The expansion of the Panama Canal promises significant changes in trade patterns and increased global trade. Here are three ways companies can leverage this opportunity.
Shippers will be feeling the ripple effects of Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy for weeks or months to come. Here's how looking at a past disruption can inform strategies for this current backlog.
The September 2016 Intermodal EXPO provides the setting for a thoughtful discussion on the ocean shipping sector: its prospects and how it impacts the intermodal industry.
As the demand for supply chain efficiency and speed rises, companies are investing in intermodal rail infrastructure and repairs throughout the United States.
This story follows the progress of an intermodal container during its three-day, round the clock trip from the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach to a distribution center in Dallas.
Facing a number of challenges and constraints, the global port industry is addressing concerns and capitalizing on new opportunities.
As intermodal grows, so do its challenges. Increasing cargo volumes create bottlenecks and congestion; while the capacity shortage has everyone scrambling. How are shippers and service providers coping? This article helps solve the dilemma.
Creative use of intermodal and multimodal options enables cost-effective transportation, boosts capacity, and reduces highway congestion delays.
Georgia offers manufacturers and distributors superior access to logistics providers and transportation infrastructure.
Rapid changes in the chassis market mean shippers must ensure they are creating value from the chassis they use.
Foreign Trade Zones can help global shippers cut operational costs and speed customs clearance for imports and exports.
Exploring intermodal transportation's potential.
Carriers, port authorities, and other service providers are working to keep intermodal going strong. Here’s a look at some of the newest developments in intermodal transportation around North America.
Geography, transportation infrastructure, and a strong distribution sector make Memphis a natural logistics hub.
Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly visits New Jersey's Port Elizabeth, one of the East Coast's busiest intermodal ports.
Tradition Logistics’ new facility in Savannah, Georgia, provides supply chain and logistics solutions, from inventory management to distribution and e-commerce fulfillment.
By partnering with Hub Group, a major dairy and food ingredient company is finding the right capacity at the right time while using supply chain data to be more time- and cost-efficient.
Hub Group’s customer-focused approach led by dedicated, problem-solving freight engineers provides exactly what shippers need when faced with even the most challenging conditions.
The essence of logistics is making connections. No surprise, then, that Georgia—a state where connectivity is a way of life—is a shining star on the logistics land (and air and sea) scape.
Profile of Daniel Politowicz, logistics and transportation manager with Tubelite Inc
In a climate of supply chain disruption and congestion, intermodal continues to provide a cost-effective option for long-haul shipments, offering invaluable capacity during a crunch.
Port Everglades has broken several records in its cargo operations as the cargo trade rebounds. It recently welcomed Mediterranean Shipping Company's Kotor Bay, the largest container ship ever to call on the South Florida port.
In the face of an array of supply chain pain points, shippers can employ tech-based tools designed to tackle recurring challenges and create a more efficient and effective operation.
Pocatello, Idaho, recently welcomed the Savage Rail Port of Southern Idaho, the state's first intermodal hub, to the area.
With consumer confidence increasing and economies opening, goods are moving through North American ports at an unprecedented rate.
To address the multiple challenges of rising container volume, larger ships, and the need for more sustainable operations, many ports are embarking on substantial capital improvement projects. Here’s what’s on deck.
A survey of the factors that influence mode selection, both in ordinary times and in the hyper-challenging COVID era.
As the intermodal industry faces port congestion and equipment shortages, Mike Wilson, CEO of Consolidated Chassis Management, leads with empathy and an open mind, using the company’s interoperable model to enhance velocity and increase capacity.
Any operational disruptions in the maritime industry have significant effects on the entire ecosystem. Congestion at the ports, especially in southern California, has steadily increased as a result of massive volume increases.
Intermodal has endured as a low-cost, efficient and eco-friendly shipping option through changing conditions and evolving preferences over the years. Some standouts in intermodal help the market grow and thrive.
Deploying the RateLinx supplier portal and TMS, water solutions company Pentair gained transparency, visibility, and control over its entire freight spend.
As cargo volumes surged in the second half of 2020, essential workers at the Port of Long Beach in California moved 8.1 million cargo containers—its busiest year on record.
Will the current U.S. administration take action to protect U.S. export enterprises?
Puerto Rico is a sometimes overlooked domestic market for U.S. manufacturers. But a “Made in America” initiative, a highly skilled workforce, and transshipment capabilities are beckoning shippers to the island.
Strong intermodal volumes will continue as retailers replenish their inventories, says CSX Transportation and Canadian National Railway (CN).
When used smartly, rail and intermodal can give your supply chain a lift today and down the road. These guidelines will help you get the most out of intermodal, even in a challenging market.
This story surveys some of the advanced technology that marine ports are implementing to improve their operations, with a side look at implementations at a couple of shipping lines.
A boon to the supply chain for decades, intermodal embraces standardization, which has reduced transport costs and mistakes and improved freight service across the globe. Use these 10 tips to capitalize on the potential of intermodal.
America’s seaports and essential workers deliver critical goods to the front line of COVID-19 battlegrounds every day. Policymakers cannot ignore U.S. ports in their time of need.
Additional port and intermodal automation is needed to prevent our global supply chain from future natural, and man-made interruptions.
Ports across our country must be prepared to support tenants and other partners. Doug Wheeler, president and CEO of Florida Ports Council, explains how ports can achieve long-term recovery.
For many U.S. manufacturers and distributors scouting new locations, inland ports are emerging as a commercially viable solution.
China's first unmanned cargo ship completed its test voyage in December 2019, marking a significant milestone in autonomous shipping.
