Supply Chain and Logistics

International transport costs: Why and how to measure them?

Supply Chain and Logistics

A nice article from Jan Hoffman of the IAME. Clearly it’s important to measure the costs, and how to do it is a big problem, given the fractionated international transport market. COVID-19 changes make it even more problematic, and then … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Supply Chains international trade ocean shipping transportation

Port of LA will pay container terminals for efficiency gains

Supply Chain and Logistics

One way to improve throughput is to offer performance rewards to the players. The Port of LA will reward Terminal Operators for each fast turn around of a truck. It is an interesting attempt to help truckers out. Quicker turns … Continue reading → Labor Economics Logistics Ports Production Operations Supply Chains Trucking container shipping port management ports trucking


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Gartner’s strategic tech trends for 2021 turn pragmatic

Supply Chain and Logistics

Gartner thinks companies are finally starting to take security and protection of data seriously, and will focus more on the very practical improvements to operations they can make using IT. Big data, AI and other tech will play a role, … Continue reading → Advanced Computing cybersecurity innovation technology

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US exporters revolt over cost of changing earliest return dates

Supply Chain and Logistics

This story isn’t pretty. It details how shipping lines are not providing accurate information on earliest return dates, and in fact are often changing them at the last minute. Those changes often result in penalties charged to shippers. It’s another … Continue reading → Advanced Computing Logistics Ports Shipping Supply Chains agriculture containers customer service information systems Ocean ocean shipping

Webinar on Demand: 3 Ways to Make your Operational Execution More Robust with S&OE

Speaker: Sander van Lokven and N.S. Krishnan

S&OE provides an early warning system that helps business stakeholders sense and optimize their responses. This keeps the supply chain out of firefighting mode, smoothens relationships with customers and suppliers, and helps sustain margins by reducing the cost to serve.

Flexport: ‘… predictability and stability, not just dirt cheap rates’

Supply Chain and Logistics

It’s always interesting to hear what Ryan Petersen of Flexport has to say about trade. In addition to being a top executive in the shipping 3PL arena, he’s often an astute economic observer. And he’s echoing a refrain lots of … Continue reading → Logistics Service Management Shipping Strategy Supply Chains containers customer service ocean shipping service

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Felixstowe revamps VBS to stop ‘haulier abuse’

Supply Chain and Logistics

Here is an example of the adversarial approach to overbooking. Felixstowe has had serious problems handling cargo over the last several months. Port management is blaming it on everyone but themselves. Ocean carriers are avoiding the port or canceling visits, … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Production Operations Shipping Supply Chains bookings container shipping information systems intermodal ocean shipping ports trucking

Can green shipping scheme learn to ‘herd cats’?

Supply Chain and Logistics

This article provides a valuable perspective on sustainability. There seems to be, despite all odds, a rising tide of concern about the environment and sustainability behavior for maritime firms. Investors and insurers are starting to pay close attention to how … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Strategy Sustainability environment Investing reporting sustainability

Truckers counter ocean carrier effort to dismiss chassis complaint

Supply Chain and Logistics

It goes on and on. Truckers at ports are constantly being rattled by individual contract specifications that are probable violations of law. Chassis, as usual, are one of the flash points. There’s always something new to write about when we … Continue reading → Ports Service Management Supply Chains Trucking Chassis legal action Logistics ports service trucking

Rail shippers say admin and maintenance service is falling behind with PSR

Supply Chain and Logistics

Is PSR just another shorthand for cost cutting? It seems shippers think they are getting more financial responsibility for admin and maintenance now that most class I rails have adopted PSR practices. Firms are usually trying to save money. And … Continue reading → Logistics Rail Service Management Supply Chains maintenance operations PSR

Perfect Delivery: The New Rules for Survival, Innovation, and Growth

As supply chain complexity increases, so do challenges to achieving the perfect order. ARC Advisory Group shares: hurdles faced in achieving the perfect order, opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and reduce costs, and how cloud SCM contributes to operational flexibility.

