Archive for Transportation

Trump, Trade, Transportation, and the Protectionist’s Dilemma

Richard Peretz, UPS CFO, was on CNBC yesterday morning discussing the company’s most recent earnings release. The interview addressed a number of prominent topics in the logistics world. First of all, he noted the ongoing increase in B-to-C as a percentage of UPS’ overall business, and as we have stated repeatedly on Logistics Viewpoints, this is driven by the boom in e-commerce. Secondly, he noted the company’s ongoing investment in the automation of its US […]

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8 Things Keeping Supply Chain Professionals up at Night

As 2017 fast approaches, shippers are hard at work forecasting what the new year may bring. Unfortunately, with this planning comes a host of trends and challenges that leave supply chain professionals feeling uneasy. Pressure to reduce transportation costs, adapt to changing customer demands and a constantly changing, uncertain market are constantly on the minds of shippers, but here are a few trends and challenges that are keeping supply chain professionals up at night. The […]

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Good to the Last Mile

The term “last mile” originated outside our industry. In fact, it comes from the telecommunications industry and refers to the installation and delivery of communication services to the end client. In the realm of transportation, though, last-mile delivery means the item’s final destination in the supply chain (for ecommerce deliveries, that mostly means to the customer’s home or sometimes office). In the early days of ecommerce, customers simply expected to order parcel-size items online. But […]

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Omni-Channel’s Ripple Effect on Transportation

When Transportation Optimization and New Shopping Behaviors Collide One needs to go back to the early 2000s to see green shoots of modern omni-channel retail. While web-based e-commerce began in the late 90s, consumer and retailer appetites didn’t get whetted for omni-channel experiences until the early part of the last decade. Indeed, by 2002, Best Buy was saying more than half of its customers were checking its website before coming to the store. It was […]

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Why Do Some Shippers Receive Better Prices from Carriers?

When it comes to getting a good price, there are things that one would reasonably suppose would lead a shipper to get better pricing when dealing with carriers. But do they? For example, one might reasonably expect that the way a shipper treats drivers when they arrive on site to pick up or drop off a load, could affect price or service levels. For example, is there an onerous driver check in process? Do the […]

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Creating Carrier Partnerships is Key to Procurement Success

It’s been a busy year for procurement events. A lot of shippers are realigning their rates and commitments with their carriers in what has been a “soft” market. This has proved cost effective with shippers reducing their rates between 5 and 15 percent. But as we all know, the market is ever changing and the favor will swing the other way eventually, so it’s important not to place all of the focus on cost savings. […]

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The Challenge of Profitable Shipping in an OmniChannel World

The need to provide online customers with transparency to shipping costs is well known. According to KISSmetrics, unexpected shipping costs account for nearly one-third of all abandoned shopping carts. And the importance of providing online shoppers a variety of service levels is also understood –  the 2015 Pitney Bowes Annual Shipping Survey found, 93% of consumers indicated shipping options to be an important factor in their overall shopping experience – a 23% increase over 2014. […]

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3 Market Challenges Overcome Through Freight Consolidation Services

Flashback to 2013, just three short years ago, and you will be reminded of an unstable shipping market with high freight demand and capacity issues for shippers. Today, the slowing global growth of the economy and success of the omni-channel world have shifted those challenges. Multi-channel retailers are working to keep up with consumer expectations created by eCommerce companies.   And with the increased demand from consumers, shippers are now faced with even more pressures from […]

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5 Best Practices in Chemical Logistics and How to Implement Them

For chemical manufacturers, knowing what you don’t know about your transportation process can be your greatest asset. But many logistics customers are reluctant to admit their shortcomings. One of the biggest weaknesses we see in new clients is a lack of control over the shipping process, the data and the decision points. That’s why it’s critical for chemical companies to work with third-party logistics providers that are able to develop customized programs tailored to their […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 19 – 25)

It’s been a busy week here at Logistics Viewpoints as we get ready to head to Las Vegas next week for JDA Focus, and Hollywood, FL the week after for Manhattan Momentum. There’s a bit of everything in the news this week, so let’s get right to it. Amazon tries its own deliveries Freight train blues hit car supplies F1 technology to boost UK’s ‘next generation’ of automotive supply chains Oil and gas supply chain […]

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