Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of April 13, 2017

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Why Supply Chain Visibility Isn’t Enough

PLS Logistics

Nancy Marino, from Columbus Consulting, believes that today's businesses need to go beyond visibility to full transparency. Visibility is a buzzword in the logistics environment; it represents the real-time status of supply chain processes. In her interview to SupplyChainBrain , she claims that consumers want to know where their order is at every point in the supply chain and that requires more than supply chain visibility.

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2 Signs That the Freight Recession Really Is Over

DAT Solutions

Higher prices out of Memphis and Columbus tell us that retail traffic is moving, and higher rates out of Dallas and Seattle show us that the improvement is far-reaching. Beef and other meats shipping out of Dallas pushed rates up 20¢ on the lane to Columbus.

California Freight Heats Up, Spurred By Hanjin Collapse

DAT Solutions

On the down side, there were fewer loads moving out of Columbus and Chicago last week, but outbound rates remain strong in the Midwest. Spot market activity often ramps up in the West during the fall season, but there's added pressure this month.

Rates Rise Unexpectedly in Early August

DAT Solutions

Rates also got a boost on eastbound lanes out of Chicago and Columbus , both averaging above $2.10 One example is the lane from Columbus to Buffalo. The rate for the return trip from Buffalo to Columbus is close to the national average, at $1.83

Rates Rise in Major Markets During Inspection Blitz

DAT Solutions

Retail freight is driving rates up in Memphis and Columbus , especially on lanes heading into the Northeast. Columbus is heating up, and loads from there to Philadelphia paid $2.65/mile last week. From there, Pittsburgh to Columbus is a relatively short trip that paid $2.51/mile.

Van Rates Hit Highest Mark in 2 Years

DAT Solutions

Prices on the Memphis to Columbus lane kept climbing, up another 26¢ to $2.26/mile. Brokers and shippers had a harder time finding trucks last week, so they paid a premium in most major markets and lanes.

6 Recent Trends in Manufacturing Technology to Increase Agile Responsiveness, Continuous Improvement & Customization


reports Louis Columbus of Supply Chain 24/7. A Quick Recap of Recent Trends in Manufacturing Technology to Think About 2017.

5 Reasons Why The Use of the IIoT by Manufacturers Is Unavoidable


According to Louis Columbus of Forbes magazine , the IIoT is estimated to unlock manufacturing savings more than $11 trillion by 2025 globally, boosting overall economic value by 33 percent.

End of Quarter Adds 11% to Van Demand

DAT Solutions

TriHaul: Columbus - Philadelphia - Pittsburgh. If you can complete the roundtrip between Columbus and Philadelphia in two days, including load and unload times, you can make almost $1,000/day, or $2.09 From there, take a re-positioning load for less than 200 miles back to Columbus.

LifeWay Christian Stores selects RELEX supply chain software for forecasting, replenishment & allocation

RELEX Solutions

RELEX Solutions, in collaboration with Columbus Consulting International , to support LifeWay Christian Stores with upgrading its supply chain management in order to reduce inventory and increase availability. Jon Beck, CEO, Columbus Consulting International says: “As the final step in the merchandising process, allocation is a critical business process that requires careful evaluation and balance. About Columbus Consulting International. Read PDF.

5 Best Places to Find a Load Fast

DAT Solutions

If you’re closer to Columbus or Toledo, those are good options too. Columbus jumped to third in load availability after an end-of-quarter shipping surge boosted demand in the last few days of the September. Looking for a load? Here are the five best places to find a van load fast.

What to Do Now Before the Panama Canal Expands


Shippers in Columbus, OH, will be in the battleground region of the United States, with ports on the East and West Coasts vying for their business. The Panama Canal expands in 2016. What will it mean for U.S. logistics?

5 Reasons Why Manufacturers Who Focus on Customer Experience Will Win


In fact, manufacturers can collaborate with third-party logistics providers ( 3PLs ), like Cerasis , to realize the benefits of collaboration and taking advantage of business-to-business (B2B) sales through integration of systems, explains Louis Columbus of Supply Chain 24/7.

Van Freight Volume Edges Up, as Rates Lag

DAT Solutions

There are van loads available for good money on the lane from Columbus to Philadelphia , and the lane from Philly to Buffalo is also paying well above $2.00 Van freight availability rebounded 3% on the spot market last week , and truck posts increased 2%.

Van Rates Remain at 2-Year Highs

DAT Solutions

Prices fell on 40 lanes, including: Columbus to Buffalo slipped 12¢, averaging $2.73 National average van rates remain at their highest level in nearly two years. Two weeks ago van load-to-truck ratios spiked.

California Reefer Freight Starts to Heat Up

DAT Solutions

The longhaul trip from Dallas to Columbus was down 21¢ to $2.29 Reefer rates rose 10¢ per mile in June, compared to May, landing at $2.12, the highest monthly average in almost two years. Load availability was up 30% compared to May, and 84% compared to June 2015.

September Van and Reefer Trends Stay Strong After Labor Day

DAT Solutions

Prices in Chicago, Columbus, Seattle, and Philadelphia are all higher than they were a month ago. Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Joliet, IL , were all in the top 10 for load posts on DAT Load Boards last week.

Southern States are Red-Hot for Vans

DAT Solutions

Trucks got a 30¢ raise on the lane from Atlanta to Columbus , to $2.20

Vans and Reefers Head South for Rising Rates

DAT Solutions

Philadelphia – Outbound rates are rising in Philly, on the major lanes from this East Coast hub to Boston , Charlotte , Atlanta and especially Columbus. Columbus-Philadelphia-Columbus.

