The View from Houston: DHL Global Energy Conference 2015

Supply Chain View from the Field

I had the opportunity to speak to a group of oil and gas executives at the DHL Global Energy conference this week, held in the Petroleum Club. I was joined by one of my former NC State students, Scott Frahm, who sat in on a few of the presentations. The conference was a great opportunity to interact with logistics and procurement executives in an environment of open dialogue and discussion. There is no question that the oil and gas sector is under a huge amount of pressure to drive cost savings.

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Big Data: A Garage Full of Old Newspapers

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Whitney Houston. Last year, ‘Whitney Houston’ was the most searched-for term in Google. ek Whitney Houston I’m getting a little tired of articles about ‘big data’.

Flatbed Rates Hold Steady at 2-Year Highs

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per mile, very close to Houston ’s $2.71-per mile high-water mark. Houston is the leader for flatbed volume and rates.). Flatbed volumes didn’t slip as expected in the first half of July.

Van Rates Remain at 2-Year Highs

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Houston continues to have strong demand. The lane rate from Houston to New Orleans rose 22¢ to $2.65 per mile, and the lane from Houston to Oklahoma City hit a new high of $2.30 National average van rates remain at their highest level in nearly two years.

Seasonal Lull Continues for Flatbeds, But Bright Spots Emerge

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Grab a load from Houston to Lubbock. If you don’t complete the 581-mile trip in a single day, you’ll start your return trip to Houston late on Day #2. Flatbed freight availability dropped 13% on the spot market last week, after a one-week gain.

Spot Market Gets a Strong Start to May

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Houston rates jumped up 3% higher last week, and prices out of California are trending up due to tomato production. Houston to New Orleans also rose 13¢ at $2.38/mile. Early May brought higher spot market rates for each trailer type.

How Natural Gas and Plastics Impact the Truckload Spot Market

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The Houston Hub. Houston is in the middle of all of it. Construction and the oil industry are major drivers for flatbed freight, and the Houston market already holds the number 1 position for spot flatbed loads.

Customer-Centric Supply Chains: Adding Clarity to the Muddle

Supply Chain Shaman

I cleared my throat and told as story of two clients in Houston. It was November. I was speaking at a client site. The topic was customer-centric supply chains. We started the morning by asking attendees to share their definition of a customer-centric supply chain.

Van Rates Hit Highest Mark in 2 Years

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Falling oil prices might have led to lower demand on the lane from Houston to New Orleans , where rates fell 29¢ to $2.33/mile. Brokers and shippers had a harder time finding trucks last week, so they paid a premium in most major markets and lanes.

Reefers Gain Momentum, Especially in Georgia

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Find a second load from McAllen to Houston instead, for about $3.00 per mile, and then pick up a third load from Houston to Dallas , at $3.05. Georgia beat out Texas to become the number-one state for reefer loads last week, with California as a distant third.

Mid-May Spot Market Has Been a Mixed Bag

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In Texas, Houston volumes rose 5%, but were down 3% in Dallas. No major van markets made any big moves in one direction or the other last week, but outbound rates in Houston and Los Angeles have both risen by 5% over the past month. Houston to Los Angeles dropped 10¢ to $1.21/mile.

Major Freight Markets Saw Biggest Rate Surge of the Year

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Volumes had the steepest declines in Atlanta and Houston , but Memphis van load counts spiked 13%. Houston to Oklahoma City rose 24¢ to an average of $2.04/mile. The lane from Houston to Chicago was up 17¢ to $1.94/mile.

The Many Types of Inventory Management Technology


As explained by Kenneth Hamlett of the Houston Chronicle , the two dominant types of inventory management technologies include manual and automated systems. There are diverse types of inventory management technology and systems, designed to properly sort, control and act upon information with a company’s inventory. But, there are additional levels of inventory management in between. Manual Systems. The basic and most limited type of inventory management system is a manual system.

The Story Continues…. Let’s Don’t Sugar Coat the Real Issue

Supply Chain Shaman

The following week, I am speaking at the Ortec, Optimus Event in Atlanta , the RIS News event in Orlando , and the Demand-Driven Institute Event in Houston.

Van and Reefer Rates Slip, but Volumes Strong for January

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For the month, Houston and Dallas are the top two markets for van loads on DAT load boards, and Houston was the one market where rates held steady last week.

Freight Rates Are Coming Back Down to Earth

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There's more freight moving out of Houston this month. The beer coolers for the Super Bowl in Houston must be stocked by now, too, because reefer rates on the lane from Denver to Houston fell back down to a more normal $1.65

The History of the Shipping Container


to Houston, where the shipping containers are loaded onto trucks. The History of the Shipping Container.

Is the Freight Recession Really Over?

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Higher volumes in Southeast and Northeast have been driving the results, but higher volumes on a couple lanes associated with oil production have also been key: Pittsburgh to Houston , and Houston to El Paso , which is related to the drilling activity in the Permian Basin.

Seven Thoughts to Build a Customer-Centric Supply Chain Organization

Supply Chain Shaman

A month after completing this strategy session I was doing a series of strategy days with two chemical companies in Houston. ‘Chin Music’ Definition: Idle Chatter, Idle Talk or Vague Explanations. Urban Dictionary.

