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Better Options for Expedited Air Service to Address Capacity/Congestion Issues

Despite its leading role in global manufacturing, China has a first-rate problem when it comes to reliable air service options.  Namely, that its two major airports, Beijing and Shanghai, rank dead last and next-to-dead last in terms of on time … Continue reading

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Logistics Clusters are Helping Businesses Innovate Supply Chains and find Efficiencies and Cost Savings

The nation’s top freight carriers record an annual empty miles percentage of roughly 12.5 percent.  That is to say that trucks are forced to make the return trip to their point of origin empty, because no additional conveyances are available … Continue reading

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Supply Chain Top Jobs Increasingly Held by Women

When the President hosted a White House ceremony in June to mark the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, included among the invited guests was Ellen Voie, president and CEO of a non-profit group called Women in Trucking.  While … Continue reading

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New Opportunities via Cloud Services

Remember the children’s game Jenga?  Players would place wooden blocks atop each other in a criss-cross pattern until inevitably, the tower would come crashing down, as the delicate balancing act became unsustainable. The Jenga concept is a good way to … Continue reading

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Changes to Driver Rules Likely to Cause Higher Trucking Rates

New rule changes took effect on July 1 that directly impact truckers and trucking companies.  But the effect of the rule changes are expected to reverberate throughout the economy, with analysts predicting truck rate increases of as much as ten … Continue reading

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State of Logistics Report – Slow but Steady Rebound

More of a casual jog than an all-out sprint is one way to describe the rate at which the logistics industry has regained ground since the economic recession.  That is one takeaway from the “23rd Annual State of Logistics Report” … Continue reading

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Nearshoring Attractive to U.S. Fashion Industry

Given the average “shelf life” of an article of clothing in some fashion retail chains is about six weeks before discounting begins, it’s easy to understand why the allure of shorter inventory lead times and distribution flexibility would be appealing.  … Continue reading

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Education the Difference in Supply Chain Careers

A quick look at logistics-related employment openings on Monster.com reveals job titles including “demand planning manager,” “global supply chain manager,” and “reverse logistics manager.”  Each of these positions has at least two things in common:  (1) Each requires strong technology … Continue reading

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Fuel of the Future? The Growing Allure of Natural Gas

Many U.S. businesses took a “never again” attitude when diesel prices topped the $4.50 per gallon mark in the summer of 2008.  Managers looked askance as the price climbed, and wondered how high it could go, and vowed to find … Continue reading

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Tips for Managing LTL Costs

A recent analysis by Logistics Management reported widespread expectations for a LTL rate increase this year in the range of two to four percent.  The increase is due in part to a seeming “perfect storm” of events converging within the … Continue reading

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