IDS Transportation

04/23/2014Key Reefer Markets Pricing Up: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Reefer load volume in major markets was strong last week, despite a 5.8% drop in reefer loads nationally. The national average rate was up 3¢ to $2.28 per mile.
04/17/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 12, 2014 with 295,294 total U.S. carloads, up 7.2 percent compared with the same week last year.
04/16/2014Analyst says truckload contract rate hikes could easily exceed 4 to 6 percent in 2014
 Firmer demand, tight supply colliding to benefit asset-based carriers, Broughton says.
04/16/2014Control Towers Made Easy
 Companies seeking supply chain visibility can set up a control tower on their own. But there's also an alternate route.
04/16/2014What do shippers want? Custom IT solutions
 Study finds shippers are no longer satisfied with standard-issue IT offerings from their logistics service providers.
04/16/2014Can You Take the Risk?
 In 2013, 80% of supply chain leaders had a material supply chain disruption. It was not just one. The average company had  three. Yet, in a study that we just completed, when asked about business pain, supply chain risk rates low. How come?
04/16/20145 Shipper Demands Shaping the TMS Landscape
 A TMS technology solution that helps companies efficiently, reliably, and cost effectively move freight from origin to destination, most transportation management systems includes both planning and execution solutions.
04/16/2014Global Transportation Management Development, Visibility, and Sophistication
 The annual benchmark report “Global Transportation Management Benchmark Study: Climbing the Visibility Sophistication Ladder” surveys practitioners from a variety of industries as well as a cross section from a diverse organizational scale.
04/16/2014Pressure on Van and Reefer Capacity Eases: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 
Overall load volume was down 7% last week, and van load volume dropped 13%. Available van equipment also expanded 16%, helping ease capacity constraints.
04/10/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 5, 2014 with 296,039 total U.S. carloads, up 5.4 percent compared with the same week last year.
04/09/2014Van and Reefer Load Volume Slows: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Overall load volume dropped 3.9% last week as van and reefer activity begins to normalize under improved weather conditions. Flatbed load volume also dipped, but capacity tightened in that segment, boosting rates another 9¢.
04/08/2014Evidence Builds to Support Capacity Crunch in Trucking Industry
 
Supply squeeze has arrived, with higher rates likely to follow, experts say.
04/08/2014Cass Freight Index: March 2014: A Measure of North American Freight Volumes
 Shipment volume and total freight payments continued to climb in March, ending the first quarter of the year on a high note. Bad weather continued to plague many parts of the country, but transportation seemed to be less affected than in January and February.
04/07/2014FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Reflects Unprecedented Capacity Constraints
 FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) reading of 7.54 for February, while down slightly from the previous month, continues to reflect good news for trucking fleets as well as a warning to shippers seeking carriers to move their goods.
04/07/2014Recent Study Indicates New Trucker Rest Rules Could Mean Higher Consumer Costs
 UT’s Global Supply Chain Institute study identifies ways companies could mitigate those costs. She noted that many of those businesses are incorporating some new initiatives.
04/07/2014UT’s Hours of Service (HOS) Study
 The UT study surveyed 417 companies and found that 58 percent of them expected an increase in their carrier rates. They anticipated passing on the costs to their customers in the long term.
04/03/2014U.S.—Mexico Trade: Two-Way Traffic
 Integrated third-party logistics solutions, expanded and improved intermodal service offerings, and creative collaborations to optimize transport resources are making cross-border shipping easier than ever.
04/03/2014Transportation Management Systems: Meeting the Challenges and Obtaining Results
 The findings are based on information collected among 386 top logistics managers employed with medium and large market companies defined as spending $5 million plus on transportation and freight solutions.
04/03/2014AAR Reports Increased Traffic for March, Increased Traffic for the Week
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for March 2014, with both carload and intermodal volume increasing compared with March 2013
04/02/2014Flatbed Volume and Rates Move Even Higher: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Flatbed rates jumped 15¢ last week as load volume was up another 7.2%. Overall load volume for all equipment types was unchanged over the prior week, however.
03/27/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 22, 2014 with 291,525 total U.S. carloads, up 4.5 percent compared with the same week last year.
03/26/2014Flatbed Activity on the Rise: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Overall load volume tapered off last week, dropping 3.9%, as capacity recovered 4.6%. Spring has sprung for flatbeds, however, as load volume in that segment added 1% on top of a 16% gain in the prior week, and the national average rate rose 5¢ to $2.15 per mile.
03/26/2014AAR Reports Carload and Intermodal Gains for Week Ending March 15
 Carload and intermodal volumes were up for the week ending March 15, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) this week.
03/26/2014Network Analysis – The Lynchpin of Successful Transportation Bid Preparation
 Network alignment is the true power behind a successful transportation procurement event and getting the right carrier assigned to the right lane is the goal.
03/21/2014Rail-Truck Volume Rises After Winter Slowdown: EcoPulse
 
The rail-truck industry is poised for a second-quarter rebound after harsh weather caused a decline in shipments.
03/19/2014FTR Reports Market Conditions Remain Strong for Motor Carriers
 Tight capacity appears to be paving the way for strong market conditions for motor carriers, according to the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) recently released by freight transportation consultancy FTR.
03/19/2014Van Rates Rise Again, to $2.09: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 The national average rate for vans added 2¢ last week, on top of an 8¢ gain the prior week - hitting $2.09, a new peak.
03/18/2014Rail Intermodal Keeps America Moving
 Rail intermodal — transporting shipping containers and truck trailers on railroad flat cars — has been growing rapidly for many years. Intermodal represents a cost-effective, environmentally friendly alternative to excessive reliance on highways to transport freight.
03/18/2014The Real Impact of High Transportation Costs
 High transportation costs are driving three main shifts in supply chain strategies. These changes are having a beneficial impact not just on transportation budgets but also on broader supply chain and financial performance.
03/18/2014Transportation Best Practices: Collaborative LTL Contracting
 New systems and management techniques are providing the infrastructure needed to revolutionize the LTL market. Now, shippers and carriers need to sit down and re-engineer their relationships from scratch to improve margins for both. Here’s how it’s done.
03/14/2014AAR Reports Crude Oil Traffic up for 2013, Week 10 Traffic Remains Mixed
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported that  U.S. Class I railroads originated 108,590 carloads of crude oil in the fourth quarter of 2013, bringing total Class I crude oil originations for the year to 407,642 carloads. This is a 74 percent increase over the 233,819 carloads originated in 2012. In 2013, crude oil accounted for 1.4 percent of total U.S. Class I originations.
03/14/2014Van Freight Rates Hit New Peak... Again: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 The national average rate for vans hit a new peak last week, rising 8¢ to $2.07 per mile with fuel. Overall load volume sustained last week's peak, while truckload capacity shrank 7.2%, putting further pressure on rates as shippers continue to work through a backlog of freight from weather delays.
03/14/2014Railroad Investment Levels Continue to Impress
 The capital expenditure outlay freight railroads make on their networks is a number that seems to grow on an annual basis. Scratch that, it does not seem to grow, it definitely does.
03/14/2014ATA, Shippers Applaud FMCSA Proposal for Electronic Logging Devices in Trucks
 
Representatives of nearly 1 million owner-operators say they have concerns over costs, privacy and how the data will be stored and whether it could be used to harass truck drivers.
03/11/2014 5 Reasons Why You Need to Join Me at the Operations Summit
 Next month hundreds of operations and fulfillment people will flock to Indianapolis, Indiana to attend Multichannel Merchant’s Operations Summit. We don’t like to toot our own horns, but the Operations Summit conference is the only show in town when it comes to covering operations and fulfillment.
03/11/2014Drewry: Most U.S. East Coast Ports Not Ready for Big Ships in 2014
 Drewry says the changes that are coming for the Trans-Atlantic trades in the second quarter of 2014 might mean big trouble for the U.S. East Coast ports that are not quite deep enough for fully laden New Panamax ships and already have strained truck and rail capacities.
03/11/2014Weather Boosts Freight Rates, Except in Intermodal-Competitive Lanes
 Harsh winter weather continues to disrupt freight patterns. The American Trucking Associations cited the recurring ice and snowstorms for a decline in its tonnage index in January, and a slew of financial analysts are also blaming extreme winter weather for lackluster numbers in employment and consumer demand.
03/11/20143 Important Trends Affecting Railroads in 2014
 North America's leading railroads performed well in 2013, and investors were justly rewarded. The Dow Jones U.S. Railroads Index climbed 36% last year. But as investors, we are more interested in the future, than in the past.
03/11/2014Logistically Speaking: Feds Tighten the Screws on the Supply Chain
 Have you ever looked at the label on a package of prepared food and thought, “I would gladly pay more for this product if they would report the minimum daily value stats on the left side of the label rather than on the right side?” If so, you’re about to get your wish because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—having apparently too much time on its hands—has decided that consumers aren’t getting the type of vital information they ought to be getting from the nutrition facts labels.
03/06/2014AAR Reports Mixed Traffic for February, Increased Traffic for the Week
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed U.S. rail traffic for the month of February 2014, with carload volume decreasing and intermodal volume increasing compared with February 2013.
03/06/2014Three reasons carrier rates will rise in 2014
 At the recent 2014 Stifel Transportation and Logistics Conference, and the Food Shippers Annual Transportation Conference, I had some great discussions with industry experts.
03/06/2014Want to Innovate your Supply Chain? Break the Rules
 By clearly understanding the nature of the rules and the details of your supply chain, you can better determine where and when rule-breaking makes sense.
03/06/2014Weather Adds to Demand and Rate Pressures
 Unyielding winter weather continues to push more freight into the spot market as shippers search for available capacity.
03/06/2014A Winter Like No Other
 The impact of this once in a lifetime winter simply cannot be understated when viewing how it has impacted myriad facets of daily life and freight transportation operations, too, of course.
03/05/2014Hang together or hang separately?
 The ports of Seattle and Tacoma want to pool information to address "unprecedented" pressures. Will they be just the first ports to go this route, or the only ones?
02/28/2014Elevated Volume and Rates Persist: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Load volume increased 13% across all equipment types last week, including a 12% bump for vans. The national average rate hit a new peak of $1.98 per mile as unusual demand in the spot market persists due to extreme weather.
02/27/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 22, 2014 with 281,678 total U.S. carloads, up 1.3 percent compared with the same week last year.
02/26/2014January truck tonnage takes a weather-influenced step back, reports ATA
 Difficult winter weather conditions played a significant role in January truck tonnage, according to data released by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) today.
02/25/2014Trimming Your Transportation Spend
 Transportation costs run high, but cutting your spend might be more feasible than you think.
02/24/20145 Steps to Improving Your 3PL Relationships
 Members of the University of Tennessee's center for Executive Education share their five steps and a series of tips to improve your outsourcing relationship right from the start.
02/21/2014Transportation Management Systems: Meeting the Challenges and Obtaining Results
 The findings are based on information collected among 386 top logistics managers employed with medium and large market companies defined as spending $5 million plus on transportation and freight solutions.
02/21/20142014 State of TMS - Cost Reductions & ROI Continue to Soar
 Top supply chain software analysts assess growth in the transportation management systems (TMS) market, highlight emerging trends in adoption, and predict the future of this highly beneficial, yet consistently underused application.
02/21/20148 Trends that are Driving Double-Digit TMS Adoption
 The fastest growing enterprise application market is on track to continue its double-digit growth trend over the next 12 months. Here are eight key trends that supply chain software analysts say are shaping the TMS landscape­.
02/20/2014AAR Reports Decreased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported decreased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 15, 2014 with 270,632 total U.S. carloads, down 2.9 percent compared with the same week last year.
02/19/2014Tough Winter Caused 24% spike in January Spot Market Freight
 Year-over-year freight volumes were up 45% to a level not seen since October 2005.
02/19/2014The Fed’s “Primary Freight Network” Needs More Intermodal, Says IANA
 Although intermodal connectors make best use of each transportation mode, they account for less than one percent of national highway system mileage.
02/19/2014Robert Voltmann's Observations from Attending the Stifel and BB&T Conferences
 Robert Voltmann, President & CEO of TIA, recently attended the Stifel Transportation & Logistics Conference as well as the BB&T Capital Markets Conference. Here are his ten observations.
02/19/2014Snow and Ice Add to Pressure on Rates: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Even after last week's 3.9% decline, spot market freight volume has achieved record highs for much of this winter. Atypical demand, due largely to extreme weather conditions, drove van rates to an average of $1.97 per mile for the past two weeks.
02/13/2014AAR Reports Mixed Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 8, 2014 with 261,254 total U.S. carloads, down 4.3 percent compared with the same week last year.
02/13/2014Intermodal Volumes Finish Q4 and 2013 Strong, Reports IANA
 New white paper sponsored by IANA and AAR points to future success for the mode.
02/12/2014Weather Delays Add to Freight Backlog: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Winter weather continued to add to a backlog of freight last week. Van loads increased 16% and the national average rate for vans increased 3¢ to $1.97 per mile, which includes a 1¢ increase in the average fuel surcharge. Reefer rates also jumped 10¢ to $2.16 per mile, as demand for temp-controlled equipment rose 13.4%.
02/11/2014Intermodal Shipping Grew 4.6 percent in 2013
 Midwest-Southwest corridor was biggest regional gainer, expanding 12.9 percent.
02/10/2014Cass Freight Index: January 2014: A Measure of North American Freight Volumes
 North American shipment volumes and freight expenditures both continued the decline that began in December after the economy abruptly reversed direction near the end of last year. Although GDP figures for the second half of 2013 indicate that the economy is strengthening, this has not yet translated to the transportation sector. In January, weather hampered production as well as deliveries.
02/06/2014AAR Reports Increased Traffic for January, Decreased Traffic for the Week
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased total U.S. rail traffic for January 2014, with intermodal and carload volume increasing overall compared with January 2013. Intermodal traffic in January 2014 totaled 1,183,285 containers and trailers, up 1.3 percent (14,682 units) compared with January 2013.
02/05/2014U.S. Manufacturing Slows in January
 U.S. manufacturing activity slowed in January after the biggest drop in new orders in 33 years, indicating a loss of momentum in the recovering economy.
02/05/2014Recurring Storms Sustain High Rates: National Average Spot Market Freight Rates
 Week of Jan. 26 - Feb. 1 Van loads were up 5.9% in the final week of January but the national average rate was unchanged at $1.94 per mile.
01/30/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 25, 2014 with 280,761 total U.S. carloads, up 5.6 percent compared with the same week last year.
01/30/2014Move: Intermodal - No Longer Truckload's Sidekick
 Rail's improved service levels and availability make it the main event for many transportation managers.
01/29/2014ATA Reports Sharp Gain in Seasonally-Adjusted Truck Tonnage in December
 With the economy continuing to show modest signs of progress, truck tonnage volumes ended 2013 on a positive note, according to data issued today by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
01/29/2014December Spot Market Activity Turns in Record-Setting Performance, Reports DAT
 December spot market availability saw a 10 percent gain over November and a 45 percent annual hike, according to data recently released by DAT, a subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based TransCore, in its DAT North American Freight Index.
01/28/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 18, 2014 with 289,825 total U.S. carloads, up 4.5 percent compared with the same week last year.
01/28/2014New Competitors will Shake Up Transportation Industry
 With freight levels coming back, a competitive gulf may form between carriers returning to bad habits and those that are evolving.
01/22/2014Cass Truckload Linehaul Index: December 2013
 Our truckload linehaul index set a new high in December at 117.7 (compared to our baseline of 100.0 in January 2005). Truckload shipping costs simply continue to climb, following an almost identical pattern in each of the last four years. In December 2013, shippers paid 1.5% more in linehaul charges than the year before.
01/22/2014Cass Intermodal Price Index: December 2013
 Intermodal costs (linehaul, accessorials and fuel) in December were 1.0% lower than a year earlier. North American intermodal volumes remain high.

Avondale Partners’ December report predicted that intermodal shipping costs will remain relatively flat in the near term, with fluctuations influenced primarily by fuel costs. For now, they say, “the pricing dynamic in intermodal remains very competitive."
01/21/20142014 Rate Outlook: Ready to corral costs?
 With the exception of parcel, freight transportation rates will only make incremental gains in 2014. However, our top market analysts tell us that controlling total landed costs by using a variety of modes is now imperative.
01/16/2014AAR Reports Decreased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported decreased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 11, 2014 with 256,849 total U.S. carloads, down 8.2 percent compared with the same week last year.
01/16/2014Transportation Best Practices: Truckload fights the tide
 While truckload shippers can brace for modest rate increases in the 2 percent to 4 percent range in 2014, carrier executives and analysts say that the boost will only offset the consistently rising costs that continue to hamper the sector.
01/15/2014Truckload capacity trends in 2014 are worth watching, say industry stakeholders
 

Keeping an eye on over-the-road capacity at its current levels and speculating on what its future levels may be has become more than a passing interest for freight transportation and supply chain stakeholders.

