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This Week in Logistics News (March 9-13, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Here’s the news that caught my attention this week: January 2015 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Truckload Freight and Rates Dip Seasonally in February: DAT Freight Index. Cass Freight Index – February 2015.

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Stories of Supply Chain Leadership: An Interview with Joan Motsinger of Seagate

Supply Chain Shaman

We then rated companies on their ability to manage and improve a portfolio of metrics: operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC). 2015 Supply Chains to Admire. What suppliers need help with cost (LEAN, labor, freight,…)?

What is the Hyperconnected Era & “The Internet Of Things” and What does it Have to Do with Manufacturing & Logistics?

Cerasis

The concept of a network of smart devices was discussed as early as 1982, with a modified Coke machine at Carnegie Mellon University becoming the first internet connected appliance, able to report its inventory and whether newly loaded drinks were cold.

Road to Nowhere: The Dire Status of U.S. Infrastructure

Elementum

The bridge, built in 1967, had been labeled “functionally obsolete” by the National Bridge Inventory in 2014. Poor infrastructure slows down our nation’s supply chain, augmenting freight costs and increasing congestion.

Guest Post: Ignoring this Performance Metric is Risky

TMC

As I explain in my book, The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected (MIT Press, October 2015), companies can improve their disruption detection capabilities in a number of ways.

7 Distribution Operations Issues Highlighted in Industrial Distribution’s 68th Annual Survey

Cerasis

66% of respondents reported an expansion of business when asked if they had contracted, expanded, or stayed constant with the inventory they distribute. When compared to 2009, when 68% reported having to reduce the size of their staff, these numbers are very encouraging.

Market Update: Transportation Industry News

CH Robinson Transportfolio

reading in April, a reflection of currently manageable capacity utilization and low fuel prices—something that is expected to stay intact through the end of 2015. Diesel prices are at the lowest weekly average price since October 2009, marking the longest decline in 2015.

Everything You Need to Know About El Niño and the Panama Canal Restrictions

Elementum

In 2009, the canal reported 299.1 Size restrictions on ships are worrying in large part because freight ships are getting bigger. The restrictions are set to impact about 20 percent of all ships passing through the area—that’s a lot of inventory.

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Time to Squeeze Carriers for Better Rates?

Talking Logistics

There was a deceleration in freight volumes during the second half of 2015 which continued into the first month of 2016. So, that tells me that the inventory situation continues to weigh on truck freight volumes. The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, dropped 0.4 percent in December from November , with December 2015 freight shipments down 2.0

This Week in Logistics News (July 4-8, 2016)

Talking Logistics

It was a relatively quiet week for supply chain and logistics news, with robots and weak freight demand dominating the headlines. Air cargo firms feel the pressure from plunge in freight prices (Reuters). Global trade volumes fell for the first time since 2009 by 1.7

Blockchain can make global supply chains more efficient and secure

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

After the development of bitcoin invented by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, computer scientists, software industry, and the banking industry were intrigued by the potential applications of bitcoin’s underlying “blockchain” process. Christopher Tang.

Blockchain can make global supply chains more efficient and secure

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

After the development of bitcoin invented by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, computer scientists, software industry, and the banking industry were intrigued by the potential applications of bitcoin’s underlying “blockchain” process. Christopher Tang.

A Quick Glance Into The Logistics Market - January 2016

EFT

in the third quarter of 2015 according to the third preliminary estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis in late December. in December 2015, up 6.7% in December 2015. Housing Starts: In November 2015, housing starts increased 10.3% in November 2015, down 0.9%

Economic challenges continue springtime

EFT

Inventories fell 1.5 Durable goods inventories remained almost the same as stocks remain even with slow demand. . percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.089 million homes, compared to March 2015 starts were up 14.2 Manufacturing is steady.

CSCMP Report all but Insists Shippers Move NOW on Logistics Automation

Supply Chain Collaborator

in 2015, while at the same time five key issues favorable to shippers are manifesting in the transportation market today. Monahan points to the dramatic 15% drop in spot market rates in Q3-Q4 of 2015 as one point of evidence of the falling transportation costs for shippers.

This Week in Logistics News (February 8-12, 2016)

Talking Logistics

December 2015 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Cass Freight Index Report January 2016. Amazon wants to bypass these brokers, amassing inventory from thousands of merchants around the world and then buying space on trucks, planes and ships at reduced rates.