Freight Rates Hold Steady, but Midwest Heats Up

DAT Solutions

The Midwest has also been improving, with outbound prices up in both Columbus and Chicago. The lane from Columbus to Memphis was up 22¢, which is a good sign for retail traffic. Van and reefer rates were mostly in a holding pattern last week.

Consumer Goods Boost Van Rates in Northeast

DAT Solutions

Columbus to Allentown also added 21¢ for an average of $2.94/mile. Since the 4th of July landed on a Tuesday this year, a lot of people also took Monday off. That led to a quieter week on DAT load boards in terms of load and truck posts.

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. At Columbus Consulting International we believe that there are 6 key steps to build a practical and effective plan of action: 1. Partner, Columbus Consulting.

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. At Columbus Consulting we believe it is the combination of mindset, principles, process, methods, and tools that enhance a retailer’s ability to lead change and adapt to it.

Spring Came Early in These Freight Markets

DAT Solutions

Columbus to Buffalo rose 17¢ to $2.57/mile. Dallas to Columbus was up ▲21¢ to $1.70/mile. Last week, we said that if spot market volumes kept climbing, then rates were going to go up finally.

2017 Outlook: The Freight Recession is Over

DAT Solutions

Instead, rates and volumes shot up in places like Memphis and Columbus, both associated with e-commerce fulfillment, and even Denver and Seattle exhibited unusually robust rates and shipping patterns. The freight recession is over.

4 Tips to Plan Your Routes.and Make More Money

DAT Solutions

A load out of Memphis might go to Chicago or to Columbus. The load to Columbus pays 12¢ more per mile , for about 50 more loaded miles. Columbus pays $1.51. But Memphis-Columbus-Memphis gives you 100 more loaded miles.

Van Rates Fall 3¢, in Mid-Winter Slump

DAT Solutions

TriHaul Adds $500 to Roundtrip Pay: Chicago - Columbus - Louisville - Chicago. The roundtrip between Chicago and Columbus is problematic, but not because of the rate per loaded mile, which is a solid $1.82.

Freight Rates Are Climbing, Especially on These 3 Lanes

DAT Solutions

Retail shipments also kept pace after Memorial Day and boosted prices on these lanes: Columbus to Buffalo paid 24¢ better at $2.62/mile. It's not uncommon for us to see a slump in rates after Memorial Day, but that wasn’t the case last week.

Winter Storm Stalls Freight, as Van Rates Rise

DAT Solutions

• Inbound lane rates from Charlotte to Allentown and Columbus to Allentown also rose by double digits. Winter Storm Stella kept a lot of freight from moving early last week, which stalled volume in markets along the East Coast.

It’s Turkey Time!

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Forget Columbus Day this year and come celebrate Thanksgiving with us instead! by Alexa Cheater Okay, so there may be a bunch of readers out there thinking ‘Huh? It’s not even close to Thanksgiving yet.’

Low Reefer Demand Drags Down Van Rates

DAT Solutions

Van moves between Columbus and Memphis are usually associated with retail, and unlike a lot of lane pairs, prices on those lanes tend to go up and down in tandem. Last week they were down: Columbus to Memphis fell ▼17¢ to just $1.47/mile.

RELEX to bring innovation and 100% customer referenceability to NRF 2017

RELEX Solutions

In collaboration with Columbus Consulting International , RELEX has helped LifeWay with its long-term business strategy to manage a single inventory across all departments. Read PDF. Retail’s BIG Show | January 15-17 2017 | Booth 830.

Are High Freight Rates in December the New Normal?

DAT Solutions

Van rates on the lane from Columbus to Allentown have averaged $2.96 There have been strong signs of growth in the spot market since May, but it had mostly been a slow-and-steady climb. That changed last week.

Where to Find Loads This Week: 7 Hot Markets and 2 TriHauls

DAT Solutions

If you’re in the neighborhood, look for loads here: Columbus to Memphis and Memphis to Indianapolis. High-paying loads are also available from Indianapolis to Columbus , so this could be a TriHaul option.). Van load availability edged up 0.5%

Planning and managing the critical aspects of a full merchandising season

RELEX Solutions

Partner, Columbus Consulting. Author: Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski, Partner at Columbus Consulting. The Pareto principle informs a lot of our work at Columbus Consulting International (CCI). Partner, Columbus Consulting.

Major Freight Markets Saw Biggest Rate Surge of the Year

DAT Solutions

Memphis to Columbus was up 17¢ to $1.94/mile. Rates on the top 100 van lanes showed the strongest surge of the year.

Spot Rates Begin Seasonal Slide, but From Higher Peak

DAT Solutions

Columbus to Buffalo fell 21¢ to $2.62 It’s normal for spot market rates and volumes to slip this time of year, but loads posted to DAT load boards were only down 3% last week. Truck posts edged up 2%, so load-to-truck ratios fell, but spot market demand is still strong.

Reefer Demand Dips, But Rates Don't

DAT Solutions

The lane from Dallas to Columbus lost 57¢, to $2.17 Although load-to-truck ratios for reefers dipped last week, rates held steady at their highest point in almost two years.

Delayed Produce Could Lead to a Busy May

DAT Solutions

Columbus to Buffalo also lost 10¢ for an average of $2.55/mile. The end of the month didn’t bring the upward bump that we typically see when shippers try to move goods before closing their books.