01/15/20142013 intermodal volumes set new record and carload is down slightly, reports AAR
 United States railroad and intermodal volumes were again mixed in 2013, according to data issued by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
01/14/2014Make LTL Pay as Part of a Multi-Modal Strategy
 By formulating your total transportation spend, you can find ways to make less-than-truckload less of a cost burden.
01/13/2014The Road Ahead in 2014: Cheaper Fuel, More Rules
 After completing a recap of 2013 in freight transportation, I looked to economists, analysts and other industry experts who offered forecasts for 2014. The consensus is that positive and negative factors will pull in opposite directions.
01/10/2014Optimizing 3PL Relationships: A Big Step Toward More Value
 In today’s dynamic global marketplace, increasing logistics flexibility is critical as shippers look for greater collaboration with their third-party providers on the way to seamless integration of supply chain activities.
01/09/2014Freight Rail Traffic for 2013 Saw Record Intermodal Growth, Slight Dip in Carloads
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported that U.S. rail traffic for 2013 saw record intermodal growth with a slight full year decrease in carloadings.
01/07/2014Nearly 40 percent of U.S. brokers have licenses pulled after noncompliance with new surety bond rules
 About 8,200 brokers impacted by new law, according to FMCSA website.
01/07/2014"Siding" up to Intermodal
 As intermodal traffic grows, more companies look to plant their DC site flags alongside rail facilities.
01/07/2014Reshoring Likely to Radically Reshape U.S. Economy in the Next 12 Months
 Grant Thornton survey finds U.S. companies will bring production, customer service and IT infrastructure back to the United States.
01/07/2014Cass Freight Index: December 2013: A Measure of North American Freight Volumes
 
Freight shipment activity ends down in 2013, but average shipment size continues to grow.
01/02/2014AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Dec. 28, 2013 with 230,933 total U.S. carloads, up 8.1 percent compared with the same week last year.
12/27/2013AAR Reports Mixed Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Dec. 21, 2013 with 289,528 total U.S. carloads, down 0.3 percent compared with the same week last year.
12/23/2013LTL and Intermodal Overshadow TL in Third Quarter
 Intermodal volume achieved a six quarter high.
12/19/2013Cass Truckload Linehaul Index: November 2013
 Truckload linehaul rates in November were 1.8% higher than in November of last year. Coincidentally, linehaul rates for the first 11 months of 2013, on average, are up  1.8 as compared to 2012. Truckload volumes continue to grow, posting a three-month moving average of 7.2% over last year, spawned by strength in energy, housing and the automotive markets.
12/19/2013Cass Intermodal Price Index: November 2013
 Total intermodal costs remained below 2012 levels for the third month in a row, partially due to lower year-over-year diesel prices. In November, all-in intermodal costs were 1.5% below November 2012. Rail data has shown weekly intermodal volumes remaining near the all-time record highs set in October.
12/17/2013How to Manage Hours-of-Service Regulations Compliance
 Now that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules have entered into force, trucking companies and shippers need to account for these regulatory changes. Any company that is working in a fast-paced, time-definite shipping environment is especially vulnerable.
12/17/20133% Growth Expected for 2014 Economy
 Strong housing and car markets will lead the fastest growth rate since the recession.
12/16/2013What Happened to Collaboration?
 Yesterday, when I walked through the shopping square, I heard caroling and the ringing of bells. My feet crunched through the snow. The holiday spirit was in the air. In the spirit of holiday giving, I want to raise the question, “What has happened to supply chain collaboration?” Based on my research, I think that we are going backwards, not forwards.
12/16/2013Move: Intermodal - No Longer Truckload's Sidekick
 Rail's improved service levels and availability make it the main event for many transportation managers.
12/13/2013AAR Reports Mixed Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Dec. 7, 2013 with 279,213 total U.S. carloads, down 4.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 262,765 units, up 9.4 percent compared with the same week last year.  Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 541,978 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.8 percent compared with the same week last year.
12/13/20132014 Global (Supply Chain) Economy Outlook
 Supply Chain Managers are advised in this year’s “outlook” to align their shipping and sourcing strategies to broader business goals and build competencies around each stage of the product lifecycle to achieve greater customer centricity.
12/10/2013AAR Reports Annual Gains in November for Carload and Intermodal Volumes
 Both United States carload and intermodal volumes saw gains in November, according to data released this week by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
12/10/2013Cass Freight Report Tells Ongoing Story of Mixed Economic Signals
 The trend of bumpy end-of-the-year economic activity remained intact in November, according to the most recent edition of the Cass Freight Index Report.
12/06/2013Rail Week Ending 30 November 2103: Again Non-Comparable Data
 Econintersect: Week 48 of 2013 ending 30 November shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) declined according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count was down, and intermodal count was down. Weekly overall data is down, and down even more ignoring coal and grain.
12/06/2013Cass Freight Index: November 2013: A Measure of North American Freight Volumes
 North American shipment volume continued on a downward path in November - not unexpected, as this is the same week year-end movement we have observed for the last three years. Stronger-than-expected manufacturing activity and shipments of seasonal goods offset a general slowing of freight movements to temper the drop in shipment levels. Expenditures rose just slightly, largely because of a surge in spot market rates the last week of the month.
12/06/2013How to Take Advantage of Intermodal Transportation
 Looming truck driver and capacity shortages, freight rate increases, Hours-of-Service and CSA regulations, and sustainability mandates are compelling many shippers to consider domestic intermodal solutions for the long haul.
12/04/2013Railroads Have Record Year for Capital Investment
 
Another record year for capital investment appears to be shaping up as railroads head for improved revenues and profits in 2014.
12/04/2013Vendor Compliance: Setting Them Straight
 Drive out inefficiencies and boost customer service by aligning with vendors to meet your supply chain goals.
12/03/2013Rail Week Ending 23 November 2013: Non-Comparable Data
 Econintersect: Week 46 of 2013 ending 23 November shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count was up, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.
11/26/2013Emerging logistics hot spots: The West
 While they may not displace Southern California as the key logistics hub for the western United States, these three regions are on the rise: Dallas/Fort Worth; Reno, Nev.; and Quincy, Wash.
11/22/2013Trucking Tonnage Falls October 2013
 Econintersect: The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) trucking index declined 2.8% in October. The level of the index has declined to April 2013's level
11/22/2013 Rail Week Ending 16 November 2013: Growth Keeps on Coming
 Econintersect: Week 46 of 2013 ending 09 November shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count was up, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.
11/21/2013In Mexico, Rail is On a Roll
 Increasing demand from manufacturers, improved infrastructure and service, and a campaign to grab more market share promise further growth for rail service within Mexico and across the U.S. border.
11/21/2013Resilient…Responsive…Determined: Rails Focus on the Future
 Despite economic headwinds, rails are investing heavily for future growth. Inbound Logistics gets the full story at the annual RailTrends conference.
11/20/2013CSX and GE Transportation to Team Up on LNG-Powered Locomotive Pilot Program
 The ongoing emergence of the role of natural gas in freight transportation is making its latest stop on railroad tracks in the form of an agreement between Class I railroad carrier CSX and GE Transportation that will focus on exploring emissions-cutting and efficiency advancements through the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) technology for locomotives.
11/19/201310 Rules for Supply Chain & Logistics Optimization
 Few companies today know how well their supply chain and logistics optimization is actually performing and how to determine their most significant opportunities for improvement.
11/19/2013Supply Chain Network Design: Embrace the culture of modeling
 In order to manage through the new complexities of the global economy, our consulting team suggests that shippers need to establish new processes that consistently reassess supply chain and transportation networks. Here’s how to get it done.
11/14/2013Rail Week Ending 09 November 2013: Accelerating Growth Rate Continues
 Econintersect: Week 45 of 2013 ending 09 November shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count was up, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.
11/13/2013Out-going IWLA Chief Shares Advice for 3PL Customers at CSCMP
 The International Warehouse Logistics Association President & CEO Joel D. Anderson spoke on “pesky regulations” at the recently-concluded Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Annual Conference in Denver. Now that he’s announced his pending retirement, Anderson wishes to share this “check list” for shippers wising to vet 3PLs promising “optimization.”
11/12/2013North American Developments Impacting the Global Supply Chain
 Third-party logistics organizations reduce landed transport costs and thereby enrich the wealth of trading partners, says a new report from the World Trade Organization.
11/12/2013Transportation/Logistics October Domestic Truck, Intermodal, and Rail Trends by BAIRD
 Domestic freight demand firming in October after soft start to month, but outlook remains guarded.
11/12/2013Transportation/Logistics October International Airfreight and Ocean Freight Trends by BAIRD
 September international trends stable, with airfreight peak taking shape in October.
11/12/2013Industrial Insights Special Edition: BAIRD 2013 Conference Highlights
 This special edition of Baird’s Industrial Insights publication highlights key takeaways following Baird’s 43rd annual Industrial Conference held this week, focused on current industrial observations/trends and common themes as we exit 2013 and look ahead to 2014 and beyond.
11/08/2013Rail Week Ending 02 November 2013: Take A Look At Rails Growing Rate of Growth!
 Econintersect: Week 44 of 2013 ending 02 November shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count was up, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.
11/07/2013Less-than-truckload update: Stability achieved, rates to rise
 LTL executives are looking to drive relentless cost increases out of their operations—and they’re telling shippers to prepare for rate increases in the 3 percent to 5 percent range. Here’s why rates are rising and what shippers should expect in 2014.
11/05/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure of North American Freight Volumes for October 2013
 Since 1990, the Cass Freight Index™ has been a trusted measure of North American freight volumes and expenditures. Data within the Index includes all domestic freight modes and is derived from $22 billion in freight transactions processed by Cass annually on behalf of its client base of hundreds of large shippers. These companies represent a broad sampling of industries including consumer packaged goods, food, automotive, chemical, OEM, retail and heavy equipment. Annual freight volume per organization ranges from $1 million to over $1 billion. The diversity of shippers and aggregate volume provide a statistically valid representation of North American shipping activity.
11/05/2013Supply Chain and Logistics Technology: 8 Trends Driving TMS Adoption
 The fastest growing enterprise application market is on track to continue its double-digit growth trend over the next 12 months. Here are eight key trends that supply chain software analysts say are shaping the TMS landscape­—­and pushing more logistics managers to finally put it to work.
11/04/2013Third-Quarter Intermodal Growth Spans All Markets
 Seasonally adjusted domestic shipments exceeded international shipments for the first time.
11/04/2013Not Enough Trucks, Not Enough Truckers
 One of the unheralded benefits of the government shutdown and the looming debt default is that every other crisis looks a little bit less, well, crisis-ish in comparison. Take, for instance, the latest Shippers Conditions Index, a monthly score compiled by transportation analyst firm FTR Associates, that measures the relative health of U.S. logistics. Two months ago, the index stood at -7.5; last month the index had dropped to -8.1. The current reading has the index dipping even lower, down to -8.3.
11/04/2013Lessons in Liability
 Two recent court cases should prompt all companies, and especially small and medium-sized importers and exporters, to review their business practices with an eye toward reducing potential liability.
11/04/2013Keeping America’s Supply Chains Moving
 Refrigerated & Frozen Foods taps into today’s rail and intermodal trends to find out what technological advancements are in place, and how they keep America’s supply chains moving.
11/01/2013 Rail Week Ending 26 October 2013: Solid Growth Continues
 

Econintersect: Week 43 of 2013 ending 26 October shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count was up, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.

10/25/2013Vantage Point: How Driver Hours Affect Warehouse Service
 The new Hours-of-Service ruling threatens to take a toll beyond trucks.
10/25/2013AAR Reports Annual Carload and Intermodal Gains for Week Ending October 19
 Carload and intermodal volumes were up for the week ending October 19, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
10/24/2013Intermodal Efficiencies
 How shippers save money without sacrificing service by letting railroads handle the long hauls.
10/24/2013Guest Commentary: The Tougher Challenge for a TMS is Execution
 As a follow-up to my previous commentary, which focused on setting the playing field for transportation routing algorithms and the fact that these are not really “optimizations” but heuristic algorithms, as well as the fact that modeling the constraints is at least as important as getting a lower cost, I want to now shift the focus to the tougher challenge for a transportation management system (TMS) – execution of the recommendations.
10/23/2013For-Hire Trucking Tonnage Index Jumps
 The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Trucking Tonnage Index increased 1.4 percent month-over-month in September, which matched August’s gain.
10/22/2013AAR Reports Gains in Carload and Intermodal Volumes for Week Ending October 12
 Carload and intermodal volumes were up for the week ending October 12, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
10/22/2013“Modal Agnostic” - Seeking Capacity When and Where it Makes the Most Economic Sense
 New state of logistics translates into new opportunities for shrewd managers who can leverage their solid transportation relationships into value for their companies.
10/18/2013Rail Week Ending 12 October 2013: Continued Growth Even with Government Shutdown
 

Econintersect: Week 41 of 2013 ending 12 October shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count was up, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.

10/17/2013More freight, but fewer trucks to move it?
 There's good news and bad news about trucking these days. The good news is traffic is up! A good sign for the economy! (OK, there's a caveat, but more on that in a minute).
10/16/2013Spot Market Truckload Volumes Fall Sequentially, Rise Annually, Reports DAT
 DAT, a subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based TransCore, recently reported that spot market truckload volume dropped 5.3 percent from August to September, based on its DAT North American Freight Index. Company officials said that this decline is seasonal.
10/16/2013Railroad Sector is Stable With Room for Growth, Says FTR
 Looking at the current state of the United States railroad carload market, the overall take from FTR Senior Consultant Larry Gross is that things have been relatively quiet in terms of year-over-year performance, with signs of improvement going forward.
10/15/2013Intermodal: Getting serious about multi-modal optimization
 Intermodal is becoming increasingly more viable as logistics managers find themselves under pressure to keep costs down and improve supply chain operations. But how can shippers wring out its full value?
10/15/2013State of Cloud Computing: Sky’s the Limit
 Cloud-based applications continue to penetrate the supply chain management (SCM) software space as more operations are eager to embrace the advantages it maintains over traditional options. We explore how far shippers have gone into the Cloud and reveal several limitations that could hinder the flight.
10/11/2013Transportation/Logistics October Freight Flows: No Signs of Reaccelerating Growth
 Favor asset-based transports with industrial end-market exposure into 2014. Peak season trends mixed, with industrial end-markets firmer than retail. That said, growth continues to decelerate despite August's upward move in the US ISM PMI and New Orders components, and we see little evidence of reaccelerating growth in 2014. Though trends remain muted, take advantage of typical transport seasonal outperformance in 4Q/1Q to add to exposure in selective transports.
10/11/2013Transportation/Logistics September Domestic Truck, Intermodal, and Rail Trends
 Domestic freight demand improved seasonally into September; pricing remains stable.
10/11/2013Transportation/Logistics September International Airfreight and Ocean Freight Trends
 International trends stable in August, with industry AF volumes flat at weak levels and OF volume growth improved from 1H. Encouragingly, August AF trends were above seasonal and some forwarders similarly noted improved August volumes (EXPD, UTIW), though intermediate-term expectations generally remain muted. Contacts note demand trends remained stable in September and expectations for a peak persist, but the length and intensity of the peak remain uncertain. And, potential for a short-term AF demand spike around product launches exists.
10/10/2013Rail Week Ending 05 October 2013: Growth Spurt Continues
 Econintersect: Week 40 of 2013 ending 05 October shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count was down, but intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.
10/08/2013Avoiding the 7 Myths of Supply Chain Management
 “What drives operations and supply chain strategies?” The research reported in this book shows that the customer value proposition, channels to market, and product characteristics are the key drivers of an appropriate operations strategy.
10/08/20138 Elements of Successful Supplier Control Towers
 The organization’s expectation is that the Control Tower is in operation when in reality you are really still designing it.
10/08/2013Regulation & Legislation: Truckers Get the Message
 Shippers and carriers express concern over new regulations and highway funding initiatives.
10/08/20133PL Growth Outpacing GDP
 A shrinking talent pool and growing international trade are primary reasons.
10/07/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure of North American Freight Volumes for September 2013
 Since 1990, the Cass Freight Index™ has been a trusted measure of North American freight volumes and expenditures. Data within the Index includes all domestic freight modes and is derived from $22 billion in freight transactions processed by Cass annually on behalf of its client base of hundreds of large shippers. These companies represent a broad sampling of industries including consumer packaged goods, food, automotive, chemical, OEM, retail and heavy equipment. Annual freight volume per organization ranges from $1 million to over $1 billion. The diversity of shippers and aggregate volume provide a statistically valid representation of North American shipping activity.
10/07/2013September Carloads and Intermodal Units Post Annual Gains, Says AAR
 Both United States carload and intermodal volumes in September were up annually, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) this week.
10/03/2013Rail Week Ending 28 September 2013: September Total Shipments Are Up
 

Econintersect: Week 39 of 2013 ending 28 September shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is up, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.

