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

Talking Logistics

I’d welcome the opportunity to meet with supply chain executives to discuss your research questions and objectives for the coming year, and with technology companies and 3PLs to get an update on your products and services. FedEx to Increase Shipping Rates. A technology company?

Identity Theft, Trucking Style

Talking Logistics

One of the fastest growing forms of cargo theft is deceptive pick-ups (aka fictitious pick-ups). Here’s how the scheme works, as described in an AP article published last October ( Thieves Pose as Truckers to Steal Huge Cargo Loads ): Thieves assume the identity of a trucking company, often by reactivating a dormant Department of Transportation carrier number from a government website for as little as $300. When the truckers show up at a company, everything seems legitimate.

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Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

Companies of all sizes have been capturing the value from Global Supply Chain to increase the economies of scale and scope for years. One company had an empty automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), calling it the “epitome of a monument to waste.”

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

Supply Chain Movement

Date: 28 – 30 April 2014. In 2014, more than 7,000 high-calibre visitors attended. Whatever the size of your company, exhibiting at Multimodal provides a direct link to your prospects to showcase your solutions, grow your brand, help you stand out from the competition and presents unrivalled opportunities to network with peers and keep up with trends. To see the list of companies that visited in 2014, please click here. Multimodal 2015. Venue: NEC Birmingham.

The 12 Most Popular Freight Blog Posts of 2014


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. The 12 Most Popular Freight Blog Posts from 2014.

[INFOGRAPHIC] The History of Shipping Containers


As a logistics service provider, focusing on over-the-road surface transportation management solutions via technology and managed transportation services, we find the following information on the history of shipping containers of great significance to the logistics and supply chain community at large. There are two ways to view the History of Shipping Containers. Below, you can also view the history of shipping containers in one infographic. Shipping between Europe, S.E.

Aboard a Cargo Colossus

SCM Research

New York Times reports : “As companies look for more efficient ways to move freight from factories in China to consumers in Europe, the Mary is among the newest giants, known as the Triple-E’s.

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The History of the Shipping Container


The History of the Shipping Container. 26 April 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Ideal X and the birth of modern container shipping, a development that played a critical role in spurring the global economy. The Shipping Container: Before 1956.

The Hackers Inside Your Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

trillion in cargo annually. Last month, for example, Dutch and Belgian authorities arrested a dozen suspects accused of smuggling drugs through the harbor of Antwerp to The Netherlands by using hackers to access the computer systems of harbor companies and container terminals. According to a report by Europol : Using hackers, the criminals took control of the computers of two container terminals and of a harbor company.

Alternatives to UPS and FedEx

The Logistics of Logistics

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company started out by offering less-than-truckload (LTL) service, then expanded into truckload (TL), supply chain, and ground service. Pitt Ohio’s Ground service also specializes in shipping non-conveyable products (e.g.,

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Can Supply Chain Financing benefit from Cargo Monitoring?

Global Trade Management

And you might tell the buyer, that you will not ship anything, before you have not received the money. Besides the traditional company financing through banks, some banks are willing to finance your supply chain. 10% financing) the bill of lading at the moment the product is shipped (e.g. 20% financing) confirmation from the logistics company, that the products have been delivered (e.g. 25% financing) Cargo monitoring could increase the value of such securities.

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3 Technology Companies Disrupting Shipping


FLEXE , Flexport and Convoy –three technology companies adding flexibility to the supply chain–,recently hosted the first Peak Logistics breakfast in Seattle, Washington. Basically, responsible for ocean freight carriers, ocean ships that rely on truck companies.

Canadian Ports: A Fast Lane for Asia-U.S. Imports?

Talking Logistics

West Coast ports continue , causing importers like Lululemon Athletica to delay store shipments by up to 10 days, other shippers are heading to Canada’s West Coast ports, such as Prince Rupert where cargo traffic headed for the U.S. billion) over the past decade to improve rail and road access and boost inspection capacity at West Coast ports…Canadian railroad companies have also moved to capitalize on those infrastructure investments. While the delays at the U.S.

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Alternatives to UPS and FedEx

The Logistics of Logistics

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company started out by offering less-than-truckload (LTL) service, then expanded into truckload (TL), supply chain, and ground service. Pitt Ohio’s Ground service also specializes in shipping non-conveyable products (e.g., The company has headquarters in Minnesota and also specializes in overnight delivery. The company tries to minimize package damage by facilitating more direct routes for package delivery.

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Alternatives to UPS and FedEx

The Logistics of Logistics

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company started out by offering less-than-truckload (LTL) service, then expanded into truckload (TL), supply chain, and ground service. Pitt Ohio’s Ground service also specializes in shipping non-conveyable products (e.g., The company has headquarters in Minnesota and also specializes in overnight delivery. The company tries to minimize package damage by facilitating more direct routes for package delivery.

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5 Crucial Software Every 3PL Company Needs To Have


Introduction Third-party logistics provider (3PL) is a company that provides outsourced logistics services to other organizations. This article will present five software that every transporter and 3PL company should employ to stay competitive, cost-effective and ensure on-time delivery.

