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Category: Supply Chain/Logistics

Expedited Carriers: The Fast and the Furious - 1/24/2012
Technology plays a key role in ensuring that expedited shipments arrive on time to the correct location, and this technology is present from route planning...

Coming to Term with Today's Supply Chain Challenges - 2/07/2012
This article includes updated definitions on nine significant supply chain terms, why these terms are important to supply chain professionals, and how each term affects...

Floodwaters Are Gone, but Supply Chain Issues Linger - 2/23/2012
Prior to the recent record-setting flood, factories in Thailand produced nearly half of the world's hard disk drives. Even weeks after the floodwaters receded from...

Institute Launches Logistics-Distribution Index to Help Businesses - 5/01/2012
The University of Louisville's Logistics and Distribution Institute has developed a monthly economic indicator to assist in monitoring market well-being and aid in investment decisions....

Thinking About the Next Big Supply Chain Disruption - 5/01/2012
This item discusses the value of supply chain risk management citing examples of recent natural disasters as well as previous man-made crises. Included are both...

2012 Manufacturing and Logistics Report - 7/23/2012
Ball State University's Center for Business and Economic Research has released the 2012 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card. This study rates each of the 50...

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Launch of Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness - 10/25/2012
The acting United States Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank has announced the introduction of an Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. This committee will consist of...

How Population Change Affects Supply Chains - 11/05/2012
Recent research has looked to understand how population change affects supply chains and business practices. Researchers have found three characteristics to aid in this explanation:...

Measuring the Transportation System from a Supply Chain Perspective - 11/05/2012
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has published findings from a recent workshop held to discuss freight transportation data as well as how use this data...

Cargo Deliveries Stalled by Hurricane Sandy are Recovering - 11/07/2012
While there are continued challenges at the Port of New York/New Jersey due to Hurricane Sandy, cargo deliveries are improving following a week of recovery....

Hurricane Sandy Snarls New York Oil Logistics and Gasoline Deliveries - 11/07/2012
Hurricane Sandy caused significant logistical challenges for the oil and gasoline industry trying to deliver supplies to regional gasoline stations with low supply. Due to...

Notional Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for Federal Information Systems - 1/03/2013
This report by the United States Department of Commerce discusses a wide array of practices to help mitigate supply chain risk to federal information systems....

Enabling Trade: Valuing Growth Opportunities - 1/30/2013
The World Economic Forum has published a report investigating the influence of supply chain barriers on the global gross domestic product (GDP). This report finds...

A Discussion on the Increase of Intermodal Traffic - 4/02/2013
This item provides a discussion on current issues affecting major supply chains (e.g., fuel costs, driver shortages, loss of productivity), and how fleets are changing...

Characterizing Oregon's Supply Chains - 4/17/2013
The Oregon Department of Transportation has completed a study on Oregon's supply chains in an effort to better define the relationship between freight movement and...

Goods Movement Study in Illinois: Application to Freight Transportation and Logistics - 4/17/2013
The University of Illinois has completed a nationwide online freight establishment study to investigate freight shipping practices. Researchers collected surveys from 966 establishments reviewing nearly...

How Logistics Facilitate an Efficient Freight Transportation System - 7/01/2013
A recent hearing by the Congressional Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation emphasized the need for an efficient freight system to ensure that the United...

Report Highlighting Risk and Recoveries from Extreme Disruptions in Freight Transportation Systems - 7/15/2013
The Metrans Transportation Center has completed research investigating the risks imposed on and recoveries of transportation systems in megacities as a result of extreme events,...

Governor Scott Announces $2.5 Million Investment for the South Florida Logistics Center - 8/30/2013
Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the South Florida Logistics Center (SFLC) project will receive a $2.5 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to...

City Logistics Research: A Transatlantic Perspective - 1/08/2014
The Transportation Research Board has released conference proceedings from a May 2013 international symposium focusing on urban transportation and goods movement in both the United...

Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics: January 2014 Monthly Market Snapshot - 1/21/2014
The Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics has published their January 2014 monthly snapshot of the logistics industry. Each market snapshot provides readers a detailed...

Trade and Transport Corridor Management Toolkit - 6/10/2014
The World Bank has published a toolkit discussing: methods to identify issues and constraints of trade along a corridor, determine a corridor's performance, understand options...

