The View from Houston: DHL Global Energy Conference 2015

Supply Chain View from the Field

There was also an interesting discussion of the “Google glasses” technology being used to drive “visible picks” in warehouses,with bar code scans, voice command, and connectivity. Oil and Gas Procurement Project Management Strategic Cost Management Supply Chain Innovation Supply Chain Management Transportation Planning

Hurricane Winds and Flooding Expected in Houston

DAT Solutions

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. Even if it's "only" a Category 3, Harvey's winds could exceed 100 miles per hour, and 10 to 15 inches of rain — or up to 40 inches in some locations — coupled with a storm surge from the Gulf, will almost certainly cause major floods in Corpus Christi, Houston, and other cities as far north and east as Baton Rouge, LA.

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29 warehouse & automation experts share insights on how warehouse robots will impact industry employment

6 River Systems

Warehouse robots are just one form of warehouse automation , but they’re making a big impact. From greater flexibility and scalability to productivity gains, a faster ROI compared to other automation solutions and better resource management, warehouse robots are changing the face of warehousing. Read on to find out what our panel had to say about the impact of warehouse robots on industry employment. Warehouse robots are the future, plain and simple.

20 warehouse professionals and business leaders reveal the single most important first step when designing a warehouse layout

6 River Systems

There are many factors to consider when designing a warehouse layout, and every design decision can have a significant impact on operational efficiency. Curtis Barry & Company , labor comprises more than half of a warehouse’s total operations costs. A poorly designed warehouse floor plan means warehouse associates must walk longer distances to accomplish tasks, resulting in wasted time and resources. Warehouse requirements do not denote storage alone.

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. In a sense, these are still warehouse management systems (WMS), explains Acctivate , but they rely on manual data entry and processing, making them susceptible to errors and problems. Broad changes in the marketability and use of warehouse management technologies have led to an immeasurable number of vendors in the market.

Today’s Freight Capacity Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here?

Talking Logistics

More than a year into a freight capacity crisis that shows little sign of weakening, it’s time for all parties involved in logistics and freight transportation to meet this issue head on. Solving the challenge and underlying issues will require focus and attention to internal processes, better communication with carriers and partners, and using technology to gather and make sense of the vast amount of data flowing through transportation networks.

This Week in Logistics News (April 4-8, 2016)

Talking Logistics

Manhattan Associates Empowers Warehouse Managers With New E-Commerce Capabilities. Marten Transport Ltd. Shippers are under enormous pressure to cut transportation costs and seem not to be satisfied with the massive fuel surcharge reductions racked up over the past year and a half.”. Back in December, we welcomed two new members to our family: Milo and Otis, guinea pig brothers we adopted.

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

Supply Chain Shaman

This morning, my mailbox was bombarded with the news of tentative agreement of the settlement of the nine-month labor conflict between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). The people on the ground–my contacts in the 3PL, freight forwarding and transportation industry–know that the labor strife is only a part of the larger story. The flows assume that transportation can move without an interruption.

How to Expand Your Global Shipping to Meet Growing Indian Markets

CH Robinson Logistics

Dedicated freight corridors to carry containers across the hinterland have picked up steam, ports are being renovated, tax regimes are being rationalized through a proposed goods and services tax bill (GST), inland waterways are being developed, and collaboration and intelligence sharing is happening as demonstrated by the recent Memorandum of Friendship and Understanding between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT)—also known as Port of Nhava Sheva—and the Port of Houston Authority.

Harvey’s Impact on the Global Supply Chain: The Role of Analytics


Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast and Houston with driving rains that left many businesses struggling with flooding, with little advance warning. Entire warehouses full of products, as well as significant links in the global supply chain could be affected, as well as transport and other nodes.

New Panama Canal Options: Running the Numbers with a TMS


A transportation management system (TMS) can help shippers weigh the pros and cons of each option. The trade-offs are especially critical for destinations in a “battleground” region that stretches from Detroit in the north to Houston in the south. For example, a higher cost could be part of a strategy to win market share and align product transportation with that mission. For two product types, pumps and t-shirts, transportation constitutes just 3% of revenues at most.

26 logistics professionals reveal the biggest trends in logistics technology

6 River Systems

Logistics technologies such as robotic warehouse systems make automation a reality, while drones improve last-mile delivery capabilities and better tracking with tools like RFID tags improve visibility throughout the supply chain. RFID tags and robotic warehouse systems generate and transmit data that, when combined with other data sources, allow companies to optimize the supply chain and make better predictions and forecasts to improve efficiency and boost the bottom line.