10/03/2013IDS Transportation Services, LLC Transitions to New Office Space in Plainfield, Indiana to Keep Up with Continued Growth
 PLAINFIELD, Ind., Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- IDS Transportation Services, LLC announced today it will be expanding into a larger office in Plainfield, Indiana.
10/02/2013FTR Transportation Conference Trucking Panel Offers Up Insights About Trucking Market
 The current state of the truckload market is currently being viewed as mostly normal with bits of fluctuation mixed in as well, according to panelists on a trucking panel at last week’s FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis.
10/01/2013Freight Stayed Strong through Summer
 The demand for truckload freight rose 0.4% in August and is exhibiting a robust market extending into September.
10/01/2013Trip of a Lifetime: An Intermodal Story (VIDEO | INTERMODAL 101)
 Trip of a Lifetime: An Intermodal Story (VIDEO | INTERMODAL 101) by CSX - Excellent video on how intermodal transportation works!
09/27/2013Five Trends That Will Dominate Supply Chain Software Spending in 2013
 Gartner Says Worldwide Software-as-a-Service (Cloud) Revenue to Reach $14.5 Billion.
09/27/2013Bridging the Procurement-Supply Chain Divide: Six Factors That Make a Difference
 At many companies, there is a divide between procurement and supply chain operations that robs the organization of vital efficiencies, companies that have recognized that gap and worked hard to close it now see sizeable financial benefits.
09/26/2013Rail Week Ending 21 September 2013: Improved but Softer Growth
 Econintersect: Week 38 of 2013 ending 21 September shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved slightly according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is down, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is also up ignoring coal and grain.
09/25/2013Trucking Tonnage Up in August 2013 But Not Indicative of Economic Growth
 Econintersect: The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) trucking index increased 1.4% in August after falling 0.4% in July. It should be noted that there has been little growth in trucking jobs for August 2013 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
09/24/2013[INFOGRAPHIC] Truck Drivers By the Numbers
 The number of truck drivers remains below its peak, as driver pay lags U.S. average wages. In the infographic below, Senior Editor William B. Cassidy explains the driver shortage.
09/23/2013[INFOGRAPHIC] Nations With the Best Infrastructure, 2012-13
 The World Economic Forum has released its yearly Global Competitiveness Report, which includes a ranking of the world’s best (and worst) nations in terms of infrastructure.
09/23/2013[INFOGRAPHIC] The World’s Worst Infrastructure, 2012-13
 The ranking of 148 nations by the World Economic Forum reflects how critical infrastructure is for ensuring the effective functioning of an economy.
09/20/2013Rail Week Ending 14 September 2013: Another Strong Week
 

Econintersect: Week 37 of 2013 ending 14 September shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is up, and intermodal count is up. Weekly overall data is up, and up even more ignoring coal and grain.

09/19/2013Solid Import Numbers at West Coast Ports Could Pave Way for a Decent Peak Season
 While August volumes at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) were mixed, they could serve as a precursor to a solid holiday shopping season.
09/17/2013Transportation Best Practices: Savvy Logistics Managers are Rethinking 3PL Contracts
 In this new era of collaboration, some third-party logistics providers (3PLs) are working with enlightened shippers on a new approach rooted in recognition that better logistics management can have a direct impact on the bottom line for both parties. Here’s one example of how it’s being done.
09/17/2013 Supply Chain Managers May Soon Be Watching Their (Container) Weight | Call for Ocean Cargo Weight Control
 Four global shipping industry organizations are calling on the International Maritime Organization to approve a “carefully negotiated and crafted compromise” this fall that aims to address the problem of misdeclared cargo container weights.
09/16/2013U.S. Intermodal Traffic Sees Highest Jump in 27 Weeks
 U.S. intermodal volume for the week ending Sept. 7 climbed 6.7 percent year-over-year, according to the Association of American Railroads. This was the tenth straight year-over-year increase, and the steepest rise since the week of March 2.
09/13/2013Rail Week Ending 07 September 2013: Rail Continues Coming on Strong
 Econintersect: Week 36 of 2013 ending 07 September shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is up, and intermodal count is up.
09/13/2013Progressive Railroading Rising Star: Shelli Austin
 Shelli Austin has spent most of her career in transportation logistics, a field she says she just "fell into." But she didn't know much about railroading until after 2004, when she went to work for IDS Transportation and was asked to develop an intermodal service for the company.
09/12/2013Climbing Aboard the TMS Bandwagon
 Big companies and 3PLs are expected to drive a new wave of sales of transportation management systems.
09/12/2013Transportation/Logistics August Domestic Truck, Intermodal, and Rail Trends
 August volume trends in the US improved from seasonally slow July levels, but September and October’s trajectory remain the primary focal points.  Similarly, International AF/OF trends were mixed in July, but airfreight trends in particular have improved in August. 
09/11/2013Record Month for Intermodal Paces AAR August Volumes
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported this week that total rail carload and intermodal volumes in August increased on an annual basis.
09/11/201322nd Annual Study of Logistics and Transportation Trends: Masters Co-Create Value
 The Masters of Logistics have developed strategic partnerships with carriers that enable them to keep costs low while providing innovative service to their customers—and our data show that this value-added perspective is leading to performance that is significantly better than their competitors.
09/09/2013Two Forces for the Future
 The growing adoption of supply chain applications in the cloud and of those offered by the big ERP vendors will have a significant impact on supply chain technology over the next three years.
09/09/2013Keeping a Lid on Cost Pressures
 By using technology and collaborating with their carriers, shippers can mitigate the impact of economic and regulatory trends that are driving up truckers' costs.
09/06/2013Site Selection: The Rise of Intermodal
 Intermodal plays an essential role in today's site selection process. Superior rail intermodal sites and services put your company on the right track.
09/06/2013 Rail Week Ending 31 August 2013: Rail Come on Strong After Last Week's Soft Data
 Econintersect: Week 35 of 2013 ending 31 August shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) was mixed according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is down, and intermodal count is up.
09/06/2013Stable Outlook for Pricing
 With crude oil prices continuing to hold steady, diesel prices are expected to do the same. But the risk that an unforeseen event could spark volatility remains.
09/06/2013From Tactical Execution to Strategic Enablement
 Technology that's making true network optimization and supply chain visibility feasible could (and should) lead shippers to rethink how they work with rail carriers.
09/05/2013Cass Freight Index is Mixed but Calls for Slow Growth Ahead
 The August edition of the Cass Freight Index report showed mixed results in terms of freight expenditures and shipment volume, respectively.
09/04/2013Shippers Conditions Fail to Improve, but Hey, It Could Be Worse
 Offsetting this removal of 3% capacity due to new Hours of Service rules is the currently weak freight environment due to a sluggish economy, notes FTR Associates' Lawrence Gross. "The net effect is to postpone significant tightening of capacity into later this year or even next year, depending on what happens with the economy.”
09/04/20133PL Customers Report Identifies Service Trends, 3PL Market Segment Sizes and Growth Rates
 Report shows 86% of domestic Fortune 500 companies use 3PLs for logistics and supply chain functions.
09/04/2013How will the "Trucking Renaissance" Impact Shippers?
 JOC Senior Editor Bill Cassidy discusses the trucking industry's increased focus on sustainable profitability, tightening of capacity and other factors contributing to a trucking renaissance.
08/30/2013FMCSA Prepares for 'Unified' Registration System
 The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a long-awaited final rule last week to establish a Unified Registration System for trucking companies, freight brokers and forwarders and others required to register with the agency. The final rule consolidates and automates a paper-based registration system and expands the number and type of companies or operations that must register with the FMCSA.
08/30/2013Shippers Must Rethink Modal Choices, Transport Analyst Says
 Shippers face “significant” rate increases in the U.S. over the next few years unless they build more multimodal supply chains for domestic and inbound shipments, an investment analyst warns.
08/30/2013Rail Week Ending 24 August 2013: Improvement in Growth Rate Weakens
 Econintersect: Week 34 of 2013 ending 24 August shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) was mixed according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is down, and intermodal count is up.
08/28/2013U.S. Report: Record Global Consumption of Petroleum in 2012
 Global consumption of petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and heating oil, reached a record high of 88.9 million barrels per day in 2012. Even though consumption fell in North America and Europe, it was replaced and exceeded by growth in Asia and other regions, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
08/28/2013Drones – The Birth of a New Transportation Mode
 "I believe we’re witnessing the birth of a new transportation mode, one that will take many years to develop and mature (but will probably happen sooner than we think)."
08/22/2013Rail Week Ending 17 August 2013: Continued Improvement in Growth Rate
 Econintersect: Week 33 of 2013 ending 17 August shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) was stronger according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is up, and intermodal count is up.
08/22/2013Trucking Tonnage Soft in July 2013
 Econintersect: The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) trucking index fell 0.4% in July after rising marginally 0.1% in June. Compared with July 2012, seasonally adjusted tonnage was up 4.7%. Truck tonnage year-to-date is up 4.7% over 2012.
08/20/2013Transportation Best Practices/LTL Strategy: Edward Don serves up savings
 Foodservice equipment and supply company leverages its technology partnership to secure capacity, simplify rates, and cut 12 percent from its transportation spending. Here’s how they did it.      
08/20/2013Supply Chain and Logistics Technology: 8 trends taking us closer to visibility
 Top industry analysts define the leading wireless and mobility trends that are helping logistics professionals work smarter and faster in an increasingly competitive business environment.
08/20/2013US Diesel Prices See Uptick
 U.S. diesel prices edged up slightly in the week of August 19, following a two-week decline, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
08/19/2013U.S. LOGISTICS - Slow Growth Is Good Growth in the Era of the New Normal
 Time to ratchet down your expectations for a 20th Century-style economic boom. What we're seeing now might be as good as it gets.
08/16/2013Mixed Report on Freight Services
 The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) dropped 0.2 percent from May to June, following a 1.2 percent gain from April to May.
08/16/2013AAR Reports Mixed Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending August 10, 2013, with total U.S. weekly carloads of 288,803 carloads, down 0.2 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 257,969 units, up 6.1 percent compared with the same week last year.  Total U.S. rail traffic for the week was 546,772 combined carloads and intermodal units, up 2.7 percent compared with the same week last year.
08/15/2013 Stores: The Weak Link in Omnichannel Distribution
 For retailers, omnichannel commerce beckons brightly. But our exclusive study shows that most have yet to master a key part of the equation.
08/14/2013Moore on Pricing: Shippers and Carriers Need to Get Smart on LTL Costs
 In the past months, ABF Freight System and UPS Freight announced 5.9 percent general rate increases, effective May 28 and June 10, respectively. Con-way Freight will raise its LTL rates 5.9 percent on June 24. On June 10, FedEx Freight announced a 4.5 percent GRI in non-contract base rates effective July 1, and other large carriers are expected to follow suit over the next several weeks.
08/13/2013A TMS is for Sharing
 Transportation management software makes it possible for shippers to share freight deliveries and cut expenses. So why aren't more doing it?
08/13/2013Global Expansion Driving TMS Growth
 Established Tier 1 U.S. companies as well as multi-nationals in Latin America are expanding their markets and see transportation management systems as an enabler.
08/12/2013Rail Week Ending 03 August 2013: Dynamics Continue to Improve
 Econintersect: Week 31 of 2013 ending 3 August shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) was mixed according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is down, and intermodal count is up.
08/09/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For July 2013
 While North American shipment volume fell in July, freight expenditures continued to increase, although at a much slower pace than in June. Truck freight rates bucked the traditional seasonal slump in July and can be held largely accountable for the 0.9 percent increase in U.S. freight spending. The number of shipments, on the other hand, dropped off 2.3 percent in July, in line with seasonal trends.
08/07/2013Retailers Drove 9% Domestic Intermodal Growth in 2nd Quarter
 However International volume fell 6% from year ago.
08/07/2013Freight Broker Population Declining
 Registrations are down sharply in 2013. Further decline is expected as broker bond increases.
08/07/2013Take This Load and... Follow the Rules!
 Last year's transport funding law remade the $300 billion world of property brokerage. Starting Oct. 1, the rubber hits the road.
08/07/2013Appeals Court Upholds Virtually All of Government's Driver Hours of Service Rules
 Decision may finally end decade-long legal fight, court says.
08/07/2013IANA Reports a 2.4 Percent Gain in Total Q2 Intermodal Volumes
 The Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) reported this week in its Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics report that total second quarter intermodal container and trailer movements showed annual growth, albeit not at the levels seen in the first quarter, with total movements—at 3,885,581 trailers and containers—up 2.4 percent annually.
08/06/2013Transportation Spot Market Volume Up 10% at July's End
 Fuel prices were down slightly for the month but up 2.4% year over year.
08/05/2013Supply Chain & Logistics: Hours of Service Changes Add to Summer of Logistics Discontent
 Transportation rates are going to be on the rise as it gets tougher to find available capacity.
08/02/2013Rail Week Ending 27 July 2013: Dynamics Reverse In Strong Week
 Econintersect: Week 30 of 2013 ending 27 July shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) grew according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is up, and intermodal count is up.
08/01/2013Transportation/Logistics July Domestic Truck, Intermodal, and Rail Trends
 Domestic freight demand following typical pattern of softening in July following a below-seasonal June.
08/01/2013July Freight Flows: Remain Defensive into 2Q13 Reporting by BAIRD
 Remain defensively positioned into 2Q13 reporting. Domestic US freight trends in June were mixed, with TL/IM volumes off the US coasts described as soft given muted retail end-market demand; while Midwest/Southeast US trends were firm, supported by ongoing recovery in housing/auto markets. Given mixed demand trends and absent conviction in reaccelerated volume growth into 2014, we continue to prefer transports with company-specific margin catalysts. CNW remains our top pick.
08/01/2013June Freight Flows: Defensive Positioning into Summer Months by BAIRD
 Position defensively in transports given two near-term headwinds: continued growth deceleration in both industrial and retail end-markets; and historically challenging 3Q relative stock performance. Continue to emphasize transports with company-specific catalysts: elevating CNW to a Focus Idea, replacing R and RRTS following strong YTD outperformance; remain interested in FDX at/below $95; and more interested in Truckload and International Airfreight exposure on pullbacks and clarity to reaccelerating growth.
07/29/20132013 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report
 The 2013 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report shows how each state ranks among its peers in several areas of the economy that underlie the success of manufacturing and logistics.  These specific measures include: manufacturing and logistics industry, health, human capital, cost of worker, benefits, diversification of the industries, state-level productivity and innovation, expected fiscal liability, tax climate, and global reach.
07/28/201310 Rules for Supply Chain & Logistics Optimization
 Few companies today know how well their supply chain and logistics optimization is actually performing and how to determine their most significant opportunities for improvement.
07/26/2013North American Intermodal Volume at 42-Week High
 North American intermodal volume for the week ending July 20 grew year-over-year for the third consecutive week, totaling 320,488 trailers and containers, the highest weekly volume since Sept. 29, 2012, according to the Association of American Railroads.
07/25/2013Rail Week Ending 20 July 2013: Dynamics Clearly Less Good
 Week 29 of 2013 ending 20 July shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) declined according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is down, but intermodal count is up.
07/24/2013Trucking Tonnage Grows Marginally in June 2013
 The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) trucking index rose 0.1% in June after rising 2.1% in May. Compared with June 2012, seasonally adjusted tonnage was up 5.9%. Truck tonnage year-to-date is up 4.7% over 2012.
07/23/2013Conditions Stabilize with the Meter Stuck on “Lousy”
 

Conditions for shippers right now, the consensus goes, are pretty lousy, but for those of you who will grasp at any straw, it’s perhaps the first wee sign of hope that things haven’t gotten significantly lousier over the past month. At least, not according to the monthly Shippers Conditions Index, monitored by FTR Associates.

