This Week in Logistics News (September 7-11, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Here’s what I wrote back on this date in 2009, as I recalled the events of that tragic day eight years earlier: I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, near Red Hook and the docks. Toys R Us lowers free shipping limit for online orders. Today is September 11. I never forget.

Conquering the high seas: What’s shaking the global liner shipping industry?

Quintiq

Massive ships. While container terminal operators certainly feel the pressure, freight forwarders and the shipping lines themselves have a few planning puzzles to sort out on their own. Capacity of container ships handled in 2014. Shipping lines alliances. Slow steaming.

This Week in Logistics News (November 30 – December 4, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Oz’s solutions address a number of pain points for e-commerce shippers by automating logistics and supply chain processes, including order fulfilment, inventory management/scanning, and shipping.

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Offering Prayers While Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun

Supply Chain Shaman

The investigation into the activity at PCA began in 2009, after the U.S. Instead, it take active sensing, tracking and pattern recognition of shipping, chain of custody and quality information. The city of Philadelphia is eerily quiet this morning.

Where have all the Truckers Gone? 10 Strategies for Shippers to Fight the Capacity and Trucker Shortage

Cerasis

will face shortages in trucking resources again , predominatly a trucker shortage, in the near future due to an array of developments that may cause shippers to find loads left on the ground, shipping costs rapidly escalating, and shrinking profit margins that stun stakeholders.

Supply chain collaboration: Who’s leading the revolution?

Quintiq

The Port of Rotterdam signed a contract for a system that will enable inland shipping companies to take supply chain collaboration to the next level. The inland shipping community (i.e. In 2015, that omnipotent player is no longer a theoretical possibility.

Google Will Acquire a 3PL – And Other Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2015

Talking Logistics

That will be in 2015, after the peak of oil [supply].”. 2015 is less than three weeks away, and a barrel of Brent crude oil is $65.70 Brent crude oil prices Dec 2009 – Dec 2014 (Source MoneyAM.com). million bbl/d in 2015.” .

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

Elementum

On Sunday afternoon, a bridge along Interstate 10—a key shipping route between Arizona and Southern California— collapsed during a heavy rainstorm , injuring one and leaving countless drivers stuck.

Parcel Shipping Vs LTL Shipping: Which is A Better Option?

Cerasis

While LTL shipping may have been the gold standard for shippers in the past, more shippers are starting to turn to a combination of parcel and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping to cut costs and drive profits. Meanwhile, the pricing models for small package and LTL shipping are changing, and the density of a package is becoming the newfound best practice for shippers. Parcel Shipping. The Main Drawback of Parcel Shipping. Benefits of Parcel Shipping.

Cruel Summer: Shipping Won’t See Seasonal Surge in Profits

Elementum

I Know What You Shipped Last Summer. Summer is supposed to be the busiest time of year for freight and air shipping, but given slow demand and overcapacity in recent months, expectations for the third quarter have changed, and not for the better.

The LTL Market now Belongs to the Carriers: Shippers Must Know how to Level the Playing Field

Cerasis

Whereas 2009 saw the control of transportation industry profits in the hands of the shippers, two years later a shift occurred in the favor of carriers. Since this time carriers have moved into the driver’s seat of transportation by offering innovative shipping methods.

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

Cerasis

These can include product training, on-site repair, or any other niche the company can offer as a caveat to their shipping services. Shipping, at 69%, remains the front-runner in terms of what services distributors offer for a fee.

Parcel Rate Increases…Defying Logic?

The Network Effect

And now some parcel shippers will have to also assess the impact of the next significant rate increase based on FedEx’ announcement that their fees for Fuel Surcharges will increase on February 2, 2015. Fuel prices are currently at their lowest level since May of 2009.

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

Elementum

This year’s El Niño is shaping up to be the strongest in recorded history, and it is already beginning to alter global shipping routes. That’s bad news for huge ships, who can no longer pass through the locks. What does that mean for shipping? In 2009, the canal reported 299.1

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The Holidays and The Logistics Crunch: It’s all about the Planning & a Fun Comparison of Logistics & A Successful Turkey Day!

Cerasis

Shipping during the holidays does not have to be a source of frustration; however, smooth holiday shipping requires significant planning ahead of time. Holiday joy has come early this year with Americans likely to pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2009.

Managing Supplier Risk: A Lesson from Parnell and Peanuts

EcoVadis

What can you do when you have a supplier who knowingly ships a contaminated product ( the infamous “Just ship it” email ) and falsifies documents? During the 2009 PCA product recall, sales of all brands of peanut butter – including those who did not use PCA as a supplier – dropped by nearly 25 percent. The Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Scandal. Let’s talk supplier risk management.