Freight Rates Adjust to Post-Hurricane Irma Demand

DAT Solutions

Load counts also continued to climb out of Dallas and Houston, as Texas works its way back to business as usual. Transportation and logistics professionals are urged to contact the American Logistics Aid Network , if you can help provide trucks, trailers, or warehouse space. That includes the Dallas to Houston lane, which fell another 54¢ but is still high at $2.96/mile. Houston to New Orleans also declined 19¢ to $2.42/mile.

This Week in Logistics News (April 22-26, 2019)

Talking Logistics

req’d) Amazon adds in-garage delivery to in-home, in-car options (Good Morning America) Kroger’s autonomous delivery cars latest salvo in Houston grocery wars (Houston Chronicle) Walmart to Develop Its Own Supply Chain for Angus Beef (WSJ – sub. Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation. For related commentary, see Drones – The Birth of a New Transportation Mode and Netflix Developing Original Series About Logistics Called “D is for Drones”.

This Week in Logistics News (May 12-16, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Latest Versions of SAP® Transportation Management and SAP® Extended Warehouse Management Now Available. enVista’s Transportation Solutions Practice Attains Record Revenue in First Quarter 2014. UTi Worldwide Opens New Houston Facility to Serve Oil and Gas Industry. March 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Speaking of SAP, the company announced the latest versions of its transportation management and warehouse management solutions this week.

2019 Logistics & Supply Chain Events to Attend in the US


The International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) brings an extensive network of warehouse logistics leaders together with warehousing suppliers in this three-day trade show. If you’re looking to improve your warehouse logistics, this event is the right choice for you! Houston, Texas. LogiChem is one of the top networking events for supply chain, logistics and transportation management executives within the chemical manufacturing industry.

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What Happens To Your Freight During A Natural Disaster?

Freight Center

Hurricane Harvey by itself affected 10% of the nation’s trucking capacity after leaving Houston flooded. This could be from debris or flooding, especially since freight trucking is the most common mode of transport. This could mean altering their route to avoid the storm, or making sure warehouse facilities are prepared to withstand the brunt of the storm when moving goods isn’t a viable option.

Global Vendor Management: What It Is & Why It’s Essential for Your Shipping Strategy

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Imagine you are at your desk in Houston and you need to determine whether a completed order left the warehouse in China. Transportation, consolidation, warehousing, and customs services can be combined with P.O. management that is enabled by a single, global technology platform, can reduce the complexity of tracking all transportation movements.

Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2019

Talking Logistics

If you’re a transportation professional, for example, and all you know is transportation, your opportunities for advancement are limited compared to someone who has a broader supply chain perspective. TMW Systems : in.sight User Conference + Expo 2019 , September 15-18, Houston, TX. 2019 Food Industry Transportation and Logistics Conference , March 3-5, Palm Springs, CA.

Supply Chain Impact of Hurricane Harvey Could Be Worse than Expected

Material Handling & Logistics

Even if a supplier’s factory is not flooded, the infrastructure (power, water, transportation, etc.) Resilinc has mapped almost 800 factories, warehouses, distribution centers etc. 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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What’s on Your Radar? Planning for Less Disruption in the Wake of Severe Weather and Disasters

BluJay Solutions

Extreme weather events are becoming more widespread, but transportation and logistics pros can take steps to be better prepared and mitigate the impact. If you work in transportation or logistics, you are undoubtedly aware of the supply chain challenges faced in the aftermath of such events. These critical efforts significantly disrupt typical freight flows in the United States, which was evident after Hurricane Harvey in Houston.

Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2018

Talking Logistics

If you’re a transportation professional, for example, and all you know is transportation, your opportunities for advancement are limited compared to someone who has a broader supply chain perspective. The Transportation Revolution: Takeaways from CLX Logistics’ 6th Annual Customer Conference. TMW Systems : in.sight User Conference + Expo 2018 , September 9-12, Houston, TX. 2018 Food Industry Transportation and Logistics Conference , March 11-13, Phoenix, AZ.