Smaller ports can often save time, lower costs, and provide superior customer service than larger coastal ports. Here are seven hidden advantages offered by ports off the beaten water path.
Logistics leaders face pressure from their stakeholders to optimize logistics costs while maintaining service and performance levels. Gartner Inc. identifies the following five actions to help you optimize costs from within your organization.
U.S. Great Lakes ports are on pace to beat 2018 cargo volumes following a robust September handling road salt, cement, stone, petroleum, and wind energy components, and supporting the region's construction activity and energy needs.
While the prospect of higher tariffs and the cost of requirements to use low-sulfur fuel pose concerns for the maritime industry, it’s forging ahead with bigger, more automated seaports, as well as technology that improves visibility, reduces its environmental impact, and streamlines operations.
The Florida Ports Council has entered into a Letter of Intent with the Coordination of Ports and Merchant Marine of Mexico to maintain relations that promote international commerce and economic development.
This story offers strategies for making intermodal transportation efficient and cost-effective.
South Carolina Ports Authority has long been a powerful economic engine for South Carolina, and as container volumes have doubled over the past decade, the Port’s positive economic impact on the state has significantly increased.
For those involved in the management of freight movement, selecting the best Transportation Management System or TMS is a crucial decision. Here are 10 tips on evaluating a TMS for your firm.
Deploying a transportation management system (TMS) can be time-consuming. Here's how to save time and money.
Here's an overview of the current West Coast seaport environment and a snapshot look at how top ports are accommodating and embracing growth.
Southeast ports prepare for the worst as Hurricane Dorian inches toward the U.S.
Projects that boast intermodal access provide advantages for everyone involved. The keys to effective intermodal sites can be narrowed to a combination of location and physical accommodations. CenterPoint and Duke Realty are among those who have developed intermodal facilities that have proved attractive to shippers, while the TexAmericas Center is exploring the development of an intermodal site for the Texarkana area.
Shippers and intermediaries of all sizes can benefit greatly from the increased functionality and simplified processes offered by a TMS.
Some leading vendors in the TMS market.
How to overcome the challenge of data management—integrating multiple data sources in a transportation management system (TMS)
Integrated WMS and TMS solutions increase visibility and communication and optimize the movement of goods.
Here’s how a transportation management system will completely transform the efficiency of your supply chain.
The preparations made by Florida seaports allowed them to perform efficiently and safely before, during, and after Hurricane Irma.
This story provides an update on the state of intermodal shipping in the United States today, with a look at some new services, new facilities, and infrastructure improvement projects.
Here’s how trends in U.S./Mexico cross-border operations are shaping today’s supply chain.
Lengthy, months-long selection processes are a thing of the past. For roughly two-thirds of shippers, the focus is on improved efficiencies, execution, and visibility. For these companies, a modern TMS can be live and saving money within weeks or even days.
Port Everglades' three low-profile Super Post Panamax container-handling gantry cranes will meet demands from current customers and new services anticipated from the port's expansion program.
Larger vessels and additional container services calling Georgia's ports coupled with a positive economic forecast ushered in an all-time record month for container volume.
Broward County's Port Everglades received unanimous approval from the Broward County Board of County Commissioners to begin a $437.5 million expansion project to add new berths for larger cargo ships and install crane rail infrastructure for new Super Post-Panamax cranes.
The public marine terminals of the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore got off to a fast start in 2017 by posting a record first quarter with 2.5 tons of general cargo.
The new ramp will provide shippers with more efficient service and capacity in Mid-Atlantic region.
Spring cargo numbers from the St. Lawrence Seaway and U.S. ports are signaling a better year for Great Lakes-Seaway shipping. According to the latest figures from the St. Lawrence Seaway, total cargo shipments via the Seaway from the start of the shipping season (March 20 through April 30) reached 3.7 million metric tons, up 8% from the same period a year ago.
South Carolina Ports Authority had its strongest April container volumes on record, with 189,315 twenty foot-equivalent units (TEUs) handled last month. In addition to being the strongest April in SCPA history, last month’s volumes were the second-highest ever handled by the Port.
From location to infrastructure and from workforce to technology, Georgia sets the pace in the logistics race.
With no standard terminology in an already-complex industry, it’s not surprising that so many TMS buyers have trouble figuring out the differences between solutions and which one best fits their needs. Here's how to cut through the confusion.
By paying attention to these six metrics, over‐the‐road shippers can make informed decisions to get their desired mix of cost, coverage, and performance from their carriers.
Inland ports provide shippers with new global trade strategies and relief from capacity issues facing North America’s deepwater container ports.
As larger vessels make their way through the expanded section of the Panama Canal, experts weigh the influence of the canal’s new capacity on global shipping.
Here's why the Panama Canal expansion is set to spur a realignment in which eastern ports take on a new and larger role in the continental supply chain.
Having all supply chain players connected to an intelligent cargo system maximizes the use of port infrastructure and keeps everyone informed on the “where is my cargo?” question. Accessing and sharing information on cargo through new technologies will not only smooth flows but it will also secure them.
South Korean ocean liner Hanjin Shipping files for bankruptcy protection in a dozen countries; Few respondents to a GT Nexus survey say they have a chief supply chain officer on hand who would be equipped to deal with supply chain disruptions; Maersk splits its transportation and oil businesses
Effectively mitigate demurrage and detention fees by taking an integrated approach to logistics, contract management, and supply chain visibility using a global trade management system.
When shippers pair an import transport move with an export transport move inland, without returning empty to the port, they get a matchback or street-turn. Optimizing these street-turns can improve supply chains.
