2013 Peak Season Fast Approaching

3PL Wire

Recently, many carriers and OTI’s have issued notice of Peak Season Surcharges somewhere in the neighborhood of the following with an effective date of August 1, 2013: Dry Containers – Transpacific Eastbound Trade Lane. percent year over year for the first half of 2013. Regardless, let’s hope for a fairly uneventful 2013 peak season shipping season. It’s that time of year again; the Peak Season shipping season is nearly here.

Act Expo 2013

10xLogistics

I will be using twitter a lot more than the blogging site as I will be attending the ACT EXPO 2013 this week. Please follow me at: my logisticsexpert twitter feed. twitter/logisticsexpert. I will follow up with at least a nightly recap. ACTexpo alternative fuels

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China Value Added Tax (VAT) Cai Shui No. 37

3PL Wire

37 (Cai Shui [2013] No. The new policy which replace the previous policy issued this past January will go into effect on August 1, 2013 and calls for a VAT of 6% which will be levied on top of freight and charges currently payable in China. I received numerous notifications from my logistics providers today in regards to the Chinese Government’s Circular No.

APL, ANL, Hanjin Shipping to Launch Joint Intra-Asia Service

3PL Wire

The new service, with an expected launch date of September 1, 2013, will be called the New Zealand – Asia Express (NAX) service and will operate via a vessel sharing agreement between the three companies. APL, ANL and Hanjin Shipping recently joined forces to offer a new weekly service covering Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Global Airfreight Volumes Up Slightly

3PL Wire

I have been so focused on the international ocean market lately that it has been quite sometime since I posted anything airfreight related. I recently read a press release from IATA.org that showed a modest increase in global airfreight volumes. Data release by IATA showed a 1.2 percent increase in global airfreight volumes in June compared to the same time period last year. Although the growth is weak, it marks an improvement over the 0.9 percent growth shown in May and the 0.1

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Media release: TOC CSC EUROPE

3PL Wire

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Supply Chain Management:Infosys Team at IBM Pulse 2013

Infosys Supply Chain Management

« Dynamic Pricing : Is it really worthy | Main | Linear Asset Management and Dynamic Segmentation- Part I » Infosys Team at IBM Pulse 2013. I am back again in Vegas for IBM Pulse 2013. With this, good bye to Pulse 2013, with a hope to generate new business and get more clients with our investment in various Maximo Solutions. Posted by Praveen Kumar Agrawal on March 11, 2013 2:26 PM | Permalink. Posted by: Arvind | March 12, 2013 8:00 AM. August 2013.

Hours update: Congress advances 30-minute break provision, FMCSA to kill 2013 restart regs

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Meanwhile, FMCSA has a rule in the works to permanently bury 2013's regulations limiting the use of a 34-hour restart. Congress could stick its nose into the hours overhaul process by trying to protect the 30-minute break requirement. Featured Slider

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Evans Named Top 3PL by Global Trade Magazine

3PL Insights

EVANS DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS NAMED TOP 10 3PL BY GLOBAL TRADE MAGAZINE by Derek Byrd – Marketing and Inside Sales Manager, Evans Distribution Systems The November/December issue of Global Trade Magazine recognizes leaders in Third... The post Evans Named Top 3PL by Global Trade Magazine appeared first on 3PL Insights - Warehousing, Transportation, and Logistics. 3PL Derek Byrd Logistics Top 10 Lists

Crowd Sourcing Logistics Comes to Wal-Mart

10xLogistics

We have heard of crowd sourcing when it comes to many areas and specifically, mostly, in IT work. Essentially you allow the "crowd" to do the work for you and a lot of times it is free. Think "open-source" type work. Everyone donates, everyone helps and everyone can become a worker for your entity. Another big area where this is popular is in crowd source funding where just about everyone can be a mini bank and provide micro loans to entrepreneurs.

A Drone Delivers Your Package - Part Deux

10xLogistics

Too bad 60 minutes did not read this article " A Drone Delivers Your Package " back in FEBRUARY of 2013! Today the logistics world is a buzz with the idea that Jeff Bezos rolled out on 60 minutes last night that a drone could deliver your package. Amazon.com drones

Awakening the Sleeping Giant - Crude by Rail

10xLogistics

I am short on time as I am heading to the Alternative Fuels Conference ( ACT 2013 ). I wanted to give the light of day to this article on the growth of Crude by Rail (which I mentioned as a trend back here ). This has huge impact on the movement of crude and will likely impact the movement of retail goods. Think about things such as priority of movement on track, where capital spending will go and the locomotive resources. More to follow. Be ready.

