Charlotte Area CPO’s Share Insights on Supplier Relationship Management

Supply Chain View from the Field

I had the opportunity to host a roundtable at Fleming’s Steakhouse in downtown Charlotte for a group of Chief Procurement Officers hosted by Accenture, sharing thoughts on the subject of SRM. The gathering was an opportunity to get to meet peers in the procurement leadership in the Charlotte area, and exchange ideas on themes and issues of interest.

Trip Report on WERC 2018

Supply Chain Digest

Another Solid Performance at WERC Conference in Charlotte, though I Did not Find Any Truly Outstanding Sessions for a Change

Trending Transportation News: February 2016

PLS Logistics

In January, PLS opened its 12 th branch office in Charlotte, North Carolina. Non-Manufacturing Grows for 72 nd Straight Month. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that non-manufacturing activity continues to point towards growth. ISM uses the NMI index to measure non-manufacturing growth and found the economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector continued to grow especially in finance/insurance, real estate/rental, agriculture, health care and public administration.

Freight Rates Adjust to Post-Hurricane Irma Demand

DAT Solutions

We’ve seen a big increase in van freight moving from Atlanta and Charlotte down into the state. As mentioned above, there’s been a big uptick in freight going into Florida from Atlanta and Charlotte , and rates on those lanes soared last week.

Freight Surge Expected for Q2 and July 4

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Hot Markets include Southeastern freight hubs like Atlanta , Charlotte and Memphis , plus Buffalo , NY. TriHaul of the Week, for Vans: Charlotte-Buffalo-Baltimore-Charlotte.

Van Rates Hit Highest Mark in 2 Years

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For the month of May, the biggest rate increases were on outbound lanes from Memphis and Charlotte in the South, and Los Angeles and Stockton in California. Brokers and shippers had a harder time finding trucks last week, so they paid a premium in most major markets and lanes.

30 Supply Chain Leaders Under 30—Class of 2018

Material Handling & Logistics

Every year, the 30 Under 30 program designates one "megawatt star," and for this year that honor goes to Charlotte de Brabandt, a 30-year old category associate with Johnson & Johnson, based in Zurich, Switzerland. Charlotte de Brabandt, Johnson & Johnson.

Rates and Demand Are Still High for Refrigerated Freight

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The weakest reefer lane was Lakeland, FL to Charlotte , down 30¢ to $1.19/mile, and it’s continuing on a downward trend this week. Seasonal harvests are winding down, but capacity is still tight for reefer freight.

Spot Rates Begin Seasonal Slide, but From Higher Peak

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Charlotte and Los Angeles continue to have the highest outbound van rates, while Atlanta remains number one for load volume. And in the Southeast, Atlanta to Charlotte lost 20¢ to $2.47 For example, loads from Charlotte to Philadelphia averaged $2.75

2 Signs That the Freight Recession Really Is Over

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The biggest spike was on the lane from Charlotte to Buffalo , which jumped up 44¢ to an average of $2.74/mile. Last week, the national load-to-truck ratio for vans was the highest it's been since March 2014.

Post-Hurricane Floods Boost Rates in Southeast for Vans, Not Flatbeds

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Rates were up in both Atlanta and Memphis , and prices surged out of Charlotte. Load volume doubled on the lane from Charlotte to the Lakeland , FL market area, boosting that rate by 38¢, to $2.65

Will Van Rates Spike Again in June?

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Atlanta to Charlotte jumped up 29¢ to $3.36/mile. Philadelphia to Charlotte was down 11¢ to $1.67/mile, but that’s still 36¢ above where it was a year ago.

Executing on time, all the time: apparel executive’s guide to competitive advantage

RELEX Solutions

We are delighted to welcome Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski from Columbus Consulting (CCI) as our guest blogger. Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski. Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski is a Partner with Columbus Consulting, a retail boutique consulting practice.

Van Ratios and Rates Hit Record Highs at End of Quarter

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Atlanta and Charlotte prices were also up by double-digit percentage points. Atlanta to Charlotte was a strong regional lane, up 16¢ to $2.85 Friday was the end of the second quarter, and also the start of the July 4th holiday weekend.

Agile retailing: new ways to manage uncertainty, disruption and innovation

RELEX Solutions

We are delighted to welcome Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski from Columbus Consulting (CCI) as our guest blogger. Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski. Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski is a Partner with Columbus Consulting, a retail boutique consulting practice.

What do Earthquakes and Chicken have in Common?

Supply Chain Nation

On a lighter note, the Charlotte Symphony came into my town for an outdoor concert Saturday night – a pretty big deal they only do once a year. I ran into a couple of examples this past week on the awesome potential of big data and social media – to do both harm and good. If you hadn’t heard, an accidental communication about a massive earthquake in California was picked up by an automated story generator at the LA Times which quickly created a false story about it.

Omni-channel in 6 steps: how to build a practical, effective plan of action

RELEX Solutions

We are delighted to welcome Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski from Columbus Consulting (CCI) as our guest blogger. Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski. Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski is a Partner with Columbus Consulting, a retail boutique consulting practice.