For many shippers, choosing the right transportation consultant can become a difficult, time-consuming, and frustrating process. Here are five keys to finding the optimal partner.
U.S.-Canada cross-border trade continues to be a mutually beneficial partnership between nations with a long history of friendship.
Using an import express less-than-container service, particularly from China, offers cost savings and faster transit times over traditional consolidated LCL services.
The Panama Canal expansion, completed on June 26, 2016, will have an ever-widening impact on cargo flow across North America. Here's how the culmination of this decade-long expansion project will rewrite the rules of shipping.
These ports have utilized various initiatives to ensure the ultimate impact of sustainability outweighs its costs.
This story looks at ways in which 3PLs help small and midsize companies implement and take full advantage of information technology.
One of the common gripes voiced by organizations implementing logistics IT solutions is that the solution ends up costing more than expected. Use this advice when looking at prospective providers.
There's no derailing hub-and-spoke networks. Find out why their adoption is arguably as significant an event in shipping efficiency as containerization itself.
Profile of Jamie Overley, CEO of East Coast Warehouse and Distribution
The use of intermodal transportation by shippers continues to grow. Here’s how shippers use intermodal to cut costs and mitigate risk.
Managing your transportation budget is key to operate Lean and find ways to shed excess cost. Use these tips help lower shipping costs.
Due to the Panama Canal expansion, the country is quickly being crowned the business capital of Latin America.
It's important to stay up to date on supply chain and logistics developments. Here's a list of books on wide ranging topics.
Inbound Logistics dredges up data on the leading U.S. container hubs.
The pursuit of perfection may seem an impossible goal. But, with the right combination of key elements, four regions in the United States have achieved logistics greatness.
Railroads, ocean carriers, and ports are investing in new equipment and technology innovation to move freight from trucks to rails and attract intermodal shippers.
Latin American perishable exports have grown dramatically in recent years, but there are still some logistical shortcomings preventing maximum cold chain efficiency.
The shortage of qualified drivers threatens the continued growth of the intermodal industry.
Automatic Identification System (AIS) can provide analytics that enable companies to more accurately predict ship arrival times.
Port of Hamburg unveils new traffic light system; CEVA Logistics TireCity in Italy demonstrates interest in sector-specific supply chain collaboration; China debuts longest freight rail route in the world; TPP agreement raises concerns about traceability in the seafood supply chain; Africa capital investment heats up; New G6 Alliance rotation features Polish port; Indian 3PL uses containers as mobile logistics classrooms; Intel eyes Asia for IoT ecosystem.
The Panama Canal expansion will provide many businesses with opportunities for growth on a global scale.
In the logistics of trade, the relationship between Canada and the United States is both friendly and advantageous on both sides of the border.
Having a Master Plan in place at your port makes operations more efficient, and makes the port more attractive to prospective partners.
Short-term Highway Trust Fund extension renews call for national transportation strategy; Medical cost inflation and cyber risk are the most prying business concerns; Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach create shared working groups to explore operational efficiencies; GS1 Simple Product Listing creates new standard for e-commerce marketplace
Martin Associates report points to the importance of continuing U.S. port investment; Henry Ford College introduces associates degree in supply chain management; Freight Can't Wait program encourages Congress to earmark funding exclusively for freight infrastructure projects; Manufacturers are finding better ways to engineer and prototype products using 3D printing technology; McDonald's pledges to lessen impact on global deforestation throughout its entire supply chain.
In today's high-speed logistics infrastructure, rail represents a key component of the intermodal framework.
The key to any successful relationship is communication. Your logistics network is no different.
To drive efficiency, intermodal stakeholders need to fit their processes together.
Developing an efficient and safe warehouse can be challenging. Use this advice to get the most out of your warehouse.
United States and Canada are investing $7 billion in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system; Changing political relations between the United States and Cuba could signal new trade opportunities; UK faces a truck driver shortage among younger people; Panama approves new port development
We hit the road this past fall to get an up close view, around the bend, of where the railroad industry is tracking in 2015 and beyond.
United Kingdom establishes national training center for fracking; China and Jamaica team up on logistics training initiatives; UK port constraints push freight flows north; Middle East air cargo carriers show robust growth
As the Panama Canal expansion nears completion, several trends and trade dynamics will determine the impact on U.S. shippers and consignees.
North Korea,South Korea,and Russia team up to test new trade partnership,GS1 global registry sets new standard with 15 million products,Middle East airports face growing congestion problem,Puerto Rico makes Panama Canal transshipment play with Port of the Americas project,Britain introduces supply chain slavery bill.
Intermodal transport provides cost savings, increased reliability, greater capacity, and green and safety advantages.
Intermodal solutions can have significant returns, but there are challenges to consider.
UPS makes major improvements to save Christmas; PANYNJ invests $5.5 billion to streamline port operations
Shippers, carriers, 3PLs and brokers who are not fully utilizing their transportation management systems to secure capacity and manage global trade may be leaving money on the table.
The trucking industry faces capacity constraints, but there are solutions available to help shippers minimize the impact.
Determining the best location for a new or expanding business in an increasingly competitive and global marketplace is challenging. These locations offer a number of advantages when it comes to meeting today’s logistics and supply chain needs.
OSHA issues updates to its Hazard Communication Standard; HP’s Dave Thomas addresses the importance of data quality; Ohio Trucking Association debuts military exhibition class at truck driving competition; Companies fail to use procurement in a strategic way; Shippers planning ahead for labor disruptions.
Shippers desperately seek capacity in the midst of a record shortage.
Shippers must maintain flexibility in their data-driven transportation policies.
Tracking carrier performance metrics gives shippers insight into how well trucking companies serve their needs.
