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

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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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Freight Rates Adjust to Post-Hurricane Irma Demand

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Atlanta to Tampa was also up to $3.12/mile. Lakeland, FL, also serves the Tampa market, and the lane from Atlanta to Lakeland added 52¢ at $3.89/mile. Relief efforts are underway in Florida, and our hearts go out to those recovering from Hurricane Irma.

Rebuilding Efforts Fuel Flatbed Demand

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Flatbed rates have been down in port cities that were affected by Irma: Tampa, Jacksonville and Savannah. Tampa to Atlanta remains the weakest of the high-volume flatbed lanes, since inbound load counts from Atlanta are still well above normal.

Does Your TMS Support Rail’s Unique Requirements?

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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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Flatbed Markets Adjust to Holidays, Regulations, and Weather

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Rates were also weaker out of Atlanta and Tampa. Tampa to Atlanta is one of the weakest flatbed lanes, and the rate was down another 7¢ to just $1.39/mile.


The Network Effect

In 1996 the woeful Tampa Bay Buccaneers bought into Dungy’s philosophy, hired him, and the rest is history. Tony Dungy is a legendary NFL football coach and one of the most respected figures in professional sports.

Emergency Freight: What Harvey Tells Us About Irma

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It is sunny today in Tampa and Atlanta, with a light breeze. Less than ten days after Hurricane Harvey, trucks are already moving freight out of Houston, with almost the same volume as before the storm. That doesn't mean nothing has changed.

Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2018

Talking Logistics

The 2018 IWLA Convention & Expo , March 11-13, Tampa, FL. 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.;

Booming Oil Industry Boosts Flatbed Demand

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That pushed rates lower out of Tampa. The energy sector heated up in January, which contributed to higher flatbed load counts for the month. Bad weather in some parts of the country also disrupted construction, though, which led to some pretty uneven changes in flatbed lane rates in January.

Are You Smarter Than a TMS?

Talking Logistics

Ace has 3 distribution warehouses (Tampa, FL; Chicago, IL; and Atlanta, GA.). Current inventory for the Le Fancy t-shirts at the warehouses are 31,000 in Tampa, 10,000 in Chicago, and 15,000 in Atlanta.

Flatbed Freight Continues to Gain Momentum

DAT Solutions

The average rate out of Tampa hit $2.09/mile, which is high for Florida. February has been a strong month for flatbed freight.

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.

Freight Surge Expected for Q2 and July 4

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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.

Flatbed Markets Continue to Boom

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Even Tampa has crossed that mark. While the van markets might be showing signs of heating up, flatbed has been hot all winter long, and getting hotter. The national average flatbed rate for April was $2.65/mile, the highest it's ever been in DAT Trendlines.

Leveling the Playing Field for Small Businesses


Isabella Adams, a fashion accessories and home decor business based in Tampa, Florida, made a smart move to partner with third party logistics provider Transplace to keep up with its larger competitors.

Where to Find Flatbed Loads in the Off-Season

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In other key flatbed markets, rates declined, including: Houston, Atlanta, Tampa and Harrisburg. Flatbed load availability declined 24% last week on the spot market, as load board activity paused for Thanksgiving. The load-to-truck ratio rose 11%, to 6.4 loads per truck, however.

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.

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.

Seasonal Lull Continues for Flatbeds, But Bright Spots Emerge

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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.

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.”

Is the Freight Recession Really Over?

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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

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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.

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

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The ports in Savannah, Tampa, and Miami all suspended operations over the weekend, while the Port of Charleston closed on Monday. DAT employees are donating to American Red Cross to help support those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and DAT Solutions is matching those contributions.

Load Volume and Rates Move in Opposite Directions

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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.

Hurricane Irma Updates


Preparations remain underway for Hurricane Irma’s potentially catastrophic arrival in the continental United States as the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic makes its way through the Caribbean.

Hurricane Irma's Chemical Fallout Could Be Worse than Harvey's

Material Handling & Logistics

Port Tampa Bay alone handles ammonia, unleaded gasoline, sulfuric acid and ethanol.

Hurricane Irma: Updates and Impacts


Operational/Supply Chain Impacts: Ports and terminals in Miami, Tampa, St. Despite Irma’s downgraded intensity as it moves further inland into the United States, its impact escalated at a steady pace nonetheless.