The retail industry is evolving and adapting to new consumer demands which is shifting the supply chain landscape. Retailers expect more supply chain visibility, shorter delivery times, and real-time connectivity from shippers and carriers. Compliance programs vary by retailer but the intent is consistent across the industry—have the right product in the right location at the right time while removing waste. I recently participated in a webinar to discuss the changes in retailer expectations and how companies can successfully navigate retail compliance programs. Here are a few of the key takeaways to consider: » Read More
On August 14, 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released the long awaited draft rule updating certain parts of the hours of service (HOS) rules. » Read More
Reoccurring events—like the holiday season—used to provide some level of predictability to ocean shipping trends in the transpacific eastbound (TPEB) trade lane. Typically, holiday peak season volumes ramped up in July, with August and September being the busiest months, and volumes tapered off in October. » Read More
Tariffs are the hot topic today, but there are a few other conditions causing challenges for today’s global supply chain professionals. Recently, I had the chance to talk with Eric Kleinsorge, publisher of Global Trade Magazine for a GT Podcast titled Global Logistics & Current Market Trends. The highlights of our conversation appear below. (Special note: The podcast was recorded before the List 4 tariff announcement in August.) » Read More
For many in the supply chain industry, a cyclical pattern of tension and slack is a familiar occurrence. While freight volumes and the supply of trucks and drivers constantly strive for equal balance, they often fall short. Here are the five key freight trends worth watching in late 2019.
As more companies enter the transportation and logistics industry, your vendor choices and transportation management system (TMS) options expand. And evaluating each provider to ensure the right fit for your organization becomes increasingly complicated. Should you pursue a technology only solution? Or would a people plus technology provider be a better idea? Finding the answers and narrowing your options may start with an unbiased, outside perspective. » Read More
Retail grocery ecommerce sales are up about 35% year-over-year. Experts predict that nearly 70% of retail grocery purchases will be online in the next two-to-five years. This rapid growth is presenting new challenges for stakeholders across the grocery and perishables industry and fresh opportunities to capture additional market share. » Read More
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Reoccurring annual events, like the holiday season, typically bring predictability to air shipping. But lately, out of the ordinary events have disrupted the seasonality we typically expect. The best way to deal with the ever-changing peaks and valleys in air capacity throughout the year is to know both the historical patterns and potential air market disruptors. » Read More
Today’s consumers demand faster deliveries than ever before. So while cost and quality are often viewed as the most important priorities for a company’s supply chain, delivery speed is quickly gaining in prominence. And bringing air freight services into the spotlight. » Read More
When I talk to worldwide businesses in Asia, Oceania, North America, or anywhere else, their chief concern is always the same: how do we meet our customers where they are to get them the products and services they want, all while keeping our own business strategy central?