Managing transportation strategies requires a team effort — and sometimes a ‘dedicated’ transportation partner.
Freight audit and payment services analyze shipment data to reveal inefficiencies and identify savings opportunities.
Motor carrier safety standards dictated by state courts create confusion. National safety standards are more effective.
Intertape Polymer Group outsourced transportation to gain control of its diverse product line and protect profit margins.
DB Schenker tests silent brake blocks; India changes policy for e-commerce foreign investment; Canada opens Customs Self Assessment preferences to U.S. shippers; Global steamship lines raise rates; European ports struggle with congestion and larger ships
Freight bill payment and auditing services save shippers money by finding billing errors and optimization opportunities.
Hospitals can cut costs by improving supply chain operations, inventory control, and transportation management.
State of Logistics Report predicts moderate growth for freight industry in 2014; freight brokerage M&A shakes up industry; FMCSA extends comment period for ELD rulemaking; Online consumers willing to pay more for sustainable delivery options; Shippers register growing discontent with parcel carriers and trucking companies; University of Kansas MSB program prepares active-duty military for private sector roles
Transportation forecasting lets shippers collaborate with carriers to identify capacity gaps and reallocate assets.
Port of Los Angeles targets $3 billion for infrastructure investment; Montreal-based Fednav uses drones to scout shipping conditions; U.S. manufacturing renaissance faces a skilled labor shortage; Apple tops Gartner’s Top 25 Supply Chain list for the seventh consecutive year.
With an integrated transportation management software (TMS) platform, service providers can gain complete visibility over their diverse and complex operations.
When selecting manufacturing and distribution sites, companies should ensure rail/intermodal accessibility.
By strategically leveraging supply chain data, companies can win in their industry and increase enterprise value.
Clear transportation management strategy and technologies allow companies to deliver superior service at lower cost.
Using a TMS for carrier selection allows shippers to load standard business rules to achieve predicted outcomes.
Companies interested in automating their transportation management processes should examine their current capabilities.
New Jersey’s salty tale misplaces blame on the Jones Act; UPS unveils new hazmat shipping protocol; Automakers collaborate to map the auto supply chain
Companies make contingency plans to prepare for possible supply chain disruptions caused by port labor negotiations.
China and Taiwan depend on one another; Emirates targets multimodal transportation infrastructure investment; Chile port strike ends, concerns remain; Free online returns stoke Canadian consumption but place onus on U.S. retailers; Europe looks to United States for re-shoring inspiration; Mondelez debuts new GS1 standard
The 2013 Rail Trends conference addressed issues of rail safety and regulation.
An enterprise logistics provider delivers holistic solutions that transform your business.
Fluctuating fuel prices, Hours of Service rules, and other factors make optimized routing and scheduling vital.
Shippers and trucking brokers must understand the differences among the service levels carriers offer.
When choosing core carriers, evaluate customer service, on-time delivery, company stability, and workforce quality.
Sean Vasquez manages EDI and transportation for Sun-Maid Growers of California.
Ocean shipping lines have made significant progress to optimize operations, leading to reduced costs and environmental impact.
Mixing truckload, less-than-truckload, and rail options allows shippers to create efficient intermodal solutions.
Regulatory compliance is top supply chain challenge for healthcare executives; Ohio’s transportation funding plan pays dividends with bridge repair program; GM saves $40 million a year by co-locating stamping and assembly facilities; Collaboration is the key to sustained procurement savings; U.S. domestic intermodal surpasses international as growth driver.
Intermodal allows shippers to cut transportation costs without sacrificing service.
Inbound Logistics recently joined Flanders Investment & Trade on a tour of Belgium’s ports and distribution facilities.
Intermodal shipping offers benefits such as reduced transportation costs, reduced carbon emissions, and safety.
Investing in port infrastructure allows long-term job creation so the U.S. can lead in international trade and commerce.
Transporting goods via truck and rail services offers shippers economy and efficiency benefits. Site selection teams evaluating intermodal sites also consider factors such as labor, transportation infrastructure, and utility costs.
Shipping freight plays a vital role in supply chain management, yet many shippers neglect to take control of their inbound shipments. Industry experts offer strategies for overcoming five common obstacles to successful inbound freight management.
Larry Montreuil, director of supply chain management at JetBlue Airways, negotiates sourcing and purchasing deals that let the airline soar.
Transportation management systems (TMS) provide the ability to accurately predict shipping costs and manage shipment execution. A comprehensive TMS solution can also manage inbound shipments, serve as an RFP analysis tool, or facilitate real-time spot market quoting for appropriate modes, says Kerry Loudenback of TransportGistics Inc.
To avoid overpaying for transportation, shippers should audit freight bills to ensure the correct National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) is applied to their less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments, says Chuck Fattore of RR Donnelley Logistics.
Schwan’s Home Services optimized its distribution network by using a hybrid insourced/outsourced model; and Sun-Maid Growers of California used collaborative distribution to create better economies of scale in its transportation operations.
Leveraging IT, reconsidering warehouse processes, and conducting periodic network optimization projects are just three of many strategies that enable shippers to not only trim costs, but ensure that transportation spending supports overall business goals.
At the annual RailTrends conference, industry experts shared insight on trends, opportunities, and challenges facing North American railroads.
The Panama Canal expansion, to be completed in 2015, will impact global commerce and affect trade patterns to the U.S. East Coast. Ports such as PortMiami are preparing themselves to accept the new class of mega cargo ships, says Bill Johnson of PortMiami.
Shippers must develop clear and effective request for pricing (RFP) processes to secure the best less-than-truckload service. Danny Slaton of SMC3 offers tips for developing better RFPs.
