Hurricane Harvey - Effects, Forecasts, and Operational Best Practices

Elementum

Rail freight networks operated by Kansas City Southern and Union Pacific in Texas, USA were heavily disrupted due to Hurricane Harvey, according to reports on Friday, August 25th.

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.

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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)?

Unplanned Disruption for Boeing’s Supply Chain

Supply Chain Matters

Most of these components originated from Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita Kansas, Beoeing’s prime airframe supplier. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Boeing contracts with the BNSF Railway to transport these parts from Kansas to […]. The news from the July 4th weekend included a significant supply chain focused news item, which the Wall Street Journal characterized as “upsetting a finely tuned supply chain.”

Trends—July 2014

Inbound Logistics

Supply Chain News Makers Video Series on American Trucking Associations CEO Bill Graves on Key Issues for 2016

Supply Chain Digest

Former Kansas Governor Sits Down for Interview with Our Dan Gilmore

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. Tony Dungy is a legendary NFL football coach and one of the most respected figures in professional sports.

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.

Meet Graham – The Road Warrior from Down Under

The Network Effect

NPR) The biggest rises in traffic deaths were in: Oregon +27% Georgia +22% Florida +18% Some states saw a decline in traffic deaths: New Mexico -20% Kansas -7% New Jersey […]. In 2015 38,300 people were killed on U.S. roads, and 4.4 million were seriously injured, meaning 2015 likely was the deadliest driving year since 2008.

Economic challenges continue springtime

EFT

Current offices include Jacksonville FL , Cleveland OH, Pine Bluff AR, Dallas, TX, Omaha, NE , Clinton, IA, Edgerton, KS, and Kansas City MO and KS. Manufacturing is steady.

End of Quarter Adds 11% to Van Demand

DAT Solutions

Pockets of demand and favorable ratios can also be found in western Kansas and southern Indiana. Van demand rose 11% last week, in the end-of-quarter rush , and truck capacity tightened by 2.9%. That yielded a 14% increase in the national average load-to-truck ratio, from 1.7

This Week in Logistics News (July 14-18, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Kansas has allocated some of its gas-tax revenue to pay for Medicaid and schools. I am going paddleboarding with my wife this afternoon, a rare break from work to enjoy the outdoors with my best friend.

Nursing Hospital and Healthcare Supply Into a New Age

Logistics Bureau

One Kansas hospital has realised significant benefits from applying RFID tags to all inbound inventory items with a value greater than $5 (US).

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.

XX and XY: A Different World in Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

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. The deserts of the southwest sprawl below me as the plane ascends from San Diego.

Truckload Rates Finally Catch Up to Freight Volumes

DAT Solutions

Rock Island to Kansas City was also up big at $2.81/mile. Spot market volumes were down during the first week of April. That's normal, since it comes right after the end of Q1, when shippers are rushing to move freight before closing their books.

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.

[INFOGRAPHIC, REPORT, & INTERACTIVE MAP] The US Manufacturing Workforce & Making it In America

Cerasis

percent, 136,700 jobs), and Kansas (11.9 While US manufacturing has been hit hard by nearly two decades of policy failures that have damaged its international competitiveness, it remains a vital part of the U.S. economy.

Overtime Rules Face Challenges in Courts and Congress

DAT Solutions

The states named in the lawsuit include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.

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

Cerasis

and Kansas City, MO. . Early this summer, the Los Angeles City Council voted to raise the minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour. This increase follows California’s increase in minimum wage from $8 to $9 an hour last year and to $10 effective January, 2016.

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.

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.

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.

Rates and Demand Are Still High for Refrigerated Freight

DAT Solutions

Chicago to Kansas City also had a big increase at $3.48/mile, up 46¢ from the week before. Seasonal harvests are winding down, but capacity is still tight for reefer freight. That’s led to higher reefer rates on the West Coast and in the Midwest.

How to Make Money on "Backhaul Tuesday"

DAT Solutions

This resulted in road closures which impacted major freight markets in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee during the final week of April which usually sees a spike in demand. Van rates subtracted two cents from the national average on Tuesday, dropping it from $1.71

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. Reefer load counts on the top lanes kept climbing last week, while rates continued to readjust seasonally. Prices continued to slide in the Southeast, coming down from the previous peaks caused by Hurricane Irma.

This Week in Logistics News (February 18-22, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Here are some excerpts from the press release: In the 20 years examined, 11 states (North Dakota, Virginia, Missouri, Nebraska, Maine, Montana, Tennessee, Kansas, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Florida) made progress in all seven categories and 37 states improved in at least five of the seven metrics.

Spring Starts Slowly

EFT

Current offices include Jacksonville FL , Cleveland OH, Pine Bluff AR, Dallas, TX, Omaha, NE , Clinton, IA, Edgerton, KS, and Kansas City MO and KS. Retail Sales . . households cut back on purchasing autos in March contributing to the weak GDP performance in the first quarter.

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.

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.

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. It also provides the Federal Reserve with their targeted 2 percent CPI goal allowing them to begin raising the Fed lending rate this year.

Truckload Rates Finally Catch Up to Freight Volumes

DAT Solutions

Rock Island to Kansas City was also up big at $2.81/mile. Spot market volumes were down during the first week of April. That's normal, since it comes right after the end of Q1, when shippers are rushing to move freight before closing their books.

Leadership Commitment to Strategic Suppliers Makes a Big Difference

Supply Chain View from the Field

midcontinent … Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas … as well the Gulf Coast and in B.C. I visited a Canadian oil and gas company this week, and participated in their first annual Supplier Day. The forum was an opportunity to share insights on the oil and gas business in North America, communicate issues and challenges that exist, and create an opportunity to exchange ideas on how to address them.

Expect Traffic Jams on Monday, as Eclipse Crosses 8 States

DAT Solutions

Kansas City, Jefferson City, and Columbia, MO (Columbia market). The solar eclipse will traverse the country from West to East on Monday morning.

A Core Carrier +1 (CC+1) Strategy: A Solution for a Changing Market

Talking Logistics

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Kansas. The majority of capacity in today’s truckload marketplace comes from a fragmented base of carriers. Handling so many carrier relationships internally can be cost prohibitive. It doesn’t make sense to manage 50 relationships when you’re shipping in only a few lanes. It’s kind of a double-edged sword though because without a lot of carrier relationships, it might be hard to get capacity when you need it.

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