Harvey and Irma’s Effect on the Logistics Industry

GTG Technology Group

Houston is a Major Transportation Hub. Harvey flooded Houston, turning the fourth largest city in the U.S. Here’s why Houston is so significant to transportation: Most goods transported from Mexico and South America go through Houston before being routed to their end destinations. Most of Houston’s refineries shut down during the storm. The Port of Houston handles more than two thirds of the Gulf region’s container traffic.

Ocean Freight Routing Terms Explained

Material Handling & Logistics

This acronym stands for All Water Service, which is one of the most cost-effective ways to ship your cargo, and also one of the most eco-friendly ; however, it’s also one of the slowest forms of freight transportation. This term is used to describe an intermodal freight service that utilizes ocean and truck or rail to transport to another port location, for example, a shipment coming from Shanghai to New York via Long Beach.

This Week in Logistics News (September 2-5, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Anheuser-Busch Converts Houston Trucking Fleet to Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles from Ryder. A few years ago, as transportation management system (TMS) vendors started offering improved freight audit and payment capabilities, I predicted that many shippers would bring this outsourced process back in house. Finally, news this week that Anheuser-Busch (in partnership with Ryder) is replacing its 66 diesel tractor fleet in Houston with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered engines.

Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

The Texas manufacturing facility will be managed by Motorola’s Singapore-based global manufacturing partner and is located less than four hours by road from the Port of Houston, which is a key US freight forwarding hub, ranking first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled.

Logistics of Hurricane Harvey's Humanitarian Aid


Hurricane Harvey has been wreaking havoc in the state of Texas since Friday, August 25th, crippling most of the state, and specifically devastating Houston. Houston shipping channels and ports at Corpus Christi and Galveston have been shut down. American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) said a 10,000 to 100,000 square feet of warehouse space in Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio, Texas will accommodate tens of thousand of displaced residents.

Answering the Call in Times of Disaster

Material Handling & Logistics

So in this case, armed with data-driven software tools that afforded it real-time visibility into production at the mill level, as well as inventory at the warehouse level, and transportation capacity across multiple modes, the manufacturer could give the big-box chain, one of its biggest retail clients, options for covering the expected short-term spike in demand. Meanwhile, other tools can provide visibility into available inventory at specific warehouses.

Storms and Rising Fuel Costs Put Pressure on Flatbed Rates

DAT Solutions

Transportation and logistics professionals are urged to contact the American Logistics Aid Network , if you can help provide trucks, trailers, or warehouse space. Houston to New Orleans tumbled, but still averaged $2.49 Volumes have bounced back in Fort Worth , but the lane to Houston dropped to $2.27 Flatbed rates haven’t moved much in the past month, but that could change in the coming weeks.

Broker Profile: Mystic Logistics Uses DAT Data to Succeed

DAT Solutions

Mystic harnesses spot market transportation to support a successful business as a bulk mail consolidator. Mystic picks up its clients’ direct mail advertisements and other printed material from East Coast print shops and consolidates them in a Trenton-area warehouse. Mystic Logistics' warehouse, located near Trenton, N.J. “Looking at the data right now, I can see that Saturday is the best day of the week to book a truck out of Houston.”

Unfocussed Trucking Company


” “No – no – it’s supposed to go to Houston now. Remember today’s weather report is brought to you by the Shower Hook Warehouse – ‘don’t suffer with low quality shower hooks -choose Shower Hook Warehouse’ today. Pratt VP Marketing & Sales Tailwind Transportation SoftwareUnfocussed Trucking Company “Thanks for calling UnFocussed Trucking can I help you?”

This Week in Logistics News (September 4-8, 2017)

Talking Logistics

In response to Hurricane Harvey, for example, JDRF and other organizations shipped more than 3,750 pounds of donated diabetes supplies to Houston (including 200,000 syringes, 50,000 pen needles and 20,000 alcohol pads) to help people with diabetes affected by the hurricane. 7-Eleven builds logistics business with store, warehouse network (ABS-CBN News).

This Week in Logistics News (August 28 – September 1, 2017)

Talking Logistics

Port Houston Container Terminals to Resume Operations Friday (WSJ – sub. Manhattan Transportation Management Enhancements Enable the Acquisition and Supervision of Additional Shipment Capacity. The rains and winds of Tropical Storm Harvey are over, but the impact of the storm on the residents of Houston and the surrounding areas will continue for some time. a world-class provider of freight forwarding, customs brokerage and surface transportation in Canada.”