Transloading services transfer ocean cargo at port – without sorting it – for shipment to a single destination, such as an inland distribution center.
A global trade management (GTM) solution can automate the process of comparing total landed costs, providing shippers with full visibility into all associated costs and regulations.
Shippers such as Ste. Michelle, Welch’s, and Michaels Stores are using intermodal transportation to move freight quickly, efficiently, and sustainably.
Help vendors comply with your routing guide by including carrier contact information and other relevant freight shipping details, says Harold B. Friedman of Data2Logistics.
Ports must take a proactive role in managing the supply chain so it runs as efficiently as possible, writes Kevin Doherty of Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership.
Looking out to 2015, anticipation is swirling about the Panama Canal's expansion and impact on U.S. trade. Among southeastern ports and shippers, that wave of anticipation has already made landfall.
Routing guides are a vital part of successfully managing inbound shipments. A clear, concise routing guide helps vendors meet your specifications for inbound transportation.
John Haber, founder and CEO of consulting firm Spend Management Experts, offers tips for managing freight costs wisely.
Intermodal rail facilities located around the United States allow shippers to save transportation costs and move goods efficiently. Transportation infrastructure, a skilled workforce, logistics service providers, and affordable utilities support the manufacturing and distribution facilities located in these intermodal hubs.
Electronics manufacturer Siemens switches from air freight to over-the-road transport for cross-border shipments from Mexico to the United States and Canada, cutting 35 percent from its transportation costs thanks to CFI Logistica.
Small companies face challenges in meeting the rules set out in vendor requirements manuals. Best practices help them comply with retailers’ supplier requirements successfully.
When baseball cap maker New Era’s business growth hit critical mass, it realigned its distribution operations, fusing Menlo Worldwide Logistics’ outsourced solutions with its global supply chain.
The logistics sector is using new approaches, mandates, and technologies to support global supply chain security.
Demand for industrial real estate near U.S. seaports is outpacing demand for industrial sites in general. Whether it actively buys and develops land or simply improves its own facilities to draw more interest, port authorities are crucial partners in regional economic development initiatives.
Plumbing fixture manufacturer TOTO Global Group’s U.S. division tapped third-party logistics provider Transplace to benchmark its truckload, less-than-truckload, and intermodal freight spend.
U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Port of LA; Florida Inland Port signs MOU with Jacksonville Port Authority; Parcel shippers primed for change; Proposed FTZ rules changes threaten U.S. manufacturing.
Railroads continue to ramp up capital spending on infrastructure and equipment, leading to new intermodal services that prompt more shippers – and motor carriers – to adopt multimodal approaches.
Intermodal shipping reduces transport costs by rationalizing long-haul bulk moves between road, barge, rail, and occasionally air, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
ChemLogix’s Stephen Hamilton explains why limited truck capacity and fuel costs make intermodal an attractive transportation alternative.
Leading wholesalers understand the limitation of planning transportation in a silo, writes Manhattan Associates’ Mike Mulqueen.
A new inbound/outbound logistics operations solution helps pizza chain Papa John's handle rapid expansion.
Carrier-supplied data can provide valuable insight for writing contracts, but shippers who want to pave the way to strong business relationships must dig deeper.
Most ports today compete globally with one another and reflect tremendous productivity gains in ocean transport achieved in recent decades. Simon Kaye of Jaguar Freight offers tips on choosing a port with electronic and data processing sophistication.
Intermodal connections help shippers move product quickly and efficiently. Get on track with some locations, utilities, and service providers that are helping intermodal grow.
Colgate took more than four million miles out of its network while handling five percent more cases of product – and even managed to cut logistics costs, sharing the savings with customers and suppliers.
The amount of effort top-tier shippers put into carrier management directly affects the results they achieve in controlling parcel transportation costs, writes Harold Friedman of Data2Logistics.
Measuring against industry benchmark data allows you to identify areas for improving transportation spend.
Charlie Hitt, 3PD Inc., offers tips for implementing a successful core carrier program.
For pet supply retailer PETCO, honoring its commitment to superior customer service meant finding a loyal logistics partner.
John Haber, NPI, outlines five market concerns that will have the biggest impact on shipper spending in the near future.
Intermodal transportation stitches together Alaska's 663,268 square miles of rugged terrain, presenting challenges and opportunities for intrepid shippers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Roadability Rule has shifted responsibility for obtaining and maintaining chassis to shippers and drayage companies.
Natural pet food manufacturer WellPet partnered with Aspen Logistics and Kane is Able to improve its supply chain and warehousing operations.
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
Shippers must consider multiple factors when they work with service providers to move expedited freight.
The emergence of refrigerated container units provides more cost-effective rail and intermodal shipping for perishable and temperature-sensitive goods.
Moving cargo by air in Alaska requires expertise in transportation and logistics management.
David Bennett of Schneider Logistics addresses how shippers, ocean carriers, and trucking companies are struggling with responsibility for providing chassis for cargo container units at ports; Boeing appoints new VP to handle 787 Dreamliner delays; companies restructure outsourced technology contracts.
Heineken implements inland barge distribution in Europe; CMA CGM, MSC, and Maersk Line partner to fight piracy; PepsiCo UK and Ireland help farm suppliers cut carbon emissions and water usage; New Dubai Logistics Corridor facilitates UAE trade; Japanese economy shows signs of rebound; Taiwan launches project to improve logistics performance.
