Another U.S. Train Derailment Involving Crude Oil Transport with Far Broader Implications

Supply Chain Matters

This week’s West Virginia train derailment involving a CSX train hauling a 109-car oil tanker train of crude oil from the Bakken North Dakota fields has significant repercussions. This CSX train was enroute to an oil depot facility located in Yorktown Virginia. The train derailment that occurred near Mount Carbon West Virginia, a small town 33 miles southeast of that state’s capital of Charleston, caused fiery explosions that engulfed a reported 25 tank cars.

Supply Chain New on Is Truck Platooning Almost Right Around the Corner

Supply Chain Digest

Another Succesful Test in Virginia have Some Thinking Platooning May be Ready for Prime Time Soon

This Week in Logistics News (February 14 – February 20)

Logistics Viewpoints

In particular, there were two large and destructive oil train derailments, one in West Virginia and another in Ontario, Canada. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported from the CSX derailment in West Virginia or the Canadian National accident […].

Another Tragic Air Cargo Plane Crash in the U.S.

Supply Chain Matters

Tragically, there has been another fatal air cargo accident in the United States as a twin-engine turbo prop aircraft, operated by a subcontracter to UPS crashed while landing at the Charleston West Virginia Airport. Transportation and Logistics independent blog featuring analysis and insights on supply chain management Supply chain Matters blog

Bring Out the Best in Your Supply Chain

The 21st Century Supply Chain

A few examples of how all these people helped each other: The small port in Norfolk, Virginia, took on 57 vessels and 10,000 containers that were diverted from New York (and Norfolk was not used to that kind of volume).

Collaborating to Address the Transportation Network Gap

Ryder Exchange

Saunders PE, PhD, Lance Saunders is Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business.

Alternatives to UPS and FedEx

The Logistics of Logistics

Lastly, US Cargo has locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Introduction. Although UPS and Fedex may seem like the best options due to their prevalence, it’s important to look into alternative small parcel carriers. These carriers may be able to provide greater flexibility at a similar or lower price. This article will explore some alternative small parcel carriers that could be a substitute or additional option to UPS and Fedex.

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Alternatives to UPS and FedEx

The Logistics of Logistics

Lastly, US Cargo has locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Introduction. Although UPS and Fedex may seem like the best options due to their prevalence, it’s important to look into alternative small parcel carriers. These carriers may be able to provide greater flexibility at a similar or lower price. This article will explore some alternative small parcel carriers that could be a substitute or additional option to UPS and Fedex.

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A New Red Wagon?

Supply Chain Shaman

I grew up in the mountains of West Virginia. In my youth, my mom would frequently exclaim, “Be careful where you hook your red wagon.” ” The mountain expression is a warning. My mom wanted me to make smart choices and be careful on placing my bets for the future.

Navy Awards Two Shipbuilding Contracts for New Submarines

Operations and Supply Chain Management

General Dynamics Gets Award to Build Next 10 Virginia-Class Subs, Continuing Partnership With Huntington Ingalls. received the contract award Monday to build the next 10 Virginia-class attack submarines, continuing the work-sharing partnership with Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. The multi-boat, multiyear awards are designed to lower production costs, with Virginia-class boats currently costing about $2.8 Discussion Questions: Read the following article carefully.

FAA Grants Drones Permission to Take Off

Elementum

Last Friday, a drone delivered medicine to a remote clinic in a coal mining region of southwest Virginia. The Virginia drones flew over largely uninhabited land, causing no disruptions and making it easy for lawmakers to condone the flight.

Amazon Acquiring Whole Foods: A Wakeup Call for the Grocery Industry?

Talking Logistics

in 1994 helped upend that country’s grocery sector, says it will open 20 stores in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina by summer, with some arriving in the next few weeks. There’s certainly been a lot of buzz and discussions since Amazon announced its planed acquisition of Whole Foods.

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Why Can’t The Supply Chain Get Rid of Abuse?

Material Handling & Logistics

Horrific working conditions endured by children farming tobacco in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia were reported in January of this year by Human Rights Watch. Let’s stop buying products where labor abuse exists in the supply chain.

Supply Chain Matters Friday News Snippets

Supply Chain Matters

Emergency Directive for Crude Oil Shipments At the end of April, we posted a breaking news commentary concerning a CSX freight train hauling tank cars consisting of crude oil originating from North Dakota’s Bakken region had derailed in downtown Lynchburg Virginia. It’s the end of the work week and we wanted to update our readers to previous Supply ChainMattersposted commentaries in the following news related snippets. New U.S.

Supply Chain Matters Impressions from Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2014

Supply Chain Matters

In early March, IBM’s CEO, Virginia Rometty, outlined in her open letter to stockholders and customers, a crisper set of strategic priorities that now include a heavy emphasis on cloud and services based solution offerings. Supply Chain Matters was invited to attend the IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit this week which was held in Tampa Florida.

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Amazon Launches Free, 2-hour Whole Foods Deliveries in 4 U.S. Cities

Supply Chain Nation

cities – Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach, Va. Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date.

Supply Chain: The True Game of Risk

Supply Chain Shaman

When I was a small child growing up in the mountains of West Virginia in the United States, on snowy days, my family would gather around the kitchen table and play board games.

The 5 Largest LTL Carriers

The Logistics of Logistics

UPS Freight is based in Richmond, Virginia. The 5 largest LTL carriers together have $16.2 billion in annual revenues and 46.4% market share. Each of the top five companies has a national footprint with tons of resources and top notch teams. There is a brief profile of each of the carriers below. The 5 Largest LTL Carriers. Largest LTL Carrier: FedEx Freight. FedEx Freight is the largest less than truckload (LTL) carrier with approximately $5.3B in sales (estimated 2012).