The Boom Box Replaced By The iPod

10xLogistics

The ipod was rolled out in October 2001 - it is now May 2013 - better late than never. The anchoring continues by many transportation executives where they publish all sorts of comments that say "if" this happens and "if" that happens then prices will go up. As you know I have been arguing for a while that while capacity has decreased what has been missed in almost all the analysis is the miniaturization of product resulting in, of course, far less truckloads needed.

What Can Logisticians Learn from Emergency Room Doctors - The idea of "Thin Slicing"

10xLogistics

I have read a lot about " control towers " and " big data " lately as I am sure many of you have. This has led me to ask myself, "What will I do with all that data"? More so, I also ask myself, "does more data really result in better decisions or does it get in the way - create so much "noise" that I cannot even see what is really going on"? In previous times we would ask ourselves if we could see the forest through the trees?

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Truckload Strong; Intermodal Weak

10xLogistics

Clearly, going into Q2 in both 2012 and 2013 we see the price index decrease. In 2013 it tried but quickly was rebuked. I have not reviewed the CASS information for a while but have used other sources which have all told the same story. Intermodal freight is soft relative to capacity which is putting pressure on rates. However, the September truckload numbers show strong expenditure increases with shipments staying moderate. Translate this into higher rates.

Does Re-Shoring Mean a Return to Industrialized America?

10xLogistics

One of the reasons this is true was described in a Logistics viewpoints' prediction for 2013 where Adrian Gonzales identified " the robots keep coming ". I really like the article Kevin O'Marah wrote over at SCM World entitled: Re-shoring is a Red Herring. He rightfully points out that while re-shoring is great for a variety of reasons we should not hold out hope for the whole scale re-industrialization along with the many jobs it brings.

Cass March Freight Index - Surge in Freight; Not So Much Rates

10xLogistics

The March Cass Freight Index is out and while freight showed a marked increase in march ( 5.8% Feb to Mar and 4.2% YoY) the expenditure increase can almost totally be attributed to the increase in freight - meaning rates are staying fairly steady. What this does not show is things soften in the first week of April, which I fully expect to see in this month's report.

Retailers Compete on Supply Chain - Part Deux

10xLogistics

I have talked for years in speeches and in advising companies that the supply chain will become the competitive advantage for those trying to move products to market. Especially if you are a retailer, you compete on supply chain in a major way. In a blog post recently, titled Execution IS a Strategy I also talked about how great execution, more and more, differentiates the different retailers. The same product is on the shelf and it is just a matter of who executes better.

Is The "Final 3 Feet" The Most Important Logistics Leg?

10xLogistics

I have talked a lot about " Final Mile " logistics especially since so many are trying to compete in this area. From next day delivery to same day delivery to " crowd sourcing " delivery just about every retailer is trying to get an advantage over the other through a more efficient final mile delivery network. However, 90% of shopping is still done in retail stores and the final 3 feet are the most important part of the execution of in store logistics.

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Total Business Inventory to Sales Ratios

10xLogistics

On March 13, 2013 the census bureau released the numbers showing the total business inventories to sales ratio for January. Somehow last week got away from me, perhaps too much sun in Florida the week prior, so I did not post this on Thursday as I would have liked. If you remember, I posted the wholesale numbers a few days back at this post and said I was getting concerned about the inventory levels backing up in the supply chain.

The Value of S&OP in Logistics

10xLogistics

I have been talking a lot at various events recently on the value of Sales and Operations Planning to the logistician and specifically to those managing transportation. I have found many so called "great" S&OP processes stop at the end of the factory and just assume unlimited capacity and capability from the distribution arm of the supply chain.

Economic Gains - Concept or Reality?

10xLogistics

Don't want to be a "debbie downer" here but I came across this article in Logistics Management Magazine titled: Economic Gains are Sometimes More of a Concept Than Reality. I tend to agree with the author on this one and said as much in my Macroeconomic Monday post last week. economics Economy Macroeconomic Monday

Is Domestic Oil Drilling The Right Security Policy for the US?

10xLogistics

This is a topic near and dear to logisticians and the overall energy strategy for the United States which then translates into what supply chains can expect for energy policy. You cannot pick up a magazine, newspaper or watch a news show without the discussion of "energy independence" and how wonderful that will be / is for the United States. And it is precisely that popularity which causes me to seek out other opinions.

In Memory of A True Visionary - John "Jock" Menzies

10xLogistics

Last year at the CSCMP Annual Global Conference I had the pleasure of randomly sitting down with a person I had never met before and his name was Jock Menzies. I was immediately fascinated as he told me of his organization, American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN). He told me his story of how he set out to complete reform the logistics and and supply chain of how disaster relief is executed. And by all accounts he was highly successful.