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.

Air Cargo Got It Wright: 9 Incredible Air Cargo Facts


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. And it wasn’t long before more companies got involved…. #2 2 Craziest air cargo market entry: DHL Express.

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

6 River Systems

These 36 innovative companies have figured out how to hack their operations, gaining some financial or media recognition for their methods. The new facility will allow the company to offer two-day shipping to most (about 90%) of the U.S. PST will ship the same day.

More Challenges for the Transportation Network: Day 2 of the SCRC Meeting

Supply Chain View from the Field

For example, the widening of the Panama Canal will change the conditions here in North Carolina, as enormous container ships will be circumnavigating the globe. Steamship companies will dedicate vessels that permanently go eastbound and westbound. And in Panama a huge transshipment area will grow where they will will do break bulk, put cargo onto smaller ships and send to North America.

Regional Parcel Carriers

The Logistics of Logistics

Headquartered in Woburn, MA, Eastern Connection has a large array of services ; in addition to same day and overnight delivery, it also offers international shipping through a partnership with TNT Express and offers customized logistics solutions through its logistics department. Through its shipping partnerships, it also offers shipping to California and Mexico. Lastly, US Cargo serves Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Overcoming Automotive Logistics Challenges – Part II

Supply Chain Nation

In Part II he will cover what automotive companies are doing to overcome those challenges. SCN: What are companies doing to overcome the key challenges facing the automotive industry? Is it because some of the biggest parts are being shipped from another manufacturing location? The logistics companies are trying to globalize and they’re investing more in regions around the world. We need it from the tier suppliers and from the logistics companies.

6 Tips to Avoid Common Canada Cross-Border Shipping Mistakes

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Despite these close ties between our two countries, many companies continue to make common mistakes at the Canada/U.S. Top six issues companies face when crossing the Canada-U.S. All freight crossing the border can undergo cargo examinations. Did you know that the U.S.

Global Cargo Monitoring / Cargo Tracking: 14 Tons of Cigarettes.

Global Trade Management

Global Cargo Monitoring / Cargo Tracking. Thursday, 27 February 2014. By the way: One of the containers washed off the vessel is a huge shipping container with as many as 11 million cigarettes inside (- but police are warning any wreckers looking for free fags to stay well away).

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Global Cargo Monitoring / Cargo Tracking: Networked Supply.

Global Trade Management

Global Cargo Monitoring / Cargo Tracking. As manufactures and retailers increasingly depend on extended rosters of sourcing companies, the resulting networked supply chain requires improved visibility. Perishables experts seek improvements An estimated 30 percent of all global perishables shipments never reach consumers because of a variety of supply chain issues, and the companies involved in perishables movements need to work together the prevent waste and inefficiencies.

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TransRussia 2015

Supply Chain Movement

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. TransRussia is the key international transport & logistics event in Russia, CIS and Baltic countries — over 495 companies from 29 countries. Events cargo Crocus expo Exhibition moscow Russia transportation Transrussia TransRussia 2015.

Addressing a Legal Threat to Local Delivery Operations (The FedEx Ground Case on Driver Classification)

Talking Logistics

The recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that FedEx misclassified its Ground drivers as independent contractors is “a shot across the bow” to companies offering local delivery. That is the two-part general test the IRS suggests companies use. Companies can use these specialized platforms to work with couriers and achieve a level of control over the customer experience that’s comparable to what they had when hiring their own drivers.

Global Cargo Monitoring / Cargo Tracking: Police warning after drug.

Global Trade Management

Global Cargo Monitoring / Cargo Tracking. Wednesday, 12 February 2014. Cargo monitoring could not only be used to prevent trafficking drugs - but also to prevent smuggling huge amount of money in containers from one country to another. **. Prosecutors say a Dutch-based trafficking group hid cocaine and heroin among legitimate cargoes, including timber and bananas shipped in containers from South America. arviem real-time cargo monitoring.

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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


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.

What’s Driving Flatbed Shipping Demand and Is It Here to Stay?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Flatbed shipping is known for its cyclical and seasonal trends, fragmented marketplace and carrier demographics, and variability in demand. However, if you’re shipping material on open deck trailers, these topics aren’t the primary drivers of flatbed demand.

Air Freight Still the Best Option for Smaller Shipments

BluJay Solutions

For example, the pharmaceutical industry, which has several products requiring a temperature controlled environment, presents a large opportunity for growth in air freight given that generic products are routinely produced in developing economies such as India and South America and shipped worldwide.

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


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.

Deutsche Telekom and arviem AG launch M2M partnership

Global Trade Management

Global Cargo Monitoring / Cargo Tracking. Sunday, 26 January 2014. Deutsche Telekom AG today signed a nearly double-digit million euro contract with leading cargo monitoring service provider arviem AG of Switzerland. The partners will jointly offer their customers a real-time monitoring solution for freight consignments, the two companies announced. Cargo monitoring is crucially important for many companies if they are to remain competitive.

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.

Air Freight Explained: Calculating Costs and Price Trends


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?

10 Books Logistics And Supply Chain Experts Need To Read


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).