Archive for December 2008 – Page 2

If you want a glimpse of how “green” regulations (as well as “infrastructure” initiatives) could impact logistics operations in the near future, look no further than California.  Several regulations are on the books or in the approval process that aim to improve the state’s air quality and reduce greenhouse gases.  A noble cause, but it’s not one without costs, challenges, and tradeoffs.

Last Friday, for example, the Air Resources… Continue reading

Categories : Regulations, Sustainability, Transportation
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If you want a glimpse of how “green” regulations (as well as “infrastructure” initiatives) could impact logistics operations in the near future, look no further than California.  Several regulations are on the books, or in the approval process, that aim to improve the state’s air quality and reduce greenhouse gases.  A noble cause, but it’s not one without costs, challenges, and tradeoffs.

Last Friday, for example, the Air Resources… Continue reading

Categories : Regulations, Transportation
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I don’t normally comment on customer wins, but the recent news of Geodis “acquiring IBM’s global logistics flow management platform” warrants some attention because this announcement could be viewed as a new strategy in logistics outsourcing.  For the past couple of years, I’ve been saying that the business models of logistics service providers, technology companies, and consultants are starting to converge.  I’ve highlighted, for example, how i2 Technologies, LeanLogistics

This was not the topic I had planned to write about today.  I was all set to comment on the data released this week by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 1.0 percent in October from its September level, but it’s down 0.6 percent from October 2007), and I was also going to highlight a report issued by the International Air Transport

Does “on demand” or “software-as-a-service” make sense for all types of software solutions?  I’m asked this question a lot, and my standard answer is that software-as-a-service makes the most sense for business processes that are inherently network-centric.  In other words, business processes that involves exchanging information and documents with many different external parties.  Transportation management fits this criterion nicely, so does global trade management, which is why software-as-a-service has… Continue reading