The 12 Most Popular Freight Blog Posts of 2014

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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. We first featured the most popular manufacturing blog posts followed by the top Supply Chain blog posts, then logistics, transportation, business, 3PL, and then finally we round out our series today featuring the most popular blog posts focused on freight and freight management. Freight freight

This Week in Logistics News (December 8-12, 2014)

Talking Logistics

October 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Descartes continues to broaden its footprint in the global trade management space, with two more acquisitions announced this week: e-customs, “a leading provider of electronic security and fiscal customs filing solutions in the UK,” and Pentant, “a leading UK-based Community System Provider (CSP) offering customs connectivity and import/export inventory control solutions for ocean, truck and air cargo.”

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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. Keep the cargo moving.

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4 Common Reasons Cargo Claims Are Rejected: Part 2

CH Robinson Transportfolio

4 Common Reasons Cargo Claims Are Rejected. You have a plan for processing cargo claims before they happen. In my previous article, I explained what is generally expected when filing a cargo claim, and what kind of documentation you may need in support. As part of this case, the claimant must prove the cargo shipped in good condition and arrived in a damaged condition. Each cargo claim has nuances that render it unique, and no process can cover everything.

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Before a Cargo Claim Happens, Prepare a Plan: Part 1

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Before a Cargo Claim Happens, Prepare a Plan: Part 1. Want more effective and efficient resolution of cargo claims? The first thing to know is that when freight is damaged or lost in transit, the initial burden is on the claimant to file a cargo claim with the carrier. Supporting documents include the bill of lading (BOL) and a copy of the carrier’s freight bill. The post Before a Cargo Claim Happens, Prepare a Plan: Part 1 appeared first on Transportfolio.

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

Supply Chain Movement

Date: 28 – 30 April 2014. Entering its eighth year, Multimodal has grown to become the UK and Ireland’s premier freight transport and logistics event. It is this ability to present the entire freight transport and logistics supply chain under one roof that makes Multimodal the go-to event for shippers, importers, exporters, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers – all seeking ways to run a slicker supply chain. In 2014, more than 7,000 high-calibre visitors attended.

Why the West Coast Ports Labor Dispute Matters to Retailers

The Network Effect

So, while the West Coast situation may cause a minor up-tick in freight being routed to the Eastern Ports (Eastern freight is up from 38% in January to 41% in May, according to Hackett Associates), it won’t go a lot higher because the Eastern routes have been running near capacity for several months and are now basically full. According to the National Retail Federation, cargo volume into the West Coast was up 6.6% By Chris Ferrell. Director, Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium.

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Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

Zara also works with Air France, KLM Cargo and Emirates Air in order that they can coordinate directly with the airlines to make the outbound shipments to its stores and bring back some raw materials and semi-finished materials with return legs. In order to compensate a long waiting time, Adidas uses air freight or courier service. Private fleet is used to perform the backhauls (picks up cargoes from vendors to replenish DCs + sends returned products to vendors).

Mexico Back in the Supply Chain Spotlight

Talking Logistics

We’ve seen, for example, instability in ocean freight, cost, and issues with [Los Angeles] ports in past years. Watch the short clip below where he discusses three key challenges: imbalance of freight during peak season; the visibility black hole at the border; and the need to build in flexibility. I have some opinions…I think drug cartels sell drugs, and those are the ones you’ve seen in the news battling back and forth…Cargo thieves steal cargo.

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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. Owned and operated by A.P. Møller – Mærsk of Denmark, the world’s largest container shipping company, the Triple-E’s went into service last year, muscling their way into the $210 billion container industry.” ” Watch the video from the article. Practice Logistics Video

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Pricing Power in a Cargo Bazaar: Does Revenue Management Add Value?

Supply Chain Nation

Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) were the center of the cargo transportation universe and the shippers were fully reliant on them for all their logistics needs. Air and ocean freight carriers were reliant on these LSPs to provide them with a view of the market; in most cases they had no transparency into the shipper’s needs and thus were completely cordoned off from the true source of demand. A true cargo pricing bazaar was the result. Those were the good old days.

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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. According to FreightWatch International (FWI), the risk of cargo theft will increase this year, compared to 2014. Cargo theft prevention and recovery network, CargoNet, reported that almost 90 million dollars in cargo was stolen last year.