UK government looks to blame predicted Brexit chaos on logistics sector

Supply Chain and Logistics

Brexit is coming, and it’s clear that the government, which has been pushing Brexit along, has chosen not to invest or prioritize systems for logistics. The logistics community will be forced into dealing with a tangle of poorly understood rules … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Supply Chains Trucking Brexit information systems international trade

UPDATE – Felixstowe issues apology and rescinds container ban

Supply Chain and Logistics

Well, the media storm over the ban on receiving empty containers at Felixstowe got their attention at the port. Our earlier post on this subject explained the problem. The apologies were for “inconvenience”, “our service standards are not currently where … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Supply Chains Trucking Big Data intermodal transport port management ports Software supply chain disruption trucking

2M restores transpacific capacity, pleads for return of empty containers

Supply Chain and Logistics

Ocean carriers are suddenly waking up to the fact that supply chain disruptions for their customers are bad for relations. Now they’ve decided that they blanked too many voyages. And thehoarding of containers by customers who usethem to store goods … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Strategy Supply Chains blankings Chassis containers intermodal ocean shipping supply chains

Chaos at port of Felixstowe – carriers refuse return of empty boxes

Supply Chain and Logistics

It’s typical of IT projects to ber late or never get finished. Here we seem to have an example that is severely impacting everyone else in the supply chain. Here at Felixstowe, you can’t return empty containers. You have to … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Supply Chains Trucking Big Data intermodal transport ports Software trucking

How Does Your Inventory Optimization Process Compare to Peers?

The 15-question assessment takes only 5 minutes to complete. Take it now to see how your inventory optimization process scores and benchmark it against peers. Responses are aggregated and kept anonymous. We hope it serves as a thought-provoking exercise to improve your approach!

Maersk joins CP Rail inland with new transload facility

Supply Chain and Logistics

Maersk is in the forefront of expanding their supply chain control into the hinterland. The Port of Vancouver is in a very closed in space, a bit like San Francisco, with little room to expand facilities. Maersk has finally grasped … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Strategy Supply Chains cooperation inland warehouses intermodal transport transloading

Port of LA leader calls for industrywide digital transformation

Supply Chain and Logistics

Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of LA, is calling on people to cooperate and share data on logistics activities. He wants to see a bold information transformation, for the maritime industry and also for on-shore logistics. He was … Continue reading → analytics Logistics Ports Supply Chains Big Data computing cooperation coronavirus information systems maritime

Challenge HOS final rule in federal court

Supply Chain and Logistics

Teamsters and several safety organizations have challenged the new HOS rules. It won’t keep them from going into effect; but it will point out that the new rules directly contradict previous findings of the FMCSA. I’ve been waiting for such … Continue reading → Labor Economics Logistics Trucking government HOS rules regulations trucking

Mexico trucking capacity crunch

Supply Chain and Logistics

The USMCA replacement for NAFTA has not improved anything regarding trucking between the US and Mexico. COVID-19, movement of production from the Far East to Mexico, and no change in regulations, has put demands on trucking firms and on drivers … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains Trucking international trade Mexico trucking USMCA

Ocean Supply Chain Visibility: Adapting and Thriving in a Rapidly Changing Global Economy

Building off of the lessons and challenges of 2020, what are global businesses and supply chains doing in 2021 to go beyond survival and truly thrive?

‘Data sharing is nice, but cooperation is key’ to ending congestion

Supply Chain and Logistics

The speaker, Stefan Pieters of Jan de Rijk, was speaking of the relation between road hauliers and airport stakeholders. I believe most hauliers at ports, warehouses, inland terminals, and any cargo transfer points would be saying the same thing. And … Continue reading → Logistics Service Management Strategy Supply Chains Trucking cooperation supply chains trucking

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Dealing with the shameful crew-change crisis

Supply Chain and Logistics

Here’s a suggestion for a relatively simple way to stop the cheating on crew changes during Covid-19. Crews are often not allowed to leave ships during the Covid-19 crisis, and are either coerced into signing renewal contracts or simply denied … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Supply Chains coronavirus crew changes disruption insurance labor relations ocean shipping

Walmart tightens on-time, in-full requirements

Supply Chain and Logistics

A large shipping firm has grabbed a problem by the throat. Wal-Mart has raised its on-time in-full (OTIF) shipment requirements for all suppliers to 98%. It’s in response to a significant drop-off of on-time deliveries and short shipments, possibly due … Continue reading → Logistics Production Operations Strategy Supply Chains Shipping standards transportation