07/19/2013Mark DeFabis, President/CEO of IDS, Secretary of IWLA, Selected to Provide Testimony on 'How Logistics Facilitate an Efficient Freight Transportation System'
 PLAINFIELD, Ind., July 19, 2013  /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Mark DeFabis, the President and CEO of Integrated Distribution Services, Inc. (IDS) who also serves as the Secretary of the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA), was asked to provide testimony on 'How Logistics Facilitate an Efficient Freight Transportation System' in Washington, DC on June 26, 2013. 
07/17/2013More Truck Drivers Needed as Consumer Demand Rises
 Turnover at truckload carriers is on the rise while consumer confidence rose to its highest level in five years.
07/16/2013IDS Transportation Services, LLC Welcomes Rich Hoffman as Vice President of Business Development
 IDS Transportation Services, LLC is pleased to introduce our new VP of Business Development, Richard Hoffman.
07/16/2013Diesel Prices Head Up 3.9 Cents to $3.867 Per Gallon, Reports EIA
 Diesel prices increased 3.9 cents to $3.867 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
07/15/2013Truckload and LTL Driver Turnover Rises in First Quarter of 2013
 In the first quarter of 2013, the turnover rate at both large and small truckload carriers rose due to the improving economy and continued competition for well-trained professional drivers.
07/12/2013U.S. Carloads and Intermodal Loads Climbed in July's First Week, AAR Says
 U.S. railroads got off to a good traffic start in July. In the week ending July 6, their carloads increased 2 percent to 247,896 and their intermodal volume rose 1.1 percent to 205,597 units compared with the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads.
07/11/2013Move: How Inland Ports Cut Transport Costs
 As seaports deal with congestion problems, inland ports are giving shippers more options in selecting shipping routes and warehouse locations.
07/10/2013Intermodal Traffic Reaches Record in June
 U.S. intermodal traffic set a new record for average weekly volume in June, the Association of American Railroads said.
07/10/2013Intermodal Leads the Way for June 2013 Volumes, Says AAR
 The theme of mixed volumes remains intact based on data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) for the month of June.
07/09/2013Five Trends That Will Dominate Supply Chain Software Spending in 2013
 Gartner Says Worldwide Software-as-a-Service (Cloud) Revenue to Reach $14.5 Billion.
07/08/2013Transportation/Logistics June Domestic Truck, Intermodal, and Rail Trends
 June freight trends have been generally characterized as "soft" following a solid May.
07/08/2013State of Transportation: Industrial Research for June 2013 by BAIRD
 An Economy and an Industry at an Inflection Point...
07/08/2013Seven Signs your Supply Chain Needs a Redesign
 Because supply chain redesigns are expensive and time-consuming, they often get deferred. But if your company shows any of these warning signs, you probably can't afford to put it off any longer.
07/08/2013Warehousing Ops: Don't Forget the Data
 Warehousing is changing as the supply chain becomes more distributed and flexible. Specialized service providers prove helpful in the effort, but can add layers to the route that products take from manufacturer to consumer.
07/05/2013Week Ending 29 June 2013: Rail Traffic Mixed
 Econintersect: Week 26 of 2013 ending 29 June shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) declined marginally according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is up, and intermodal is down.
07/05/2013Plenty of Truckin' Ahead
 ATA: Trucks to account for almost 71% of total primary tonnage by 2024 .
07/05/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For June 2013
 
The Cass Freight Index for June shows an increase in freight expenditures over May, while the number of shipments remained virtually flat. The transportation sector continues to follow the up and down track it’s been on for the last two and half years. The economy in general has exhibited more favorable trends in the last month, which should boost activity for the transportation industry over the next several months. Economic drives such as construction spending, factory orders (especially for durable goods), and consumer confidence all gained strength in May and June.
07/03/2013Open Throttle for Rail
 Despite predictions of growth in the rail sector moderating, those in the industry and their supply chain partners continue to make bold moves, and are changing the way goods move around the country and halfway around the world.
07/01/2013How to Negotiate Rates and Services with Carriers
 By conducting regular business reviews with parcel or freight carriers, shippers can determine whether agreements need amending so both parties can benefit.
07/01/2013Hours of Service, Years of Debate: 1935-2013
 The bitter and seemingly endless debate over truck driver hours of service has taken several turns over the past decade, but its origins stretch back to the 1930s.
06/28/2013U.S. Carloads Flat, Intermodal Traffic Up a Tad in Week No. 25, AAR Says
 For the week ending June 22, U.S. carloads were essentially flat at 288,224 while U.S. intermodal traffic rose 2.7 percent to 252,807 units compared with the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads.
06/26/2013Study: Return to Rails Key for Cutting Shipping Emissions
 The nation’s truck-centric freight industry can modestly trim energy use through such tactics as lower speeds, less idling and more efficient packing. However, substantial cuts in the fuel used to transport the nation’s goods will require a fundamental rethinking of the way products are moved to market, with a likely shift away from trucks and towards trains.
06/25/2013Rail & Intermodal Continue to Improve Service and Create Value for Shippers
 Our panel of top analysts maintains that the railroads are only looking at extending their lead.
06/25/2013North American Intermodal Traffic Reaches Seven-Month High
 North American carload and intermodal volume saw moderate year-over-year increases in the week ending June 15, according to the Association of American Railroads. North American intermodal volume hit its highest level since October 2012.
06/25/2013Supply Chain Technology: Transportation Management Systems (TMS) Gaining Altitude
 Research reveals that multiple factors such as volatile fuel prices and the oncoming capacity crunch are finally pushing adoption numbers up.
06/25/2013Transportation Simulation: Who Needs It?
 If you have a lawn mower, why would you need a lawn service? If you have an iPod nano and a cell phone, why would you also need an iPhone? If you have a transportation management system (TMS) and a network design tool, why would you need a transportation simulation solution?
06/25/2013Report Identifies Innovations That Will Change Transportation
 World Economic Forum and Boston Consulting Group research looks at technology's impact on transportation, travel.
06/21/2013Week Ending 15 Jun 2013: Rail Traffic Improving Trend Continues
 Econintersect: Week 24 of 2013 ending 15 June shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Both railcar count and intermodal is up.
06/20/2013Mixed Month for Sea Container Counts in May 2013
 For the third month in a row, export container counts are contracting year-over-year – comparing same months in 2012 and 2013, but imports did cross into expansion territory.
06/18/2013Container Volume Plunges at Los Angeles
 The Port of Los Angeles, the nation's largest container port, reported a 12.9 percent decline in cargo volume for May compared with a year earlier.
06/18/20132013 Rail/Intermodal Roundtable: Staying Ahead of the Pack
 Rail and intermodal continue to improve service and create value for shippers despite an uneven economy engulfed in an atmosphere of political uncertainty. Our panel of top analysts maintains that the railroads are only looking at extending their lead.
06/18/2013Quarterly Freight Transportation Market Update: Truckload’s Volatile Nature
 While top truckload carrier executives are doing their best to manage the elements currently battering their returns, we set our sites on three areas that carriers say will make the biggest impact on their ongoing relations with shippers-capacity, regulations, and fuel.
06/18/2013LTLs Take Mid-Year Rate Hikes as Carriers Fight Skyrocketing Costs
 It’s the season for general rate increases in the less-than-truckload (LTL) industry—those annual hikes for non-contract shipments that hardly any shipper in the nation pays.
06/14/2013Week Ending 08 June 2013: Rail Traffic Improving Trend Continues
 Econintersect: Week 23 of 2013 ending 08 June shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) declined slightly according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is down this week but intermodal is up - but overall slightly negative overall growth.
06/11/2013Moore on Pricing: Intermodal Pricing Signals Mixed
 Shippers and third party logistics providers (3PLs) need to pay attention to domestic and major trade lane transportation prices now as the U.S. economy tries to find a higher gear. As was recently reported, there were 3 percent increases—or more—in some key trade lanes (lanes to and from ports) last month amid a softening market. I suggest we look at the long-term and short-term capacity and infrastructure trends that will undoubtedly be affecting prices.
06/11/2013Report: Import Volume at US Retail Ports to Remain Weak
 Major U.S. retail container ports are expected to see a 1.1 percent year-over-year increase in import volume in June, reflecting “modest growth expectations” as retailers head the back-to-school and holiday seasons, according to the latest monthly Global Port Tracker report, released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
06/11/20135 Steps to Improving Your 3PL Relationships
 Members of the University of Tennessee's center for Executive Education share their five steps and a series of tips to improve your outsourcing relationship right from the start.
06/10/2013Week Ending 01 June 2013: Rail Traffic Continues Its Improving Trend
 Econintersect: Week 22 of 2013 ending 01 June shows same week total rail traffic improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Rail for the last month has been showing positive growth dynamics - but the previous week's bad data has caused decline in short term rolling averages.
06/07/2013Space Invaders
 Intermediaries have muscled in on the LTL market. Can they continue to wield influence in a world of rationalized capacity?
06/07/2013Domestic Intermodal Container Traffic Up Double-Digits for Sixth Straight Quarter
 Domestic rail intermodal container volumes grew in the first quarter by 10.2 percent over the 2012 level, the sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year double-digit gains for domestic container services, the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) reported yesterday.
06/07/2013Inbound Freight Management: 5 Roadblocks (and How to Get Around Them)
 Managing inbound freight effectively can be challenging, but the obstacles don't have to deter you from the benefits. Our experts map out detours to help you reach your goal.
06/05/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For May 2013
 Since 1990, the Cass Freight Index™ has been a trusted measure of North American freight volumes and expenditures. Data within the Index is derived from $22 billion in freight transactions processed by Cass annually on behalf of its client base of 350 large shippers. These companies represent a broad sampling of industries including consumer packaged goods, food, automotive, chemical, OEM, retail and heavy equipment. Annual freight volume per organization ranges from $1 million to over $1 billion. The diversity of shippers and aggregate volume provide a statistically valid representation of North American shipping activity.
06/05/2013Drewry Report Says Increased Slow Steaming is on the Horizon
 While ocean carriers leveraging slow steaming in an effort to reduce fuel costs is not entirely new, a recent report from London-based maritime consultancy Drewry Maritime Research suggests there is more to come, especially in a few key trade lanes.
06/05/2013Transpacific Carriers Call for General Rate Increases this July
 TSA members are recommending a further guideline general rate increase for all commodities in the amount of $400 per FEU to the U.S. West Coast and $600 to all other destinations, subject to contract terms, effective July 1, 2013.
06/04/2013Average Diesel Prices Reported June 3, 2013 Decreased for 2nd Consecutive Week
 
The Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a decrease in the average diesel fuel prices for the week of June 3, 2013.  The average price per gallon decreased $0.011 to $3.869 per gallon.  This is the 2nd consecutive week the average rate has decreased.  As compared to a year ago, the diesel fuel prices are up $0.023.  All the regions experienced a decrease this week, with the exception of the Rocky Mountain Region.  The diesel price average is down $0.261 from where it was 90 days ago.
06/04/2013LTL Rates Jump Nearly 6 Percent
 Three of the nation’s leading haulers of less-than-truckload (LTL) freight have announced rate hikes, of the exact same amount. ABF, YRC and UPS Freight have all announced a general rate increase of 5.9%.
06/03/2013Move: Get Your Money's Worth When Going for Brokers
 Many benefits can be delivered through a transportation intermediary—as long as they match your job description.
05/30/2013Week Ending 25 May 2013: Rail Traffic Has a Bad Week
 Econintersect: Week 21 of 2013 ending 25 May shows same week total rail traffic declined according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Rail for the last month has been showing very positive growth dynamics - but this was a "bad hair" week.
05/29/2013Diesel Fuel Price Down for the Week of May 27, 2013
 
The Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a decrease in the average diesel fuel prices.  The average price per gallon decreased $0.01 to $3.88 per gallon.  As compared to a year ago, the diesel fuel prices are down $0.017.  The diesel price is down $0.279 from where it was 90 days ago.
05/28/2013Transportation/Logistics May Domestic Truck, Intermodal, and Rail Trends
 Domestic freight trends improving into May following a sluggish April.
05/24/2013AAR: U.S. Rail Traffic Remained on Uptick in Week No. 20
 U.S. rail traffic maintained momentum in the week ending May 18, when carloads increased 1.9 percent to 285,679 units and intermodal loads rose 3.5 percent to 250,156 units compared with volumes from the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads. Total U.S. traffic ratcheted up 2.6 percent to 535,835 units.
05/24/2013Top 30 U.S. Ports: Economies of Scale in Play
 While ranking ports on size and container throughput is both valid and traditional, analysts contend that domestic ocean cargo gateways might also be compared by volume and value of trade as well as value-added services.
05/24/2013Port Tracker Report Points to Late Summer Slowdown
 As per the usual in recent years, there are lots of variables when gauging future economic growth prospects. Those variables were front and center in this month’s edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.
05/23/2013DAT Freight Index Sees Steep Drop in April
 The DAT North American Freight Index fell 16.5 percent year-over-year in April 2013, down to 1488, compared with a record April high in 2012, according to the latest release from DAT. This is the third straight month of declines.
05/23/2013IDS Transportation Services VP, Shelli Austin, Selected as Progressive Railroading's Top 20 'Rising Stars' of Railroading
 PLAINFIELD, Ind., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Progressive Railroading announced 20 individuals selected by the magazine's editorial staff as the 'Rising Stars' of North America's railroad industry.
05/23/2013IDS | Servicing the E-Commerce Market - IWLA's 3PL America's Member Profile
 Being flexible is certainly a selling feature for 3PLs, and it’s something IDS has proven itself good at. Jumping in fast after a panicked call from a large international company on a Saturday morning, IDS took over shipping about a third of the company’s orders to two or three of its big-box clients while the company worked to recover from the crash of its new warehouse management system. Within a few days, IDS was covering all of the outbound orders for several of the company’s key clients out of a facility of about 100,000 square feet that IDS had quickly acquired for just this purpose.
05/23/201310 Things You Need to Know About Domestic Intermodal Services | IWLA's 3PL America's Magazine
 Intermodal continues to be the fastest-growing segment of domestic transportation, and industry experts do not expect that to change anytime soon. A recent study from Morgan Stanley and FTR Associates indicates that 46 percent of the companies surveyed will begin to move some of their truckload lanes over to intermodal in 2013.
05/21/2013Average Diesel Price Increased on the May 20th EIA Report
 
For the second week in a row, the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported an increase in the average diesel fuel prices.  The average price per gallon increased 2.4 cents to $3.89 per gallon.  As compared to a year ago, the diesel fuel prices are down $0.066.  While there was another increase this week, the diesel price is down $0.267 from where it was 90 days ago.
05/21/2013DAT Reports April Spot Market Activity is Down
 Spot market patterns were mixed to a degree in April, according to according to recent data released by DAT, a subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based TransCore.
05/20/2013Shippers Condition in a Word: Yikes!
 The current state of the logistics industry is pretty similar to the current state of the economy: We’ll take whatever good news we can get, even if the only good news is that the bad news has gotten slightly less bad.
05/20/2013Retail Import Growth Expected to Slow This Summer
 Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.3 percent in May over the same month last year but growth could trickle to a standstill by the end of the summer.
05/20/2013Social Networking Comes to Transportation Man­age­ment via Cloud-Enabled “Control Towers”
 Cloud-enabled transportation “control towers” are transforming logistics and supply chain performance. Shippers can realize benefits from true end-to-end supply chain integration that can be operated through an optimized transportation service network.
05/17/2013Week Ending 11 May 2013: Total Rail Traffic Again Improves
 Econintersect: Week 19 of 2013 ending 11 May shows same week total rail traffic improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
05/17/2013FTR Trucking Conditions Index Rises
 FTR Associates’ Trucking Conditions Index for March, published in the May 2013 Trucking Update, reflected improvement in an already favorable environment for trucking, with an additional increase to a reading of 13.12, up from 12.9 in the previous month.
05/14/2013Commerce, NRF Report Slight Gains in April Retail Sales
 While retail sales were up in April, the growth rate was less than impressive based on data released today by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF).
05/14/2013Average Diesel Fuel Price Increases this Week
 
After 10 straight weeks of watching the average diesel price for the US fall, it finally took an increase, according to data released by the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) this week.  The average price per gallon increased 2.1 cents to $3.866 per gallon.  As compared to a year ago, the diesel fuel prices are down $0.138.  Over the past ten weeks diesel fuel prices had a cumulative decrease of $0.314.  With the smallest decrease coming last week and the trend of decrease pricing lasting 10 consecutive weeks, the market was bound to see a price.
05/14/2013Sluggish Retail Sales Remain a Concern for Supply Chain Managers
 Consumers are taking advantage of falling pump prices, a relatively better employment market, modest consumer goods price increases, a strong stock market, and a housing market that seems to be gaining traction.
05/13/2013Progressive Railroading Names 20 'Rising Stars' of Railroading
 Today, Progressive Railroading is announcing 20 individuals selected by the magazine's editorial staff as the "Rising Stars" of North America's railroad industry in 2013. IDS Transportation VP, Shelli Austin, announced as winner!
05/13/2013FTR Trucking Conditions Index Rises
 FTR Associates’ Trucking Conditions Index for March, published in the May 2013 Trucking Update, reflected improvement in an already favorable environment for trucking, with an additional increase to a reading of 13.12, up from 12.9 in the previous month.
05/10/2013 Week Ending 04 May 2013: Total Rail Traffic Improves
 Econintersect: Week 18 of 2013 ending 04 May shows same week total rail traffic improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
05/10/2013Global Trade: U.S./Mexico Trade—7 Steps to Close the Gap
 U.S. importers and exporters are now looking to draw the most value possible from the fertile Mexican market while remaining acutely aware of the risks involved. Our trade compliance expert offers steps to improve your cross-border activity both today and in the future.
05/08/2013UPS SurePost Offering May See Some Changes, Pending Contract Ratification with Teamsters
 While UPS and the Teamsters Union came to a tentative agreement on two, new five-year contracts for UPS’s small package and freight (less-than-truckload) business units last week, one of its key delivery services, UPS SurePost, may be subject to some changes if the deal is formally ratified.
05/08/2013NASSTRAC Study Indicates Shipper Collaboration, Mode Shifts Key Transportation Trends in 2013
 Shippers say they use collaboration and technology, along with shifting modes, as common solutions to moving freight through their corporate supply chains. This is according to “Freight Transportation 2013,” the first annual study conducted by NASSTRAC.
05/07/2013US Average Diesel Fuel Prices Down for 10th Straight Week
 
The average diesel price for the US fell for the tenth straight week, according to data released by the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) this week.
 