COP21 – Freight and Climate Change

Freightos

The broader climate issue.and freight’s role. The emissions from freighting Shawn’s TV is a miniscule percentage of this year’s 33 billion ton cube. But zooming out to freight as a whole, we found that the freight industry’s contribution to total GHG (Green House Gasses) is about 10% for developed countries (and much more for developing countries). Finding freight’s contribution to GHG took a lot of digging. . and Green Freight Europe.

Two Important Questions About the Future of Freight Moves

Talking Logistics

Freight tons moving on the nation’s transportation network will grow 40 percent in the next three decades while the value of the freight will almost double, increasing by 92 percent, according to the latest projections by the U.S. Not surprising, considering the ongoing growth of e-commerce, freight moves in tons by “Multiple Modes and Mail” — which includes shipments by parcel delivery services, U.S. Take cargo airships, for example.

The Silk Railway: freight train from China pulls up in Madrid

Global Trade Management

En route it passed through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France before arriving at the Abroñigal freight terminal in Madrid. It consisted of 30 containers carrying 1,400 tonnes of cargo – mostly toys, stationery and other items for sale over Christmas across Europe. However, the cargo had to be transferred three times during the journey as a result of incompatible rail gauges.

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Near-Shoring Trend a Cause for Celebration and Concern for Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) & Air Carriers

BluJay Solutions

Positive growth in air freight volumes reported recently by IATA (4.5% increase year on year as at January 2014 ) were tempered by a note of caution around the increasing trend towards near-shoring. Indeed for many IATA members whose operations largely center around air cargo, near-shoring is cause for concern, with manufacturing shifting closed to ‘home’ a risk to the sustainability of air freight volumes longer term. .

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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. International air freight and express freight shipments are not the same thing. Why Ship Cargo by Air? Freight Insights

The Role of the Internet of Things in Managing Supply Chain Risk

BluJay Solutions

FreightWatch recorded 946 cargo theft incidents across the U.S. It’s all very well knowing where goods are in the supply chain ( supply chain execution software , such as TMS / WMS / freight forwarding and visibility solutions such as those provided by Kewill ) already offer this capability), but factoring in knowing what’s happening to them creates a whole new level of complexity and even bigger data to manage.

What Impact Could Ebola Have on the Global Supply Chain?

BluJay Solutions

crew and ground handling teams wearing protective clothing and physical contact minimized) • Possible quarantines on passengers, crew and cargo coming into port • Tighter regulations for airline passengers traveling to and from the region • New IATA regulations on how to handle, store and ship goods. One of the world’s most deadly diseases, killing up to 90% of people who contract it, the current outbreak of Ebola is widespread and causing panic on a global scale.

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

Supply Chain View from the Field

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. The railroads had lost most passenger business, and freight business was regulated and operating at a loss. There is increasing pricing power, and on average a 2-4% increase in freight demand – which is outpacing the supply of truck capacity due to limited drivers.

Logistics Hubs as Drivers of Innovation

Supply Chain @ MIT

Key players came together at the first European Logistics Clusters Forum , on October 14 -15, 2014, in Brussels, Belgium, to explore their possible involvement in the initiative. It’s a chicken-and-egg problem; shippers will not provide the cargo until operators guarantee the rail capacity, and vice versa. With the capacity in place, shippers and logistics service providers would be better able to make real-time decisions on the optimum intermodal routes for their cargoes.

Port of Los Angeles: Disintermediation and Other Risks

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

increase in containerized cargo volumes in May 2014 from the previous year. Its proximity to the Port of Long Beach creates a maritime cluster that supports flexible supply chains with ready access to 14 major freight hubs across the US. Jaimie Conley, Jeremy Fuller, Tucker Herbert, and Felipe Caro.

Market Update: Transportation Industry News

CH Robinson Transportfolio

They detract from GDP but add to domestic freight tonnage, so this is positive for the transportation sector. On August 26, 2014, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) reached a tentative agreement on terms for health benefits, subject to agreement on the other issues in the negotiations. This makes the market vulnerable to seasonal freight surges and, especially, any upside underlying freight growth.

Market Update: Transportation Industry News

CH Robinson Transportfolio

As the holiday season approaches, import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to see a final surge. Such discrimination between regular and irregular route freight is an explicit response to the tight capacity environment. A total of 355 truck fleet companies with 9,090 trucks went bankrupt in the third quarter of 2014. This is down from the second quarter of 2014, but well above the 4,985 trucks in the third quarter of 2013.

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. The largest air cargo plane in the world is the Antonov An-225 Mriya , which can take off with a maximum weight of 640 tons (580 tonnes). 5 Most Evil Genius Cargo: Lasers. Be a freight hero.