Van Rates and Volumes Slip From Seasonal Peak

DAT Solutions

Individual markets and lanes also got a rate increase last week, including a handful of lanes originating in Philadelphia, Memphis and Charlotte: Philadelphia saw the biggest jump in average outbound rates, thanks mostly to a couple of lanes to other destinations within the Northeast.

Have Van Rates Turned the Corner?

DAT Solutions

Memphis to Charlotte was up 21¢ to $2.53/mile. Charlotte to Buffalo was down 17¢ at $2.69/mile. We had a turnaround in van trends last week, reversing course from the declines we’ve been seeing since mid-January. Volumes and rates rose nearly across the board.

How Do You Measure “Free Time” Across Your Global Supply Chain?

Talking Logistics

She was quickly able to identify that the Charlotte, NC, location had demurrage charges at 10 times the rate of other similar warehouse locations. . While we all think that we measure time in the same way, that can change inside a complex global supply chain.

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Van Rates Respond to Seasonal Slowdown

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Memphis to Charlotte was up 9¢ to $2.53/mile. Charlotte to Buffalo also dropped 25¢ to $2.86/mile. Van rates continued to moderate last week, and van load posts declined as we moved into February.

Low unemployment is great for everyone, right? (Not so much in logistics…)


I was exposed to this thinking when I recently had the opportunity to meet with Tara Greene, from The Greene Group in Charlotte, NC. Unemployment levels are at an all time low. Economists are trumpeting about the economy, and how great this is for everyone. Employers added 228,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate remained at a 17-year low of 4.1%, the government reported in December. The report also showed that on average weekly paychecks increased by 3.1%

Find Van Loads Fast in These 5 Places

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CHARLOTTE: Greenville, SC, is the most popular destination for loads coming out of Charlotte, but that's a short haul of 100 miles. MEMPHIS is right behind Charlotte in terms of load posts, but the load-to-truck ratio is slightly better for truckers.

Emergency Freight: What Harvey Tells Us About Irma

DAT Solutions

So Atlanta, Charlotte, Memphis and other regional hubs were moving freight to Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma, because Houston couldn't do it. Less than ten days after Hurricane Harvey, trucks are already moving freight out of Houston, with almost the same volume as before the storm.

Spot Market Freight Rates Soar After Hurricane Harvey

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Buffalo to Charlotte lost 13¢ at $1.75 Van rates rose all across the country last week, following Hurricane Harvey. The national average van rate jumped up 12¢ to $1.90

Here's How Hurricanes Irma and Harvey Have Affected Van Freight

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Atlanta and Charlotte are the two major van markets that serve Florida, and outbound rates soared in those markets, but volumes were down. Charlotte to Lakeland also spiked 36¢ to $2.89 Charlotte to Atlanta was up to $2.57 Atlanta to Charlotte hit $2.61

Florida Refrigerated Freight in Full Swing

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Lakeland to Charlotte climbed 39¢ to $3.18/mile. Reefer load counts and rates continued to climb last week, boosted by produce markets across the country. Last week was the fifth in a row for rising volumes, and prices continued to surge out of the Southeast.

Mid-May Spot Market Has Been a Mixed Bag

DAT Solutions

In the South, volumes were up nearly 9% in Charlotte , but down 3% in Atlanta. Charlotte rates have also been trending upward. Atlanta to Charlotte rose 23¢ to an average of $2.40/mile.

Southern States are Red-Hot for Vans

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HOT MARKETS – Outbound rates rose by about 10 cents per mile last week in Atlanta , Charlotte , and Memphis , while Dallas rates added an average of 5¢ per mile. The lane rate from Charlotte to Allentown gained 24¢ per mile, to $2.83.

Spring Has Sprung for Spot Market Freight

DAT Solutions

Charlotte to Buffalo up 17¢ to $2.94/mile. April is in the rearview, and so is a recent trend of falling spot market rates.

Freight Rates Dip while Load Availability Climbs

DAT Solutions

Rates fell for vans in both directions between Charlotte and Buffalo last week, dropping the roundtrip average to $1.82/mile for a three-day trip. From Knoxville, it’s less than 250 miles back to Charlotte, and the going rate on that leg was $2.48/mile last week for vans.

Spring Produce Season: Where Are Reefers Needed?

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Prices did spike out of Lakeland, FL , but that could be short-lived without an increase in volumes: Reefer rates on the lane from Lakeland to Charlotte surged 41¢ to $1.93/mile. Spring produce has gotten off to a slow start this year.

Taking Flight

Supply Chain Nation

Every time I start my book, I mentally compare my writing to Charlotte Bronte or Thomas Hardy or Charles Dickens, and then I stop. I am terrified of flying. It’s been that way since 9-11. It’s ironic really, considering how often I fly for work. Over the years, I’ve developed a ritual to calm my nerves and get me breathing again every time the plane bounces around in periods of turbulence.