Guest Viewpoint: What’s Driving Freight Costs Higher?

The Logistics of Logistics

<strong><em>If you think the price of fuel is the only element driving freight costs higher – </em><em>Think again! </em></strong> Introduction. The latest Master of Logistics 20 th Annual Study of Transportation and Trends Study reports that in 2011 the highest percent of transportation costs was ground freight at 76.1%, of which US long haul trucking holds a major position at 64.4%. Ground freight was then followed by 8.7%

2012: a year of weather extremes and logistics nightmares

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And it will come as no surprise to shippers and logistics service providers alike that 2012 is being billed as a ‘Year of Multiple Extremes’, with multiple weather events ranging from from heat waves and drought to floods, snow and extreme cold and tropical cyclones.

Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012

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Please check out the most popular blog posts of 2012. In a perfect world, LTL carriers would pick up freight and deliver it on the agreed upon day for a fair price. Of course, all the freight would arrive undamaged and the invoice would always match the quoted price. Most Popular Blog Posts – 2012 (pdf). Fill out the form to download a free PDF copy of our "Most Popular Blog Posts - 2012.". Five Lessons from Military Logistics.

Like A Green Lump of Clay….

Supply Chain Shaman

Q: What will be the role of the freight companies in the supply chain agility? Freight companies and alternate modes are key elements of agile networks. My iphone buzzed on my nightstand. I groaned. I had gotten to bed late. It was 6:00 AM. This was before my wake-up call. I am not a morning person. As I picked it up , I saw a twitter alert welcoming people to the APICS webinar with @lcecere on Agility that afternoon. Much to my chagrin, I rubbed my eyes and checked my calendar.

Who said supply chains are boring?: Disney 'Imagineers' a Supply.

Supply Chains Rock

Thursday, July 12, 2012. From a business decision for us, its about optimizing our supply chain and being able to minimize the cost associated with bringing freight here,” explained Anthony Connelly, Senior VP and CFO of Disney’s Parks and Resorts. Who said supply chains are boring? Whenever I tell a friend, colleague or family member about my job as soon as the words "supply chain" are muttered I immediately see glassy eyes followed by a yawn or two.

Who said supply chains are boring?: Introducing the 10PL

Supply Chains Rock

Tuesday, April 03, 2012. After integrating a few services like freight forwarding, warehousing, inventory management and IT, these “alleged” logistics providers stopped there. Who said supply chains are boring?

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Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership

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When you have chosen a 3PL partner, insure that you have an effective Service Level Agreement (SLA) with accompanying Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to manage the Service Level of the 3PL. This SLA/KPI has to be negotiated and agreed upon by you and your 3PL partner.This negotiation time can take three (3) to Six (6) months. If you do not want to start at the 3PL as a contact customer with a SLA/KPIs, you can ship your goods and become a public account.

Logistics Clusters (Guest Post by Yossi Sheffi, MIT)

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As I argue in my new book Logistics Clusters: Delivering Value and Driving Growth (MIT Press, October 2012), these entities have a number of unique, and generally underestimated, attributes. First, they are self-reinforcing in that logistics clusters use the high volumes of freight they generate to capture economies of scope and scale and reduce costs while improving service quality. Logistics clusters play an increasingly important part in logistics & supply chain management.

LSPs and Freight Forwarders optimistic on market recovery

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With over two thirds of companies surveyed expecting growth in the next 12 months and the majority of smaller firms feeling more optimistic, including 90% of 4PLs and over 80% of freight forwarders and 3PL’s, the outlook for the logistics and transport industry seems to be looking up.

Is Software the Key Differentiator for Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders?

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Having worked in the near to saturation industry of Customs Brokerage and Freight Forwarders; I have always found it difficult to make my company stand out form other 3PL service providers. So what is it that differentiates one Customs Broker / Freight Forwarder from another?

