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. Highly effective shippers are successful because they have developed the right attitude and habits regarding shipping. Strategic view of shipping. Highly effective shippers see a well-run shipping function as a competitive advantage. In a perfect world, LTL carriers would pick up freight and deliver it on the agreed upon day for a fair price. Most Popular Blog Posts – 2012 (pdf).

Like A Green Lump of Clay….

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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. The best way to evaluate agility is to simulate volatility through either event simulation or what-if analysis and see the impact on cost (Cost of Goods Sold), customer service (on-time delivery and orders shipped full and complete), and quality of output (first pass yield, recalls, etc.) My iphone buzzed on my nightstand.

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.

Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership

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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. 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.

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. George’s website explains shipping basics and is the ideal resource for shippers. 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.

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

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Great fanfare has accompanied the CMA CGM Marco Polo – the world’s largest container ship – on its maiden commercial voyage around North Europe, North Africa, Malta, the Middle East Gulf and Asia. 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. However, this will not mean that Mega-Container Ships become a familiar sight everywhere.

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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.

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. It takes a long time to turn a ship around.

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

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According to the latest American Shipper benchmark survey, transportation spending increased in 2012 – according to 75 percent of respondents – remaining unscathed by budget cuts. Volatile fuel costs, carrier rates and shipping restrictions make it harder than ever before, and demand deeper visibility into spending from companies. Freight & Transportation Information Technology PaulMartyn Procurement ‘Keep on trucking’ has a new meaning.

5.5 Great Ways to Reduce Shipping Costs

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Great Ways to Reduce Shipping Costs. Finding ways to reduce shipping costs is a goal for many companies, however, many forget to do the basic blocking and tackling that will drive cost down. 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. Less damage and using less space on the truck will in turn reduce shipping costs.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Shippers

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Highly effective shippers are successful because they have developed the right attitude and habits regarding shipping. Strategic view of shipping. Highly effective shippers see a well-run shipping function as a competitive advantage. First, the routine, day to day shipping is improved through good written and verbal communication. Highly effective shippers create processes to ensure that their shipping function is effective and efficient.

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

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They will also learn specific actions for reducing LTL carrier shipping costs. Key process indicators (KPI) for the most important aspects of LTL shipping. 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. Webinar topics will include: 1.)

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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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My Nightmare Shipment

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As the general manager of a logistics company, I run across shipping problems every day. Marty didn’t have a lot of shipping yet, but if everything went right, he was going to do lots of shipping. We didn’t do any shipping for him at first, but I kept in touch hoping to eventually get a sale. 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.

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The Middle Man Strikes Again!

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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. Since we have lots of clients, databases full of shipping data and work with over 40 carriers, we know the best price for a shipment. Cut out the middle man and save! Who could possibly disagree with that wisdom?

The Agility of Integration: eCommerce, Warehouse Management and Shipping for SMBs

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It created an administrative bottleneck as orders had to be typed into QuickBooks and, when shipped, status and tracking information needed to be manually entered into Magento. When traditional wholesalers open up e-commerce channels, they start shipping orders in the thousands to consumers versus the smaller number of repeat orders for dealers. This allowed OYO Sports to efficiently pick multiple orders with one pass through the warehouse and pre-label for shipping.

Uber Freight: Another “Uber-for-Trucking”?


Uber Freight: Another “Uber-for-Trucking”? After news broke last month that Uber was unleashing a trucking offering, it came as no surprise when it launched Uber Freight , an online trucking marketplace for US LTL. Load-matching technology (even the Uber For Freight model) isn’t new.

Defining Sustainability

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For example, how much more can we fit on a shipping pallet through package size reduction? Any improvements will result in freight savings, which will result in reduced gas consumption – again, both a cost savings for the company and an environmental benefit. When I ask friends, family and colleagues how they view the topic of sustainability, I usually get the expected buzzwords—green, environmentally friendly or recycling are leading answers.

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. as the world’s largest trading nation by 2016, (according to a 2012 forecast HSBC Holdings Plc).

How Shipping Overcapacity Could Be Maersk’s Salvation


These two graphs explain why Maersk is splitting its shipping business, which is reeling from overcapacity; from it’s energy business, which is reeling from low oil prices: As Tolstoy observed, “each unhappy family is unhappy it its own way.” Twenty such ships were ordered.

The 5 Largest LTL Carriers

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Largest LTL Carrier: FedEx Freight. FedEx Freight is the largest less than truckload (LTL) carrier with approximately $5.3B in sales (estimated 2012). FedEx Freight has a market share of 14.9%. FedEx Freight’s revenue includes FedEx Custom Critical. in revenues in 2012. FedEx Freight is one of 7 operating units owned by FedEx Corporation. Click here for more info on FedEx Freight. 2nd Largest LTL Carrier: Con-Way Freight.

