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By John D. Schulz · July 1, 2015
As we roll deep into 2015, the $37 billion less-than-truckload (LTL) sector remains solidly profitable overall. LTL capacity is closely aligned with demand, and with significant barriers to entry in the sector, little additional capacity is expected in the near future.
By John D. Schulz · July 1, 2015
The $337 billion truckload sector—the largest single piece of the trucking market—now accounts for about 37 percent of total freight transportation spending in the U.S. According to industry analysts, the truckload industry has done a “credible job” in recent years of diversifying their offerings and moving away from the idea that 53-foot dry van truckload should be treated as a commodity rather than a customized service.
By Jeff Berman · July 1, 2015
Like any mode of freight transportation operating in a fluctuating economy and horrendous winter weather conditions, there are always bound to be challenges. Based on how things have played out over the last year, the railroad and intermodal sectors are clearly not immune to the ups and downs experienced on the nation’s highways.
By Patrick Burnson · July 1, 2015
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an upward revision of its 2015 industry outlook to a $29.3 billion net profit. On expected revenues of $727 billion, the industry would achieve a 4 percent net profit margin.
By Patrick Burnson · July 1, 2015
The container shipping industry has been highly unprofitable over the past five years, note analysts with McKinsey and Company. Making things worse, earnings for ocean carriers have been exceptionally volatile.
By Jeff Berman · July 1, 2015
Despite the prevailing challenges, the less-than-truckload (LTL) market is seeing steady volume growth and solid profits. Our top sector analysts offer their take on this now vital mode as shippers work to obtain the capacity they need at a rate that works for both parties.
By Bridget McCrea · July 1, 2015
Advanced warehouse management systems (WMS) users are taking the next step and figuring out how to drive process efficiency improvements through their applications—rather than just focusing on keeping track of what’s been done. Here are seven different ways they’re making that happen.
By Bridget McCrea · July 1, 2015
As e-commerce demands continue to drive up the need for faster pick speeds, voice technology is infiltrating the warehouse and DC, helping operations gain efficiencies, improve order accuracy, and get products into their customers’ hands faster than ever.
<p>Craig Hayes, vice president of fulfillment for eBay Enterprise, says the Kentucky distribution campus features very little storage because the facilities are focused on fast and flexible order fulfillment, not warehousing.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · July 1, 2015
eBay Enterprise’s Kentucky distribution campus puts a premium on flexible processes and absolute speed to the customer for e-commerce fulfillment.
By Bob Trebilcock · July 1, 2015
Tilt tray sortation, RF picking and a light-directed put wall are the tools that speed orders out the door at eBay Enterprise’s Kentucky fulfillment centers.
By Josh Bond · July 1, 2015
Following heavy investment in 2014, many users of supply chain software have backed off from spending as they settle into their new systems. Nonetheless, the software market continues to steadily grow as concerns fall away.
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By Josh Bond · July 1, 2015
The market for conventional solutions continues to rise, even as innovative variations help the industry chart a new course.
By Sara Pearson Specter · July 1, 2015
With operational flexibility and safety best practices guiding automotive manufacturing facilities, automatic guided vehicles and carts are now doing more than just bring components and kitted parts to lineside workers.
By Bridget McCrea · July 1, 2015
A look at what’s new in voice, mobile and pick-to-light technology for today’s warehouses and distribution centers.
By Josh Bond · July 1, 2015
Popular online grocer cuts scrap rate, reduces IT burden with cloud-based warehouse management system.

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