Russia developing a super-heavy cargo plane; Suppliers cannot meet Northern Europe's demand for wind power equipment; United Arab Emirates top re-exporter of rice; Outsourcing grows in Brazil; FedEx Express expands expedited offerings in China; Luxembourg-based 3PL introduces new multimodal hanging garment container to Australian apparel industry.
Will rail reregulation untie captive shippers but tie up rail productivity?
Faced with challenges such as a capacity shortage and lack of qualified drivers, companies that ship product by truck are learning that working collaboratively with carriers can benefit both parties.
News briefs: U.S. Ports Dig Panama Gold, Reducing the Carton Footprint, SaaS to the Rescue, BNSF Brings Shortlines On Line, Truckers Tackle Credit Crunch
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo outlines how Walmart is taking inbound logistics to the next level.
Gulf ports maintain container volumes despite Deepwater Horizon oil spill; Supply chain leaders climb the corporate ladder; Toyota Material Handling engineers work with MIT scientists and the U.S. Army to develop a remote-operated fork lift
Retailers publish routing guides to establish rules for manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to follow when fulfilling and shipping orders. Here are the benefits of establishing a routing guide.
ProFlowers' time- and temperature-sensitive shipments create plenty of challenges for John Kuehn, senior vice president of supply chain operations. Here's how he nips problems in the bud.
21st annual State of Logistics Report: Beating the Recession; Making dollars and Sense out of Jabulanis and Vuvuzelas; Mergers and Acquisitions Show signs of Recovery
Transportation forecasts enable planners to shift from reacting to orders to proactively managing capacity. By synchronizing transport forecasts with manufacturing and distribution plans, your entire company can respond to the same demand signals.
A professional freight forwarder that represents the interests of all supply chain participants can serve as the missing link in supply chain communication.
A combined truck-and-rail transport approach cuts costs and offers environmental benefits, writes John Patton of Trinity Transport Inc.
Benchmarking before negotiating carrier rates can be a money-saving opportunity, writes Niko Michas of BridgeNet Solutions.
A&R Logistics' Morris, Ill., dry bulk intermodal facility specializes in hauling plastics. Inbound Logistics Senior Writer Joseph O'Reilly tours the operation.
To optimize transportation management into the supply chain, it's critical to integrate transportation management best practices, process management and people across the entire supply chain, writes Geoff Comrie of Transite Technology.
Regional shortline railroads introduce intermodal shippers to marine rail solutions; Highway report ranks state highway systems; UPS exec offers insight on supply chain trends for 2010; FedEx Freight partners with Vision Industries to test a hybrid heavy-duty tractor; Clorox address hazardous materials concerns; Import cargo volumes rise at retail container ports
Co-loading truckload and less-than-truckload shipments can reduce transportation costs, lead times, and shipment damage.
Tradition Logistics’ new facility in Savannah, Georgia, provides supply chain and logistics solutions, from inventory management to distribution and e-commerce fulfillment.
Using multiple vendors can leave you vulnerable to higher transportation spend, undependable delivery, and compromised customer relationships. Here’s how to find the right consolidator for your business.
Global ports lost more than one-third of their expected capacity to ship containers in 2021, causing economic trouble for some smaller developing nations, among others, finds research commissioned by the Global Shippers Forum (GSF). The study, which was conducted by MDS Transmodal, identifies the extent of capacity restriction in 2021 that resulted from scheduled port calls being skipped by shipping lines.
In today’s complex global supply chain, it never has been more difficult and vital to understand where you are spending your transportation dollars. Spend management visibility can help you see where every freight dollar goes, allowing you to identify opportunities for new savings.
Whether you ship an envelope or an aircraft engine, Fortigo's system works in harmony with your carrier network to optimize its routing. Fortigo users quickly, easily, and confidently arrange and expedite shipments using their entire carrier network.
Here are five key factors that contribute to improving and optimizing truck driver retention rates.
Given the sheer number of options available, it is critical to determine the best Transportation Management System (TMS) for your operation based on its unique needs to maximize potential before making a decision.
Transportation management has become increasingly complex and challenging. To help Inbound Logistics asked the experts to share their best advice.
Parcel via TMS is becoming a real game-changer. Teams can rate shop, execute, track and trace, audit and pay all within one platform regardless of the mode, leg, or partner they’re dealing with.
Strengthening and improving a transportation program helps companies proactively manage a large cost service center with a best-in-class strategy.
Lowest cost is not always the best, as poor quality can cost you much more. Corporate supply chain managers need to understand which levers to pull so they can get the best value for every transportation dollar spent.
The Sunshine State is a logistics hotspot, offering sizzling transportation connections, blazing industrial real estate opportunities, and blisteringly efficient import/export capabilities.
The Port of Savannah is one of the first U.S. ports of call for fresh fruits and vegetables. New facilities, like Americold's warehouse, enable faster distribution channels for fresh and frozen food products.
Demand volatility coupled with capacity shortages. Lead times stretching out weeks, even months. Congestion at ports worldwide. What can shippers do to keep their supply chains moving? Plenty.
The next frontier in supply chain visibility entails leveraging powerful analytical tools and algorithms to create maximum efficiency on the ground, and help shippers adapt to a constantly changing shipping environment.
Allowing transparent, flawless communication between its transportation management system and its clients’ account payable systems, AR Traffic Consultants helps increase efficiency and lower freight costs.
Buoyed by efficiency and environmental performance, ocean carriers favor ever-bigger container ships. But they must gain passage through narrow canals.
From its position as a global third-party logistics provider, SEKO has unique insight into air and ocean trends.
The maritime industry navigated stormy seas during the pandemic, but emerging technologies, increasing volumes, and new strategies point to a ship-shape future.