The Ultimate List of Top Logistics Startups – Blog


And it’s about to get hit by a freight train of innovation. How much do we love freight innovation? And we found that freight innovation is hot. Movers marketplace matching shipping requirement with freelance student drivers. Freight Forwarding. Freight Filter.

The Better Goal: More Fuel Efficient Trucks or Using Fewer Trucks?

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The other big opportunity, which despite all the talk over the years remains on the table, is reducing the number of trucks required to ship products by eliminating empty miles and backhauls, developing smarter packaging, optimizing trailer loading, collaborative shipping, and other approaches. Here’s an excerpt from the article (emphasis mine): In 2012, IKEA lowered the price of its Textur lamp by 34% after slimming down the number of components to nine from 33.

10 Books Logistics And Supply Chain Experts Need To Read


I threw in a healthy dose of interesting (globalization, shipping trends and the business of logistics), a dash of history (the evolution of longitude), a sprinkle of next generation manufacturing (lean manufacturing) and some great company success stories (FedEx, Walmart. 2012). 2012).

Ways to think about the Supply Chain of the Future: Artificial Intelligence


Since about 2012 there’s been a massive influx of VC funding that has been poured into startups to revolutionise logistics and supply chains. Amazon autonomous cars e commerce last mile logistics robots Same Day Delivery self-driving cars Shipping startup supply chain Uber machine learing

Importing From China! The Essential Guide! (Video)

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Since 2012, China has been the world’s number one trading country, and it shows no signs of moving from this spot anytime soon. This indispensable guide offers a helpful run-down of product selection, sourcing suppliers, shipping, and more. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

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Top 20: The Ultimate Logistics Technology Roundup


of total tech investments in 2012 to 1.37% in the first half of 2014. We’ve rounded up the top 20 logistics technology innovations changing the way over $18 trillion dollars of goods are shipped annually. Ship-To-Person : Goods will find people where they are, not where they live.

This Week in Logistics News (January 30 – February 3, 2017)

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Wal-Mart offers free two-day shipping in latest attempt to compete with Amazon (Reuters). 3Gtms Announces Freight Claims Management Partnership with TranSolutions. Freight claims is one of those “white spaces” in transportation management that TransSolutions addresses with its solution.

Will the Freight Industry Move to a Discounted Pricing Model Like the Stock Brokerage Industry?

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Will freight brokerage pricing evolve toward a discounted, transparent fee model like stock brokerage pricing? Could the Discount Pricing Model Work in Freight Brokerage? Average Load Price and Freight Brokerage Margin. Yet, all my carrier friends want direct shipper freight.

This Week in Logistics News (July 8-12, 2013)

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Freight Shipments Rose 1.2% The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 1.2 The rate was the highest it has been since the third quarter of 2012 when it was 104% and just below the average rate in 2012 of 98%. . “If

This Week in Logistics News (April 29 – May 3, 2013)

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Cass Freight Index Report – April 2013. Overcapacity, Fuel Costs Hit Shipping Industry ( Fox Business ). KSD provides its customers with customs declaration, security filing, transportation management and freight forwarding technology solutions.

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This Week in Logistics News (October 7-11, 2013)

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Freight Shipments Rose 0.4% UPS Expands Expedited Ocean Freight Service To Mexico. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS) Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) reached its second highest level in history in August, rising 0.4 percent from August 2012.

This Week in Logistics News (July 15-19, 2013)

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Con-way Freight Raises the Bar on Mexico Service, Adds Door-to-Door Tracking, 24-Hour Customer Resource Center, Enhanced Web Tools. Overcapacity in the global air freight market, increasing customer preference for lower-yielding shipping solutions, and a slowing U.S.

Technology and Culture: The Cultural Obstacles to Better Logistics


Plummeting freight rates mean that under 50% of logistics providers turn a profit on ocean shipping, while threatening competition from industry newcomers like Amazon and Alibaba spell out unprecedented challenges for the logistics industry. DHL seeded its empire by moving ocean documentation faster than cargo ships. By 2012, the company was worth just $23 billion. Logistics companies are experts at moving freight around the world. Technology and Culture.

It’s Time to Welcome The Supply Chain CEO!

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Over the past few decades, companies have realized that the way they bring products to market – from sourcing parts and services, to manufacturing, to shipping, to distribution – isn’t just a practical necessity, but an avenue for competitive advantage. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Logistics Industry Responds to Rise and Rise of e-Commerce

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same day) services on parcel shipping, and are rolling out increasingly sophisticated tracking services, via dedicated web portals, along with partner and increasingly consumer-focused apps for easy booking and tracking.