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.

Hurricane Winds and Flooding Expected in Houston

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Hurricane Harvey is expected to hit South Texas, including Houston and the Gulf Coast, tonight or tomorrow morning, and it may remain in place for days.

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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’.

Sweet smell of enterprise labeling success


Get the full story by attending a special session at the Best Practices for Chemicals conference next week in Houston, TX. So how does a $4B leader in fragrances and flavors comply with OSHA GHS standards and optimize supply chain operations?

Emergency Freight: What Harvey Tells Us About Irma

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Less than ten days after Hurricane Harvey, trucks are already moving freight out of Houston, with almost the same volume as before the storm. Houston Rates Remain Elevated, Due to Disruption and Pent-Up Demand. Flood waters cover a Houston highway during Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey Updates


The rain has stopped in Houston, Texas, but the traumatic conditions left by Tropical Storm Harvey have not yet cleared. Tropical Storm Harvey lashed Houston, Texas — America's fourth largest city — and has proven to be extremely traumatic to tens of thousands of people and businesses.

How supply chain planners should spend their time, with cues from Chris Hadfield

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Or, plan for what might happen if, let’s say, Puerto Rico endured a severe hurricane, or if Houston was flooded, or if a tsunami hit the Philippines, or if earthquakes occurred in Mexico.

Harvey and Irma Delivered Some Harsh Planning Lessons

Supply Chain @ MIT

Our hearts go out to the citizens of Houston and Florida as they continue to dig out from […]. Devastating hurricanes such as Katrina, Sandy and now Harvey and Irma are forces of nature that can’t be stopped by us mere mortals.

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

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Last week, Houston's van freight volumes rebounded to 88% of pre-storm levels. Also, some ships may have been re-routed from Houston to East Coast ports, so that will add to the pressure in port cities and regional hubs. Denver to Houston also dropped 31¢ to $1.35

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.

Customer Advisory on Hurricane Harvey


As the unprecedented flooding and impact from Hurricane Harvey continues to be felt throughout Houston, SE Texas, and into Louisiana, the extent of the damage and cleanup efforts needed is becoming more clear. The reach of the flooding has expanded beyond Houston.

Winter Storm Stalls Freight, as Van Rates Rise

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Houston is Hot for Vans. You won't find any snow down in Houston, where freight volumes and rates continued to climb last week. Houston is number one for load posts on DAT load boards in 2017 so far, for all trailer types combined.

Flatbed Demand Surges in Oregon and South Dakota

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Outbound rates edged up in Houston, and stabilized in Los Angeles, but dropped in Atlanta and Pittsburgh. Houston to Oklahoma City and back is a pretty good run for flatbeds, as long as you can complete the roundtrip in two days, including load and unload times.

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.

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.

2 Signs That the Freight Recession Really Is Over

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Houston to Oklahoma City was down 8¢ to $1.97/mile. Last week, the national load-to-truck ratio for vans was the highest it's been since March 2014. That was back when demand for trucks skyrocketed because extreme winter weather caused massive disruption to supply chains.

Hurricane Harvey Impact Still Unfolding and Not Looking Good

Supply Chain Matters

Four days after Hurricane Harvey impacted the Texas Gulf region of the United States, especially the regions surrounding Corpus Christy and Houston Texas, the rains and flooding continue, the impacts are still unfolding and not looking good. Process industry focused supply chains Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Disruption Hurricane Harvey impacts on industry supply chains industry supply chain risks Supply chain Matters blog

Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2018

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TMW Systems : in.sight User Conference + Expo 2018 , September 9-12, Houston, TX. Editor’s Note: This is one of the most popular posts we publish every year: our list of supply chain and logistics events to attend in the coming year. Most of the conferences on our list are in the U.S., although some are in Europe, South America, and Asia. Many of the leading ERP and supply chain software vendors have customer events in various countries around the world.;

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.

The Current State of the Shipping Capacity Crunch


The damage from the overly active storms damaged both freight containers and trucks, and in Houston, the trucking industry is barely back to life.

Supply Chain Impact of Hurricane Harvey Could Be Worse than Expected

Material Handling & Logistics

to the region of Texas that was affected by Hurricane Harvey, and 300 of them are in the Houston vicinity. Interconnected global supply chains, heavy dependence on chemical products and the lack of sub-tier visibility are key factors affecting recovery timelines.

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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.

Warehouses Are Full as Holiday Season Commences

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ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast. Imports take a breather as retail shelves are fully stocked for peak season.

Managing Legal Aspects of the Implications of a Hurricane on the Supply Chain

Material Handling & Logistics

Early data shows that most supply managers believe that Hurricane Harvey, which caused widespread destruction in south Texas and the closure of the Port of Houston, will impact supply chains in coming months.

How Supply Chain Will be Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Material Handling & Logistics

Hurricane Harvey has struck a significant blow to the Houston, Texas metro area, home to the sixth largest import terminal in the world, as well as all of the shipping lanes in the Gulf Coast area.

The History of the Shipping Container


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

Ocean Freight Routing Terms Explained

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USGC covers all the freight ports found in the Gulf region, with the largest container port being Houston. Knowing the best way to route your shipment can save you headaches and money. The ocean freight industry uses many acronyms to describe a shipment’s routing.

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.

Supply Chain Responds to Hurricane Harvey


The storm parked itself over the Houston area for five straight days and dumped more than 50 inches of rain before heading east to Louisiana on Wednesday, TheFor the past week, U.S. weather news and supply chain news have been focused on Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm that made landfall in southeast Texas last Friday night.

Seven Thoughts to Build a Customer-Centric Supply Chain Organization

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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.

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.

Spot Market Freight Rates Soar After Hurricane Harvey

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Most of the major van markets actually had fewer outbound loads available, though, and most regular freight heading to Houston was canceled. Another cost of Hurricane Harvey: many Houston-area refineries were offline, and some remain closed for now.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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