Making Seaports Resilient as Part of Extended Intermodal Supply Chains - 8/20/2014
The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has released a report focusing on how disruptive events affect United States seaports. Through a...

Eroding Soybean Competitiveness and Market Shares: What Is the Road Ahead? - 9/29/2014
A recent study by the United States Department of Agriculture investigated changes in the market share of the world's soybean market. This report includes an...

Retailers Seek Port Labor Accord to Avoid Holiday Delays - 10/15/2014
Retailers are concerned that the on-going negotiations between workers and management of West Coast ports may affect shipments for the holiday season. The National Retail...

Developing Freight Fluidity Performance Measures - 11/13/2014
The Transportation Research Board has completed their documentation of the Developing Freight Fluidity Performance Measures: Supply Chain Perspective on Freight System Performance Workshop held in...

Governor Larry Hogan Announces New 30-year Contract for Port of Baltimore - 12/17/2015
Governor Larry Hogan, along with state and local elected officials, on December 3, 2015, announced a new 30-year contract between the Maryland Department of Transportation's...

UPS to Wind Down Freight Pickups With Strike Looming - 11/05/2018
UPS is working to empty their freight network in advance of a potential strike by its 11,000 union workers if their re-negotiated labor deal is...

At Georgia Ports Authority, the Ambitions Go Well Beyond the Water - 12/06/2018
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) is hoping that through the "Mid-American Arc" project, Asian imports headed for the mid-west can be diverted from California ports...

Port of Oakland Makes Truck Turn Times Public - 2/12/2019
A truck turn is the time it takes for a truck to move through and exit a marine terminal. In an attempt to improve cargo...

Truckmakers Getting Connected to Improve Logistics - 4/23/2019
Logistics operations have to be more dynamic in order to meet the new delivery demands of customers. Industry partners are using telematics data to make...

Freight Transportation Resilience in Response to Supply Chain Disruptions - 6/04/2019
The NCFRP 50 project resulted in a guidance document on mitigating and adapting to logistical disruptions to supply chains for public and private stakeholders. This...

Final-Mile Delivery Firms Struggle to Stay up With, Let Alone Ahead of the Curve - 6/27/2019
Increases in e-commerce, with tight delivery expectations and difficulty in forecasting volume fluctuations, has the final-mile delivery segment struggling to keep up. The increase in...

Loadsmart and Oracle Collaborate to Digitize Logistics - 7/16/2019
Customers can now leverage LoadsmartÂ’s dynamic routing guide technology within the Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) Cloud. The merging of the systems provides instant, real-time prices...

Truckers and Customer Brokers are Seeing "Red" as Border Wait Times Increase - 8/29/2019
Trucks attempting to cross the border between the United States and Mexico are seeing wait times upwards of five hours. The delays are being attributed...

Driver Detention Impacts on Safety and Productivity - 9/16/2019
According to new data from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), driver detention at customer facilities has increased in recent years. ATRI conducted a survey...

How Hurricanes Affect Freight - 9/16/2019
During major storms, the movement of freight is affected in three stages, before, during and after the storm. The disruption in freight movement can reach...

Why an Audit of the Supply Chain Starts with People - 11/06/2019
Inefficiencies exist throughout the supply chain. Technology is constantly evolving to reduce those inefficiencies. However, unless shippers know how to identify their particular issues, they...

Four Months Comes Down to One Day as Black Friday Tests 3PLs - 12/04/2019
The three months leading up to Black Friday are the busiest time in logistics as industry prepares for the surging volumes that come with the...

Estimating the Value of Truck Travel Time Reliability - 12/19/2019
Inconsistent movement of freight on the roadways continues to cause significant delays in the supply chain. In order to compensate for those inconsistencies, shippers either...

How Supply Chain Partners Can Help Drive the Triple Bottom Line - 6/17/2020
More and more, consumers are looking for corporations that use ethical and sustainable practices. Companies are moving from 'shareholder capitalism' to 'stakeholder capitalism'. They are...

Prologis: Warehouse rental prices are trending upward - 11/12/2020
In the third quarter of 2020, 37 percent of new leases at major warehouse owner Prologis were for e-commerce, significantly higher than their historical average...

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