This Week in Logistics News (March 20-24, 2017)

Talking Logistics

Shipt debuts Costco delivery in Tampa (Tampa Bay Business Journal). Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of London following this week’s terrorist attack. So sad, so senseless.

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Supply Chain Matters Impressions from Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2014

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters was invited to attend the IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit this week which was held in Tampa Florida. The open question in our mind as we traveled to Tampa remained with the timetables, urgency and […]. This was our third annual attendance at this venue and by each of our encounters, we have gathered a stronger sense of IBM’s continued direction in supporting the Buy, Sell, Service and analytics needs for industry supply chains.

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Seasonal Lull Continues for Flatbeds, But Bright Spots Emerge

DAT Solutions

per mile last week, as declining rates in Birmingham, Harrisburg and Baltimore offset increases in Tampa, Pittsburgh and Fort Worth. Flatbed freight availability dropped 13% on the spot market last week, after a one-week gain.

Rates Rise Unexpectedly in Early August

DAT Solutions

NOT SO HOT – Freight volume was up, but rates were down, in three East Coast freight markets: Harrisburg , Tampa , and Roanoke. July ended and August began, so you might have expected a quiet week.

Does Your TMS Support Rail’s Unique Requirements?

Talking Logistics

For example, shipping goods from Atlanta to Tampa may cover 400 truck miles, but using rail the trip could be closer to 800 miles. If rail is a key part of your transportation plan, how can you be sure your TMS effectively supports rail’s unique requirements?

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Freight Surge Expected for Q2 and July 4

DAT Solutions

The biggest improvement in June volume and rates came in Tampa , followed by Savannah , which may be related to an increase in port traffic. Van freight was a little quiet last week, but a rebound should be underway now, to close the second quarter on a high note.

Is the Freight Recession Really Over?

DAT Solutions

The two rising markets in the south were Tampa and Birmingham , while Dallas and Harrisburg, PA have also been strong as of late. At the beginning of the year, DAT Pricing Analyst Mark Montague declared that the freight recession was over.

Demand Surges in Final Week of 2015

DAT Solutions

Outbound rates increased for flatbed loads originating in Las Vegas , Rock Island , Houston , Oklahoma City , Atlanta , and Pittsburgh , but rates declined in Los Angeles , Dallas , Tampa , and Baltimore.

Load Volume and Rates Move in Opposite Directions

DAT Solutions

Rates trended up in Houston, a major flatbed market, as well as secondary markets including Las Vegas, NV; Fort Worth, TX; Cleveland, OH; and Tampa, FL. Rates moved in the opposite direction from load-to-truck ratios last week.

Grocery continues to grow and evolve

Supply Chain Nation

Shipt said in a press release on Tuesday that it was launching the service for Costco customers in Tampa. Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date. This week: “Free from” groceries are changing the landscape; Martha Stewart launches meal delivery; and you’ll soon be able to shop Costco groceries from home. Clean eating is changing how we shop.

Publix Supermarkets Clamps Down on Coupon Abuse- What is this all About?

Supply Chain Matters

According to a published report by the Tampa Bay Times, Publix will limit shoppers to redeeming a maximum of eight of the same coupon per day, per household. Supply Chain Matters stumbled upon a rather interesting development, one that perhaps provides somewhat of a perspective on today’s economically distressed consumer.

The Need for More Active and Measurable Social Responsibility Committments

Supply Chain Matters

While on an airplane early this morning flying to Tampa Florida, this author had the opportunity to catch-up on business magazine readings. Two articles published in two different editions of Bloomberg BusinessWeek provided us more evidence that labor social responsibility trends concerning global-based production sourcing will occupy more agenda time for supply management and other executives.

Next Week: IBM Smarter Commerce 2014 Global Summit

Supply Chain Matters

Next week, Supply Chain Matters will be in Tampa Florida attending the IBM Smarter Commerce 2014 Global Summit event. We have been invited to this conference since IBM leveraged its technology presence in Buy, Sell, Service and other capability areas of product value chains.

Social Science Research: Principles, Methods, and Practices

SCM Research

The USF Tampa Library hosts a collection of open access textbooks. I like open access. One of them, which might be useful for many SCM researchers, has been published by Anol Bhattacherjee, a professor of information systems. It is titled Social Science Research: Principles, Methods, and Practices.

Tarpon Springs, FL: A Bastion of Integrity

Supply Chain View from the Field

A large law firm in Tampa has sent out solicitation letters to the community, writing that “The craziest thing about the settlement is that you can be compensated for losses that are UNRELATED to the spill.”