Archive for August 2011

As August comes to an end, many of you are probably in the process of developing or finalizing your budget for 2012. There are the usual line items to complete: transportation costs, technology and capital investments, staffing levels and associated costs, and so on. But there is one line item that is likely missing from your budget: investment in leadership development and education.

Almost 52 percent of the supply… Continue reading

Categories : Learning & Leadership
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Is it possible to create a fuel surcharge program that is consistently fair to shippers and carriers?

As we have seen over recent months, the cost of motor vehicle fuel is a national preoccupation. Perhaps this is one reason why rising prices at the pump, and mechanisms such as fuel surcharges that are designed to spread the pain between shippers and service providers equably, attract so much attention… Continue reading

Categories : Guest Commentary, Transportation
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When it comes to following supply chain processes and technologies, the supply chain that extends from a food manufacturer’s factory to retail stores has always gotten a disproportionate share of attention. This is natural because large food & beverage and consumer goods companies were the first to use warehouse and transportation management systems, are heavy users of advanced supply chain planning applications, and are leading the way toward demand-driven supply… Continue reading

Categories : Food & Beverage Industry
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The high-tech industry dominated the news the past two weeks. Google announced that it is acquiring Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion; HP plans to sell its PC business, as well as stop making tablets and smartphones; and Steve Jobs is stepping down as Apple’s CEO.

The Google and HP news point to two high-level trends taking place in the computer industry: smartphones and tablets are disrupting

Okay, so the title is not true, but JB Hunt or any other large trucking company could make such an announcement in the not too distant future, just like Terry Gou, the CEO of Foxconn recently made. According to a Xinhua News Agency article, Gou said that “Foxconn will replace some of its workers with 1 million robots in three years to cut rising labor expenses and… Continue reading

Categories : Just for Fun, Transportation
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