A Tipping Point?

Supply Chain Shaman

The merged company will be the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth in the world. The goal is to drive organic growth in North American and global expansion by combining Kraft’s brands with Heinz’s international platform.

Navigating Ongoing International Transportation Capacity Challenges

Talking Logistics

From import space and export space tightening up and a hot drayage market causing capacity constraints to volatile air freight rates – international transportation has had its share of challenges the last 10-12 months. Import space out of Asia to the US continues to be tight, and thanks to positive retail sales, retailers are having to quickly restock to ensure they have enough inventory. Soaring Air Freight Rates. This has driven quite the demand for air freight.

This Week in Logistics News (July 15-19, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Con-way Freight Raises the Bar on Mexico Service, Adds Door-to-Door Tracking, 24-Hour Customer Resource Center, Enhanced Web Tools. XPO Logistics to Acquire 3PD, the Largest Provider of Heavy Goods, Last-Mile Logistics in North America.

State of Logistics Outsourcing: Plenty of Room for Growth as Shipper Dissatisfaction & Technology Expectations Increase


The costs of logistics and inventory are decreasing, contract renewal rate for logistics outsourcing remains good, and the emergence of cutting-edge technologies like 3D printing, drone delivery and augmented reality is opening up a wide vista of opportunities. After China, other regions that have growth potential, according to 3PL and supply chain executives, are North America, Asia (not including China and India) and Western Europe, in that order.

Emerging Options for Omni-Commerce Logistics Strategy

Supply Chain Network

Look North to Canada! To do this you need to ensure that at ALL locations where stock is held or displayed for retail sale, that ACCURATE and TIMELY inventory information is available. Thought is to leverage existing building assets, people and inventory to support the online business.

Peeling Back The Orange Juice Supply Chain! (Video)

Supply Chain Game Changer

In North America we certainly hear a lot about Florida oranges and as such I myself have certainly assumed that Florida was the Orange capital of the world. Freight and Logistics Retail Supply Chain Supply Chain Management Food Logistics orangejuice Oranges SCM supplychain

Freightera’s New Redesign Takes Instant Online Freight Quotes to the Next Level


Shippers can now get instant freight quotes without creating accounts. 7, 2017 – Just in time for the busy fall shipping season, the Canadian startup serving businesses with instant freight quotes and online bookings unveiled its break-through redesign. Freightera also opened the first lanes automating refrigerated less than truckload and full truckload freight. Over 9 billion automated rate quotes in Freightera’s inventory connect 23,000 communities.

A Baker’s Dozen of Killer Blog Posts

BluJay Solutions

That includes most of the biggest carriers in North America. No Crystal Ball Required: The Future of Freight Forwarding. Last summer Kewill worked with Transport Intelligence to examine the state of the global freight forwarding industry.

Logistics Trends Part 2

BluJay Solutions

Global manufacturers have found ways in which to flex their supply chains to utilize lower cost sea freight rather than more expensive air cargo. Restructuring production schedules has been part of this, as well as encouraging consumers to pre-order, removing much of the risk of holding too much inventory. This may seem counter-intuitive as sea freight transit times are increasing as shipping lines introduce slow steaming in order to reduce fuel costs.

Logistics Industry’s Slow Economic Comeback Continues in Spite of Challenges

Supply Chain Network

Inventory carrying costs increased 10.3 percent last year due to higher costs for taxes, obsolescence, depreciation, and insurance, which were offset by a further drop in the inventory carrying rate and warehousing costs. We’ve also witnessed the resilience and importance of how well-managed, dynamic supply chains help companies drive down costs, manage inventories, respond to recalls, and adjust to sudden economic shifts and global crises.”.

Experts Reveal Top Transportation Trends to Watch

Supply Chain Opz

James Winebrake, Dean of College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology There are a number of important trends happening in the freight industry, spanning all modes of transportation: trucking, shipping, rail, pipeline, and air. oil sector, has created pretty thin capacity margins, especially in the Central North part of the country. Lastly, air freight has been increasing rapidly over the past decade - a trend I suspect will continue.

