James Penn

PLS Logistics

My job requires me to be responsible for office managers in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Jacksonville, and Tampa, our newly formed operations pod. Associate Vice President | Philadelphia, PA For a little over ten years, I have been working for PLS and am currently an Associate Vice President with the company. While this is a lot of […]. people account executive AE Career people of pls pls sales

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IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference

Herlitz Inventory Management

The IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference is being held October 16 – 18, 2016 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL . IFDA’s exposition is filled with the latest technologies, the latest material handling equipment, and cutting edge service providers — You have a powerhouse opportunity to look at the newest and best ways to improve your operations and help your managers and staff become better leaders.

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Supply Chain Cartoon Caption Winners for Jan. 1, 2019 Contest

Supply Chain Digest

William Miller of Toledo, OH and Meredith James of Tampa Take Home the Prize with Great Captions

The Amazon effect on U.S. airports

Logistics Trends and Insights

domestic network – From Lehigh Valley to Tampa and Rockford. This Freightwaves contribution discusses some of the airports that Amazon is using as it grows its U.S. Airports are partnering with Amazon and expanding facilities so that Amazon can speed up their last mile delivery services. Air Airports Amazon

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The New Way a TMS Fuels Routing Creativity

Talking Logistics

Let’s say a manufacturer based in Milwaukee needs to ship freight to Tampa. Traditional TMS capabilities would only allow this planner to route the freight to its final destination in Tampa. Is managing your transportation operations an art form? You may not do your job with a palette and a paintbrush, but it’s safe to say that logistics planners have to be creative when moving freight.

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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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Philosophy

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. Dungy has a coaching philosophy that produced some great teams, a Super Bowl win and a key to the front door of the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Dungy however, had waited and labored hard to get his first big coaching break.

AXUG Summit 2016: Preparing for the Digital Future

DSI

The 2016 AXUG Summit, the biggest gathering of the year for Microsoft Dynamics AX users and partners wrapped last week in Tampa, Fla. More than 2,000 Dynamics AX users joined together for user-produced education sessions and networking opportunities. The high-energy event may be over, but we’re still excited about some of the conversations and announcements the event generated.

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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. May the days ahead be filled with peace and healing, for all the injured and mourning, and for all of us. Moving on to this week’s supply chain and logistics news… Walmart Secures Patent for Drones to Carry Products Inside Stores (Digital Trends).

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Freight Rates Adjust to Post-Hurricane Irma Demand

DAT Solutions

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. We’ve seen a big increase in van freight moving from Atlanta and Charlotte down into the state. Some of that is also the result of pent-up demand from shipments that were delayed by the storm.

Leveling the Playing Field for Small Businesses

Elementum

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. All businesses are bound to experience some bumps in the road in the course of their corporate existence.

Rebuilding Efforts Fuel Flatbed Demand

DAT Solutions

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. That leaves a lot of trucks in Tampa, looking for a load out, so the outbound rate has stayed low, at an average of $1.21/mile. The immediate impacts from Harvey and Irma first showed up in van freight, then reefers.

Leveling the Playing Field for Small Businesses

Elementum

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. All businesses are bound to experience some bumps in the road in the course of their corporate existence.

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.”

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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.;

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. A couple of weeks ago, I visited MIT to give a presentation on transportation management systems (TMS) to a masters class.

Emergency Freight: What Harvey Tells Us About Irma

DAT Solutions

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. Harvey hit Houston on Friday evening, August 25, and hung over the metro area for days, dumping more than 50 inches of rain on Southeastern Texas and Southwestern Louisiana.

Flatbed Markets Adjust to Holidays, Regulations, and Weather

DAT Solutions

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. Flatbed rates saw a spike in the week before Christmas, but otherwise they’ve stayed pretty close to where they were before Thanksgiving. Not that flatbed rates have been low – they just haven’t continued to climb like van and reefer rates have over the past month.

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.

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.

Flatbed rates and volumes move upward

DAT Solutions

Plenty of flatbed markets in the South and East experienced rising prices, including Birmingham, Tampa, Atlanta, Savannah, Raleigh, Harrisburg, Dallas and Phoenix. While van and reefer rates saw a decline in March compared to February, flatbed bucked the trend, making gains in both freight volumes and rates. Flatbed rates have risen for 5 consecutive weeks, and the national average rate ended March at $2.34/mi.

