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


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.

Jean's Blog: What Unemployment Numbers Mean to Me

Women and Logistics

Every week in the news, we are bombarded with more economic statistics. One week, the unemployment percentage looks favorable. The following week, more people are filing for unemployment claims than was anticipated.

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3D Printing Fashion: A Looming Revolution in the Apparel Industry

Apparel Logistics

Time and time again throughout history, thriving, well-established, finely tuned industries have faced waves of technological disruption that thoroughly upended the status quo

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

Evans Named Top 3PL by Global Trade Magazine

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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

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

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I received numerous notifications from my logistics providers today in regards to the Chinese Government’s Circular No. 37 (Cai Shui [2013] No. 37) on “Tax Policy Regarding Nationwide Implementation of VAT Pilot Program on Transportation and Modern Services Sectors” This new tax policy has been issued jointly by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the State Administration of Taxation (SAT) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Global Airfreight Volumes Up Slightly

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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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2013 Peak Season Fast Approaching

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It’s that time of year again; the Peak Season shipping season is nearly here. The topic of PSS during my contract negotiations this past April was an interesting one in that many of my carriers were willing to add a no PSS clause into our contracts. Prior year’s contract negotiations were much more difficult with many carriers, at a minimum, insisting on a mutual PSS clause in our contract language as many of the carriers were looking to recuperate previous losses.

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

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APL, ANL and Hanjin Shipping recently joined forces to offer a new weekly service covering Asia, Australia and New Zealand. 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. Each of the three partners will contribute two container ships and offer a 2,200 TEU capacity each week.

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

Retailers Unite to Form Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative

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An alliance of 17 North American retailers has been formed to improve factory safety conditions for workers in Bangladesh.

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


I have talked a lot about " Final Mile " logistics especially since so many are trying to compete in this area.

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


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).

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


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.

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

Will Monday Morning, July 1, be Y2K All Over Again?


The fear mongering that has gone on about the hours of service (HOS) changes taking effect on Monday remind me a lot of the Y2K fear. For those who were around then remember the TV networks showing every major city in the world as Y2K hit?

Macroeconomic Monday® - A tale of Two Economies


There are two economies developing and it is very important you do not confuse the two. The first economy is the financial economy. This is Wall Street, investing, arbitrage and commodities. When bundled together this economy is on a tear.

More Signs of a Financial Economy; Not a Production Economy


On June 3 the Institute for Supply Management issued their May ISM index and it came in at 49. Unfortunately, this means the manufacturing component of our economy actually contracted in May (despite all the talk of a manufacturing renaissance).

Amazon Fresh - Amazon Groceries to a Door Near You


A fascinating discovery occurred the other day on my way to Chicago from Michigan. As I was driving down I-94 I saw a delivery truck coming the other direction. It looked a lot like the size / model of a UPS truck except it was somewhat lime green.

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.

Sustainability is Good Business - Global Companies Sign on To A Climate Declaration


Be careful if you think demanding action for climate change is just the purview of the crazies; many Fortune 100 companies are taking this very seriously.


The Jobs Report Relative to Logistics: Families Enjoy Life More With Less?


The major economic news yesterday which, for a short period of time shattered the markets, was the jobs report. Some key statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) press release : Employment up 88K (Far below estimates) Long Term unemployed remained constant at about 4.6M

The Sick State of Ocean Freight


I do not spend a lot of time on ocean freight and I probably should spend more. Suffice it to say I know it is in a dramatic over capacity situation and has been for a few years.

Supply Chain and Sustainability


Greenbiz and Supply Chain Insights conduct a survey on the different thoughts of supply chain organizations and sustainability organizations in a company. This is very telling since I truly believe sustainability should be embedded in the operations of Supply Chain.

How Automation in the Supply Chain Will Make Employees More Strategic & Improve the Overall Supply Chain

Speaker: Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis

In this educational webinar, Adam Robinson from Cerasis, a leading North American Transportation Management Solutions Company, will address how automation in the supply chain is allowing companies to empower their employees with a more strategic work flow aiding in overall collaboration with peers across departments, improved business operations, more efficient manufacturing, a healthier corporate culture, and more visibility to data and processes providing the ability to gain actionable insights that lead towards actions that impact the company’s bottom line.

Total Business Inventory to Sales Ratios


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. On March 13, 2013 the census bureau released the numbers showing the total business inventories to sales ratio for January.

The Week That Was - Wow!! But Will It Translate into Physical Goods?


Well, this was the week we have all been waiting for if you are one of those who did not abandon the market after the last downturn, stayed the course (Borrowed from Vanguard®), and rode the wave to new heights. If you are one who did abandon the market, well, I guess this was not such a good week.

February Cass Freight Index Supports 10xLE® Predictions


The February Cass Freight Index has been released and it continues to support and is right in line with what we have been predicting here at 10x Logistics Experts. The market is soft and continues to bounce around the bottom which is holding rates flat for the data bases procurement experts.

Inventory to Sales Ratio - Will March Change the Curve?


One of my favorite measurements of business activity which actually relates to transportation volume is the Inventory to Sales Ratio. As I get ready for January's numbers to be released I remembered I did not comment on December's numbers.

Smarter Networks for Customer Fulfillment

Speaker: Hannah Testani, COO, Intelligent Audit

You've probably noticed that shipping costs are going up. Have you ever wondered if your transportation spend is as optimized as it could be? It's 2019, and consumers are expecting shipping to be cheap and quick, but that can turn into a real headache from the shipper's side of the equation if you don't make the appropriate changes. But what changes do you even need to make? Join Hannah Testani, COO of Intelligent Audit, as she takes us through the reasons why your shipping could cost so much, and how to use big data and digital transformation to move the needle on your transportation spend.