Tag Archives: Transportation

Environmental Factors Not a Concern for Most Shippers

Earlier this year, Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent announced new regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions from new on-road heavy-duty vehicles.  The new regulations, according to Kent, would have the equivalent effect of removing 650,000 personal vehicles from the road … Continue reading

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Trucking Capacity Shortage May Finally Be Here

Carriers have been warning for the past two years that the trucking industry is facing a serious capacity shortage, and that it was only a matter of time before that shortage would start to affect operations. Well, that time may … Continue reading

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Canada/European Trade Agreement A Threat to U.S. Businesses?

Talks between Canada and the European Union aimed at reaching a free trade agreement have reached a critical phase, with final sign-offs expected in the coming months.  And while the expected net benefit for Canada could be an economic boost … Continue reading

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Businesses Find Revenue in Smart Returns Management

It used to be that customer returns were treated as the ugly duckling of retail management.  Returns were tolerated, because they had to be, but were pretty much tossed aside and seen as a drain on the bottom line. Not … Continue reading

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Your Supply Chain – One Bad Storm Away from Disaster?

One thing every business can agree on, the need has never been greater to safeguard supply chains against the unexpected.  Last year’s harsh U.S. winter, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, unrest in the Middle East – and even fallout from … Continue reading

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Canadian Prices Running Higher than US Prices

A growing sense of angst among Canadian consumers has resulted from an inexplicable rise in consumer goods prices, as compared with U.S. prices.  This glaring price gap – which accounts for brand name products costing as much as 40 percent … Continue reading

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Natural Gas Vehicles – Next Step in Supply Chain Sustainability?

With the price of a gallon of diesel fuel seemingly stuck above $4, it is not surprising talk is growing about options for fleet owners and managers to look beyond traditional fuel engines. Most recent, the Conference Board of Canada … Continue reading

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U.S. Clean Fleet Initiative Mirrors Purolator’s Greening the Fleet

When President Barack Obama announced a “National Clean Fleets Partnership,” he challenged the nation’s businesses to find ways to help reduce the nation’s reliance on foreign oil, and to “replace your old fleet with a clean energy fleet….”  The President … Continue reading

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Pallet Industry – Are changes on the horizon?

Unless you have a direct interest in pallet design or manufacture, you probably have not followed recent trends in the industry.  Which means, you are probably unaware there are no universal standards regarding pallet sizes, design or components.  This lack … Continue reading

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Opposition to Service Changes for US and Canadian Truckers

Canadian truckers doing business in the United States will soon have to change their modus operandi, as a result of regulatory changes issued late last year by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). FMCSA’s new regulations, which have been … Continue reading

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