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Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

Reducing lead times from suppliers can help turn inventory faster, freeing up cash and ultimately satisfying customers. This increases flexibility and translates into less overall inventory since it is not in the wrong place.

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This Week in Logistics News (September 14-18, 2015)

Talking Logistics

FedEx to Increase Shipping Rates for Express, Ground and Freight Services. Lots of supply chain and logistics news this week, so let’s go straight to it… Transplace Acquires M33 Integrated.

Lean Transportation: Are you Using Lean Thinking for Transportation Management? If not, Why?


The need to transport parts also drives inventory up, creates a need for space to store those parts, and uses energy for more forklift time and warehouse heating. Rather, going beyond customer expectations needs to be fully understood, and transportation strategies then developed to meet those expectations with optimal inventory levels. Transportation strategy and tactics must support Lean inventory strategies.

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Emerging Options for Omni-Commerce Logistics Strategy

Supply Chain Network

To do this you need to ensure that at ALL locations where stock is held or displayed for retail sale, that ACCURATE and TIMELY inventory information is available. Over the last twenty plus years, logistics professionals in North America have been consolidating and centralizing their distribution and logistics networks. Thought is to leverage existing building assets, people and inventory to support the online business.

This Week in Logistics News (September 29 – October 3, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Con-way Announces Enhancements to Driver Pay Package at Con-way Freight. North American Freight Numbers July 2014. We had friends over for dinner last Friday, and the kids ran off to play hide-and-seek after eating.

Writing: Working on My Book

Supply Chain Shaman

Prior to joining Starbucks, he worked at the executive leadership level in Europe, Latin America and North America at ICI, a global chemical company. . “When I ask my team about customer service, I get high-five reviews.

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

Talking Logistics

October 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). The new Canadian offices allow Transplace to expand its presence and continue to specialize in Canadian cross-border and intra-Canada freight.

This Week in Logistics News (November 4-8, 2013)

Talking Logistics

percent from last year, which includes contributions from the company’s acquisition of Phoenix International Freight Services in October 2012. Forget cloud, social, and mobile. Forget WMS and TMS. Forget BI and analytics.

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling & Logistics

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2016 : robot pickers, bridge-inspecting drones, autonomous freight shuttles, and more. Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2014 : hybrid DCs, 3-D prototypes, location-based inventory system, and more.

Blume Global announces new platform to manage assets across the supply chain


Blume Visibility, which delivers end-to-end visibility across inventory and shipments, including in-motion inventory. Blume Finance, which enables transparency and visibility for freight audit and pay, automating transactions, verification and settlement, including blockchain-enabled payment and settlement. Blume has announced a series of new software products to help manage supply chains from multiple perspectives, replacing its Rez-1 brand.

Market Update: Transportation Industry News

CH Robinson Transportfolio

This month’s Market Update highlights some of the key factors that impact the transportation industry in North America, including the most recent Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) reading, which shows signs of improvement in overall market conditions.

How Does Procurement Create Value? Insights from CPO Speakers at Zycus Horizons Conference

Supply Chain View from the Field

The first response, from Anders Lillevik, Global Head of Procurement Support Services, QBE North America, provided a very interesting perspective: “I’ve been doing procurement for a long time, in many different companies. Also more end to end KPI’s – our own inventory – but don’t have supply chain lead-times on end to end. I can see the light that will maybe be a freight train someday.

28 supply chain professionals share the biggest challenges of supply chain management

6 River Systems

Our supply chain involves a contract manufacturer, a third-party testing facility, warehouses to store inventory and a freighting company. University of North Texas. Freight capacity — how long will equilibrium last?

ScottsMiracle-Gro Improves Distribution System in Sustainability and Customer Service

Supply Chain Network

Improve inventory turns at retail by reducing fertilizer order minimums. the Company’s Scotts®, Miracle-Gro® and Ortho® brands are market-leading in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup® brand, which is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by Scotts and owned by Monsanto. Emerging Trends Environment Freight & Transportation News & Info Supply Chain Management green supply chain sustainability sustainable A new 100,000-sq.