Macroeconomic Monday® - The Demographic Shift to Multi Family, City Dwelling is Real

10xLogistics

For those reading this today, Saturday, I normally write this on Saturday then post on Monday. But, I figured if you want to read on Saturday why not? However, the name remains the same. So, last week was an incredible week for economic news and the stock market. I remind everyone who may think the financial sky is falling that the S&P is still up close to 18% this year so I would not fret too much (Unless you are a late comer to the party then you may wonder what happened).

Tesla Motors' Supply Chain VP to Speak at CSCMP Annual Global Conference; Closing Session to Focus on Personal Development

10xLogistics

Tesla Motors' Supply Chain VP to Speak at CSCMP Annual Global Conference; Closing Session to Focus on Personal Development A great development and looking forward to this fantastic discussion. How to design and make a supply chain from scratch

Wal-Mart Guides Lower - Sales Weaker

10xLogistics

Reporting this morning, Wal-Mart is describing slow sales , and it has guided the street lower for the remainder part of the year. This is not good news but not unexpected for my readers. Until unemployment gets to 6% or lower you can expect to see a slow tough slog on consumer goods and that will deflate the demand for trucks. If you have to continue to look at one economic number which ultimately will drive the demand for transportation, look at unemployment. If Wal-Mart guides down 1.5%

Application of "Signal and The Noise" to Predicting Freight Volumes

10xLogistics

I am deep into reading Signal and The Noise by Nate Silver - This is the guy who almost perfectly predicted the outcome of the last election, state by state, while virtually all of the talking heads and big public polling houses go tit all wrong. I have not finished the book yet but so far it is a fascinating read. So, why discuss this on a transportation, logistics and supply chain blog? As many of you know, I am a closet forecaster.

Why You, The Logistics and Supply Chain Manager, Need to OWN Your Sustainability Program

10xLogistics

Many companies have sustainability offices or offices for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and because of this many logistics and supply chain managers acquiesce their obligation to sustainability to these offices. The offices do not have the staff to really do the job at the execution level (they are great at setting high level goals and making press releases) and therefore much of a company's sustainability program is thrown over the wall to external "validating" agencies.

XPO Logistics Starts a 8m Share Secondary Offering

10xLogistics

The company says this is to help finance the previously announced acquisition of 3PD. As I said in a previous post, this acquisition seems to be more about taking 3PD public than synergies. I don't pretend to be a financial genius but I am always suspect of selling part of a company and diluting earnings to current shareholders. Seems like if you really believe in the pro-forma you would want to keep as much as you can for yourself. 3PD XPO

Can We Finally Get on With Life? HOS is Upheld

10xLogistics

Today it was reported that virtually all of the provisions in the hours of service (HOS) rule-making were upheld in court (again). We should now be able to just get on with life, stop enriching the lawyers, and start planning our supply chains better. HOS logistics transportation

What Does 1.7%GDP Growth Mean for Transportation?

10xLogistics

This week the first look at Q2 GDP came in and the number was 1.7%. Headlines were anywhere from " GDP Crushes Expectations " (Set the bar low) to " GDP Hardly Booming but no swoon in sight ". The key factor for which headline you believe is what were your expectations to start with? Personally, I am in the camp that regardless, 1.7% is very anemic growth rate, it will not solve our unemployment problem and it will keep our economy somewhat mired for a long time.

What Supply Chain Needs is Long Term Thinking

10xLogistics

We all know there is a conflict - a push / pull relationship if you will - between delivering current results and looking out to the long term. The story goes that the short term are the "table stakes" meaning you have to deliver those in order to earn the right to think long term. This makes sense. After all, you would not want your company to go out of business in the short term just to ensure some long term plan is in place. However, I do not believe that is our problem.

XPO Logistics Records a Wider Loss Year over Year

10xLogistics

I continue to follow this company closely as should anyone in the brokerage and now final mile business (see acquisition of 3PD). However, I am also fascinated at how much money can be lost in the quest to make money. I really question whether this is in the best long term interests of the company as they lost $1.00 per share or $18M dollars versus Q2 of last year when they lost $5.9M cents per share.

Read into The Earnings Statements - Freight is Soft - Beyond the Hype

10xLogistics

I found something very intriguing for shippers in the JB Hunt earnings release and it had to do with the ICS (Integrated Capacity Solutions) earnings. Essentially, the group is a broker so they act a lot like an actual shipper. They have loads and they go to the open market to procure those loads. Here is what the results say: Revenue - $132M up 20% Operating Income - $4.2M up 113% That is telling as the OI is increasing at a dramatic pace over the revenue. Why is this?