July 2014

By Bob Trebilcock · July 31, 2014
Automotive OEM Diversity Vuteq deployed an innovative WMS on iPads adapted for the DC. The result is improved quality and a satisfied customer.
By John D. Schulz · July 1, 2014
Rollercoaster demand levels and uneven freight volumes in 2013 created havoc in one of the more complicated years on record. In 2014, shippers will need to manage with all the savvy and experience that they can muster to get the capacity they need at a rate that’s fair.
By John D. Schulz · July 1, 2014
The $35 billion less-than-truckload (LTL) market, benefitting from a rebound in the U.S. industrial sector, is enjoying a renaissance after five lean years. And leading LTL executives say it’s about time.
By John D. Schulz · July 1, 2014
The $300 billion for-hire truckload (TL) sector is enjoying a fairly busy 2014, with most carriers reporting a balanced picture of tighter-than-average capacity against decent if not spectacular demand levels.
By Jeff Berman · July 1, 2014
While there are currently more good signs than bad regarding the economy, it’s safe to say that we may need to “curb our enthusiasm,” as comedian Larry David may observe, until we see more sustained signs of growth and improvement. That is, of course, unless you follow the railroad and intermodal sectors.
By Patrick Burnson · July 1, 2014
Analysts and observers of global ocean cargo movement see a number of emerging trends surfacing in the ocean carrier arena later this year.
By Patrick Burnson · July 1, 2014
As noted in the 25th Annual State of Logistics report, the airfreight industry has been facing chronic overcapacity and deteriorating yields. New details surfacing in similar new research mirror these findings.
By Patrick Burnson · July 1, 2014
The 25th Annual State of Logistics Report states that revenues for the third-party logistics provider (3PL) sector rose 3.2 percent in 2013, much lower than the 5.9 percent growth the market saw in 2012.
By Patrick Burnson · July 1, 2014
While not all proposed global cargo security solutions have been practical or enforceable, our analysts suggest that there are a few fundamentals every global shipper needs to accept. Here’s how cargo stakeholders are working in unison to gain clarity.
By Bridget McCrea · July 1, 2014
One of the best ways for logistics professionals to start chipping away at labor costs while achieving productivity gains inside the four walls is by setting up labor standards. Here are six surefire ways to start doing this today.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · July 1, 2014
The much anticipated Panama Canal expansion has promised a great many enhancements for U.S. shippers waiting to book cargo on the new generation of “mega” container vessels. But a few lingering questions are also troubling some industry analysts who question U.S. port readiness to accommodate these huge loads.
By Bob Trebilcock · July 1, 2014
Diversity Vuteq’s associates rely on a highly visual, iPad-friendly WMS to verify the accuracy of orders going to Toyota’s assembly plant.
By Bob Trebilcock · July 1, 2014
The market for supply chain management software continues to expand, highlighting the importance of software in today’s supply chains.
By Roberto Michel · July 1, 2014
Equipment uptime and diagnostics among top-use scenarios, but experts agree that it is still early days for IoT adoption.
By Sara Pearson Specter · July 1, 2014
Stretch wrappers, stretch hooding and strapping technologies are evolving to meet customer demand for quality, speed and security across the supply chain.

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