The average price per gallon fell 0.6 cents to $3.845 per gallon and is at its lowest point since last August.
 
Over the past ten weeks diesel fuel prices the cumulative decrease has been $0.314.  The decrease this week is the smallest of all the decreases.  Prior to this week, decreases ranged between 1.6 cents to 5.5 cents.  As compared to a year ago, the diesel fuel prices are down $0.212.
05/07/2013Intermodal Enjoys Double-Digit Domestic Container Growth
 The 10.2 percent year-over-year gain in domestic container volume in the first quarter of 2013 represents the sixth consecutive quarter of 10 percent plus increases, and the second highest volume in domestic container history.
05/03/2013Week Ending 27 April 2013: Total Rail Traffic Mixed
 Econintersect: Week 17 of 2013 ending April 27 shows same week total rail traffic mixed according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
05/03/2013Overcapacity, Fuel Costs Hit Shipping Industry
 The owners of the world's containerships are the people responsible for making globalization a reality. Their fleets transport 90% of world trade in manufactured goods.
05/03/2013Analysts Report that Cloud-Based Adoption Increased 40 Percent this Year for Supply Chain Software
 Our technology correspondent shares the upsides/downsides of this deployment model—and how vendors are gearing up to meet growing shipper demand.
05/03/2013A Practitioner’s Guide to Demand Planning
 Effective demand planning doesn’t just happen, it requires work. To move forward, companies have to admit the mistakes of the past, implement continuous improvement programs to drive discipline, and carefully re-implement demand planning technologies.
05/02/2013IANA report: Intermodal volume grew more than 4 percent in Q1
 In the first quarter, total intermodal volume reached 3,682,049 units, up 4.5 percent compared with first-quarter 2012, according to the Intermodal Association of North America's (IANA) latest "Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics" report.
05/02/2013Hours of Service Reg Likely to Take Effect As-Is, NPTC Legal Counsel Says
 Revised hours-of-service rules being contested by trucking and outside parties will probably be adopted as presented by federal authorities, the National Private Trucking Council’s staff lawyer, Rick Schweitzer, told attendees at the group’s annual meeting this week in Cincinnati.
05/02/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For April 2013
 Since 1990, the Cass Freight Index™ has been a trusted measure of North American freight volumes and expenditures. Data within the Index is derived from $22 billion in freight transactions processed by Cass annually on behalf of its client base of 350 large shippers.
05/01/2013ISM Semi-Annual Report Points to Economic Growth for Remainder of 2013
 In its spring 2013 Semiannual Economic Forecast, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) is pointing to economic growth for the rest of the year in the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors.
04/30/2013Average Diesel Prices Continue Downward Trend for 2013
 
The average diesel price for the US fell for the ninth straight week, according to data released by the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) this week.  The average price per gallon fell 3.6 cents to $3.851 per gallon and is at its lowest point since last August.  Over the past nine weeks diesel fuel prices the cumulative decrease has been $0.308.  As compared to a year ago, the diesel fuel prices are down $0.222.
04/30/2013Derivatives Helping Small Businesses Control Freight Rates
 Derivatives can help companies plan budgets without any risk to the operational side of their transportation contracts.
04/30/2013BNSF CEO Will Not Oppose Higher Truck Weight, Size Limits As Long As Truckers Pay
 The chairman, president, and CEO of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) said on Wednesday he would not oppose an increase in the weight and size of trucks plying the nation's interstate highways as long as the trucking industry "pays its full share" of maintaining the infrastructure that could be affected by the bigger vehicles.
04/30/2013Transportation/Logistics: April Domestic Truck, Intermodal, and Rail Trends by BAIRD
 Domestic freight trends below-seasonal into April, consistent with March-end.
04/29/2013Week Ending 20 April 2013: Total Rail Traffic Slowing
 Econintersect: Week 16 of 2013 ending April 20 shows same week total rail traffic mixed according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
04/26/2013 Trucking Tonnage Again Grows in March 2013
 Econintersect: The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) trucking index rose again 0.9% in March after decreasing 0.7% in February. (The 0.7% loss in February was revised down from a 0.6% increase ATA reported originally.) Compared with March 2012, seasonally adjusted tonnage was up 3.8%. Truck tonnage has surged 7.6% in the last 5 months.
04/26/2013Court Denies Review of Mexican Trucking Program
 On Friday, April 19th, the D.C. Court of Appeals denied a petition for review of a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program that allows Mexico-based trucks to operate in the United States.
04/26/2013Durable Goods Orders Show US Manufacturing Continuing Secular Decline
 New orders for manufactured durable goods in March decreased $13.1 billion or 5.7 percent to $216.3 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This decrease, down two of the last three months, followed a 4.3 percent February increase.
04/26/2013US Rail Traffic Trend Held True In Year's 16th Week
 For the week ending April 20, U.S. carloads totaled 276,662, down 2 percent, and intermodal volume totaled 240,698 units, up 0.6 percent compared with volumes from the same week last year, according to Association of American Railroads data.
04/25/2013TransCore DAT Freight Index Dips
 The TransCore DAT North American Freight Index stood at 1579 in March, putting it up 18 percent from the beginning of 2013 but down 4.5 percent year-over-year. This is the highest index level since June 2012.
04/24/2013CSX Exec Bullish on Intermodal Growth
 Bill Clement, vice president of intermodal at CSX Transportation, thinks an additional 9 million truckloads a year could and should be moved from highway to rail, and explains why CSX is taking that message directly to shippers.
04/23/2013Diesel Prices Decrease for the Eighth Consecutive Week
 
The average diesel price for the US fell for the eighth straight week, according to data released by the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) this week.  The average price per gallon fell 5.5 cents to $3.887 per gallon and is at its lowest point this year.  Over the past eight weeks diesel fuel prices the cumulative decrease has been $0.272.  As compared to a year ago, the diesel fuel prices are down $0.198.
04/23/2013Outsourcing is No Escape from Responsibility
 Whether you look to a third party logistics service provider or to a piece of technology for supply chain management support, the fickle finger of fate always points at you.
04/22/2013Study: Manufacturing Costs in China and US Will Be Even By 2015
 The price for U.S. firms outsourcing manufacturing to China will equal making goods in the U.S. by 2015, according to a new study by consulting company AlixPartners.
04/19/2013NRF and Commerce Report Lackluster March Retail Sales Numbers
 Coming off a better than expected month in February, retail sales were somewhat lackluster in March, according to data released today by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF).
04/19/2013US Imports Fall in March
 U.S. import shipment volume for March, measured in twenty-foot equivalent unites (TEUs), decreased by 15% from February and by 12.5% from March of 2012.
04/19/2013USPS Plan to Eliminate Saturday Delivery Comes to a Halt
 The United States Postal Services’ (USPS) desire to eliminate Saturday delivery—as part of an effort to become financially solvent—is not likely to come to fruition.
04/19/2013Week Ending 06 April 2013: Total Rail Traffic Shows Short Term Strengthening Trend
 Econintersect: Week 15 of 2013 ending April 13 shows same week total rail traffic above 2012 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
04/19/2013Nearsourcing to Mexico Improves Operational Efficiency
 For years, Asia was the location of choice for low-priced manufacturing. The Asian shipping market was hit hard by the global recession in late 2008 and 2009, however, and the region became less appealing as a manufacturing site when labor costs began rising.
04/19/2013Sharing the Load
 Transloading strategies reduce touches and costs, and give shippers greater flexibility to respond to changing demand.
04/19/2013eCommerce: Finding the Sweet Spot
 Online retailers seeking new DC and warehouse sites need transportation infrastructure and other resources to support a constant, rapid-fire flow of shipments.
04/18/2013Shelli Austin, VP of IDS Transportation Services, LLC, speaks on Intermodal Panel at the TIA’s 35th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV
 IDS’s Vice President of Transportation Services, Shelli Austin, was asked to speak on one of the panel discussions during this year’s convention titled, ‘Intermodal in Action’.  The panel had representation from the major rail lines such as Union Pacific, CSX, Norfolk Southern, and Florida Coast. 
04/16/2013Costs Driving Shift to Intermodal Transportation in 2013
 Shippers are anticipating truckload rate increases and shifting to rail in many cases.
04/16/2013US Diesel Prices Down for 7th Consecutive Week
 
The average cost of diesel in the U.S. decreased this week $0.035 a gallon to $3.942.  The diesel fuel price is down $0.185 from the same time last year.  Over the last 90 days the rates have been as high as $4.159 to as low as $3.894.
04/12/2013Hours of Service, Years of Debate: 1935-2013
 The bitter and seemingly endless debate over truck driver hours of service has taken several turns over the past decade, but its origins stretch back to the 1930s.
04/12/2013FTR Trucking Index Shows Positive Momentum
 

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February, published in its April 2013 Trucking Update, had a favorable reading of 12.9, increasing 2 points month-over-month, reflecting an increasingly improving outlook and serving as a strong sign of positive momentum in the truck industry.

04/12/2013Mexican Rail Traffic Jumps
 Mexican carload and intermodal volume jumped 22.4 and 25 percent year-over-year respectively, according to the Association of American Railroads.
04/12/2013Key Lane Increases Bolster US Intermodal Rates
 

U.S. intermodal rates rose 1.2 percent or $24 during the week of April 8, according to data on all-inclusive 53-foot door-to-door spot pricing quoted by railroads and provided by the 3PL IDS.

04/12/2013Week Ending 06 April 2013: Total Rail Traffic Gain, Intermodal Weak
 Econintersect: Week 13 of 2013 ending March 23 shows same week total rail traffic falling 2012 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
04/09/2013Diesel Prices are Down for Sixth Straight Week, Reports EIA
 The Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported this week that the average price per gallon of diesel headed down for the sixth straight week.
04/09/2013Who Says You Need to Own the Freight to Control it?
 The common convention is that to better manage inbound deliveries you need to take control (ownership) of the transportation. While that may work for higher volume shippers that can consolidate LTL or small package shipments, it is often not practical for companies with large numbers of suppliers or distribution centers.
04/08/2013Cass Freight Index Shows Positive Gain in March
 The operative word when describing the March edition of the March Cass Freight Index report released on Friday by Cass Information Systems appears to be “improvement.”
04/05/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For March 2013
 Since 1990, the Cass Freight Index™ has been a trusted measure of North American freight volumes and expenditures. Data within the Index is derived from $22 billion in freight transactions processed by Cass annually on behalf of its client base of 350 large shippers.
04/05/2013Flat Sales for Wal-Mart Warning Sign of Even Weaker Consumer Spending Ahead
 The Consumer Confidence Index tracked by the Conference Board plummeted 14% in March 2013 from the previous month. Of the respondents, 36.2% believed jobs are hard to get and only 9.4% thought there were enough jobs out there in the U.S. economy.
04/05/2013Week Ending 30 March 2013: Total Rail Traffic Drops
 Econintersect: Week 13 of 2013 ending March 23 shows same week total rail traffic falling 2012 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
04/05/2013North American Intermodal Traffic Drops
 North American intermodal volume fell by 5.3 percent year-over-year this week, the first decline since the beginning of January, according to the Association of American Railroads.
04/04/2013Connecting the Dots (Special Report - Parcel Express)
 One thing that can be said about the supply chain: It is a Petri dish for new ideas, even if many of them end up being unworkable in practice.
04/04/2013Keeping Its Head Above Water
 If vocal cadence is evidence of a person's demeanor, J. Christopher Lytle, executive director of the giant Port of Long Beach, is a calm customer. Lytle's even-handed replies to a reporter's phone queries about his port's relevance suggest the temperament of a man not likely to lose his head even if everyone else around him does.
04/04/2013Shipper Group Says Reciprocal Switching Proposal Could Save Rail Users Up To $1.2 Billion a Year
 A leading shipper group said today that rail customers would save between $900 million and $1.2 billion a year in freight costs if the federal government adopted the group's proposal governing reciprocal switching between the nation's four major railroads.
04/02/2013US Diesel Prices Down for 5th Consecutive Week
 
The average cost of diesel in the U.S. decreased this week $0.013 a gallon to $3.993.  The diesel fuel price is down $0.149 from the same time last year.
04/01/2013US Cross-Border Rail Trade With Canada Continues
 Cross-border trade by rail between the United States and Canada has been on the rise for the past eight months, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
04/01/2013US Rail Imports From Mexico Up 18.2 Percent in January
 mports by rail from Mexico into the U.S. showed a large increase in January 2013, jumping over 18 percent to $2.57 billion from $2.17 billion in January 2012, according to data obtained from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
03/29/2013Week Ending 23 March 2013: Total Rail Traffic Improves
 
Econintersect: Week 12 of 2013 ending March 23 shows same week total rail traffic above 2012 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
 
03/29/2013New Forecast Shows Potential for Manufacturing Resurgence in Coming Decade
 Today The Aspen Institute and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) released a new econometric forecast model showing that there is ample potential for U.S. manufacturing to undergo a resurgence that by 2025 would lead to significantly more good paying manufacturing jobs, add to GDP growth, and help create the first surplus in the nation’s goods and services balance of trade since 1975.
03/29/2013Nearshoring Will Alter Supply Chain Flows
 In the United States, imports moving eastward from the West Coast currently dominate supply chain patterns. That could change as more manufacturing shifts to the Western Hemisphere.
03/29/2013Report: "Big Data" Will Have a Big Impact
 Respondents to a recent survey say they expect the ability to analyze huge amounts of data from disparate sources will help improve their companies' performance.
03/27/2013FTR's Shippers Condition Index Continues to Decrease
 Typically, when things are going well for carriers, it often means they are not going as well for shippers. Based on the most recent edition of the Shipper Conditions Index (SCI) from freight transportation consultancy FTR Associates that appears to be the current trend.
03/26/2013Diesel Prices Dip for the Fourth Consecutive Week, Reports EIA
 Diesel prices headed south for the fourth straight week, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
03/26/2013Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Shippers
 You might think that, simply by the laws of physics, conditions for shippers would start to improve. Wasn’t it Newton who said something like, “for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction”? So you might reasonably expect that having been mired in a down cycle for so long, it’s about time that things got better. You might think that, but you’d be wrong.
03/26/2013February Intermodal Rail Traffic Up 10.5% Over Year Ago
 This country’s most recent logistics numbers (from the Logistics Market Snapshot, courtesy of the Georgia Center of Innovation) show growth in intermodal transportation and shrinkage in unemployment.
03/25/2013February 2013 Leading Economic Index Continues to Forecast Economic Expansion
 The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. rose 0.5% in February to 94.8 (2004 = 100). Overall, the index value continues to slowly trend up.
03/25/2013Week Ending 16 March 2013: Total Rail Traffic Again Less Good
 Econintersect: Week 11 of 2013 ending March 16 shows same week total rail traffic above 2012 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
03/22/2013Leveraging Technology to Accelerate Productivity and Profit
 Companies are increasingly turning to logistic services providers to run their manufacturing, warehousing, and transportation operations more efficiently and at less cost than they can run it themselves.
03/22/2013Improving Supplier Compliance
 Developing an effective supplier compliance program requires a well-defined plan. To achieve success quickly, it is crucial to initiate the plan with the right suppliers. Peter Wharton, IBM's team lead for commercial product marketing, offers this advice for ensuring supplier compliance.
03/22/2013US Intermodal Volumes Rise for 10 Straight Weeks
 U.S. intermodal rail volumes have risen for the 10th straight week over the same period in 2012, and Mexico saw its first year-over-year drop in intermodal volume since the week of January 5, according to the Association of American Railroads.
03/19/2013North American Carload, Intermodal Volumes Decline
 North American rail volumes fell for both carload and intermodal traffic for the week ending March 9. Volume declines occurred for the U.S., Canada and Mexico, according to the Association of American Railroads.
03/19/2013ATA Reports that February Volumes are Up for Fourth Straight Month
 The American Trucking Associations (ATA) reported today that trucking volumes showed modest gains in February.
03/18/2013US Diesel Prices Down for Third Straight Week
 
