Logistics Publications


Allyn’s e-Auction Solution Leads to Decreased Freight Costs

Posted on February 06, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Freight rates are on the rise, largely due to a capacity crunch that is affecting all modes and most lanes.  The reasons for the capacity issues include but aren’t limited to: escalating tariffs, a lengthened peak season, Chinese Lunar New Year, the continued growth of e-commerce, weather or natural disasters, and most recently a governmental shutdown.  Rising RatesAir rates are expected to rise about 3% in 2019, while ocean rates expect to rise 4-5% per container. As far as ground transport, truckload rates may go up as much as 5% in 2019, while less-than-truckload rates are expected to...

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The 2019 Polar Vortex: Its Impact on your Shipments

Posted on January 30, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Parts of the United States are seeing the worst winter weather that has been seen in over 20 years.  Due to this fact, many schools, businesses, and roadways have been closed in light of safety concerns for workers, students, and motorists.While the extreme cold is problematic, and rather unprecedented, there are additional concerns that relate directly to the movement of goods as roadways are closed and workers are told to remain indoors; packages are not moving, shipments are not being picked up.The USPS announced that it will not be running any service in most parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin,...

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Chinese New Year 2019 Supply Chain Issues

Posted on January 28, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Perhaps China’s most celebrated holiday, Chinese New Year, will take place this year between February 4th and February 10th.  As a result, many businesses will shut down for a week or longer, and in some cases,  they will shut down up to three weeks.Here are a few ways that the shutdown for Chinese Lunar New Year can affect your supply chain.Shut downs lead to vessel cancellations:  As most exports from China won’t be occurring during the holiday, vessels that would normally handle these shipments are cancelled outright. Capacity Issues: As shippers...

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Congestion in NY/LA Ports: What this means for your logistics operations

Posted on January 25, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

“Freight volumes coming into U.S. remain high in January, but delays and congestions turn trips to major marine terminals into a ‘madhouse.’” (Angell, 2019, para. 1).The increase in volume is mostly related to factors that are expected, but there are some unexpected factors as well.The Chinese New Year, occurring on February 5th, interrupts the supply lines, and many shippers work to get their goods out of Asia prior to the start of the Chinese New Year, resulting in increased volume (NY/NJ port congestion, 2019).  This surge also is known to continue through the end...

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Don’t Get Left Behind - Logistics Tools and Processes to Help You Deliver in 2019

Posted on January 23, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

As we begin the new year, now is the perfect time to establish a list of supply chain goals you'd like to accomplish for 2019. Let’s say you’d like to reduce transportation costs by 10% in the next 12 months. How would your organization even begin to achieve this goal?An excellent place to start would be to track the performance of your carriers using Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s). Your freight data holds many secrets. Through them you can identify your top performers using metrics such as on time pickup/delivery rates, total transit time, and...

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Nikola Testing Hydrogen-Electric Trucks

Posted on January 22, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Anheuser-Busch Cos. and U.S. Xpress Enterprises will plan to begin fleet tests on Nikola Motor Co.’s zero-emissions hydrogen electric Class 8 trucks by the end of 2019. Trevor Milton, CEO and founder of Nikola, has said that their battery is almost 400 watt-hours per liter which rivals other batteries by 50-70% more energy dense. Milton has also stated that Nikola’s 240-kilowatt fuel cell is the biggest that he knows of. Nikola’s Class 8 trucks have two of these fuel cells built into them and there has been about 11,000 orders for these trucks.Over the next seven years,...

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How an Effective Supply Chain Plays a Vital Role in Valentine’s Day

Posted on January 21, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Heading to the local florist to pick out the perfect bouquet for your loved ones on Valentine’s Day can be an exciting, albeit pricy, experience. Each year, approximately 35% of US adults purchase flowers – bringing in over $2 billion to the floral market. What you may not realize is that over 80% of the flowers that are sold in the United States need to be imported to meet the high demands of the blooming industry. What is most impressive about Cupid’s influence on US imports is the “cold chain” management and planning that...

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The Importance of Customer Service in Supply Chain

Posted on January 11, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Logistics and supply chain aren’t the same things. Logistics is the management of the movement of goods whereas supply chain management covers the many other areas. Logistics is a part of supply chain and that means whoever manages your supply chain will be responsible for managing freight forwarders, shipping companies, parcel delivery companies, customs brokers and third-party logistics providers.  Logistics providers should be managed in the same way that you manage your suppliers. Costs and contacts can be negotiated. You can source freight forwarders the same way you would source suppliers of the products you need. Shipping...

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Holiday E-Commerce of 2018

Posted on January 10, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Online shopping is a growing trend that is gaining more popularity each year.  The holiday shopping season for 2018, November 1 through December 31, is projected $119.99 billion spent at online retailers.  This is an increase of almost 16% compared to the numbers of 2017.  With increased online retail sales, comes high shipping traffic.  USPS, as well as other carriers, such as FedEx and UPS, are at maximum capacity during these peak times each year. Carriers proactively use business strategies and tactics to tackle and embrace the hustle during the holidays.  UPS is now using some automated “super hub...

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Autonomous Vessel Symposium

Posted on January 09, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Autonomous (unmanned) shipping methods have been big news in the media and in transportation industry publications over the past few years.  Most of the discussion has centered on trucking and small package drone shipments and deliveries.  However, strides are also being made in autonomous maritime vessel transport, both on inland and ocean waterways.  Although still in its infancy, autonomous-controlled vessels have the potential to significantly lower costs while simultaneously improving safety over the traditional human-controlled model. (3)On June 27, 2018, experts from all sectors of the industry will gather in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for the third annual Autonomous Ship...

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