COVID-19 upended supply chains, increased costs, and tightened capacity, leaving shippers struggling to deliver high-quality service. Shared truckload could be the answer.
Shippers want the right cargo in the right place at the right time. That takes planning, collaboration, and technology. Here are the metrics they monitor and how they do it.
Implementing these best practices can help companies reduce the impact to transportation operations and save costs during business disruptions.
Inbound Logistics offers this annual guide of some top TMS providers and solutions that can put you on the right road toward improved transportation management and performance, regardless of the business conditions. Take a look at our 2020 TMS Buyer's Guide.
Logistics providers in Alaska are on top of the world, literally and figuratively. They are a special breed prepared for every challenge the Last Frontier poses.
Third-party logistics providers are future-proofing supply chains, using a toolbox filled with business insights, predictive capabilities, and other new solution sets.
The world’s leading provider of receipt and innovative label solutions turned to GlobalTranz to create visibility, enhance communications, and fully merge acquired businesses.
Transportation is evolving rapidly, thanks to supply chain technology powered by data and analytics. Digitization is driving big changes that can help meet the pace of change.
By utilizing nVision Global’s Impact TMS, a shipper saved more than €34,000,000 by avoiding expedited freight costs. The company improved transportation planning, optimization capabilities, workflow management, and exception handling.
The variety of transportation management systems available can make it difficult for shippers to target the solution that is the best fit for their organization. Experts say companies should strive to identify the features that will support their unique operation rather than falling into the trap of chasing options that will not provide a useful impact. The process for selecting a TMS should be marked by disciplined decision-making and a focus on the business case.
DLS Worldwide’s CRM System provides customers with a simple interface in which shippers can find multimodal quoting, booking and reporting, shipment tracking, and invoice management with online payment options.
Shippers experienced a range of supply chain challenges in 2018, according to results from Averitt Express' fourth annual State of the North American Supply Chain survey.
Full-year results for intermodal freight are the strongest in five years, finds the Intermodal Association of North America's (IANA) Q4 and year-end Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics report.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior is located on the shore of Lake Superior where a major international transportation hub serves world markets using all five modes of transportation. But it isn’t just the location that makes the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s undergraduate Transportation and Logistics Management (T&L) program unique.
The Port of Wilmington, Delaware, has set a record for the largest single shipment of fresh Moroccan citrus received by the port, with more than 1.75 million boxes of cargo.
Norfolk Southern Corporation plans to move its headquarters from Virginia to Fulton County, Atlanta, joining other transportation heavyweights such as Delta Air Lines and UPS in leveraging Atlanta's major transportation hub. NS is investing $575 million in the move, which it says will create 850 new jobs.
For Calendar Year 2018 through November, the Port of Savannah has handled 4 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, up from 3.72 million over the same period last year. Containers currently booked for December will add approximately 362,000 TEUs to the annual total.
A profile of Lori Fellmer, vice president of logistics and carrier management with BassTech International.
U.S. Great Lakes ports and the St. Lawrence Seaway had one of their busiest months of the season in October. Overall cargo shipments via the St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 30.5 million metric tons, up four percent over the same period in 2017.
Inefficiencies at the dock can cause long lines of trucks outside a warehouse, congestion on access roads, delayed deliveries and long driver wait times, all with the potential of accruing steep detention fees. European logistics managers deal with these inefficiencies—resulting from space constraints and too few docks for trucks—on a regular basis.
Managing transportation has become increasingly challenging as customers grow more demanding and the driver shortage constrains capacity. Consider these three innovations, which can deliver short-term return on investment:
James Welch, CEO of YRC Worldwide, discusses his leadership philosophy.
MAERSK SHANGHAI, a 10,081 TEU container ship, the largest to ever call a Florida deep-water port was at PortMiami.
Transportation leaders are now positioned to influence business outcomes, but they need to debunk six common myths to help their C-level executives understand truckload freight and get executive buy-in.
Importers can mitigate supply chain disruption and the resulting escalation of costs by taking control of their shipments at origin and moving their goods more strategically. Here’s how.
Faced with a considerable supply chain challenge—a large-scale product launch in the middle of the pandemic—Hub Group took a holistic, end-to-end approach—from drayage to fulfillment—to help its client.
Shippers using data intelligence can often insulate themselves from transportation management challenges and at the same time, reduce logistics costs. Here’s how to prepare for a volatile 2022.
From access to ports and infrastructure, readily available workers, and proximity to millions of consumers, logistics sites deliver and build on advantages. Here's how organizations support their continued success.
A look at the latest supply chain technologies, products, services, and transportation solutions.
Rail rates are one area in which shippers, through proper management, can yield cost savings and minimize typical rail rate increases. A shipper needs to understand which lanes are competitive versus non-competitive.
In 2015, the USDA allowed the Port of Savannah to serve as a new entry point for cold-treated produce. To support the increased traffic for frozen and temperature-controlled fruits, vegetables, and proteins, Americold built a 15-million-cubic-foot state-of-the-art cold storage facility that opened in 2020.
Georgia’s solid logistics infrastructure provided the firm foundation needed to keep cargo moving efficiently and safely regardless of a pandemic and national economic stress. These providers and trade partners led the way.
The Frisian Sea, a Dutch cargo ship, made its maiden voyage using two compact wind-assisted propulsion units, which can improve fuel savings and lower emissions.
As U.S.-Mexico trade is flourishing, Port Tampa Bay is well positioned to accommodate the continued strong growth of its container business.
Supply chain digital transformation efforts have to come first in order to mitigate disruption and better prepare for the near term. Here are three areas that will undergo the most dramatic transformations in the coming months.
