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The 12 Most Popular Freight Blog Posts of 2014

Cerasis

We conclude our “Most Popular” Blog posts series, where we have been giving you the most viewed blog posts in 2014 from our main content categories. 2014 was surely a fun year of content on the Cerasis blog. Look out for great stuff in 2015!

This Week in Logistics News (September 15-19, 2014)

Talking Logistics

FedEx to Increase Shipping Rates. Thirteen Years After 9/11, A New Attempt To Screen 100 Percent of Cargo Containers ( Roll Call ). Additional rollout of RFID tagging in fashion categories is planned for 2015. Are you attending the CSCMP Annual Global Conference next week?

Multimodal 2015 – Advanced Supply Chain Management and Logistics for Cargo Owners

Supply Chain Movement

Multimodal 2015. Date: 28 – 30 April 2014. In 2014, more than 7,000 high-calibre visitors attended. Shipping Managers, Procurement Directors, Distribution Managers, Traffic Managers, Logistics Directors, SCM Directors, Sourcing Managers, Transport Managers and Supply Chain Directors from: Major High Street and Online Retailers. To see the list of companies that visited in 2014, please click here. Venue: NEC Birmingham. Organiser: Clarion Events.

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

Talking Logistics

Bigger Container Ships Pose Bigger Risks (WSJ – sub. December 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). With more than 30 cargo ships anchored offshore, countless supply chains scrambling, and the prospect of a $2 billion per day hit on the U.S.

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This Week in Logistics News (February 2-6, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Manhattan Associates Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Performance. Ryder Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2014 Results and Provides 2015 Forecast. Reports 2014 Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results.

This Week in Logistics News (October 12-16, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Cosco, China Shipping Group in Advanced Merger Talks (WSJ – sub. August 2015 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Port of Long Beach sees highest Q3 cargo volume in history (Cargo Business News).

This Week in Logistics News (April 27 – May 1, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Ports See Costly Delays as Cargo Ships, Volumes Grow (WSJ – sub. US Navy to accompany US-flagged ships in Persian Gulf after Iran seizes vessel (Fox News). Reports 2015 First-Quarter Results.

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

DELMIA 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.

How to Ensure Cargo Security

PLS Logistics

If you are lucky enough to avoid cargo theft issues in your transportation activities, you should still be prepared to face it. Cargo theft is one of the 5 main causes of freight claims, as research shows. Shippers Shipping Claims

How can you prepare your supply chain for disruptions?

DELMIA Quintiq

The recent West Coast ports cargo-handling disruption is an example of the butterfly effect. Companies using West Coast ports had to spend additional millions to cover extra inventory costs and shipping delays. US trade deficits rose to a massive $46 billion in December 2014.

Air Cargo Got It Wright: 9 Incredible Air Cargo Facts

Freightos

Celebrating the anniversary of this first flight, we’re taking a look at nine most amazing things you should know about air cargo. 1 First air cargo flight: 1910. 2 Craziest air cargo market entry: DHL Express. 3 Largest air cargo plane: Antonov An-225.

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10 Books Logistics And Supply Chain Experts Need To Read

Freightos

All those books would weigh 49,000 kilograms – half the cargo mass of a Boeing 747-200F. Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate by Rose George ( Link ). 2014). 2014).

Kinks in Your Supply Ch?ain? Dealing with Port Congestions & Shutdowns

Cerasis

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshoremen Warehouse Union (ILWU) have been operating without a contract since the end of June, 2014. Now, after eight months of increasingly bitter contract negotiations and lobbying by Congressional representatives, President Obama has ordered his Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, to jump-start stalled labor talks between shipping companies and the dockworkers’ union.

TransRussia 2015

Supply Chain Movement

TransRussia 2015. Date: 21-24 April 2015. Being focused primarily on cargo transportation services, the TransRussia exhibition demonstrates the full range of industry solutions – from transport and forwarding services to software and equipment for cargo handling. Events cargo Crocus expo Exhibition moscow Russia transportation Transrussia Venue: IEC Crocus Expo, Moscow, Russia. Organiser: ITE Group Plc. URL: [link].

Let the Holiday Shopping Madness Begin!

Kinaxis

Import cargo volume at major retail container ports has been increasing steadily and is on track to meet or surpass last year’s levels. However, finding enough happy little elves to pack and ship all those gifts may prove a tall order. That’s up 23 percent from 2014.

Los Angeles and Long Beach Terminal Congestions

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Robinson and other Beneficial Cargo Owners (BCOs) participated to ensure that customers’ voices are heard. Due to the heavy influx of cargo and issues downstream, the containers continue to be stacked making it difficult for the terminals to release the older containers.

COP21 – Freight and Climate Change

Freightos

COP21, the Paris Climate change conference taking place this week got us thinking what the carbon cost was for shipping the TV. A quick check showed that shipping the TV from Taiwan to Nashville (ocean & trucking) led to about 6.7

Billion Dollar Port Plan Brings Mega-Retailer To Mexico

Elementum

Before the mega-retailer started shipping goods through Lazaro Cardenas, the KCS had fallen on hard times. As recently as Fall of 2014, the Lorenzo Cardenas-Houston route handled an average of only 10-20 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) a week. Walmart Explores Mexico’s Supply Chain.

