4.23, up 24% annually and topping Wall Street expectations, at $3.70.

Ryder announces the official entrance of its BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric vans
Earlier this week, Miami-based Miami-based freight transportation and logistics services provider heralded the initial rollout of its BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric vans at four strategic facilities in California, Texas, and New York.

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ATA August tonnage readings are mixed
The ATA’s advanced Seasonally Adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index, for August, came in at 115.3 (2015=100), for a 0.2% gain over July. July saw a 1.1% sequential gain, which was revised from an initial reading of 112.9, for a 0.8% decrease, reported by ATA on August 22 and a 0.3% June decline, which registered a 113.8 reading.

USPS is gearing up for Peak Season, says it will not levy a holiday surcharge
The USPS cited various investments it has made, in advance of the 2023 Peak Season, including: hiring 10,000 seasonal employees; utilizing 348 new package sorting machines; increasing daily processing capacity to approximately 70 million; moving 95% of volume via more reliable ground transportation, for First Class Mail and more than 95% of First-Class packages; and its new USPS Ground Advantage Shipping Service

August U.S.-bound shipments see another month of declines, reports S&P Global Market Intelligence
August imports, at 2.88 million TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units), were down 12% annually, and were ahead of July’s 2.53 million TEU and June’s 2.43 million TEU. This marked the 13th consecutive month of annual declines. On a year-to-date basis through August, imports are down 14.8% annually, at 18.82 million TEU.

LM reader survey points to strong possibility of the economy entering into a recession
More than 50% of the survey’s respondents stated that the economy will enter into a recession within the next six months. As for reasons why this may be the case, responses included: high interest rates; high balances on credit cards; inflation; lower consumer demand; and high gasoline prices, among others.

August intermodal volumes see another month of declines, reports IANA
Total August volume, at 1,463,123 units, decreased 7.5% annually, faring better than the 9.8% annual decrease seen in July.

National diesel average rises for the ninth consecutive week, reports EIA
For the week of September 18, EIA reported that the national average climbed 9.3 cents, to $4.633 per gallon, following a 4.8-cent increase, for the week of September 11, to $4.50 per gallon.

August Cass Freight Index shipments and expenditures fall annually and rise sequentially
August’s shipment reading, at 1.143, fell 10.6% annually and up 1.9% compared to July, and August expenditures, at 3.459, were down 25.0% annually, in line with August’s 24.4% decline, and were up 1.1% compared to July.

OOIDA bucks effort to regulate heavy truck speeds
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is ramping up its opposition to mandate speed limiters on heavy trucks.

Rivals pick over old Yellow freight assets as shippers plan for LTL rate hikes
The dismantling of Yellow Corp. assets has begun, and so has the realignment of the $58 billion less-than-truckload (LTL) landscape.


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