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Archives for July 2012

Where Do You Get Your Industry Info?

Industry Info

On a recent flight from Miami to Minneapolis, I had an interesting conversation with the passenger seated next to me. It started out with the usual (Where do you live? Do you have kids? What were you doing in Miami?). But it was after I mentioned that I’d just attended the Transportation Marketing & Sales Association’s annual conference that my conversation became more than idle chitchat. » Read More

Growing the Pink Ribbon Watermelon Supply Chain

Pink Ribbon Watermelon

I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing 4th of July. Did you know that the 4th of July is one of the top holidays for watermelon in the U.S.? In fact, July is National Watermelon Month. Sliced on platters, cubed in salads, or even grilled, watermelon was probably on thousands of American picnic tables yesterday. But do you know how growers and distributors overcome logistical hurdles in order to get watermelon to stores? For all you supply chain gurus, here is a tangible example of the importance of the supply chain matching up with consumer demand. » Read More

Transportation Bill Summary

Congress passed Map-21 bill

On Friday, June 29, 2012, the House and Senate passed a transportation bill after 9 short term extensions. This version of the bill will likely be referred to as MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century). While the headlines in trade publications will report the important top line figures and financing sources that will fund roads and bridges through September 2014, there were a number of policy issues that shippers and carriers were watching closely. Here is a summary of some of the other provisions in the transportation bill that may not make the press headlines: » Read More