Supply Chain News on Mixed Q4 for Rail Carriers after Impact of Tax Cuts

Supply Chain Digest

Volumes Up Big for Kansas City Southern and Norfolk Southern, Flat or Down at CSX and Union Pacific

Supply Chain News on Rail Carriers See Soft Q2 Again in Terms of Volumes, but Stay Very Profitable

Supply Chain Digest

Kansas City Southern Only Carrier to See Profits Up in QuarterRates are Up Marginally on Lower Volumes.

Supply Chain Graphic of the Week on Carrier Operating Performance by Mode for Q2 2016

Supply Chain Digest

Kansas City Southern has Great Quarter, while Old Dominion Slows but Still ar Outperforms RivalsRail Carriers Continue to be Far More Profitable than Truckload or LTL Sectors.

This Week in Logistics News (September 12-16, 2016)

Talking Logistics

Google Express, the tech company’s fast delivery service, expands in Kansas City (Kansas City Star). Are you attending the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Conference later this month (September 25-28 in Orlando, FL)?

Philosophy

The Network Effect

For 17 years he paid his dues as an assistant coach – first at the University of Minnesota, then with the Steelers, followed by the Kansas City Chiefs, and finally back to Minnesota.

Reefer Capacity Gets Tighter Ahead of Thanksgiving

DAT Solutions

The biggest spike was the lane from Chicago to Kansas City , which surged 49¢ up to $3.10/mile. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so trucks are still in high demand to move refrigerated freight.

Where Did Reefer Rates Rise the Most Last Week?

DAT Solutions

Chicago to Kansas City also climbed 23¢ to $3.02/mile. Denver to Salt Lake City climbed 15¢ to $1.80/mile. Out West, Sacramento to Salt Lake City dropped 20¢ to $2.48/mile.

XX and XY: A Different World in Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

It is such a very different landscape than the green mountains of my farm in West Virginia or my city streets in Philadelphia. There was no line in the bathroom at the Kansas City CLM conference in 2001, but there will be at the CSCMP conference in San Antonio in 2013.

Signs of Spring in Flatbed Markets

DAT Solutions

Rock Island to Kansas City also shot up 61¢ to $3.22/mile. Flatbed trends have been mostly neutral overall so far in February. There are signs of spring, with higher volumes in many markets over the course of the past three weeks.

Advanced analytics meets social good: how Angel Flight West optimizes flight routes for families in need

AIMMS

Angel Flight West is in Santa Monica, one of the other groups is in Kansas City, and there are others in Long Island and Florida who will use it. There are many great examples where advanced analytics have contributed to social good.

Find Van Loads Fast in These 5 Places

DAT Solutions

That's boosted prices on the lane from Shreveport to Kansas City, which have risen 20¢ per mile in the past couple weeks. Van spot market volume got a big boost at the end of March, when shippers were rushing to move inventory before closing the books on Q1.

Intermodal on the Rise in Mexico

Talking Logistics

and they are coming bonded and pre-cleared, so they do not have to stop at the border, which eliminates [all the paperwork and customs activity] that happened at Laredo, which was like the Bermuda Triangle…The trains are coming through Laredo and connecting with either Ferromex or Kansas City Southern de México (KCSM) — the connection process takes about a couple of hours — and then it takes 1-2 days for the trains to reach the interior ramps in the country.

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Billion Dollar Port Plan Brings Mega-Retailer To Mexico

Elementum

The route is part of the the Kansas City Southern (KCS) network and is one of a few new options carriers like Maersk (the company Walmart contracts) have started to provide as an alternative to the West Coast port congestion. Walmart Explores Mexico’s Supply Chain.

Economic challenges continue springtime

EFT

Wagner Logistics continues its growth this year as we add a new customer with two new cities to our service map. Current offices include Jacksonville FL , Cleveland OH, Pine Bluff AR, Dallas, TX, Omaha, NE , Clinton, IA, Edgerton, KS, and Kansas City MO and KS.

Spring Starts Slowly

EFT

The hours of service restrictions on truckers contributes to this trend as carriers cannot legally serve some cities within the same time as they used to. . Retail Sales . . households cut back on purchasing autos in March contributing to the weak GDP performance in the first quarter.

Truckload Rates Finally Catch Up to Freight Volumes

DAT Solutions

Houston to Oklahoma City cooled, falling 15¢ to $1.73/mile. Rock Island to Kansas City was also up big at $2.81/mile. Spot market volumes were down during the first week of April.

Rapidly Rising Minimum Wages Will Significantly Increase Your Warehouse and 3PL Costs: Effective Strategies to Combat Their Impact on Your Bottom Line

Cerasis

Early this summer, the Los Angeles City Council voted to raise the minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour. A similar proposal is being considered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which would dramatically expand the number of cities impacted throughout Southern California. .

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The Economy is on a Roll

EFT

Current offices include Jacksonville FL , Cleveland OH, Pine Bluff AR, Dallas, TX, Omaha, NE , Clinton, IA, Kalamazoo, MI, Charlotte, NC, Memphis, TN, Edgerton, KS, and Kansas City MO and KS.

4 More Tips for Working With Freight Brokers

DAT Solutions

Last month, I had the pleasure of talking to a group of owner-operators and aspiring small fleet owners in Kansas City as part of CMC Live.

Truckload Rates Finally Catch Up to Freight Volumes

DAT Solutions

Houston to Oklahoma City cooled, falling 15¢ to $1.73/mile. Rock Island to Kansas City was also up big at $2.81/mile. Spot market volumes were down during the first week of April.

Last-Minute Christmas Freight Boosts Truckload Volume

DAT Solutions

Loads were readily available, and trucks are relatively scarce, in a handful of Hot Markets, including: Twin Falls , ID; Bismarck , ND; Des Moines , IA; Rock Island , IL; Hutchinson , KS; Kansas City and Joplin , MO; Memphis , TN; Columbia , SC, and pretty much all of Alabama.

A New Year, a New Administration Begins

EFT

Current offices include Jacksonville FL , Cleveland OH, Pine Bluff AR, Dallas, TX, Omaha, NE , Clinton, IA, Kalamazoo, MI, Charlotte, NC, Memphis, TN, Edgerton, KS, and Kansas City MO and KS. The rising Consumer Price Index ( CPI ), up 2.1 percent year over year in December, companies gain the ability to raise wages, boosting the consumer economy.

Is the Smart Cities Movement a Passing Fad?

Enterra Insights

Unless you are building a smart city from the ground up, the time and money needed to make a city “smart” can be underestimated. Lack of progress may account for the fact that a recent Black & Veatch survey found a growing number of stakeholders frustrated if not disillusioned with the smart cities movement. People need to remember the smart cities movement remains in its infancy. Few established cities (e.g., Funding smart city initiatives.

Looking Back on a Fulfilling Career in the Transportation Industry

Transportfolio

Mark Bogucki, our general manager in Kansas City, recently announced he would retire at the end of 2015. Since joining C.H. Robinson in September 1979, he has seen tremendous change in the transportation industry.

Expect Traffic Jams on Monday, as Eclipse Crosses 8 States

DAT Solutions

Tourists are flocking to cities and towns along the path of the totality, reserving every last hotel room and rental car. Here in Oregon, the eclipse will make first landfall at about 10:16 AM Pacific Time, in the coastal resort town of Lincoln City. Casper, WY (Rapid City market).