7 Mini Case Studies: Successful Supply Chain Cost Reduction and Management

Logistics Bureau

In 2014, Deere & Company was listed 80th in the Fortune 500 America’s ranking and was 307th in the 2013 Fortune Global 500 ranking. The only option was to try to reduce levels of inventory, which, up to that point, had been kept very high to support a nine-week order cycle.

Spring Starts Slowly


Business Inventories. . While we are on the Commerce Department reports, let’s take a look at inventories, a key part of the GDP. The high levels of inventories held at the retail and wholesale levels are restraining the freight markets. . Retail Sales . .

Freightera Tops 100 Fastest-Growing Companies List in British Columbia


Freightera, the rapidly growing Vancouver-based B2B Freight Marketplace offering instant all-inclusive LTL, FTL and rail freight quotes in Canada and the USA, was recently listed as #3 of 100 Fastest-Growing Companies in B.C.

Highlights from 3Gtms Innovate 2018 User Conference

Talking Logistics

This maximizes achievable freight savings while adhering to pickup and delivery constraints; improves customer service; and may eliminate the need for warehouses or distribution centers.”. In his presentation, Bob Weist, Vice President, North America Transportation at Crowley, said, “Our partnership with 3Gtms is the only IT software project I’ve been a part of where the software worked as designed on initial implementation.”

Freightera Marketplace Books 10,000th Shipment, Goes Live with CN Rail


Freightera, “Expedia for Freight”, celebrates its 10,000th shipment, on target to achieve best LTL inventory in the US and Canada. Freightera has emerged as the leading source of instant less than truckload (LTL) freight quotes for the Canadian, cross-border and US markets.

26 logistics professionals reveal the biggest trends in logistics technology

6 River Systems

AI will be able to survey an area or room and create an accurate inventory in seconds, including weights and volumes, and determine damage on items. Companies can accurately forecast demand, timely order raw materials and manage inventory more efficiently.

Outstanding Freight Broker / Logistics Sales Extraordinaire – Apply to Work at Freightera


Outstanding Freight Broker / Logistics Sales Extraordinaire (Canada, Remote). We are searching for an experienced Freight Broker to join our enthusiastic team. Our online platform can be compared to Expedia for Freight. We are a Freight Marketplace for B2B shippers in Canada and the United States offering 5-star service, best freight rates and best online inventory of lanes in North America.

The India supply chain revolution

Supply Chain Movement

Past estimates from Mumbai-Calcutta have been as high as a seven-fold delay for freight as compared to a passenger vehicle. In addition to the cost savings, this executive pointed out the non-negligible decrease in inventory working capital by eliminating so many stock positions. ADJUSTING TO A NEW TAX REGIME. India is on the cusp of a supply chain transformation that may end up being nothing short of a major game changer.

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A Quick Glance Into The Logistics Market - March 2016


Unemployment Rate: The unemployment rate in America remained at 4.9% Manufacturing & Trade Inventory: Total value of inventory on hand is estimated at $1.812 trillion in January, up 0.1% MULTIMODAL: Cass Freight Index: The February shipments index increased 8.3% Freight Rail Traffic: Originations of carloads in February 2016 totaled 979,042, a decrease of 10.1% TRUCKING: Truckload Freight: The spot market for truckload freight in February decreased 2.4%

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As Europe Rebounds Supply Chain Continues to Shine

Supply Chain @ MIT

The graduates from the Spanish program tend to stay in Spain, while students from the English program are widely dispersed with about 60% gaining employment in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, 25% in North America and Central America, and the rest in Asia. Bucking the trend.

Transpacific Air and Ocean Shipping Space Is Already Tight

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Unfortunately, it’s the best way to describe what is happening right now in the air and ocean freight markets. Usually, this is roughly how a typical busy season goes: Air freight. Ocean freight. Ocean volumes gathered momentum starting the last week in June, and air freight volumes started increasing in mid-July. The situation is especially serious in the Transpacific (Asia-North America) lane because of the sheer volumes that are moving.

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A 2019 Start Update


It tells us that we are in touch with our customers needs for budget-friendly freight rates and high-quality service. Happy New Year once again, dear blog reader, this time it’s a Lunar New Year celebration! Off to a Good Start. It’s been a busy beginning of the year 2019 for us at Freightera.