Downturn in the Oil and Gas Industry: An Opportunity for Supply Chain Improvements

Talking Logistics

And according to an article in the Houston Chronicle , “During the past eight months, energy companies have slashed more than 176,000 jobs worldwide, although the number is likely greater because many aren’t made public. “Most people who look at the Oil and Gas industry right now are likely to characterize the market as ‘challenged’.”. So stated Kent Stuart, Director of Oil and Gas at C.H. Robinson, earlier this year on Talking Logistics.

California Reefer Freight Starts to Heat Up

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The regional trip from Dallas to Houston fell 22¢ to $2.53 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.

Inbound Rates Rise for Louisiana Flood Relief

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This tells us that there is not as much freight being staged in Houston, beyond the usual traffic on that lane It's heartbreaking to see the news feeds and images from flood zones in and around Baton Rouge, LA.

Delayed Produce Could Lead to a Busy May

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The top 4 were the same as last week – Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston and Dallas – but Indianapolis edged out Memphis for the no. Houston to Oklahoma City was up 10¢ to for a springtime high of $1.91/mile.

The Battle for Supply Chain Talent


As a crew member on ill-fated Apollo 13 moon mission said, “Houston, we have a problem here.” Over the last few years I have heard a reoccurring theme from many supply chain professionals, “there is a war for talent being waged.”

Loads and Rates Rise as Month Ends

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Van rates rose sharply last week in Los Angeles and Stockton , and rates are rising in Dallas and Houston , although they’re still not great. In the South Central region, Houston is the biggest source of flatbed loads, and rates rose 30¢ to $2.38

De-segregating the supply chain: Lessons learned in the air

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Within my eight minutes on my phone evaluating alternatives, I found an alternative flight from XNA to DCA that connected through Houston. by Tom Gregorchik I remember while traveling last fall getting that dreaded alert we all hate see on our iPhones.

Consumer Goods Boost Van Rates in Northeast

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Houston to Chicago dropped 17¢ to $1.60/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.

Spot Truckload Rates Continue a Slow-and-Steady Climb

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Houston 4. Houston to OKC dropped 9¢ to $1.80/mile last week. For van rates , rising lanes continue to outnumber falling lanes on a week-to-week basis, but it’s been a slow, long-term trend.

Spring Comes Early for Flatbeds in the Southeast

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In Houston , the largest flatbed market by volume, rates were mostly unchanged, but Dallas outbound rates rose 6¢ per mile. Spring is starting early for flatbeds in the Southeast and much of the Midwest.

Hot Market Maps: Capacity at a Glance

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Clicking on the map brings up the exact load-to-truck ratio for that market, as seen with Houston in the example above. Where to find Hot Market Maps. You’ll find Hot Market Maps in the toolbox in the upper right hand corner of the DAT Power load board.

Spring Came Early in These Freight Markets

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Load counts slipped in Houston , but that market has been relatively strong all winter long. The number of loads heading from Pittsburgh to Houston was down sharply, and rates came crashing back to earth at an average of $1.67/mile.

Rates Rise Unexpectedly in Early August

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Of course, the biggest flatbed market by far is Houston , which hit a plateau in July. July ended and August began, so you might have expected a quiet week.

3 Cheers for the Spring Freight Season!

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Dallas was pretty quiet, but demand is picking up in Houston and Laredo. Spring has sprung, bringing a long-awaited upward trend in freight volume.and RATES!! For all trailer types!!!

Spot Freight Volumes Get Welcomed Boost

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Houston to Oklahoma City is lane influenced heavily by the energy sector, and rates fell 16¢ to $2.02/mile. We got a welcomed surge of spot market freight to close out July.

How Much Lower Can Van Rates Go?

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The lane rate from Houston to New Orleans fell 15¢ The Ugly. February is usually the slowest month for freight, and carriers have been feeling the pinch on the spot market. The national average van rate slipped to $1.58 per mile last week.

Truckload Rates Finally Catch Up to Freight Volumes

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Houston to Oklahoma City cooled, falling 15¢ to $1.73/mile. Texas mostly held steady last week, though volumes were off in Houston and rates dipped in Dallas. Spot market volumes were down during the first week of April.

UltraShipTMS Chosen by Leading Small Town Retailer, Stage Stores

Supply Chain Collaborator

The Houston, Texas based retailer operates 850 department stores across 40 states under the Bealls, Goody’s Palais Royal, Peebles and Stage brands. Challenges Supporting the Inbound Logistics to 850 Department Stores Prompted Selection of UltraShipTMS.

Demand Heats Up for Vans and Reefers

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The number-four and -five spots were taken by Houston and Dallas. There were lots of loads moving at higher rates last week, especially for vans and reefers.

Four Risk Mitigation Actions for Weathering a Stormy Market


A key battleground region that stretches from Detroit in the north to Houston in south is especially sensitive to such trade-offs. Four Risk Mitigation Actions for Weathering a Stormy Market.Connect.