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Archives for November 2015

Coercion Rule Underscores Industry Standard

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While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a final version of what is commonly referred to as the coercion rule, industry experts don’t anticipate much of an impact on drivers, carriers, shippers, or brokers. They note that coercion is already well-established as illegal activity and that this rule puts structure around the complaint process. » Read More

Black Friday: An Impossible Feat without Logistics

BlackFridayPostImageWho could forget the frenzy over Cabbage Patch Kids® dolls in 1983, the quest for a Nintendo® Game Boy™ in 1991, the Tyco® Tickle Me Elmo mania of 1996, or the invasion of the Furby in 1998? With Black Friday approaching, what will be the must-have toy of the year? Building blocks and gaming consoles are always safe bets, but the smart money this year is on any collectable from a certain movie taking place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

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Good Safety is Good Business at the LogiChem 2015 Conference

LogiChem_BlogImageLast week’s 2015 LogiChem conference was held in Philadelphia, PA, the birthplace of the signing of our Declaration of Independence. I always come back from these conferences inspired and fascinated at how diligent chemical supply chain managers must be to mitigate risk and adverse events.

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6 Answers for Your Top TPP Agreement Questions

TPPBlogPostYou’ve probably heard about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in the last two weeks in some form or another. Since the release of the final text for the TPP agreement, along with President Obama’s announcement on November 5, 2015, that he intended to sign it, the TPP agreement has been a fairly hot topic—across all industries—with some aspects being more controversial than others. While we’re still sorting through the full text, we wanted to provide you with some background, answer some questions, and offer some insight about what the TPP agreement means for the transportation and logistics industry. Here are the top six questions our customers are asking about the TPP agreement.

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November Market Update: Transportation Industry News

MarketUpdate_TransDespite a slower than anticipated peak season, FTR expects that the trucking regulations that will soon take effect will tighten conditions in 2016. Read the November Market Update for more on this and other highlights on key factors that impact the transportation industry in North America. Then, share your thoughts on these topics and other issues that affect your business.

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Energizer Holdings: A Crossdocking Case Study

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As companies grow into global contenders, often they notice their once simple, and easy to follow, processes gain layers of complexity. This is especially true for transportation and logistics. Working with multiple vendors, offering numerous products, or operating in several countries across the globe (or all of the above), are just a few of the challenges that can cause strain on any business. » Read More

7 Questions: How Oil and Gas Companies Can Save on Transportation

Oil and Gas Supply ChainIf you can answer “no” to these questions, you can skip this blog post. Your supply chain is already a smooth-running machine. But if you answer “yes” to any of them, you may be making common supply chain errors that can dramatically increase transportation spending. Whether you are in exploration and production, transfer and storage, or refining, purifying, and marketing crude oil and natural gas products, here are some of the best places to look for your savings.

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Global Forwarding in the China Market: What You Need to Know

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Because the Chinese middle class continues to grow and buy, Chinese markets are highly attractive for imports, if you have a global forwarding provider who knows how to deliver.

With 1.35 billion people, China is the world’s most populous country. According to the International Monetary Fund, China’s 2016 GDP reached $11.2 trillion (USD), making it the world’s second largest economy; GDP is expected to reach $15 trillion (USD) by 2019.

China is also the second largest importer of goods globally, largely due to the fast-growing consumer and automotive market. Between 2004 and 2014, China imported $13.52 trillion (USD) in goods. Most imports come from Europe, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), South Korea, Japan, and United States, respectively, based on import value. » Read More