Best Logistics Websites 2013

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Freight Saving Tips is a great website run by George Muha a supply chain and logistics innovator. I have listed the best logistics websites for 2013. I subscribe to each of these websites and I consistently steal ideas gain knowledge and inspiration from each one of them. Below is a link to the specific logistics website, along with a brief summary. Logistics Management is wonderful resource for logistics professionals.

Chuck Intrieri Executive Profile

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Logistics Management 3PL Charles Intrieri Chuck Intrieri cost savings freight claims freight problems Logistics logistics problems LTL LTL less than truckload Problems LTL Experienced logistics and supply chain consultant, Chuck Intrieri is a new contributor to Chuck Intrieri is currently a operations and management consultant focused on third party logistics (3PL) management. Chuck Intrieri Professional Experience.

Check Out the SCM IT Systems Subway Map

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Emerging Trends Freight & Transportation Information Technology New Ideas Supply Chain Management As all of you who’ve been working in the logistics and supply chain management space, systems serving this market have become plentiful and diverse.

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Intelleflex Announces Cellular, GPS-equipped RFID Reader & Cloud-based ZEST™ Data Services Platform

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ZEST Data Services is currently available in beta and will be fully released in the fall of 2012 as a component of end-to-end services from Intelleflex partners.

Mega containers force moves towards hub-and-spoke logistics network

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With several 18,000 TEU vessels under construction and due to become operational by 2014, the mega-container ship will become a common sight for some, but may well force some significant changes to sea freight routes and global freight forwarding. Many logistics experts are therefore predicting a forced move towards hub-and-spoke network for sea freight. Download Kewill’s White Paper: Delivering a Proven, Robust & Scalable Global Freight Forwarding Solution.

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Download: SCM Map Europe 2012

Supply Chain Movement

New logistics hubs are emerging in Central Europe and more goods flows from Asia will travel via the Black Sea or, as land freight, via the Trans-Siberian rail route. SCM Map Europe 2012. The supply chains in Europe are set to change considerably in the years ahead.

When Evaluating a 3PL, Check for These 8 Must Have Cultural Traits

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There should be key process indicators (KPIs) for the most important aspects of freight including: cost, delivery, damage, late fees, billing issues, etc. When evaluating a 3PL, the culture should definitely be considered. Every company has a culture, sometimes called organizational culture or corporate culture. The culture refers to the values and attitudes of employees in the business or organization.

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Imbalanced Investments: Transportation Spending vs. Procurement Technology (Part 1)

Supply Chain Network

According to the latest American Shipper benchmark survey, transportation spending increased in 2012 – according to 75 percent of respondents – remaining unscathed by budget cuts. Freight & Transportation Information Technology PaulMartyn Procurement ‘Keep on trucking’ has a new meaning. Shockingly, though, companies are failing to invest in the necessary procurement tools to manage spend and optimize their transportation networks.

iPhone 5 – production delays another blow to the logistics industry?

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It says a great deal about the state of the global economy in recent years and in particular the fortunes of the global logistics industry to date in 2012, that so much emphasis is placed on the launch of an updated version of an existing product by one manufacturer.

Real Results Magazine: Must-Have Tips to Boost Your Supply Chain

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Also featured are multinational cheese manufacturer Bel Group , Chinese luxury footwear and handbag designer/distributor Longhao , European vehicle manufacturer Renault as well as the eight 2012 JDA Real Results Award winners. What’s on your summer reading list?

BYOD – win:win for improved supply chain collaboration?

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LSPs, freight forwarders, air freight providers, sea freight providers, road haulage companies, handling agents – connected by contract, sub-contract, on a job-by-job basis.

Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) to use social media to connect with customers and partners

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The logistics world continues to consolidate…

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Digital Freight in 2019: The Next Chapter


In 2019, digital freight isn’t a vision; it’s a reality. There are now literally dozens of platforms, from enterprise forwarders to top five ocean carriers, air freight carriers to online marketplaces , that prove this. So where will freight be in 2019?

Lack of commercial property development during global downturn hampers logistics service providers’ expansion plans

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More effective transport management systems and freight forwarding systems could actually reduce the number of physical locations needed, reducing costs overall.