The average cost of diesel in the U.S. decreased this week $0.041 a gallon to $4.047.
The diesel fuel price is down $0.095 from the same time last year.
03/15/2013February 2013 Retail Sales Show Promising Signs
 February retail sales exceeded expectations, according to data released today by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF).
03/15/2013Truckload, Intermodal Rates Rose in February, Cass Says
 Truckload pricing in February increased 4.3 percent from the same month in 2012, but declined 0.1 percent from January, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.
03/15/2013FTR Trucking Index Reflects Improved Freight Growth
 FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for January, published in its March 2013 Trucking Update, jumped 2.2 points from the previous month to a new reading of 10.6, reflecting improved freight growth and the expectation for tighter capacity.
03/13/2013Diesel prices are down for second straight week, reports EIA
 The average price per gallon of diesel gasoline dropped for the second straight week, according to data released by the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
03/13/2013AAR Reports February 2013 Carload and Intermodal Volumes are Mixed
 Mixed volumes continue to be the main theme on the nation’s railroads and February was no exception, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
03/13/2013USPS Plan to Nix Saturday Mail is Dealt a Legislative Setback
 Nearly a month after the United States Postal Service announced its plans to introduce a new delivery schedule in August, which includes eliminating Saturday delivery, a piece of legislation may prevent that from becoming a reality.
03/13/2013The Backhaul/Co-Mingled Freight Union
 OK, for years and years, everyone has been talking about backhaul and co-mingled freight as a significant way to minimize transportation costs. The reality has been that for most shippers, it’s been a fringe operation and fallen far short of what could really be accomplished. What if, as a shipper, you thought of your transportation operation as a revenue or profit increasing opportunity?
03/12/2013Truck Driving Jobs Getting Harder to Fill
 Over the past 90 days, more than 230,000 jobs were advertised online for truck drivers in the United States, according to WANTED Analytics, providers of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. As demand for goods increases, more truck drivers will be needed to keep freight and the supply chain moving. Hiring for this occupation has increased more than 20% compared to the same 90-day period in 2012.
03/08/2013Spot Market Loads Soared in January, Firm Says
 A consulting company that tracks truckload (TL) volumes tendered on the spot market said U.S. truckload traffic in January soared to near-unprecedented levels in the 17-year history of the index.
03/08/2013Week Ending 02 March 2013: Total Rail Traffic Continues to Strengthen
 Econintersect: Week 09 of 2013 ending March 02 shows same week total rail traffic above 2012 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
03/07/2013ISM Reports Strong February Manufacturing Data
 The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported today that manufacturing output of February picked up where January left off: in a very good place.
03/07/2013US Intermodal Rates Show Mixed Shifts for Week
 U.S. intermodal rates showed ups and downs across the four lanes during the week of March 4, according to weekly data on all-inclusive 53-foot door-to-door spot pricing quoted by railroads and provided by the 3PL IDS. East-west lanes and west-east lanes had rate increases, while rates on north-south and south-north lanes declined. IDS Executive Vice President Rick LaGore explained, "Overall, the index experienced a slight decrease to the prior week, but that was driven by two lanes having a significant decrease."
03/06/2013House Members Introduce Legislation to Raise the Truck Size and Weight
 On February, 12th, Congressman Michaud (D-ME) and Congressman Ribble (R-WI) introduced H.R. 612, the “Safe and Efficient Transportation Act of 2012”.
03/05/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For February 2013
 Since 1990, the Cass Freight Index™ has been a trusted measure of North American freight volumes and expenditures. Data within the Index is derived from $22 billion in freight transactions processed by Cass annually on behalf of its client base of 350 large shippers. These companies represent a broad sampling of industries including consumer packaged goods, food, automotive, chemical, OEM, retail and heavy equipment. Annual freight volume per organization ranges from $1 million to over $1 billion. The diversity of shippers and aggregate volume provide a statistically valid representation of North American shipping activity.
03/05/2013US Diesel Prices Decline, First Time in Six Weeks
 In the week ending March 4, U.S. diesel prices dropped for the first time in six weeks, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
03/01/2013AAR Says Class I Rails to Spend $24.5 Billion on 2013 Network Investments
 Investments by Class I railroads are expected to be significant again in 2013, according to recently released data by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
03/01/2013IANA Report Points to Strong Q4 and Full-Year 2012 Intermodal Performance
 During a prolonged period of economic ebbs and flows, one constant in recent years has been the resilience of intermodal transportation. That was made clear by this week’s release of the Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics report from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).
03/01/2013US Rail Traffic Continues to Follow a Familiar Trend
 Traffic remained a mixed bag for U.S. railroads last week. For the period ending Feb. 23, they originated 278,059 carloads, down 1.2 percent, and 238,083 intermodal loads, up 11 percent compared with volumes from the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads. Total U.S. traffic rose 4.1 percent to 516,142 units.
03/01/2013The Gloves Are Off in the ATA-FMCSA HOS Battle
 When it comes to the ongoing quarrel between the American Trucking Associations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the pending motor carrier Hours-of-Service (HOS) changes, did anyone really think that ATA would not have the last word, at least for now anyhow?
02/26/2013Things Could Go Wrong So Quickly that We Might Be Living in the Good Ol’ Days Right Now
 So when exactly is the long-hoped-for recovery for shippers going to finally arrive? Going by the latest analysis of shipping conditions from transportation consulting firm FTR Associates, not anytime soon.
02/26/2013Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles January Volumes are Mixed to Begin 2013
 January volumes at the nation’s two largest ports— the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB)—were mixed to begin 2012.
02/26/2013US Diesel Prices Remain Flat
 U.S. diesel prices remained flat in the week ending Feb. 25, after five straight weeks of increases.
02/21/2013Intermodal Up, Carloads Down on U.S. Railroads
 Major U.S. railroads originated 273,369 carloads in the week ending Feb. 9, down 2.3% compared with the same week last year, according to figures released by the Association of American Railroads. Intermodal volume was up 7.7% versus the same week last year, at 244,679 trailers and containers.
02/20/2013TransCore DAT Freight Index Shows 'Robust' January
 The TransCore DAT North American Freight Index rose 42 percent year-over-year in January, the highest-ever volume for that month.
02/20/2013Keep on Trucking (by Rail)
 If current trends continue, intermodal will be an ongoing significant factor in rail revenues and growth.
02/20/2013Consumer Delivery Demands Reshaping Big Box Warehouse Market
 Same and next-day delivery of online purchases drives demand for multichannel capable distribution centers, says Jones Lang LaSalle report.
02/20/2013Continued Rise in Freight Transportation Services Index Encouraging News on Retail Supply Chains
 According to BTS officials, the Freight TSI measures the month-to-month changes in freight shipments in ton-miles, which are then combined into one index.
02/20/2013Diesel Prices Hit Highest Level Since August 2008, Reports EIA
 This week’s price is the high point for diesel since checking in at $4.207 per gallon the week of August 18, 2008, and it tops the previous recent high of $4.116 from the week of October 22.
02/20/2013Fuel Surcharges Drive US Intermodal Prices Up
 U.S. intermodal rates rose slightly last week across multiple lanes, according to weekly data on all-inclusive 53-foot door-to-door spot pricing quoted by railroads and provided by the 3PL IDS. This increase was largely due to the continued rise in fuel surcharges, IDS said.
02/15/2013Intermodal Traffic
 Last week, the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) announced intermodal container volume  reached a record-high level of 13.1 million moves in 2012, which was an increase of 5.9 percent from 2011's level and surpassing the level set in 2007, the previous benchmark year.
02/15/2013Reality Check
 Buyers and sellers have battled over control of inbound shipments for decades. But in today's tough economy, that conflict has intensified as buyers—especially retailers—step up their efforts to cut supply chain costs.
02/14/2013Retail Sales Are Relatively Strong in January 2013
 Advance Retail Sales was positive in January 2013. The headlines say retail was up marginally this month, but Econintersect‘s analysis is much better than the headline data.
02/14/2013[Infographic] A Look Into On-Line Retailers' Warehouses
 Online retail is a big business - so big hat online sales are expect to grow by 10% per year.  This system is based on quick shipments from warehouses, and this infographic explores the process from the moment you comfirm your order to the time your order is received.
02/14/2013Broad But Shallow Increase in US Intermodal Prices
 U.S. intermodal rates rose broadly although marginally across multiple lanes last week, according to weekly data on all-inclusive 53-foot door to door spot pricing provided by the 3PL IDS. Higher fuel surcharges due to diesel increases in each of the past four weeks help explain the increases, IDS said.
02/13/2013Diesel Prices Head Up 8.2 Cents to $4.104 Per Gallon, Reports EIA
 Following a 9.5 cent gain a week ago, the average price per gallon for diesel gasoline increased 8.2 cents to $4.104 per gallon this week, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
02/12/2013Deloitte Survey: Executives Face Growing Threats to Their Supply Chains
 According to a new survey from Deloitte, global executives are increasingly concerned about the growing risks to their supply chains and costly negative impacts such as margin erosion and inability to keep up with demand. As they operate in this environment of escalating risk, an alarming 45 percent of surveyed executives say their supply chain risk management programs are only somewhat effective or not effective at all.
02/12/2013Panama Canal Expansion Update
 As U.S. supply chain managers continue to monitor a possible modal shift in the years ahead, the Panama Canal Expansion has reached several milestones.
02/12/2013Endicia Praises USPS for its E-Commerce Initiative
 Shippers concerned that they will have fewer express transport options once the United States Postal Service (USPS) ceases Saturday deliveries have nothing to fear, said Amine Khechfe, Endicia co-founder and general manager.
02/08/2013North American Intermodal Container Volume Sets Record High
 Intermodal container volume reached a record high in 2012 with 13.1 million moves, surpassing the previous year by 5.9 percent and the former high in 2007 by 9.8 percent, according to the Intermodal Association of North America’s Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics report.
02/08/2013You Are Everywhere: Mapping the New Retail Supply Chain
 Gone are the days of single-channel apparel retailing—and supply chains servicing that model. Today, apparel retailers must optimize their supply chains to deliver products from any point where consumers want to buy them.
02/06/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For January 2013
 

The Cass Freight Index accurately measures trends in North American shipping activity based on $22 billion in paid freight expenses for more than 350 of America’s largest shippers.

02/06/2013Diesel Prices Rise 9.5 Cents, Reports EIA
 Diesel prices shot up nearly 10 cents to $4.022 this week, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
02/06/2013Manufacturing Activity Begins 2013 on a Solid Note, Reports ISM
 Manufacturing growth began 2013 on a strong note in January, according to the January Manufacturing report on Business from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).
02/06/2013ISM Reports Continued Growth in Non-Manufacturing Sector to Begin 2013
 Non-manufacturing economic activity remained in healthy territory, growing for the 37th consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).
02/06/2013East-West Intermodal Pricing Slides in the US
 East-west intermodal pricing slipped this week while north-south lanes saw increases, according to weekly pricing data provided by the 3PL IDS.
02/05/2013Railroads and Midwest Shippers Discuss What's on the Horizon
 Last year, oil company BP launched its own unit tank train out North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields, and perhaps no one was more surprised by this development than Jeff Foshee, BP’s director of North America Rail Group. Foshee oversees the freight cars and lanes that carry BP’s oil, chemical, gas, asphalt, and other products by rail.
02/05/2013Supply Chain Goals Determine Corporate Success
 Over the last decade, 75% of companies in process industries have lost ground on margins and only 5% of companies improved their positions on the number of days of inventory, according to a report from Supply Chain Insights LLC titled “Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: Driving Reliability in Margins.” The goal of this report was to answer “Why?”
02/05/2013ProMat 2013: How to Avoid Multichannel Out-of-Stocks
 When it comes to buzzwords, there are two types of people: Those who like to be so far ahead of the curve that they know all about the “Next Big Thing” even before the latest technology debuts in the marketplace; and those who, upon hearing what the “latest and greatest” is this week, decide it’s a gimmick and refuse to take it seriously.
02/05/2013Shipping Forecast: Rail and Intermodal in the Near Future
 FTR Associates, a consulting firm that tracks the transportation industry, maintains what it calls a Shippers Conditions Index (SCI), which is a monthly score that indicates what overall conditions are like from the standpoint of the shipper.
01/30/2013US Manufacturers More Upbeat About Domestic Than Global Economy
 Industrial manufacturing executives are optimistic about their growth prospects in 2013, according to PwC’s latest Manufacturing Barometer Business Outlook Report. They raised their own-company 12-month revenue growth forecasts by a half-point, from 4.6 percent to 5.2 percent.
01/30/2013Shipping Patterns Affect Carriers’ Stated Rate Increases
 Both FedEx and UPS announced their annual rate increases. FedEx increased air and ground rates by 5.9% and say they are partially offsetting these increases with a reduction in fuel surcharges, 2% for air and 1% for ground.
01/30/2013Mis-Picks Cost a Company Nearly $390,000 Annually
 Distribution centers are losing an average of nearly $390,000 per year due to mis-picks, according to a study conducted by Intermec, Inc. The study surveyed 250 senior supply chain and distribution managers across the U.S., U.K., France and Germany, spanning industries including retail, manufacturing, distribution, transport, chemicals, logistics, pharmaceuticals, wholesale and FMCG.
01/30/2013ILA and USMX Talks Approach February 6 Deadline
 The International Longshoremen's Association and United States Maritime Alliance resumed federally mediated contract negotiations last week.
01/30/2013BNSF Sets 2013 Capital Budget of $4.1 Billion, Largest Budget In US Rail History
 BNSF Railway, one of the two major western U.S. railroads, has set a 2013 capital expenditure budget of $4.1 billion, the first time any U.S. railroad has budgeted more than $4 billion in capital spending in one year.
01/30/2013Home Delivery Success Starts at the Order
 Home delivery was one of the hottest topics in the second half of 2012 and appears to be on many retailers’ minds for 2013. Keeping retailers from moving quickly is the perceived additional cost associated with home delivery.
01/30/2013Are You Keeing Your 3PL From Innovating?
 Do you feel your third-party logistics service provider isn't innovative enough? That it's failing to come to you with new—or at least, new to you—ideas for cutting costs or streamlining your operations?
01/30/2013Diesel Prices Head Up 2.5 Cents, Reports EIA
 Following its first weekly increase in eight weeks a week ago, diesel prices are up again this week, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.
01/30/2013Baird/Hartford: January Freight Update
 
4Q12 and January trends appear stable and have been better than investor expectations.
01/30/2013East to West Intermodal Rates Up for Week
 East to west spot intermodal rates shot up last week, partly because of a shortage in the New York-New Jersey to Los Angeles lane, but overall spot rates remained relatively flat compared to last week, still hovering at levels roughly 25 percent lower than in early October.
01/25/2013FTR: Tighter Capacity, Rising Truck Rates in 2013
 Nashville, Ind.-based transportation forecaster FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for November fell slightly from October to a reading of -5.3, a sign that 2013 will be challenging for shippers.
01/25/2013US Intermodal Traffic Rises 10.4 Percent
 In the week ending Jan. 12, U.S. intermodal volume rose 10.4 percent year-over-year to 252,896 trailers and containers, according to the Association of American Railroads. It was the first weekly increase in 2013.
01/24/2013AAR Reports Mixed Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending January 12, 2013, with U.S. railroads originating 279,893 carloads, down 6.4 percent compared with the same week last year.
01/24/2013Trucking's 2013 Rate And Volume Expectations Show Uncertainty
 
A Transport Capital Partners’ (TCP) Fourth Quarter 2012 Business Expectations Survey found that given the political and economic uncertainty, carriers’ expectations for freight volumes and rate increases for the next twelve months also show a lack of confidence.
01/24/2013ILA, New York Employers to Resume Talks | ILA Labor Negotiations
 The shipping industry continues to watch nervously as the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance continue contract negotiations that started last March. The ILA and USMX agreed in late December to a second contract extension, through Feb. 6. The extension averted a threatened East and Gulf Coast port strike on Dec. 30.
01/23/2013The National Average Diesel Fuel Price Increases
 
This week's national average price of diesel fuel increased as did the prices in some regions as well. The current national average for a gallon of diesel is $3.902, a decrease of $0.008 from last week. By comparison, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline, which increased as well, is $3.315, an increase of $0.012.
01/23/2013PRESS RELEASE: IDS Transportation Services, LLC Announces Co-Marketing Agreement with Streamline, a Union Pacific Subsidiary
 
PLAINFIELD, Ind., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- IDS Transportation Services LLS, a full-service logistics company specializing in intermodal transportation, and Streamline, a subsidiary of Union Pacific Railroad Company, announced a co-marketing agreement today.

