Supply Chain Visibility: Illuminating the Path to Responsive, Agile Operations

By LM Staff · January 18, 2018 Supply chain visibility is not an end, but a tool. It is the means to achieving true supply chain effectiveness, agility and ultimately, corporate profitability. The purpose of this paper is to take a step back and look at what visibility really means in supply chain operations, what […]

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Strong December sees spot market truckload demand top capacity, says DAT

By LM Staff · January 18, 2018 Spot market demand in December was strong, finishing what DAT Solutions, a subsidiary of Roper Industries, called a “banner year” for 2017. December national averages for dry and reefer (refrigerated) van rates, respectively, saw 2017 highs, said DAT, and the national average flatbed rate was even with its […]

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Problem Solvers Caucus report takes deep dive to address U.S. infrastructure concerns

A report recently issued by the Problem Solvers Caucus platform, a bipartisan group in Congress comprised of around 40 members focused on working towards bi-partisan cooperation on key issues, focuses on bipartisan policy solutions with an eye on augmenting United States’ infrastructure. Entitled, “Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure,” the report comes at a time when the current status […]

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Maersk and IBM roll out blockchain-based joint venture with a global trade focus

With a focus on providing more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade through the usage of blockchain technology, ocean cargo giant A.P. Moller-Maersk and technology powerhouse IBM announced plans this week for a joint venture (JV). IBM and Maersk said that the objective of this JV is to provide a jointly developed global […]

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NextGen Supply Chain: We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue?

As vehicle manufacturers and investment firms continue to pour money into new vehicle technology that supports green initiatives, the transition to electric vehicles across all areas of transportation continues its rapid expansion. This push, combined with advancements in vehicle automation capabilities, proves once again that change is imminent and should no longer exist as an […]

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Diesel average heads up for fourth straight week, reports EIA

By LM Staff · January 17, 2018 The United States Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported this week that the average price per gallon of diesel gasoline headed up 3.2 cents to $3.028 per gallon. This marks the fourth straight week of gains, following increases of 2.3 cents, 7 cents, and 0.2 cents, […]

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2018 Rate Forecast

Date/TimeThursday, January 25, 2018 2:00PM ModeratorPatrick Burnson, Executive Editor, Logistics Management PanelistsDerik Andreoli, Ph.D.c., Senior Analyst, Mercator International LLC Charles Clowdis, Managing Director, Trans-Logistics Group, Inc. Philip Damas, Director, Drewry Supply Chain Advisors Jerry Hempstead, President, Hempstead Consulting Frank Harder, Principal, Tioga Group John Larkin, Managing Director, Stifel Nicolaus Register Today! The best global growth […]

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Moore on Pricing: Freight settlement and your TMS

Despite decades of improvement in our transportation management systems (TMS), we still have not yet fully realized the value of these systems unless we’ve grasped the concept of “settlement” and not just “freight payment.” By “settlement” I’m referring to the exchange of delivery information, tracking data and claims data in addition to the payment of […]

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Pacific Rim Shipping Report: A zero-emission future

The U.S. West Coast was rife with controversy in 2017, particularly over the threats posed by environmental advocates and community activists targeting the nation’s largest ocean cargo gateway with legal challenges to its massive transportation network. Amid the rancor, however, cooler heads prevailed as the governing boards of the ports of Los Angeles and Long […]

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2018 Outlook: Rates up, capacity tight—time to get smarter

The 2018 edition marks the 8th year that executive editor Patrick Burnson has been our master of ceremonies for both of these offerings. Yet again, Burnson has neatly summarized our panel’s forecasts and will moderate a more detailed discussion with these keen minds in our “2018 Rate Outlook” Webcast on Thursday, Jan. 25, in what is—by […]

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Building the NextGen Supply Chain: Keeping pace with the digital economy

In today’s dynamic business environment, our old ways of managing logistics and supply chains are giving way to new strategies, practices and processes—all of which are designed to meet the requirements of our new digital economy. It’s an era where the Amazon effect is making “same day” almost seem too late, pushing customers to expect […]

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BTS reports U.S-NAFTA trade is up annually in October

By LM Staff · January 5, 2018 The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that United States trade with its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, Canada and Mexico saw an annual gain in October, the most recent month for which data is available. Rising 7.9% to $100.6 billion, October marks […]

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Non-manufacturing sees sequential decline but finishes 2017 with growth, reports ISM

Non-manufacturing activity trended down slightly in December but still remained in solid growth mode, according to data released today by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) in its Non-Manufacturing Report on Business. The index ISM uses to measure non-manufacturing growth—known as the PMI––dropped 1.5% to 55.9 (a reading above 50 indicates growth) in December. Both […]

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BTS reports a new all-time high for Freight Transportation Services Index

By LM Staff · December 15, 2017 The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) headed up 0.6% from September to October, following two months of sequential declines. According to BTS officials, the Freight TSI measures the month-to-month changes in freight shipments in ton-miles, […]

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