August 2014

By Patrick Burnson · August 1, 2014
The P3 Network was nixed in June, and now the world’s largest ocean cargo carriers are facing a vexing dilemma: how to reorganize global services and still make money. Meanwhile, shippers will be forced to manage other huge carrier partnerships during this peak season.
By Bridget McCrea · August 1, 2014
With ERP vendors gaining traction in the supply chain execution market, top analysts suggest that best-of-breed providers are going to need to step up their game. We dissect the intersection of ERP and supply chain management software and discuss how the cloud could drive further progress.
By Patrick Burnson · August 1, 2014
Long regarded as upstarts, today’s emerging markets are demanding respect as they vie for genuine contention in today’s global marketplace. These climbers are concentrating on their logistical advantages to capture market share and attract new investment.
By Josh Bond · August 1, 2014
Once seen as a necessary evil, lift truck maintenance costs prove ripe for efficiencies that save money and boost productivity. We look into new best practices and technologies that help introduce discipline into fleet management.
SPECIAL REPORT
By John D. Schulz · August 1, 2014
Carriers are enjoying a solid 2014, but warn of a pending capacity crunch as driver availability worsens amid tighter federal regulations. Bottom line: Shippers who choose not to collaborate with their carriers and streamline operations will most certainly be hit with higher rates.
By Michael Levans · August 1, 2014
Once again it’s our honor to present the logistics and transportation community with the results of the Annual Quest for Quality Survey.
By Peter Moore · August 1, 2014
In 2013 we saw multiple attempts by carriers to firm up ocean freight pricing in trans-Pacific lanes. In the meantime, trans-Suez lanes were regularly defeated by rapid additions to available ship capacity in other key lanes as prices started to look better.
By Mark Pearson · August 1, 2014
Simply listing a typical company’s supply chain challenges could consume this column. However, there’s a small group of capabilities that are critical for supply chains in today’s volatile environment.
By Michael Levans · August 1, 2014
Modern's annual lift truck issue takes a look at how CN manages mobile crane maintenance, the Top 20 lift truck suppliers, a look at the results of our annual reader survey, a state of the fuel cell market, and more.
By Bob Trebilcock · August 1, 2014
Canada’s largest rail operator has developed a new parts management and maintenance program to reduce the downtime of mobile cranes at its intermodal terminals.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Josh Bond · August 1, 2014
Our list grows top heavy following another big merger, but after a year of relative calm, the market is heating up once again.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Josh Bond · August 1, 2014
With plans to buy a total of more than 1,100 lift trucks in coming months, readers share their perspectives on spending, maintenance practices and technology usage.
By Roberto Michel · August 1, 2014
With use by Walmart, BMW and other large, 24/7 facility operators, hydrogen-powered lift trucks are proven at the higher end of the market, but can they catch on elsewhere? Fuel cell providers are betting that turnkey, streamlined offerings will help.
By Josh Bond · August 1, 2014
Once seen as a necessary evil, lift truck maintenance costs prove ripe for efficiencies that save money and boost productivity.

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