This Week in Logistics News (February 17-21, 2014)

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Government to import or export cargo. Finally, an article in USA Today discussed how “snowstorms and frigid temperatures across much of the USA the past six weeks have stalled shipments, forcing some manufacturers to shut down for days and delaying deliveries to some retailers.” Tweet The post This Week in Logistics News (February 17-21, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. I went downhill skiing for the first time in 15 years yesterday.

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Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

Whether you''re a manufacturing company in China, a sourcing agent in London or a world''s leading company in Silicon Valley, we''re all in a global supply chain networks. That said, implementing Lean concepts would undoubtedly be part of that strategy, for example, - Lean Warehousing : Many firms (both retailers and manufacturers) are now aggressively rolling out Lean in their warehouse operations.

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

Supply Chain Movement

Date: 28 – 30 April 2014. 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. Manufacturers. To see the list of companies that visited in 2014, please click here. Multimodal 2015.

The Hackers Inside Your Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

trillion in cargo annually. The second report , issued by TrapX Security, is even more troubling because it hits closer to home — that is, the warehouses and IT systems of manufacturers, retailers, and logistics service providers. Two recent reports highlight the growing threat of cyber-terrorism on supply chains. First, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report last month focused on the need for better port cybersecurity.

Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

Manufacturing systems and regulatory compliance are considered to be very complex, coupled with the limited number suppliers due to the high barriers to entry. Moreover, the aircraft manufacturers have to do whatever it takes to win the order long before the commencement of production. There are two things Boeing and Airbus have in common, utilization of lean manufacturing system and strategic sourcing concept.

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. 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.

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.

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

BluJay Solutions

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. . Or is near-shoring in 2014 and beyond simply the latest evolution in sourcing practices? .

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Market Update: Transportation Industry News

CH Robinson Transportfolio

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, consumer purchases, manufacturing, housing, and exports contributed to a 4% increase in GDP in the second quarter, following a 2.1% 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. On July 29, 2014, the U.S.

Wanted: Innovative Responses to a New Security Threat

Supply Chain @ MIT

Sadly, software updates provided by the manufacturer failed to rectify the vulnerability. And they are in the business of aiding and abetting the theft of cargo and competitive intelligence, and doing damage by altering information on customers and shipments. This post was written by Jim Rice , Deputy Director, MIT CTL (jrice@mit.edu), and based on his Innovation Strategies column in the November 2014 issue of Supply Chain Management Review .

Visibility the Key to Keeping Pace with Increasing Supply Chain Complexity

BluJay Solutions

At the same time as mega-container ships were being introduced, motorcycle deliveries took on a key role in ensuring continuous supplies during travel restrictions applied for the London Olympics, with large municipalities including New York actively exploring the expansion of bike cargo.

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Visibility the Key to Keeping Pace with Increasing Supply Chain Complexity

BluJay Solutions

At the same time as mega-container ships were being introduced, motorcycle deliveries took on a key role in ensuring continuous supplies during travel restrictions applied for the London Olympics, with large municipalities including New York actively exploring the expansion of bike cargo.

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Apple dominates cargo market ahead of iPhone 6 launch

Logistics Middle East

Shipments of new iPhone causing delays for other manufacturers

When the Heavy Hand of Government is Not a Burden

Supply Chain @ MIT

One manifestation of this problem is that multiple ports on the east coast are deepening their approach channels in order to attract bigger cargo ships. As the demand for PPE has soared manufacturing capacity has become constrained, and some distributors are citing supply concerns. Manufacturers have responded to these efforts by stepping up the production of PPE. With manufacturing already running at peak capacity, supplies may begin to fall short.

Land challenges for Hong Kong's logistics sector

EFT

Hong Kong’s critical mass of cargo and extensive air-and-ocean connectivity enable the network-effect that empowers its enviable leadership as the leading Regional Distribution Centre serving the whole of the Asia region. In the global air freight sector, Hong Kong International Airport is the world’s largest air cargo hub, handling over four million tons of cargo per year, with almost 100 airlines flying to over 160 destinations, including 40 in mainland China.

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Overcoming Automotive Logistics Challenges – Part II

Supply Chain Nation

Is it because some of the biggest parts are being shipped from another manufacturing location? Logistics in Mexico is actually quite developed, but there are still high cargo rates, and questions about port and rail capacity. Supply Chain Nation recently sat down with Automotive Logistics Group Publisher, Louis Yiakoumi, about the hot topics in this industry. In Part I of our blog, Mr. Yiakoumi discussed the major industry challenges.

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

Talking Logistics

Leading providers, such as Telogis and Fleetmatics, are forging partnerships with commercial vehicle manufacturers — e.g., truck cabs, box trucks and cargo vans. 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.

Manufacturing and Logistics: Manufacturers Look towards Logistics Efficiency to Stay Competitive

Cerasis

A traditional viewpoint of manufacturers reveals many flaws in the efficiencies of standard shipping, transportation, and other logistics processes. Inherently, manufacturing and logistics go hand in hand. Manufacturers must receive raw material inbound and send out product to customers outbound. Yet, this model is growing old and inefficient, and manufacturers are being forced to re-evaluate logistics processes in order to stay competitive.

The Future of IoT in Manufacturing

BluJay Solutions

Gartner also believes that IoT will have an enormous impact on how the supply chain operates and with the information available to supply chain and manufacturing leaders. The Current State of IoT in Manufacturing. Although IoT is already in widespread use in manufacturing and the supply chain, what it is used for is fairly limited and has only scratched the surface of what can be achieved. IoT to Protect Against Cargo Theft.

Global Cargo Monitoring / Cargo Tracking: arviem and KeyTone.

