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.

Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership

The Logistics of Logistics

Chuck specializes in Supply Chain Optimization, Third Party Logistics (3PL) and International Purchasing and Importing Consulting. The post Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics. 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.

Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012

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Please check out the most popular blog posts of 2012. Five Lessons from Military Logistics. Military folks excel in logistics because they focus on the five areas below and we would all be wise to do the same. With this in mind, they hire the right people and find the best logistics providers. They are willing to pay a reasonable price for a good logistics provider, rather than … Continue reading. The Second Worst Phone Call in Logistics.

Best Logistics Websites 2013

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I have listed the best logistics websites for 2013. Below is a link to the specific logistics website, along with a brief summary. Logistics Management is wonderful resource for logistics professionals. Logistics management provides their top notch content in online and print versions. Logistics Viewpoints is great logistics website run by logistics professionals, Adrian Gonzalez and Steve Banker. What are your favorite logistics websites?

Logistics Clusters (Guest Post by Yossi Sheffi, MIT)

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Logistics clusters play an increasingly important part in logistics & supply chain management. I am happy to share the following guest post by Professor Yossi Sheffi , a distinguished expert in logistics clusters. Logistics clusters are agglomerations of firms that come together to share logistics expertise and know-how. These are some of the reasons why I believe that the private and public sectors need to invest more in logistics clusters.

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. - Martins Logistics Blog. EU Logistics Hub Blog.

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

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It has been welcomed at each port by crowds of locals and logistics enthusiasts, who are keen to see the first of a new breed of mega-container ship. 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. Subscribe to our Logistics Newsletter to receive regular industry updates.

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Supply Chain Congratulations in Order!


This year’s 2012 Sailing to New Heights with Logility Award was presented to KGP Logistics, one of the country's largest single-source value-added suppliers of supply chain services, communications equipment and integrated solutions to the telecommunications industry.

LSPs and Freight Forwarders optimistic on market recovery

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The survey was developed to examine what impact the global economic downturn has had on logistics service providers, and the role of IT in ensuring their survival. This highlights the impact that the on-going Euro crisis has had on European logistics service providers.

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?

Chuck Intrieri Executive Profile

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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. The post Chuck Intrieri Executive Profile appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics. Chuck Intrieri Professional Experience.

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

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Apple’s new baby is much-anticipated by techno-geeks and logistics professionals alike, as the former look forward to getting their hands on the latest piece of kit, whilst the latter hope the inevitable consumer rush to be early adopters will create a much needed surge in shipments to meet demand.

The logistics world continues to consolidate…

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And there is so much room for error in the logistics industry – a lost shipment or a late delivery can be catastrophic for relationships and reputations. The post The logistics world continues to consolidate… appeared first on Kewill Corporate.

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

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As a great fan of social media for business and pleasure, I’ve been keen to see it used more widely in logistics, and I can really see how Twitter in particular could be a very advantageous method for LSPs to communicate with their customers and partners.

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?

Check Out the SCM IT Systems Subway Map

Supply Chain Network

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. Emerging Trends Freight & Transportation Information Technology New Ideas Supply Chain Management

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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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From my experience as both a supply chain consultant and a 3PL manager, the right type of culture means everything in the logistics business. Lack of good communication is the number one problem in the logistics business. Because logistics moves quickly, the communication process is often shortchanged. A good 3PL will facilitate good communication between all parties (clients, ultimate customer, suppliers, and other logistics companies).

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

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Despite continuing pressures on volumes and rates, the indicators of recovery amongst logistics service providers are growing stronger, with announcements of M&A activity, new routes and new partnerships.

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

Supply Chain Nation

LG Electronics , which improved truck-loading efficiency rations using efficient load configurations, increased consolidation ratios and significantly increased service levels and customer satisfaction in its logistics and transportation management operations.

BYOD – win:win for improved supply chain collaboration?

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The logistics industry isn’t always well-known for embracing innovations in technology – often for good reasons, after all moving goods around the globe reliably can be hard enough as it is.

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. Without a way to optimize and automate logistics, a company’s hard-earned cash won’t go nearly as far. Managing a global logistic network is one of the toughest tasks in the supply chain. Freight & Transportation Information Technology PaulMartyn Procurement

Damco Chooses LLamasoft as its Supply Chain Design Partner

Supply Chain Network

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. With its corporate office in Copenhagen, Demark, Damco provides logistics services to over 10,000 global customers through its network of over 300 offices worldwide. Information Technology Third Party Logistics

Ryder Publishes Corporate Sustainability Report

Supply Chain Network

“As a leading provider of transportation and logistics solutions, our stakeholders expect us to be stewards of real-world efficiency and sustainability,” stated Ryder Chairman and CEO Greg Swienton. – Completing certification as a Third Party Logistics Provider (3PL) in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program for logistics operations in Asia. Ryder System, Inc.,

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

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With this in mind, they hire the right people and find the best logistics providers. They are willing to pay a reasonable price for a good logistics provider, rather than risk a service failure with a bad logistics provider. Solid relationships with logistics providers. To get maximum impact, shippers need to develop close professional relationships with their logistics providers. Without a commitment, a shipper will not get the best from logistics providers.

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? But change won’t wait for existing logistics leaders to change practices.

My Logistics Job Hunt

The Logistics of Logistics

This is the story of my logistics job hunt. I am back in Chicago and looking to make my mark in the logistics business, but first I need to find a job. For the past few years, I did wholesale import/export in Korea and Philippines so I figured getting a logistics job back home would be a snap. Since I got back, I have been presented with lots of opportunities, but there is a lot of misleading and confusing “opportunities” in the logistics business.

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). 5.5 Hire a Third Party Logistics Provider.

2013 LTL Trends

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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: 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. The other operating units are: Menlo Worldwide Logistics and Con-Way Truckload. Menlo Worldwide Logistics is Con-Way’s supply chain division. The 2012 results were 5.5%

My Nightmare Shipment

The Logistics of Logistics

As the general manager of a logistics company, I run across shipping problems every day. We wouldn’t be responsible for the sea freight or clearing customs, but we would pick up two pallets from a warehouse in California and deliver them to Chicago. Unless you are a logistics company, then you have the added misery of telling the client the bad news. My client had to buy and import new goods from Taiwan and this time they sent it air freight to satisfy their client’s timing.

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The Middle Man Strikes Again!

The Logistics of Logistics

I represent a company that buys freight from Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) carriers and resells it to our clients who are shippers. Even though we are reselling a service, our new clients typically save 10-15% on their freight spending when they switch to us. We negotiate with the LTL carriers every day and they treat us differently because we are a logistics company. Because we partner with the carriers, we understand the type of freight they want and where they want it.

Logistics in 2020: The Future of Air & Sea Freight

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Globalization has meant that air and sea freight play a major role in getting consumer goods on the shelves in stores (online and virtual). In a recent white paper , Kewill has looked at the issues facing the global supply chain , especially logistics services providers and freight forwarders , and how it may look in 2020, including the future picture for air and sea freight. Subscribe to our Logistics Newsletter to receive regular industry updates.