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Archives for March 2014

Great Scott, Expedited Intermodal!

Great Scott, Expedited Intermodal!

Expedited Intermodal

Not even Doc Brown’s steam engine time machine could help predict the speed and efficiency of today’s expedited intermodal service. Transporting goods by rail certainly isn’t new. Even before the creation of the steam engine, wooden rails were used to move freight from one place to another. Not nearly as far reaching or expansive, and commonly powered by people or animals, these were the earliest railroads in the world. But since the invention of the truck, rail service has often been perceived as a slower and less flexible transportation option. One way to overcome this perception and help streamline the process was the development of intermodal service. According to the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA), intermodal service has grown from 15% of rail traffic in 1980 to over 40% of all rail traffic today. The development and expansion of expedited intermodal service helps to break down those negative perceptions even further. » Read More

Think You Know Consolidation? Take Another Look

Think You Know Consolidation? Take Another Look

Consolidation

Some shippers dismiss freight consolidation as rigid, inefficient, and slow; others say it optimizes time and reduces touches. Who’s right?

Where you fall on this spectrum could depend on how long it’s been since you had your freight consolidated, and who did the consolidating for you. » Read More

Highlights of the 2014 Retail Supply Chain Conference

Highlights of the 2014 Retail Supply Chain Conference

Retail Supply Chain Conference

This year’s Retail Supply Chain Conference saw a flurry of activity, with 721 tweets from 203 contributors over the eight days leading up to and following the conference. In all, 226,467 accounts were reached by Twitter activity. Here’s a brief capsule of the biggest events that occurred and caused so much buzz. » Read More

Managing Weather’s Impact on Transportation Capacity and Costs

Managing Weather’s Impact on Transportation Capacity and Costs

Winter Impact on Transportation

Editor’s Note: Last week, Mark Derks contributed a blog post for Logistics Viewpoints. We’re sharing his original post here because topics on the transportation market are always relevant topics. Please share your thoughts and read the blog post, Managing Weather’s Impact on Transportation Capacity and Costs.

Empty shelves at the grocery store, higher priced retail items, just-in-time deliveries, and extra-long transit times are all becoming normal occurrences thanks to the inundation of recent winter storms. If your job involves transportation or the supply chain you’ve probably been impacted particularly hard—namely in the form of transportation delays and rising costs. These unexpected transportation changes this early in the year make satisfying customers and staying on budget particularly challenging. » Read More