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Market Update: Transportation Industry News

CH Robinson Transportfolio

There are significant improvements in sectors of the economy that generate lots of freight—namely, manufacturing, construction, and imports. While there is no contract extension in place, both parties have pledged to keep cargo moving. A total of 375 truck fleet companies with 9,435 trucks went bankrupt in the second quarter of 2014, a number that is well above the 205 carriers and 4,745 trucks in the second quarter of 2013.

The Ultimate 2015 Cargo Quiz – Blog

Freightos

sea freight export data made fun! FREE REPORT DOWNLOAD Love freight data? Click to download a free report with tons of data about US 2014 exports.free! The post The Ultimate 2015 Cargo Quiz – Blog appeared first on Freightos. Freight Insights GeneralLike, every 15th container leaving U.S. is garbage going to China!! A hint before you start – strange answers are usually correct. Industry insiders: We’re talking HS categories, eg [17] = Sugar.

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Collaboration the Key to Unblocking Megacity Streets?

Supply Chain @ MIT

How do companies overcome regulatory speed bumps in sprawling urban areas where government is highly fragmented and the movement of passenger vehicles often takes precedence over freight flows? The roundtable took place on May 21, 2014, on the MIT campus. In an effort to smooth the way for their trucks in city environments, the company partners with municipalities to address freight issues. tons of cargo – 50% more than a standard, four-wheel vehicle.

FMCSA Grants $1 Million to Veterans Who Want to Be Trained as Truck Drivers

Cerasis

They’re expected to fully cover training in truck driving rules and regulations, safety, logs, defensive driving, cargo handling, personal finances, business, preventative maintenance, emergency equipment and safe operations — all in all, complete truck driver training — for around 400 veterans. Twitter The post FMCSA Grants $1 Million to Veterans Who Want to Be Trained as Truck Drivers appeared first on Freight Logistics Company | Cerasis.

Trending: Effects of West Coast Ports Labor Dispute

Tompkins Blog

So, while the West Coast situation may cause a minor up-tick in freight being routed to the Eastern Ports (Eastern freight is up from 38% in January to 41% in May, according to Hackett Associates), it won’t go a lot higher because the Eastern routes have been running near capacity for several months and are now basically full. According to the National Retail Federation, cargo volume into the West Coast was up 6.6% By Chris Ferrell. Director, Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium.

Countdown to ACE. What do U.S. Customs changes mean for customs brokers and the supply chain as a whole?

BluJay Solutions

Read our next ACE blog post for an analysis of those benefits, including financial rewards and faster cargo clearance. Stay up to date on industry software tools such as Freight Forwarding (Software) , Logistics (Software) , Supply Chain (software) , Transport Management (Software) , Warehousing Management (Software) , Compliance (Software) and Visibility (Software).

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Commerical Air Cancellations Quarantine Ebola Supplies

Supply Chain @ MIT

UPS collected the pallets on August 18 for Air Freight Consolidated service. Normally this means airport-to-airport delivery within three to five days with UPS acting as a “freight forwarder” to transport the goods using space available on commercial (passenger) airlines or dedicated cargo flights to the destination. Most of the flights to Liberia, and their air cargo capacity, were suspended: Arik Air : Banned flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone beginning July 28.

What’s Your Plan if There’s a West Coast Port Strike?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Consider moving critical products via air freight and/or using a sea-air option to minimize the impact of increased costs. Montreal uses both the CN and Canadian Pacific Railroad (CP) and is a better, more viable option for Inland Port Intermodal (IPI) cargo. There is also a good possibility that carriers might discharge cargo at the main transship points of Panama, Cartagena, and Colon and declare force majeure. What’s Your Plan if There’s a West Coast Port Strike?

Guest Post: Collaboration the Key to Unblocking Megacity Streets?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

How do companies overcome regulatory speed bumps in sprawling urban areas where government is highly fragmented and the movement of passenger vehicles often takes precedence over freight flows? The roundtable took place on May 21, 2014, on the MIT campus. In an effort to smooth the way for their trucks in city environments, the company partners with municipalities to address freight issues. tons of cargo—50% more than a standard, four-wheel vehicle.

Global Logistics—December 2014

Inbound Logistics

United Kingdom establishes national training center for fracking; China and Jamaica team up on logistics training initiatives; UK port constraints push freight flows north; Middle East air cargo carriers show robust growth