Bomb Cyclone Hits East Coast

Elementum

With freezing temperatures hitting as low as negative 18 degrees Fahrenheit and snowfall projected to reach up to 12 inches , Georgia , North Carolina , and Virginia have preemptively declared states of emergency. The inclement weather system has resulted in the closure of the Port of Virginia as well as most of the terminals in South Carolina’s Port of Charleston.

3 Ways to Spot Supplier Risk in Communication

Cerasis

Ben is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Royal Building enhances Operation with Dedicated Transportation

Ryder Exchange

By implementing a dedicated transportation solution, which included a fleet of 27 drivers, 26 tractors and 46 trailers for Royal’s Marion, Virginia as well as Bristol, Tennessee locations, Ryder helped the company significantly reduce costs and shorten lead times.

Willow Run Foods: A Fresh Take on How CNG Cut Costs, Curbed Emissions & Improved Efficiency

Ryder Exchange

Every week, Willow Run Foods makes 2,500 deliveries of fresh foods and other products to restaurants in 14 states from Virginia to Maine. Their drivers log over 8.5 million miles per year, much of that in the New York metropolitan area – a region beset by congestion and high emissions.

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Booming Oil Industry Boosts Flatbed Demand

DAT Solutions

North Carolina and Virginia were especially affected by the winter weather this month, and prices fell out of Roanoke. The energy sector heated up in January, which contributed to higher flatbed load counts for the month.

Ocean Freight Routing Terms Explained

Material Handling & Logistics

USEC is the United States East Coast and refers to all the ocean freight ports there, which include New York/New Jersey, Savannah, Virginia, and others. Knowing the best way to route your shipment can save you headaches and money.

Can Twitter Help You Make Smarter Supply Chain Decisions?

Talking Logistics

For example, according to an October 2011 Wall Street Journal article , “When Virginia’s magnitude 5.8 For years, I’ve been telling supply chain executives to think beyond Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter when thinking about the role of social networking in supply chain management.

LTL Carrier Profile: UPS Freight

The Logistics of Logistics

UPS Freight is based in Richmond, Virginia. LTL Carrier Profile: UPS Freight. UPS Freight is the fourth largest less than truckload (LTL) carrier with approximately $2.4B in sales (estimated 2012). UPS Freight has 6.9% of the less than truckload (LTL) market. UPS Freight is a business segment of United Parcel Service, Inc. UPS, Inc. had $54.1B in sales in 2012. UPS Inc. operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain and Freight.

The Growth of E-Commerce and What It Means for Retail Jobs

Supply Chain Nation

The massive Pickup Towers, located near store entrances, debuted last year in Bentonville, Arkansas, and are now being rolled out to more than a dozen stores in cities across Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia and Virginia. Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date.

Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em, “Christmas in October” Sales Get Results

Supply Chain Nation

The new policy comes even as other states, including Idaho and Virginia, work with startups to regulate the use of delivery bots. Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date.

Suppliers to Large US Retailers Put on Notice by China

Material Handling & Logistics

We’re really concerned about what this would do for the prices that American customers pay every day,” said Hun Quach, vice president for international trade at the Retail Industry Leaders Association in Arlington, Virginia.

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

Supplier Risk Management: 4 Things To Look Out for During On-Site Evaluations

Cerasis

Ben is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Editor’s Note: We continue our collaborative blog series with Ben Goldwasser of Spendrix, a company who helps shippers determine which carriers operate best in certain regions, and conditions, allowing you to be more thorough.

Anti-Showrooming Brought to You by… Amazon?

Supply Chain Nation

But now three states — Wisconsin, Idaho and Virginia — have passed statewide laws permitting the use of robots to deliver items to people’s doorsteps. 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: Amazon has been helping shoppers “showroom” for years, but now it wants to put a stop to it; holiday deliveries will cost more; and move over delivery vans, robots are coming through.

When it Comes to Direct-to-Consumer Shipping, Warehouse Size Matters

Supply Chain Nation

According to Hayley Peterson’s Business Insider article, A Trader Joe’s competitor is opening 100 stores in the US — see if it’s coming to your hometown, Lidl will open its first 20 stores this summer in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, with plans to open 100 stores over the next year. Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date.

Procurement Analytics Hot Topic at Procurement Leaders West Coast Forum and ISM Carolinas

NC State SCRC

I had the opportunity to attend the Procurement Leaders in San Francisco forum two weeks ago, followed by attending the ISM Carolinas-Virginia meeting in Winston Salem last week. Procurement analytics was discussed at length at both sessions. Several key takeaways emerged from the discussion with executives, which represented a wide array of companies including AARP, Roche-Genentech, Silex, RJR, Flex, Google, Northrupp Grummon, GE, and others.

This Week in Logistics News (October 27-31, 2014)

Talking Logistics

According to a Wall Street Journal article (“Decoding Our Chatter,” Robert Lee Hotz, October 1, 2011), “When Virginia’s magnitude 5.8 Ralph and Me (right) as Blue Men.

New Employee Perk – Superhuman Strength!

Supply Chain Nation

An exoskeleton suit that gives store workers superhuman strength is just one of the inventions coming out of Lowe’s Innovation Labs, in partnership with Virginia Tech university. 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 in Logistics News (April 28 – May 2, 2014)

Talking Logistics

CSX oil train derails in Virginia, leaks into river (Reuters).