Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of Aug. 31, 2017

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2 Signs That the Freight Recession Really Is Over

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Cleveland to Chicago also paid 15¢ better at $1.75/mile. Grand Rapids to Cleveland also rose 24¢ to $3.35/mile. Last week, the national load-to-truck ratio for vans was the highest it's been since March 2014.

Five Ways Logistics Can Tame Bottled Water SKU Proliferation

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Prior to Ryder, he led the supply chain practice for Accenture in New York City, was a Vice President with Cleveland Consulting Associates and held materials management responsibilities for General Motors. . The beverage industry is awash in SKUs.

Rebuilding Efforts Fuel Flatbed Demand

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Flatbed freight out of Cleveland , on the other hand, ships inter-regionally, and rates rose 16% over the past month, with high volumes on the lane to Houston. Cleveland to Grand Rapids also dropped sharply, but still averaged $2.99/mile.

Major League Baseball: Making America’s Sport International


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Spring Comes Early for Flatbeds in the Southeast

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Outbound volume was also down in Cleveland , due to steel’s slump, but Pittsburgh was up for the month. Rates were also down in Cleveland and Harrisburg. Spring is starting early for flatbeds in the Southeast and much of the Midwest.

Flatbed Freight Continues to Gain Momentum

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The average rate on the lane from Cleveland to Roanoke dropped 24¢, but it’s still a powerhouse at $3.61/mile. The Roanoke to Cleveland direction rose 46¢, which more than offset for the declines in the southbound direction.

How to Win the Beverage Supply Chain Challenge

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Prior to Ryder, he led the supply chain practice for Accenture in New York City, was a Vice President with Cleveland Consulting Associates, and held materials management responsibilities for General Motors. .

Do You Track Cost Drivers in your CPG Transportation System?

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Stop Monday Morning Quarterbacking Your CPG Transportation System

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Spot Market Freight Rates Soar After Hurricane Harvey

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per mile, but rates still rose on the lanes to Madison and Cleveland. Van rates rose all across the country last week, following Hurricane Harvey. The national average van rate jumped up 12¢ to $1.90

The Secret Sauce of Being a Top 3PL: Real People Making a Real Impact


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5 Best Places to Find a Load Fast

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Only Atlanta has more load posts than Cleveland. Atlanta also has a lot more trucks, which makes Cleveland a better bet. Cleveland and Toledo are both hubs for automobile-related industries too, and U.S. Looking for a load? Here are the five best places to find a van load fast.

Is the Freight Recession Really Over?

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Cleveland to Harrisburg jumped up 35¢ to $3.09/mile, which is unusually high for this lane this time of year. Out of Cleveland , the lane to Roanoke, VA , tumbled 57¢ last week to $2.57/mile. Cleveland to Houston also dropped 31¢ to $1.62/mile.

October Flatbed Rates Were Highest of the Year

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The lane from Cleveland to Harrisburg backed off some previous highs, falling to $3.56/mile. The national flatbed rate for October was the highest of the year, boosted at least in part by rebuilding efforts in Florida and the Gulf Coast after the storms from a couple months ago.

Hot Flatbed Segment Shows Signs of Cooling

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Cleveland to Harrisburg, PA dropped 51¢ to $3.89/mile, which is still very high. Demand for flatbeds has been red hot for months, and so are rates. It seems like every week we set a new record for flatbed rates or load-to-truck ratios, or both.

Flatbed Demand Soars, Boosting Rates 11¢

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Cleveland to Harrisburg lost 41¢ to $3.99/mile. The number of flatbed load posts increased 11% last week while truck posts dipped 1%, boosting the load-to-truck ratio to a whopping 88.5 loads per truck.

Where to Find Loads in the Slow Season

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Best Bet: Cleveland is number two right now for van load posts on DAT load boards, and there’s a lot less competition for loads coming out of there than in many parts of the country. Highest Volume Lane: Cleveland to Atlanta *.

Where to Find Flatbed Loads in the Off-Season

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Columbus and Cleveland, OH also offered plenty of loads. Rates trended up in Los Angeles, Rock Island, Cleveland and Memphis. Flatbed load availability declined 24% last week on the spot market, as load board activity paused for Thanksgiving. The load-to-truck ratio rose 11%, to 6.4

Why Companies Need a Supplier Relationship Management Strategy


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Flatbed Volume and Rates Gain Traction in June

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Cleveland to Harrisburg lane rates soared to $3.92 Flatbed freight volume and rates gained some traction in June, after a couple of slow months. Texas had the biggest rebound last week, partly due to a surge of loads leaving Houston, the biggest flatbed freight market in the country by far.

Booming Oil Industry Boosts Flatbed Demand

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Cleveland to Grand Rapids tumbled to $2.65/mile. The energy sector heated up in January, which contributed to higher flatbed load counts for the month.

Flatbed Rates Set Another Record

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Cleveland demand has been relatively cool, but prices were up 3% last week - the lane to Milwaukee was up to $3.82 Demand for flatbed transportation has been off the charts for much of 2018.

Reefer Capacity Gets Tighter Ahead of Thanksgiving

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The biggest drop-off last week was the lane from Grand Rapids to Cleveland , which plunged 54¢ to $3.16/mile. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so trucks are still in high demand to move refrigerated freight.

9 Headlines Striking Fear into Shippers Lacking a Strong TMS

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Headline: Daimler Trucks to Cut its Workforce at Cleveland, NC Factory by 30%. These 9 headlines culled from Transport Topics over the first three weeks of 2016, coupled with the emerging economic slowdown should give pause to all shippers.

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Content Summary: Maritime commerce in Cleveland produces over $3.5 The Port brings over 13-million tons of cargo through the Cleveland Harbor, resulting in $3.5

Philips fails to solve quality-contol problems

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Its manufacturing plant for medical equipment in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, had been plagued by complaints and came under close scrutiny by the U.S. Failure to solve quality-control problems has cost Dutch healthcare and lighting firm Philips dearly.

Major Freight Markets Saw Biggest Rate Surge of the Year

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Flatbed load counts are still strong in Texas , but it was the port cities of Los Angeles and Jacksonville that propelled rates, along with inland markets like Cleveland, Raleigh, and Rock Island, IL. Cleveland finally joined the party too.

Flatbed Markets Adjust to Holidays, Regulations, and Weather

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A few other lanes had big drops, but each were still above the $3 mark: Cleveland to Harrisburg, PA plunged 79¢ but still averaged $3.48/mile. Flatbed rates saw a spike in the week before Christmas, but otherwise they’ve stayed pretty close to where they were before Thanksgiving.

Reefer Rates Hit New Highs in Record-Setting Month

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Grand Rapids to Cleveland has been a volatile lane, and last week it lost 52¢ to $3.41/mile. Reefer markets continued to sizzle during the last week of June, as the end of Q2 and the upcoming 4th of July holiday added to pressure on freight rates.

Examples of How Supplier Quality Management System Implementations Pay Off


To mitigate risk and improve quality from its Chinese suppliers, Cequent used IQS’ (Cleveland) global infrastructure to implement a domestic quality and compliance program in China on Unchecked Suppliers.

Spot Freight Volumes Get Welcomed Boost

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Grand Rapids, MI , had a couple strong lanes despite an overall slip in volumes: Grand Rapids to Cleveland gained 50¢ at $4.12/mile. We got a welcomed surge of spot market freight to close out July.

September Van and Reefer Trends Stay Strong After Labor Day

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Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Joliet, IL , were all in the top 10 for load posts on DAT Load Boards last week. Volumes and rates got a boost heading into the Labor Day weekend, and those prices mostly held steady last week.

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