Global Trade Management

Global Cargo Monitoring / Cargo Tracking. Trying to manage a global supply chain without knowing exactly where cargo is located, its condition, who has custody of it, or when events occur, is experiencing the supply chain – not managing it. ” A bout KeyTone Technologies KeyTone Technologies is a recognized leader in RFID solutions for clients in Manufacturing, Distribution, Transportation & Logistics, Financial Services, and Aerospace & Defense.

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Shipment Monitoring Technology: Picking Up the Signals

Inbound Logistics

Shipment monitoring tools allow manufacturers and shippers to locate cargo, manage inventory and prevent theft

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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 represent a particularly important segment of the Miami air cargo market, because Miami International Airport is a primary hub for perishables moving between Latin America, the Caribbean islands, and North America. arviem real-time cargo monitoring.

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Cargo Flight Launches a Vital Link in the Ebola Response Effort

Supply Chain @ MIT

Items in this shipment were sourced in the United States, and the logistics team led by Dr. Goentzel worked with a commercial distributor to access manufacturing capacity for products such as Ebola suits that are relatively scarce. Some manufacturers have increased their output as demand has soared. Airlink, the NGO that provided the air transportation, collaborated with the ACCEL logistics team to secure cargo space.

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Doing Business in India

QAD

Manufacturing in India. India has a robust manufacturing sector, with typical products including textiles, chemicals, food, steel, transportation equipment, cement, mining, petrochemicals, machinery, software and pharmaceuticals. . Supply Chain Infrastructure for Manufacturing. India has 253 airports with paved runways and most are able to support cargo traffic. Narendra Modi is the current Prime Minister of India since 2014.

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Shipment Monitoring Technology: Picking Up the Signals

Inbound Logistics

Shipment monitoring tools allow manufacturers and shippers to locate cargo, manage inventory and prevent theft

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Doing Business in India

QAD

Manufacturing in India. India has a robust manufacturing sector, with typical products including textiles, chemicals, food, steel, transportation equipment, cement, mining, petrochemicals, machinery, software and pharmaceuticals. . Supply Chain Infrastructure for Manufacturing. India has 253 airports with paved runways and most are able to support cargo traffic. Narendra Modi is the current Prime Minister of India since 2014.

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Doing Business in Belgium

QAD

Manufacturing in Belgium. Typical manufacturing products made in Belgium include engineering and metal products, automobile assemblies, transportation equipment, scientific and precision instruments, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, textiles, glass, petroleum and food and beverages. Manufacturing accounts for about 22 percent of the GDP. Supply Chain Infrastructure for Manufacturing. These incentives make this an ideal time to invest in manufacturing in Belgium.

Global Cargo Monitoring / Cargo Tracking: Greater Globalization.

Global Trade Management

Global Cargo Monitoring / Cargo Tracking. Businesses in the EU and US are increasing their investment in manufacturing and sourcing offshore. Many sourcing strategies underestimate the magnitude of the hidden costs of a longer international supply chain, including increased transaction cost and complexity, reduced flexibility, potential lost gross margin from delivery delays and cargo loss, resulting in production delays and or missed sales. ► 2014. (13).

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The History of the Shipping Container

Freightos

Break-bulk loaded cargo was poorly secured required a Tetris-like approach to handle diverse sizes of packages. Small trucker, Malcom McLean, fumes at slow loading of cargo aboard ship – “There has to be a better way.”. First intermodal cargo transportation (containers are stacked on deck). Fitting facilitates cargo security and enables automation of container handling processes. Export manufacturing starts moving away from ports.

Global Cargo Monitoring / Cargo Tracking: Seeking Sustainability on.

Global Trade Management

Global Cargo Monitoring / Cargo Tracking. Dows supply chain staff worked with the manufacturing side of the company to identify ways to reduce the inventory of one highly toxic material, improving the overall safety of the operation and also cutting inventory by $160,000. arviem, founded in 2008, has grown organically to become the leading service provider for real-time cargo monitoring. arviem real-time cargo monitoring. ► 2014. (13).

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This Week in Logistics News (November 18-22, 2013)

Talking Logistics

UPS Sets 2014 Rates. Port truck drivers on West Coast protest costs, working conditions ( Cargo Business News ). In 3PL news, XPO Logistics announced that it has acquired Optima Service Solutions, LLC, “a leading non-asset provider of last-mile logistics services for major retailers and manufacturers in the United States” for $26.6 By now, most companies should have their transportation budgets in place for 2014.

World Port Community Sets Priorities

Material Handling and Logistics

IBIA's membership includes ship owners/operators, bunker suppliers, traders, brokers, barging companies, storage companies, surveyors, port authorities, credit reporting companies, lawyers, P&I clubs, equipment manufacturers, shipping journalists and marine consultants.

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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. 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. 2014). And Toyota had a huge impact on improving manufacturing processes. 2014). 2014).

9 Headlines Striking Fear into Shippers Lacking a Strong TMS

Supply Chain Collaborator

Headline: US Manufacturing Contracts at Fastest Pace in Six Years. Headline: Class 8 Orders Slump in December, Down 36% From Same Period in 2014. Analysis: When manufacturers look at their orders for the upcoming year and determine sales will be down significantly, they cancel orders for more and newer equipment to transport their goods. Headline: Intermodal Cargo Falls in 4Q for First Time Since 2009. As noted, manufacturing is shrinking at a fast pace.

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. US trade deficits rose to a massive $46 billion in December 2014. What if a manufacturer has to stop operations for a day because their machinery broke down – do you have enough safety stock to last until operations resume? The butterfly effect. The “butterfly effect” was a term coined by mathematician, meteorologist and chaos theory expert Edward Lorenz around 1960.