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Port of Los Angeles: Disintermediation and Other Risks

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

  The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are vital to the LA economy, not only because they provide a significant number of jobs in the shipping and logistics industries, but also because they give the city itself a competitive edge with regard to shipping times and transportation costs when it comes to operating a global businesses here. increase in containerized cargo volumes in May 2014 from the previous year.

I (Don't) Drive Your Truck: West Coast Truckers Strike Again

Elementum

was moved by truck in 2014. Some companies, like Cargo Transporters from North Carolina, have installed satellite TV systems with more than 100 channels to serve as entertainment for when the truck drivers are away from home. Aside from easing cargo shipping, these new platforms would help truck drivers earn more income by removing steep freight broker fees from the equation.

The Future of IoT in Manufacturing

BluJay Solutions

IoT to Protect Against Cargo Theft. Stolen cargo remains to be an issue in the United States. FreightWatch reported that although it declined by 12 percent in 2014 the average loss value per incident rose 36 percent, with attacks on valuables driving this increase.

Ship it Good: What Do Maersk’s New Ships Mean for Water Transportation?

Elementum

Shipping giant Maersk posted healthy profits this quarter despite declining freight rates. Maersk must find a way to mitigate recent issues with low shipping rates, overcapacity, and delays. But ships have proven to be inefficient, especially due to recent port strikes and bottlenecks.

Disappointing April Container Volumes Keep LA and Long Beach In The Red For 2015

Elementum

Los Angeles has handled 5% fewer containers so far in 2015 compared to last year. fewer containers in 2015 compared to 2014. Sanfield laments that, “In March, a lot of the ships unloaded here and went back to Asia and didn’t get back to their routine rotations.”.

How to Plan for Common Disruptors in Ocean Freight

Talking Logistics

Peak season for ocean freight shipping is underway. Here’s an easy way to think about the regular and potential future disruptions that could impact your ocean shipping strategy, and what you can do to prepare for what comes next.

How Shipping Overcapacity Could Be Maersk’s Salvation

Freightos

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.

How Tianjin's Aftermath is Affecting West Coast Ports

Elementum

While the labor strikes are over, fears of continued unrest are leading some shipping companies to avoid West Coast ports. percent decline in container volumes from 2014 , while Long Beach reported its best month ever during the same time. percent increase in total volumes for the two Southern California ports combined—not the surge in profits expected from the peak shipping season. West Coast ports are seeing limited recovery after months of congestion and reduced volume.

Air Freight Explained: Calculating Costs and Price Trends

Freightos

International Air Freight Shipping: Definition. Air cargo is used by global importers and exporters when they need to get goods somewhere rapidly and reliably. While 90% of everything is shipped by ocean, air connects the world faster, cutting China-US freight shipping time from 20-30 days by ocean to only 3 days by air cargo. As a matter of fact, the largest cargo airplane , the Anatov 225 – can hold an entire train. Why Ship Cargo by Air?

Still Think Dangerous Goods is Just Paperwork and Labels?

Talking Logistics

Last September, a jury at Southwark crown court in south London found Amazon guilty of shipping dangerous goods by air. As reported by The Guardian : The items included lithium-ion batteries and flammable aerosols, which were flown in and out of the UK between January 2014 and June 2015.

Two Important Questions About the Future of Freight Moves

Talking Logistics

Here are a couple of charts from the press release: By 2045, total freight on all modes – air, vessel, pipeline, rail, and trucks – is projected to reach 25 billion tons (up from 18 billion tons in 2015) while the value is expected to grow to $37 trillion (up from $19.2 trillion in 2015).

Doing Business in the United States

QAD

Shipping. has 5,054 airports, most of which have paved runways long enough to handle large jets and cargo planes. billion mt-km in 2015. Cargo transportation in the U.S. has nine container ports, 11 cargo ports and 11 liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals. in 2014.

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

Talking Logistics

In technology news, INTTRA announced a partnership with JDA Software, which will give JDA customers access to INTTRA’s full suite of ocean shipping software, data and services. The company’s overall share of container volume has grown from 22% in 2014 to 24% in recent months.

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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.

World Port Community Sets Priorities

Material Handling & Logistics

Optimizing ports calls through better use of data, standardization of procedures and digitalization will also create a win-win situation for shipping and ports.". It is in the mutual interests of shipping and ports to cooperate more closely,” said ICS Secretary general Guy Platten.

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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. above December 2014. Housing Starts: In November 2015, housing starts increased 10.3%

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

Freightos

In 2015, trucking revenue reached $726.4 Cargo Chief. 2015. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was talking about logistics back in 2014 (although he called it “icing on the cake” back then). Company that needs goods shipped. Uber Freight: Another “Uber-for-Trucking”?

36 innovative companies re-inventing and rethinking supply chain and logistics

6 River Systems

The new facility will allow the company to offer two-day shipping to most (about 90%) of the U.S. When customers order items not stocked at one of Belk’s fulfillment centers, those items are shipped directly from the vendor. PST will ship the same day.

Supply Chain Best Practices: Preparing for the Worst

Elementum

West Coast Port Strike Disrupts Shipping Lanes. When a breakdown in labor negotiations led 20,000 dockworkers to go on strike at two of Washington state's largest ports in October 2014, cargo-laden ships were left stranded as the flow of goods came to a halt for six months. Without robust contingency plans in place, American companies that were unable to ship their products in a timely manner began accumulating more and more extra supplies and products.