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.

Seasoned Leadership in Action™! An Interview with Michael Massetti, VP at Gartner!

Supply Chain Game Changer

I live in Tampa, FL, USA with my wife. Subscribe Here! Email Address. At Supply Chain Game Changer we believe in sharing experiences and expertise from people in every industry and from across the globe. As such we have introduced our “Seasoned Leadership in Action ” Interview series at Supply Chain Game Changer. This interview is with Michael Massetti, Vice President for General Managers – High Tech, at Gartner. I first met Michael when he was at Lucent.

Booming Oil Industry Boosts Flatbed Demand

DAT Solutions

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. Houston is the number 1 market for flatbed loads, and volumes have improved there, even though rates haven’t followed suit yet.

Flatbed freight regains footing in December

DAT Solutions

Tampa also enjoyed strong numbers in December, and the lane to Atlanta was up to $2.03/mile. Flatbed carriers didn't hear a lot of good news in the second half of 2018. After the spikes we saw early in the year, prices started a slow and steady decline that lasted for months. That changed in December, as prices reversed course at a time when business is usually slow for flatbed carriers. And the price increase took hold even as lower diesel prices chip away at fuel surcharges.

Understanding Your Sales Personality with Ryan Schreiber and Ann Holm

The Logistics of Logistics

Ryan was born and raised in Tampa Florida. Understanding Your Sales Personality with Ryan Schreiber and Ann Holm. Joe Lynch is joined by Ann Holm and Ryan Schreiber to discuss sales personality type. When you understand your sales personality type it enables you to play to your strengths and account for your blind spots. Knowing your individual sales personality type leads to greater self-awareness, a starting point for self-improvement activities, and better sales results.

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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. That's not something you hear all that often, but the national average flatbed rate has increased each week this month, while rates trended in the opposite direction for vans and reefers. Overall, flatbed volumes are 20% higher than they were a year ago, while rates are 22% higher compared to the same period in 2017.

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. Truck capacity increased, too, so the national average load-to-truck ratio declined from 12.8 to 10.4 loads per truck on DAT Load Boards. There were quite a few bright spots on the map, however, representing good opportunities for flatbed carriers.

26 supply chain pros reveal the single most effective way to create a winning supply chain strategy

6 River Systems

Walker Peek @AcousticsExpert Walker Peek is a Tampa-based entrepreneur. With new supply chain innovations , trends in logistics technology and advancements like automated robots making a big impact on operational efficiency, it seems that supply chain optimization is within reach for more companies than ever before. However, even with a growing number of innovative technologies at your fingertips, your success still depends on your strategy.

Hurricane Irma Updates

Elementum

Should the hurricane make landfall in the continental United States, it is projected to continue past Florida state and move northward along the east coast potentially hitting the following areas until Sunday, September 17: Tallahassee, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Georgia, Savannah, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Wilmington, Virginia Beach, Washington, Baltimore, and New York.

Expert of the Month: Lisa Torzillo, Corporate Trainer

Freight Center

Her story with us reflects the growth of FreightCenter, from humble beginnings to one of the fastest growing companies in the Tampa Bay Area. Meet FreightCenter’s Expert of the Month – Lisa Torzillo! For close to a decade, Lisa has been an integral part of our talented team, part of FreightCenter’s backbone. Joining FreightCenter 10 years ago, Lisa worked her way from the sales floor to a supervisor role.

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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. Reefer freight volume should get a boost too, due to last-minute demand for fresh food, ahead of the July 4th weekend. Flatbed traffic has been subdued all year, especially compared to the fracking boom times.

Flatbed Markets Continue to Boom

DAT Solutions

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. And there are no signs of a slowdown. Last week, flatbed volumes surged 10% higher, led by Houston, Fort Worth and Cleveland. The national load-to-truck ratio for flatbed has now been above 100 loads per truck for 5 straight weeks.

Where to Find Flatbed Loads in the Off-Season

DAT Solutions

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. It's the beginning of the off-season for flatbeds, so every little surge helps. Hot Markets for the week included Medford, OR; Rapid City, SD; Omaha, NE; Little Rock, AR; Shreveport, LA; and Montgomery, AL.

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. Load posts edged down on DAT load boards , but national average rates rose 3¢ per mile for vans and flatbeds, while reefers added 4¢ Van Load Counts Stay Near All-Time High.