ExxonMobil to expand biofuel bunkering

Supply Chain and Logistics

ExxonMobil is working with the Port of Rotterdam and Stena Bulk to provide 0.5% marine biofuel made with second-generation waste. It will be available later this year. This renewable fuel on a commercial scale is a noble effort. It won’t … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Sustainability biofuel bunker oil environment fuel ocean shipping

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GEP Outlook 2021 Report

It’s 2021, and many enterprises are still reeling from the unprecedented disruption of last year. Get a leg up with the GEP Outlook 2021 Report, featuring eight critical leadership themes that will help you navigate uncertainty and thrive in the new normal.

How much wood would a container manufacturer chuck?

Supply Chain and Logistics

Good old fashioned Operations Management; saving money by reducing the amount of wood used in container floors. Chris Gillis Thursday, September 10, 2020 Link: [link]. Logistics Shipping Sustainability containers intermodal sustainability

Flag states attacked for weakness on crew change

Supply Chain and Logistics

The crew change crisis continues. Some very strong remarks by Hugo De Stoop, CEO of Belgian tanker giant Euronav, at the International Chamber of Shipping webinar indicated that ship owners’ desire to hide out from problems like crew welfare means … Continue reading → Logistics Service Management Shipping coronavirus labor economics labor relations

UPS testing telematics watching truckers draws ire of union dissident group

Supply Chain and Logistics

Teamsters for a Democratic Union warns of driver harassment issues. The Teamsters Union itself has not expressed opposition. The problem has to do with visual devices that watch the road to tell the driver if she is drifting to the … Continue reading → Uncategorized Logistics trucking

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Shippers ‘held to ransom’ from blanked sailings and feeder problems

Supply Chain and Logistics

The constant stream of blanked sailings is predictably disrupting many supply chains and networks. Shippers are not getting the message, and it’s costing them extra, unplanned expense. That will percolate down to their customers as well, both in reliability and … Continue reading → Logistics Service Management Shipping Strategy Supply Chains customer service intermodal transport ocean shipping port management

Use Chaos to Build a Stronger Organization

Speaker: Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group

As we look to tomorrow, it is time to ask ourselves what lessons have we learned and how do we create flexible organizations that can survive what the future holds. Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, will share insights, data, and tools that are helping organizations adapt and even thrive in this difficult environment. She’ll discuss the emerging trends in the Learning technology market, and how these exciting new approaches to creating micro, adaptive, and personalized content is changing the face of workforce development while creating strong connections to business outcomes.

Commentary: What makes Alaska’s oil industry unique?

Supply Chain and Logistics

This article showcases the difficulties of arctic oil production andlogistics. It is a very nice summary of the most important long term issues. Of course there are many others, on the sustainability side, like devastation of the tundra habitat, and … Continue reading → Logistics Managerial Econ Production Operations Supply Chains Sustainability arctic environment Oil sustainability

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Containerized soybean exports spike

Supply Chain and Logistics

There are suddenly more exports of soybeans to China in containers. It’s earlier than usual, and more of them. Over several years now, containerized exports of soybeans are rising, but suddenly it’s faster. A Taiwanese source said that “it’s more … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Supply Chains agriculture container shipping intermodal transport ocean shipping soybeans

LA and Long Beach ports could learn from Mister Rogers

Supply Chain and Logistics

Cooperation seems to go out the window in tough times. But California’s ports have a long history of cooperation on clean air. I hope they will resolve differences soon and putthis behind us. A reduction in the clean air fee … Continue reading → Labor Economics Logistics Ports Supply Chains Sustainability clean air cooperation emissions infrastructure port management

Truckers seek $1.8B from ocean carriers for alleged chassis overcharges

Supply Chain and Logistics

Once again intermodal container chassis become a bone of contention.Ocean carriers brought this on themselves by trying to escape liability for accidents caused by defective chassis. They created a system in which they could retain shadow control over chassis availability … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Supply Chains Trucking chassis pools intermodal ocean shipping trucking

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!