How do you know you’re paying the right price for the right level of service? The right business intelligence drives sound strategies, says Ken Adamo, chief of analytics at DAT Freight & Analytics.
Syfan Logistics changed shipment pickup, verification, and receiving procedures for its truck drivers to ensure their safety, protecting their health and that of the community.
For many U.S. manufacturers and distributors scouting new locations, inland ports are emerging as a commercially viable solution.
Bid management software can collect responses automatically within seconds of the carrier submitting them which allows you to focus on strategic initiatives with the time saved.
A leadershp profile of Robert Sappio, CEO, SeaCube Container Leasing.
The 2019 Top 100 Truckers list offers a snapshot of the trucking segment—from large truckload and LTL carriers with global inroads to niche-specific regional haulers that get their white gloves dirty delivering to the final mile.
Practical steps that shippers can take to improve their success in securing capacity.
Switzerland digs into an ambitious initiative: a vast underground network of tunnels transporting cargo.
As freight payment processor IPS Worldwide heads to bankruptcy court, shippers are reminded how important it is to be diligent when choosing a freight bill processor.
Even the mighty Walmart is not immune from the challenges of recruiting and retaining qualified drivers.
This story provides an update on the state of intermodal transportation in the U.S., including the conditions driving shippers to make greater use of intermodal, moves the railroads are making to improve service, and the factors that help to determine whether a shipment should go intermodal or over the road.
With driver shortage and capacity issues affecting trucking, once wary shippers are taking a different view of rail intermodal.
U.S. port authorities identify more than $20 billion in projected multimodal port and rail access needs over the next decade, while one-third cite pressing rail project needs costing at least $50 million for each of their ports, according to a new American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) survey, The State of Freight III.
The nation’s ports are testing technologies and investing in infrastructure improvements to adapt to a world where the ultimate consumer increasingly embraces Amazon-like expectations.
In an increasingly competitive marketplace, advanced analytics is the key to gaining access to hidden insights about your business that can drive growth and improve performance.
Despite trade tensions, port business in the United States and Asia is booming, reports the latest Global Kuehne + Nagel Indicators (gKNi).
Port of Rotterdam and IBM develop the model port of the future.
Georgia Ports Authority outlines ambitious growth plans.
Panama Canal welcomes largest capacity container vessel to date through expanded locks; latest research shows a drop in international retailers offering free returns; The global forecast for the refrigerated transport market through 2022; what does the future of marine technology hold
Profile of Denis Reilly, president and CEO of Kenco Logistics
Manufacturer of drywall and joint compound USG partnered with Transplace and was able to reduce the delivery time of its product from 6 weeks to 48 hours to Mexico—leading to double-digit sales growth.
All fleets will have to adopt electronic logging devices (ELDs) starting Dec. 18, 2017. The result will be a tightening of capacity for shippers. Here’s how to prepare.
When it comes to multimodal logistics moving freight by combining two or more transport modes Europe still lags the more advanced U.S. market, but has made steady progress, according to Colliers International's latest industrial research for the EMEA.
The big ships are here. At 1,200 feet long and 158 feet wide, the containership COSCO Development is the biggest containership to call The Port of Virginia and the U.S. East Coast.
Aurora Plastics automates resin off-loading process and avoids costly inventory and quality management errors with RFID reader hardware from Janam Technologies and customized software applications from Quest Integrated Solutions.
This story examines some of the challenges that are slowing the flow of intermodal containers, and also looks at some technology solutions that help to improve the situation.
Companies in Asia Pacific place more importance on green transport than other regions do, according to DHL’s latest research report on ground transportation logistics.
A client looked to PLS Logistics for a way to drive real-time visibility, performance and cost savings to allow each of its 200+ office locations to operate effectively.
Seaports are a vital economic engine for the United States and a huge driver of demand for industrial real estate. Imports represented 63 percent of the total loaded cargo volume in 2017 for the top 13 ports in the United States.
As cargo volumes and the complexity of port operations continue to increase, the Port of Long Beach and GE Transportation are collaborating on a pilot project to improve cargo flow, increase visibility, and enhance real-time decision-making.
Florida's state-of-the-art seaports and airports, and strong highway and rail networks, have helped establish a strong and growing logistics sector.
Third-party logistics providers rise to the challenge, rolling in IT capabilities to become indispensable supply chain partners.
Google is getting into the last-mile game with the launch of two new solutions to help fleet operators improve delivery success and optimize fleet performance through an integrated suite of mapping, routing, and analytics capabilities—Cloud Fleet Routing API from Google Cloud and Last Mile Fleet Solution from Google Maps Platform.
The Panama Canal welcomed its 5,000th Neopanamax vessel through the waterway, reaffirming the value and impact the route has had on global maritime trade.
A robust economy and capital investments help buoy record cargo volumes.
Five trends shaping the maritime industry will also impact shippers: carrier consolidation and alliances, the increasing sizes of ships, ports that have become chokepoints, advancing technology, and increasing concerns about the environmental impact of shipping.
Terminal operations today leverage highly integrated systems—from vehicle/fleet management, remote crane management, terminal operating systems, gate operation, position detection, and many others. So, how do we make this integration work better? The short answer—simplify and standardize.
Transparency, honest communication, and a commitment to forming a true partnership with shared goals and values are keys to successful supply chain collaboration between shippers and their third-party logistics providers.
Mobile weighing technologies meet the emerging “need for speed” trend by providing a means of weighment at the point of loading and unloading. They do this while at the same time immediately communicating a wealth of specific business and logistical data, eliminating inefficient traffic patterns, and improving safety by reducing traffic congestion.