01/23/2013Fulfillment Companies Target 3 Ecommerce Trends for Business Expansion
 Since 2012 departed with a bang, 2013 is primed to follow right in its footsteps. Ecommerce retailers saw an excellent fourth quarter. According to comScore, holiday sales approached a record $3.6 billion, a roughly 16% increase over the same time last year, so it’s no surprise that the ecommerce industry is expected to continue to grow in 2013.

01/22/2013[Infographic] of the Day: The Decline of the USA Post Office
 Comparing 10 year trends in US Post Office income, expenses, and mail volume.
01/22/2013Supply Chain Technology: Transportation Management Systems (TMS) Gaining Altitude
 Research reveals that multiple factors such as volatile fuel prices and the oncoming capacity crunch are finally pushing adoption numbers up in the transportation management systems (TMS) space.
01/22/2013Shelli Austin, VP of Transportation at IDS, Speaking on Intermodal Panel for The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers Meeting ‘2013: What’s on the Horizon’ January 23-24, Oak Brook, IL
 
Shelli Austin, VP of IDS Transportation Services, LLC, was invited to speak on the ‘Intermodal Exploding – Don’t Let it Leave you Behind’ panel held on January 23rd at 1:30pm.
01/16/2013AAR Reports Declines In Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported declines in weekly rail traffic for the week ending January 5, 2013, with U.S. railroads originating 241,682 carloads, down 12.1 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 178,317 trailers and containers, down 8 percent compared with the same week last year. Traffic volume was likely impacted by the New Year’s holiday, which fell on a Monday and Tuesday in 2013, as opposed to Saturday and Sunday in 2012.
01/16/2013Agency Releases Freight Transportation Services Index, Freight Shipments Rose 1.7 Percent in November from October
 
The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 1.7 percent in November from October, rising after a one-month decline, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS) Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). The November 2012 index level (108.9) was 15.5 percent above the April 2009 low during the recession.
01/16/2013Retail Sales Weak In December 2012
 Advance Retail Sales were again mixed in December 2012 depending if you follow the headlines or dive into the data. The headlines say retail was up moderately this month. This month, Econintersect‘s analysis is a lot worse than the headline data.
01/16/2013CN and Indiana Rail Road to launch all-rail service for containerized Trans-Pacific imports/exports between west-coast Canadian ports and Indianapolis
 CHICAGO and INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 16, 2013 — CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) and the Indiana Rail Road Company (INRD) announced today an agreement on the construction of  an intermodal terminal in Indianapolis and their plan to offer Indiana importers and exporters an all-rail option for containerized products moving to/from Asia.
01/15/20132013 Transportation Rate Outlook: New Era Of collaboration
 Our panel forecasts soft spikes across the modes as carriers fine-tune their yield management strategies. In turn, shippers must now focus on collaboration and be more creative than ever if they’re to contain costs.
01/15/2013Supply Chain Technology: Transportation Management Systems (TMS) Gaining Altitude
 Research reveals that multiple factors such as volatile fuel prices and the oncoming capacity crunch are finally pushing adoption numbers up in the transportation management systems (TMS) space.
01/15/2013Little Change In Spot US Intermodal Rates
 U.S. domestic intermodal rates continued this week to show little movement, as the market after declining in the late fall seeks clarity on the strength of volumes headed further into the New Year.
01/15/2013Diesel Prices Continue On Downward Path
 
The average price per gallon of diesel gasoline was down 1.7 cents to $3.894 per gallon. Along with prices being down for seven straight weeks, prices have been down in 12 of the last 13 weeks.
 
01/15/2013Supreme Court to Hear ATA Challenge of LA Clean-Trucks Program
 The Supreme Court told the American Trucking Associations and the Port of Los Angeles Friday that it will hear the case involving ATA’s challenge to the concession requirements contained in the port’s clean-trucks program.
01/09/2013Spot Intermodal Rates Flat For Week
 Spot U.S. intermodal rates were broadly flat this week, avoiding the downward direction seen on several major lanes in recent week, according to rate data compiled by IDS.
01/08/2013Dockworker Strike Averted For Now As ILA, Management Agree To 30-Day Pact Extension
 The International Longshoreman's Association and waterfront management, averting a possible Dec. 30 strike that would have paralyzed shipping at 14 U.S. ports, have extended their current contract for an additional 30 days after reaching a compromise on what became the lightning-rod issue of container royalty payments to union members.
01/08/2013Truck Rates To Climb Post-Sandy; Analysts Divided On Duration
 
Some consultants, economists sees strong revenue gains into fall; others believe impact will not last long.
 
The rebuilding efforts in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic following the Sandy mega-storm in November will push up truck rates through the first half of the year. What happens beyond that is a matter of educated opinion.
01/08/2013Independent U.S. Shippers Not Out Of The Woods Yet
 
According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index optimism remained at recessionary levels in December with just a half-point increase in the index over November.
 
Last week we noted that retailers were expressing relief that the “fiscal cliff” had been avoided. The impact of such a threat, however, has yet to be measured. According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index optimism remained at recessionary levels in December with just a half-point increase in the index over November.  
 
01/08/2013Diesel Prices Continue To Slip
 This marks the sixth straight weekly decline and the 11th time in the past 12 weeks the average price has fallen.
01/08/2013ISM Reports Manufacturing Output Finishes 2012 On A High Note
 Manufacturing output showed growth in December for the third time in the last seven months, according to today’s December Manufacturing Report on Business from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).
01/08/2013Cass Freight Index Report: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For December 2012
 Since 1990, the Cass Freight Index™ has been a trusted measure of North American freight volumes and expenditures. Data within the Index is derived from $20 billion in freight transactions processed by Cass annually on behalf of its client base of 350 large shippers. These companies represent a broad sampling of industries including consumer packaged goods, food, automotive, chemical, OEM, retail and heavy equipment. Annual freight volume per organization ranges from $1 million to over $1 billion. The diversity of shippers and aggregate volume provide a statistically valid representation of North American shipping activity.
01/07/2013US Intermodal Rail Volume Nears Record in 2012
 U.S. intermodal rail volume rose 3.2 percent year-over-year in 2012, marking the second most robust year since 2006, according to the Association of American Railroads.
01/04/2013East Coast Port Strike Called Off...For Now
 News that the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance have agreed to extend their contract negotiations for an additional 30 days was welcomed by the National Retail Federation today.
01/04/2013Diesel Prices Dip 0.5 Cents
 Diesel prices continued to trend down, falling for the tenth time in the last 11 weeks, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.
01/04/2013Fiscal Cliff Deal Is Reached But Supply Chain Challenges Remain
 

I originally was going to use a headline along these lines for this column: “New Year but same old problems” or something to that effect. But with Congress waiting until past January 1 to hammer out a deal for the so-called Fiscal Cliff, there is at least one less problem to worry about for now anyhow.

01/04/2013PRESS RELEASE: IDS Transportation Services, LLC and The Journal of Commerce Announce Partnership to Expand Coverage of Intermodal Pricing
 
NEWARK, N.J., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IDS Transportation Services, LLC will begin providing weekly spot rates on heavy volume 53' door-to-door domestic intermodal lanes, along with market commentary to the Journal of Commerce (JOC) for use in its expanding coverage of the North American intermodal market. With the continued growth of domestic intermodal, the JOC is expanding coverage of the intermodal market and the supply chains and logistics strategies it supports. The JOC will initially use the spot rates provided by IDS to publish a weekly article on JOC.com analyzing the latest pricing developments and trends.

01/03/2013Widespread Weakness In Intermodal Rates
 Domestic U.S. intermodal rates weakened broadly this week, reflecting the slack, post-holiday season. Of the 36 lanes tracked weekly by IDS, 32 either dropped or remained the same from the prior week, with declines seen on lanes in all four directions.
01/03/2013US Manufacturing Activity Picks Up
 Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December following one month of contraction, and the overall U.S. economy grew for the 43rd consecutive month, according to the latest ISM report on manufacturing.
12/20/2012US Intermodal Rates Weaken
 Spot U.S. intermodal rates showed broad weakness this week especially in East-West lanes. An index of heavily trafficked domestic intermodal lanes dropped from $2,324 for a '53 foot all-inclusive door-to-door move to $2,085. An index of West-to-East rates fell from $2,872 to $2,518, according to spot rate data provided by IDS.
12/20/2012Five Supply Chain Trends That Shaped 2012
 Supply chain technology continued to evolve throughout 2012 as companies realize that a highly visible supply chain is necessary for success in today’s business climate. Of course, overall IT trends such as the cloud, big data and mobile are impacting the supply chain sector just as they do other sectors.
12/18/2012Transloading To Maximize Cost Savings
 Transloading offers a cost-effective way to bring ocean containers inland to distribution centers. By transfering cargo without sorting the contents for shipment to a single destination, transloading services can reduce total landed costs, and—when combined with value-added services such as palletizing and shrink-wrapping—reduce handling at the destination. Jeff McCorstin, senior vice president of air and ocean products for UPS Global Freight Forwarding, offers these tips for maximizing savings with transloading services.
12/18/2012Top 10 Logistics Challenges For 2013 (And Beyond)
 For the past few Januarys, I've attempted to identify the top 10 challenges facing the logistics/supply chain community in the year ahead. My score for 2012 was not too bad, but I have to admit my predictions were pretty safe.
12/18/2012US Diesel Prices Drop For Third Straight Week
 The average cost of diesel in the U.S. dropped 4.6 cents in the week ending Dec. 17, falling for the third straight week.
12/14/2012Domestic Intermodal Rates Inch Up
 U.S. domestic intermodal rates showed little volatility this week and continued to settle at post-peak-season levels, according to rail pricing provided by logistics provider IDS.
12/13/2012Truck Driver Turnover Remained High In Third Quarter
 The annualized line-haul driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets (those that report more than $30 million in annual revenue), dipped 2 percentage points to 104 percent in the third quarter, falling from the five-year record high of 106 percent reported in the second quarter, according to the American Trucking Associations.
12/13/2012Diesel Prices Drop 3.6 Cents, Reports EIA
 The average price per gallon of diesel gasoline increased 3.6 cents to $3.991 per gallon, the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported this week.
12/13/2012Forecasting Fuel Rates For 2013 No Easy Chore
 Forecasting fuel rates has never been more difficult for shippers, maintained Derik Andreoli, Ph.D.c., a senior analyst at Mercator International LLC and Logistics Management’s popular Oil & Fuel columnist. When planning for 2013 energy fluctuations, logistics managers must keep an eye on several global issues, he said.
12/11/2012How To Find Savings Through Landed Cost Analysis
 As shippers adapt sourcing strategies to build redundancy, economy, and responsiveness into their supply chains, the complexity of drilling down total landed costs increases. Shippers often focus resources and attention on procurement, looking only at production and logistics spend. At a more granular level, a myriad of other factors can impact the total supply chain cost of moving a product.
12/11/2012How To Reduce Costs By Integrating Packaging With Distribution Center Operations
 Product packaging is often handled as a discrete supply chain function, separate from warehousing and distribution. But companies can capitalize on considerable efficiency and economy gains by driving toward greater integration of these functions. In fact, performing final packaging in the distribution center can reduce combined warehousing, logistics, and freight costs by 30 percent and order-to-delivery cycle times by seven days.
12/11/2012How To Foster A Long-Term 3PL Partnership
 When companies begin working with a third-party logistics provider (3PL), they are generally looking to address a functional pain point. The partnership is transactional and fills an operational gap. But the true value of 3PL partnerships can grow infinitely greater when shippers take a long-term approach that focuses on sustainable gains rather than short-term savings. In these circumstances, the contractual relationship often moves beyond simply procurement to more strategic leanings that benefit both parties.
12/10/2012Trucking Association Estimates 239,000 Drivers Needed By 2022
 

The nation's truckload sector will find itself short of hundreds of thousands of drivers by 2022 unless current trends change, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) said in a report released on Monday.

The report, "Driver Shortage Update November 2012," forecast a shortage of 239,000 drivers in 10 years. Most of the shortage will occur among truckload carriers, whose drivers travel long distances and can be away for weeks at a time. By contrast, the less-than-truckload (LTL), private fleet, and dedicated contract carriage segments—whose drivers operate shorter runs and are home more frequently—will not face anywhere near the same issue, the report said.
12/10/2012Intermodal Struggles To Crack Short-Haul Market
 The nation's intermodal sector is like the 400-pound behemoth who vowed to lose 200 pounds and now tips the scales at 210: Few thought it could be done, the progress has been remarkable, but those last 10 pounds will be the hardest.
12/06/2012Cass Freight Index: A Measure Of North American Freight Volumes For November 2012
 North American shipment volumes and overall freight expenditures both declined from October to November, as seasonally expected. Freight shipments declined 4.0 percent while expenditures fell 5.8 percent from the previous month. Year over year, volumes were 3.5 percent higher than in November 2011.
12/05/2012US Manufacturing Index Hits Lowest Point In Three Years
 U.S. manufacturing production in November fell to its lowest rate in more than three years, as businesses placed fewer new orders and struggled to cope with disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy, according to the Institute for Supply Management's index.
12/05/2012US Manufacturing To Be Challenged In Next Five Years
 Over the next five years, 20th-century manufacturing stalwarts like the United States, Germany and Japan will be challenged to maintain their competitive edge against emerging nations such as China, India and Brazil, according to the “2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index” (Index) from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s Global Manufacturing Industry group and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness.
12/05/2012Diesel Prices Drop 0.7 Cents, Reports EIA
 One week after the average price per gallon of diesel gasoline rose 5.8 cents to $4.034 per gallon, the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported this week that the price fell 0.7 cents to $4.027 per gallon.
12/03/2012Rail Week Ending 24 November 2012: Coal Is A Growing Headwind For Rail
 Week 47 of 2012 ending 24 November shows same week total rail traffic was below 2011 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
12/03/2012November International Airfreight and Ocean Freight Trends by Baird Equity Research
 November AF volumes have firmed following below-seasonal AF and OF trends in October. A belated and modest OF peak emerged in September and October. And following below-seasonal AF demand trends, November AF volumes out of Asia have firmed into seasonal shipping demand. The demand outlook into early 2013 remains muted given seasonal freight slowing and macroeconomic uncertainties, but a healthier November demand environment and clearer signs of bottoming AF fundamentals could present a catalyst for companies with international AF exposure.
12/03/2012November Domestic Truck, Intermodal, and Rail Trends by Baird Equity Research
 Domestic trucking demand solid in November, with numerous contacts noting overbooked (demand exceeding available supply) conditions in recent weeks. A belated peak season in front of late-November retail sales activity and disruptions from Hurricane
Sandy cited as drivers of demand; outlook into December remains guardedly optimistic. Contacts noted core pricing growth for truckload contracts struck in 4Q12 roughly +2% yoy, and preliminary outlooks from carriers reflect +1.5-2.0% yoy core truckload rate growth expectations for 2013.
11/28/2012Diesel Prices Jump Up Nearly 6 Cents, Says EIA
 Following five weeks of declines, the average price per gallon of diesel gasoline jumped up 5.8 cents this week to $4.034 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
11/28/2012AAR Reports Mixed Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending November 17, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 288,717 carloads, down 4.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 249,115 trailers and containers, up 2.4 percent compared with the same week last year.
11/27/2012Truck and Automation Markets Set For Solid Growth Through 2016
 After U.S. shipments of industrial trucks, tractors, trailers, and stacker machinery dropped between 2007 and 2009, they rose again in 2010 by 10.5%. Then in 2011, shipments jumped by 17.5% to $9.51 billion. This sets the stage for solid growth for this equipment over the next few years, according to the 4th edition of Sundale Research’s State of the Industry report on Material Handling Equipment.
11/27/2012Moderate Growth Likely Pending 'Fiscal Cliff' Compromise
 While acknowledging that major issues still need to be addressed, the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and innovation (MAPI) is sounding upbeat enough to predict that "the U.S. economy could be in a transition from sluggish growth to a longer period of moderate growth, according to a new report."
11/27/2012Holidays Are Critical Test Of Multi-Channel Fulfillment
 More than two-thirds (68%) of the 600 respondents to a survey noted that their expectations for correct and on-time delivery of items they purchase online or by phone are higher during the holiday shopping season.
11/27/2012US Spot Intermodal Rates On The Decline - According To Data From IDS Transportation
 U.S. spot intermodal rates, particularly lanes west to east, are gradually weakening off of the peak holiday volume period earlier in the fall, according to data from 3PL IDS Transportation.
11/27/2012FTR Tells Supply Chain Managers To Get Ready For Demand Shift
 The SCI for September, the most recent month for which data is available, was -6.9, which FTR said was almost exactly in line with August.
11/21/2012US Diesel Prices Down Again for Week of 11/19/2012
 
