Archive for Transportation

Cost-Effective Parcel Execution Starts with Data … All the Data

There are hundreds of thousands of 3rd party and carrier-provided shipping systems in circulation like label-printing cash registers cha-chinging in warehouses all over the world.  Many shippers have more than one, each one representing a silo of valuable information that could provide valuable insight into potential performance improvements and cost-saving opportunities for parcel execution. Sadly, even as shipping costs are increasing at more than twice the rate of inflation, all of this data is locked […]

Read More →

Trump Blasts USPS for Charging Amazon “So Little”

Trump blasted the United States Postal Service for charging Amazon “so little.” Amazon is using zone skipping, something difficult to do. And the USPS may indeed be undercharging.

Read More →

LTL Trends and Challenges: Density-Based Pricing

Within the last few years, less-than-truckload (LTL) rates and capacity have fluctuated. Many carriers have shifted from the traditional National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) rate-setting formula to density-based pricing, which prices freight according to the amount of space the shipment uses in the truck. This new pricing model, along with other recent industry trends, has had a significant impact on shippers – making it important to understand the new pricing methods for LTL shipments, what’s […]

Read More →

The Tesla Truck Costs Twice as Much as Diesel

Elon Musk unveiled a prototype of an electric Tesla Truck on November 16th.  Over the Thanksgiving holiday the pricing was announced. It’s not pretty. The base price of the 300-mile range Tesla Semi is $150,000, and the 500-mile range model costs $180,000. That’s almost double the base price of a traditional semi truck according to CostOwl. There are real doubts on whether this truck can win in the marketplace. This is a Class 8 truck, […]

Read More →

Transportation Strategies for Emerging Brands

Emerging brands have very distinctive needs, including a different approach to transportation. Zipline Logistics has developed a distinctive niche for serving emerging brands.

Read More →

ELD Mandate and Capacity Impacts

What will happen to truck capacity when the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate is finally enforced this coming December? The ELD mandate will help to standardize Hours of Service (HOS). Paper logs can be manipulated easily, with some drivers running multiple books or delaying start times, to drive more hours than legally allowed. This would help a driver deliver loads more quickly and move more loads over a given timeframe. There will be many drivers […]

Read More →

2017 Holiday Planning Guide

Now that Halloween is behind us, the time has come to focus on bigger things: the 2017 holiday season. Retail imports have been on the rise as the industry braces for the busiest time of the year. The National Retail Federation’s (NRF) latest projections call for a 3.6 to 4 percent increase in holiday sales for 2017 over the same period in 2016. That makes for a total of $678.75 billion to $682 billion, up […]

Read More →

Rail Freight is Losing Market Share: How Can It Improve?

Rail is losing market share to faster and more reliable modes. But technologies exist that can improve throughput substantially. Why aren’t the Class 1 railroads investing in it?

Read More →

The Real Value of Logistics Solutions May Not Be in Logistics

Most logistics technology projects have their return-on-investment (ROI) center around the benefit they provide to the logistics organization. That is far from the complete picture.

Read More →

Buffett Bets Against Autonomous Trucks

Warren Buffett made a multibillion dollar bet against the viability of autonomous trucks anytime soon. This was a good bet. The technological hurdles in getting to fully autonomous trucks remain substantial.

Read More →