This Week in Logistics News (March 3-7, 2014)

Talking Logistics

FedEx Freight to Increase Shipping Rates. Proposed DOT FY 2015 budget draws mixed reactions from industry stakeholders ( Logistics Management ). Mystery of the week: My third grader came home yesterday with dog poop inside his right boot.

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Digital Freight in 2019: The Next Chapter

Freightos

But enough changed by 2015 that we were comfortable classifying 2016 as the digital freight tipping point. But in 2015, a change of attitude, and the sheer momentum for change had become unstoppable. It takes a long time to turn a ship around.

9 Headlines Striking Fear into Shippers Lacking a Strong TMS

Supply Chain Collaborator

There is still time and budget for shipping organizations to implement new TMS solutions or upgrade existing ones – yielding benefits like automation, efficiency improvements, expanded visibility and scalability – if they’re to be well-protected against what appears to be a looming downturn.

Transforming Consumer Value Chains: Navigating The Power Shift to the Shopper

Supply Chain Shaman

For December 2015, retail sales were the lowest since 2009. Traditional supply chains ship cases, pallets and trucks; but not the EACH. With the dawn of eCommerce, companies must now ship the EACH. We how have the endless aisle with the need to ship the EACH.

This Week in Logistics News (September 26-30, 2016)

Talking Logistics

Blockchain Makes Inroads in Shipping (WSJ – sub. Global Container Volume on Track for Worst Year Since 2009 (WSJ – sub. Trucking Industry’s Operational Costs Decline in 2015 Driven by Fuel Prices.

Five Ways to Drive a High-Performance, Cross-Border Automotive Supply Chain

TMC

Where are you likely to encounter the worst bottlenecks when shipping product between the U.S. Department of Commerce , in 2015 Mexico produced 3.4 Since 2009, U.S. auto part exports to Mexico have more than doubled and were valued at more than $30 billion in 2015.

Toys R Bust: The Downfall of America's Favorite Toy Store

Elementum

It also struggled to compete with big-box retailers such as Target and Walmart, which were able to offer toys priced at low margins with aggressive online shipping options—sometimes even at a loss—since, unlike Toys "R" Us, their business models do not rely exclusively on toys for profit.

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

Talking Logistics

Global trade volumes fell for the first time since 2009 by 1.7 percent between the final quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016 and the International Air Transport Association has lowered its growth forecast for air freight demand in 2016 to 2.1

How Does the Chinese New Year Impact Rate Volatility?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

With nine GRIs announced by carriers since January 2015 making a big impact on the market, it’s important to understand why the increases happened and how the upcoming Chinese New Year plays a role. in 2015, accounting for the addition of 1.72

How Freight Disrupted Itself: The View From Within A Changing Industry

Freightos

Then, in November 2015, Phil joined Freightos. For forwarders, just as the 2009 financial crisis ended, another crisis began. Today even small shippers won’t ship unless they can check the status of their shipment. How Freight Disrupted Itself.

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.

Toys R Bust: The Downfall of America's Favorite Toy Store

Elementum

It also struggled to compete with big-box retailers such as Target and Walmart, which were able to offer toys priced at low margins with aggressive online shipping options—sometimes even at a loss—since, unlike Toys "R" Us, their business models do not rely exclusively on toys for profit. Did supply chain problems have anything to do with Toys "R" Us going out of business?

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%

Live From JDA FOCUS 2014 Day 2

Supply Chain Nation

The highlight of today’s general session was a presentation by Captain Richard Phillips , who caught the world’s attention when he was captured by Somali pirates in 2009. The first day of JDA FOCUS 2014 ended with a festive Grand Party at the MGM Pool Deck last night.

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.

What the Rest of the World Can Learn from Shopping Days in China

EMERGE App

Today, Singles’ Day is largely synonymous with Alibaba because they started their first annual sale with just 27 merchants in 2009. Generally, payment is made online for greater convenience, shipping is not charged and products are typically available for pickup within hours.

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Ocean Capacity: Bad News for Commodities Shipping

PLS Logistics

The Chinese economy drives demand for freight on the seas, and its economy’s existing weakness is weighing on the global shipping industry. Ocean shipping is necessary to the global economy, but shippers are experiencing somewhat of a crisis: low demand and surplus shipping vessels for hire.

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

Talking Logistics

December 2015 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Back in June 2009, I wrote the following in a post titled Amazon.com: A Customer-Centric 3PL : “You won’t find Amazon.com on any ‘Top 25 3PLs’ list, but the company is a leading 3PL in my book.”