Damco Chooses LLamasoft as its Supply Chain Design Partner

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Moller – Maersk Group, one of the world’s leading providers of freight forwarding and supply chain management services, has selected LLamasoft’s Supply Chain Guru® and Transportation GuruTM to support their crucial supply chain design challenges and initiatives. The freight forwarding business is complex and requires constant analysis of transportation networks—not only to create short-term efficiencies for the end customers, but also for long term competitiveness.

Ryder Publishes Corporate Sustainability Report

Supply Chain Network

CSR Emerging Trends Environment Freight & Transportation News & Info Third Party Logistics corporate social responsibility Ryder System, Inc., a leader in transportation and supply chain management solutions, today announced that it has published a Corporate Sustainability Report highlighting Ryder’s progress towards improving the communities and environments where the Company does business.

Webinar: How to Measure LTL Carrier Performance and Save Money (November 21, 2012)

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The post Webinar: How to Measure LTL Carrier Performance and Save Money (November 21, 2012) appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics. In this free webinar, participants will learn a methodology for measuring LTL carrier performance. They will also learn specific actions for reducing LTL carrier shipping costs. Webinar topics will include: 1.) Key process indicators (KPI) for the most important aspects of LTL shipping.

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Highlights of 2012 and looking forward to 2013…

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With the end of 2012 (and not the end of world in Mayan way) and advent of 2013, I was looking back to note some important events that happened last year. On a larger scale, 2012 witnessed some hard-to-believe acts such as Felix Baumgartner skydiving 24 miles to reach 1.24

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Shippers

The Logistics of Logistics

Not technology for the sake of technology, but value added tools that streamline the process for moving freight. Highly Effective Shippers. Highly effective shippers are successful because they have developed the right attitude and habits regarding shipping. Below is a list of the 7 habits of highly effective shippers: 1. Strategic view of shipping. Highly effective shippers see a well-run shipping function as a competitive advantage.

2013 LTL Trends

The Logistics of Logistics

The current freight class shipment pricing is antiqued and overly complex. The LTL freight class system is based on density, stowability, handling and liability. With density based pricing, shippers pay for space used similar to ocean and air freight shipping. The SmartWay Transport Partnership is collaboration between freight shippers, carriers, and logistics companies. Click here to see a great article on the subject by freight yoda, John D.

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LTL Carrier Profile: UPS Freight

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LTL Carrier Profile: UPS Freight. UPS Freight is the fourth largest less than truckload (LTL) carrier with approximately $2.4B in sales (estimated 2012). UPS Freight has 6.9% UPS Freight is based in Richmond, Virginia. UPS Freight is a business segment of United Parcel Service, Inc. in sales in 2012. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain and Freight. LTL Carrier Profile: UPS Freight Services.

5.5 Great Ways to Reduce Shipping Costs

The Logistics of Logistics

To reduce shipping costs focus on the freight basics listed below. The proper packaging will minimize freight damage and fit the goods into the minimum space necessary. Is damaged freight an ongoing problem? 2. Reduce Freight Classification. Freight class is set by the National Motor Freight Transportation Association, and generally determined by freight density (the denser, the better). Great Ways to Reduce Shipping Costs.

Ready For The Future Of Freight?


In 2012, The Economist assessed the impact that technology developments will have had on business by 2020, surveying and interviewing global technology and business leaders. But What About The Future of Freight? It turns out the preconception of freight being old-fashioned is changing.

LTL Carrier Profile: Con-Way Freight

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LTL Carrier Profile: Con-Way Freight. Con-Way Freight is the second largest less than truckload (LTL) carrier with approximately $3.3B in sales (estimated 2012). Con-Way Freight has 9.4% Con-Way Freight is the largest of three 3 operating units owned by Con-Way Inc. is based in Ann Arbor, MI and had $5.58B in revenues in 2012. The 2012 results were 5.5% Con-Way Freight was already located in Ann Arbor.