The average cost of diesel in the U.S. decreased this week $0.004 a gallon to $3.976.
The diesel fuel price is down $0.034 from the same time last year.
The weekly data from 1994 until present can be downloaded at http://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/
11/20/2012Retail Sales Bump Up A Bit
 October retail sales data released by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF) were down sequentially and up annually.
11/20/2012How Supply Chain Management Helps Me Succeed In My Job...As A Marketer
 The field of Supply Chain Management provides me with some ballast against the excitement of market trends.
11/20/2012U.S. Vessel Imports Drop 6.8% In October
 Zepol Corporation reported this week that U.S. import volume in October, measured in TEUs (twenty-foot-containers), is down 6.8% from September and another 4.8% from October of last year.
11/20/2012Business Sales Show Fastest Growth Since March 2011
 U.S. business inventories in September increased 0.7 percent from August to a seasonally adjusted $1.61 trillion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
11/20/2012Trucking Still Stable, But Capacity Tight, Says FTR Associates
 Nashville, Ind.-based transportation forecaster FTR Associates reported that its Shippers Condition Index in September was basically flat compared with August, indicating stable but slightly tight truck capacity.
11/15/2012Domestic Intermodal Container Volume Surges 11.3 Percent In Third Quarter
 The Intermodal Association of North America today reported that overall intermodal volume in the third quarter was 3.77 million units, up 3.2 percent from last year’s third-quarter total of 3.65 million.
11/15/2012ATA Releases Driver Shortage Analysis Paper
 Today, American Trucking Associations released an analysis of the shortage of truck drivers, concluding that the current shortage is acute and limited primarily to the truckload sector of the industry; but that long-term trends could cause the shortage to explode in the next decade.
11/13/2012Truck Driver Jobs Hard To Fill Even In A Bad Economy
 The U.S. is speeding toward a critical shortage of truck drivers in the next few years, but many trucking companies say they are having a hard time finding workers.
11/13/2012Global Container Trade Fell In September, CTS Reports
 Global container volumes dropped in September both month-to-month and year-over-year as exports from major regions fell away.
11/13/2012USPS Expecting Record Holiday Season Shipping Volumes
 Like the duopoly of UPS and FedEx, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is calling for a very active holiday shipping season, expecting 385 million packages to be shipped, which represents a 20 percent annual gain and would be a USPS record.
11/13/2012Obama To Confront Ongoing Supply Chain Concerns During Second Term
 If President Barack Obama thought his re-election campaign was difficult, he will rapidly discover a seemingly overwhelming set of problems facing his second term that will impact the transportation world.
11/13/2012Driver Shortage May Explode Beyond Truckload
 While the current truck driver shortage is acute and limited primarily to the truckload sector, long-term trends could cause the shortage to explode in the next decade, according to an analysis from American Trucking Associations.
11/06/2012US Domestic Intermodal Container Volume Jumps 11.3 Percent
 

The Intermodal Association of North America today reported that overall intermodal volume in the third quarter was 3.77 million units, up 3.2 percent from last year’s third-quarter total of 3.65 million.

11/05/2012US Diesel Prices Fall 0.5 Percent
 

The average price of diesel in the U.S. was $4.010 during the week that ended Nov. 5, falling 0.5 percent or $.02 from the previous week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

11/05/2012Cass Freight Index Report - October 2012
 Cass Freight Index Report - October 2012
11/02/2012 Intermodal Traffic Climbs 3.9 Percent
 

Larger U.S. railroads reported intermodal volume up 3.9 percent versus the same week last year, at 253,186 trailers and containers, during the week ending October 27, according to figures released by the Association of American Railroads. They originated 287,104 carloads for the week, down 7 percent compared with the same week in 2011, and down 0.6 percent from the week before.

11/01/2012Rail Week Ending 27 October 2012: Rail Without Coal Expands
 Econintersect: Week 43 of 2012 ending 27 October shows same week total rail traffic was below 2011 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
10/31/2012The National Average Diesel Fuel Price Decreases Again
 This week's national average price of diesel fuel decreased as did the prices in all regions as well. The current national average for a gallon of diesel is $4.030, a decrease of $0.086 from last week. By comparison, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline, which decreased as well, is $3.568, a decrease of $0.119.
10/31/2012CARB Compliance For Trucks Is Set For January 1, 2013
 January 1, 2013, will see the beginning enforcement of California's Air Resources Board (CARB) regulation regarding trucks without SmartWay verified aerodynamic devices such side skirts or boat tail fairings as well as SmartWay-verified low-rolling-resistance tires or retreads on dry van and refrigerated trailers. 
10/31/2012AAR Reports Mixed Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending October 20, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 288,791 carloads, down 4.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 253,883 trailers and containers, up 3.5 percent compared with the same week last year.
10/31/2012Rail Intermodal: Where Rail Meets Road
 Intermodal solutions gather steam as shippers track the financial and efficiency benefits of combining truck and rail transport.
10/30/2012Baird / Hartford: November Freight Report
 
Baird / Hartford: November Freight Report
 
FULL REPORT LINK
10/29/2012Get ready to say goodbye to the supply chain as we know it
 

The giant sucking sound H. Ross Perot once warned us about is back. Only this time it's not Mexico siphoning off U.S. jobs in a post-NAFTA market. In fact, it has nothing to do with jobs or Mexico. Rather, it's the sound of end users—businesses and consumers—sucking away control from the producers and retailers that, for generations, called the shots on order fulfillment and shipping.

10/25/2012U.S. logistics industry to post 1.1 million jobs by 2016, report says
 

The U.S. logistics industry will have nearly 1.1 million job openings between 2013 and 2016 just to keep pace with projected industry growth during that period, according to a soon-to-be-released study by a state advocacy group.

10/25/2012Trucking Tonnage Improves in September 2012
 The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) trucking index grew 0.4% in September partially offsetting last month's revised decline of 0.9% month-over-month. Compared with September 2011, seasonally adjusted tonnage was up 3.6%.
10/25/2012Durable Goods New Orders Improves (but still soft) in September 2012
 Durable goods sector improved in September – after lasts months poor data. Even with the improvement, this sector of the economy looks soft – and this analysis is worse than the headline data.
10/23/2012US Diesel Prices Decreased This Week
 
The average cost of diesel in the U.S. decreased this week $0.034 a gallon to $4.116.
This puts diesel up $0.291 from the same time last year.
The weekly data from 1994 until present can be downloaded at http://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/
10/22/2012U.S. Retail Inventory to Sales Ratio
 Year-over-year August U.S. retail sales rose 5.7 percent while inventories advanced 7.8 percent. Sequentially, August U.S. retail sales rose 6 percent while inventories inched ahead 1.2 percent. Retail inventories at the end of August were estimated to total $492.6 billion, with sales estimated at $377.1 billion for a total inventory-to-sales ratio of 1.31.
10/22/2012Intermodal Rail Traffic Rises 2.6 Percent
 Larger U.S. railroads reported intermodal volume up 2.6 percent versus the same week last year, at 250,826 trailers and containers, during the week ending October 13, according to figures released by the Association of American Railroads. They originated 285,089 carloads for the week, down 6.1 percent compared with the same week last year, but up 0.6 percent from the week before.
10/22/2012Economist predicts slowdown in 2014, followed by three straight years of growth
 

The economy should grow slowly through the first half of next year before retreating into a mild recession in 2014, an economist told attendees last Thursday at an annual conference in Little Rock, Ark., sponsored by the Hytrol Conveyor Co.

10/19/2012Consumer Price Index Rose in September
 

A jump in energy prices helped push the Consumer Price Index up 0.6 percent in September on a seasonally adjusted basis following the same increase in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Year-over-year, the index rose 2 percent in September following a 1.7 percent increase in August.

10/19/2012Business Inventories Inch Up 0.6 Percent
 

Business inventories in August were up 0.6 percent from July to a seasonally adjusted $1.602 trillion, the U.S. Commerce Department reported.

10/19/2012Measuring the Shortfall in Trucking Capacity
 How much capacity did the recession carve out of trucking? In short, a lot, both from the less-than-truckload and truckload sectors. And the decline didn’t stop in 2009.
10/19/2012Easing Trucking Capacity Gives Shippers Slight Edge
 
U.S. gross domestic product grew a meager 1.3 percent in the second quarter, freight tonnage slipped during the summer and several large motor carriers are rushing to lower third quarter earnings expectations based on soft shipment volumes. If there’s any good news for shippers, it’s that truck capacity, which has been so tight since the recession that it’s occasionally threatened to choke supply chains, is easing up heading into November and the peak pre-holiday shipping season. Truckers may not be prowling around freight docks, but freight space isn’t difficult to find.
10/17/2012 The National Average Diesel Fuel Price Increases
 This week's national average price of diesel fuel increased, reaching the highest national average pump price in more than four years. The prices in all regions increased as well. The current national average for a gallon of diesel is $4.150, an increase of $0.056 from last week. By comparison, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline, which decreased is $3.819, a decrease of $0.031.
10/16/2012Containerized Imports Volume Up at Los Angeles, Long Beach
 

Containerized imports in Los Angeles increased 3.38 percent in September year-over-year, reaching the highest total of 2012. Imports in neighboring Long Beach edged up 0.7 percent over last September.

10/11/20122013 Preview: Capacity to Tighten as Shipping Costs Rise
 FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for August fell to a reading of -6.8, reflecting a slowly tightening capacity environment for carriers and shippers. The SCI sums up all market influences that affect shippers; a reading above zero suggests a favorable shipping environment, while a reading below zero is unfavorable.
10/11/2012Carload Volume Sags, Intermodal Is Up for Major U.S. Railroads
 

Reporting U.S. railroads originated 283,440 carloads in the week ending Oct. 6, down 6.3% compared with the same week last year, according to figures released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Intermodal volume was up 3.8% versus the same week last year, at 251,113 trailers and containers.

10/11/2012FTR Shipper Index Worsened in September
 

Freight shipping may have slowed to a crawl, but shippers are not benefiting from additional truck capacity or lower truck pricing, according to FTR Associates.The firm’s Shippers Conditions Index dropped to a negative 6.8 in September, and FTR doesn't expect it to head back toward positive territory anytime soon.

10/10/2012Future of Fuels Report Calls for Value Chain Engagement
 
10/10/2012US Diesel Prices Increases This Week
 
The average cost of diesel in the U.S. increased this week $0.015 a gallon to $4.094.  Diesel is up $0.373 from the same time last year. Bloomberg Energy indicates the spot price for a barrel of West Texas Intermediate increased to $89.48, which is $3.51 higher than last week. The weekly data from 1994 until present can be downloaded at http://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/
10/10/2012REPORT: Container industry shows no real signs of recovery
 

The container industry shows no real signs of recovery, according to an industry report, due to ongoing to supply side pressure.Container lines will remain in "transition mode" until at least 2014 and probably 2015, according to Drewry's "Container Market Review and Forecast 2012/13."

10/09/2012“How Supply Chain Drives Shareholder Value” a Big Hit With CSCMP
 

The concept of “following the money” may apply to the supply chain and freight transportation sectors more than most. It comes from a school of thought, which states where the freight is, the money is.

10/08/2012How Amazon Profits from Retail’s Sales/Logistics Disconnect
 

The Wall Street Journal proudly revealed “The Myth of the Black Friday Deal” in this morning’s edition. In working with Decide Inc., a consumer price research firm, WSJ revealed that Black Friday isn’t the only time consumers can get great holiday deals, and that the rise of online shopping “has presented a wealth of data for researchers looking to uncover retailers’ strategies and pinpoint when prices are lowest.” This helps Decide guide its member consumers on when to buy certain items.


10/05/2012US Diesel Prices Continue to Decline
 
The average cost of diesel in the U.S. dropped again this week falling $0.007 a gallon to $4.079  Even with the drop, diesel is up $0.33 from the same time last year.  The weekly data from 1994 until present can be downloaded at http://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/
10/05/2012TSA on track to hit Dec. 3 deadline to screen all belly cargo entering U.S., official says
 

The United States is on track to meet a Dec. 3 deadline to screen and inspect all cargo moving in the lower decks of passenger planes that originate in foreign countries, a top official of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said.

10/05/2012Intermodal volumes show year-over-year gains for 34th consecutive month
 

Intermodal may be set to become the longest running hit on wheels, the transportation industry's version of "A Chorus Line," according to rail industry data.

10/05/2012DC space tightens at U.S. seaports
 

It's not like the heady days of the early 21st century, but after a historically subpar performance for the last four years, the U.S. industrial property market is showing signs of tightening.

10/04/2012Five-Day Order Fulfillment? How Quaint.
 

The Material Handling Industry’s (MHI) latest material handling equipment manufacturing forecast calls for new orders to grow 6% next year. It’s encouraging to hear positive numbers in an era of uncertainty, but is that projection realistic?


10/03/2012LTL Trucking Rates Seen Rising 3 to 4 Percent
 Stifel Nicolaus expects LTL pricing to keep climbing as capacity remains 'relatively in balance'
Less-than-truckload carriers are raising rates 3 to 4 percent, before fuel surcharges, despite “negative economic signals,” according to Stifel Nicolaus.
10/03/2012Trucking Conditions Index Rises on Tight Capacity
 
FTR expects carriers to keep pricing clout as economy improves, capacity tightens
Business conditions for trucking companies improved in August, and are likely to keep improving despite slow economic growth, according to transportation research firm FTR Associates. 
10/02/2012Retailers Expect Solid Growth This Holiday Season
 

Retail sales in November and December should increase 4.1 percent to $586.1 billion, which is higher than the 10-year average of 3.5 percent, according to the National Retail Federation. Actual holiday sales in 2011 grew 5.6 percent, based on data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, but this is the most optimistic forecast that NRF has released since the recession.

10/01/2012ISM issues positive manufacturing report for September
 
The PMI – the index used by ISM to measure manufacturing activity – registered 51.5 percent, an increase of 1.9 percentage points from August’s reading of 49.6 percent.
10/01/2012Top 30 Ocean Carriers Special Report: Sailing into the black?
 

Ocean shippers may be paying a bit more this fall, but carriers say they’re delivering on their schedule integrity. And despite a restrained capacity increase, most leading container vessel operators are still confronting a formidable oversupply challenge.

According to analysts at the Paris-based consultancy Alphaliner, the carriers’ failure to collectively curb effective growth in 2010 and 2011 was the primary reason for the collapse in freight rates last year. Freight rates have also come under pressure again since July as demand weakened across all routes. Average freight rates from China, for example, have fallen by 8 percent since the 2012 peak, with further weakness likely for the remainder of this year.

09/30/2012Cass Freight Index Report
 September shipping increase due more to potential strike than normal peak season orders.

09/27/2012E-commerce driving regionalization of distribution networks
 

The explosive growth of domestic and international e-commerce will drive retailers to create more regionalized distribution networks in order to stock products closer to the end customer and simplify the process of product returns.

09/27/201210 best practices you should be doing now
 
Want to be a "best in class" organization? Then follow the lead of highly successful companies and adopt these 10 practices in your own operation.
09/27/2012A long and winding road to recovery
 
In a slowly reviving economy, U.S. logistics costs as a percentage of gross domestic product increased as rail and motor carriers raised rates. When the economy bounces back, shipment capacity rather than rates may be the big issue facing logistics managers.
09/27/2012Six steps to successful supply chain collaboration
 Although collaboration offers many benefits for consumer goods manufacturers and retailers, too often their joint initiatives don't work out. To ensure success, partner companies should take these six actions together
09/27/2012Durable Goods New Orders Very Large Contraction in August 2012
 

Durable goods sector contracted in August – most of the contraction being in transport. Everything else was soft or contracting this month. Nobody can spin anything in durable goods as good. This data set is considered recessionary.Backlog also had a major contraction this month – and remains in a short term down trend. Backlog declined in all sectors.  Our analysis is worse than the headline numbers.

09/27/2012Third Estimate 2Q2012 GDP Revised Down to 1.3%
 

The third estimate of first quarter 2012 Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been significantly revised down from 1.7% to 1.3%. The market expected the third estimate 2Q2012 GDP growth at 1.7%.

09/26/2012Ocean cargo shippers may be hit harder on rates
 
Container lines serving the Asia-U.S. trade lane reaffirmed their commitment to reversing 2011 and 2012 losses, and to raising the baseline for freight rates as they head into a new round of 2013-14 contract negotiations with customers.
09/26/2012Five Things Supply Chain Pros Must Know
 

Earlier this year, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Global Supply Chain Institute hosted a group of senior supply chain executives from its advisory board to talk about “what supply chain professionals really need to know.” These advisory board members range from VPs of supply chain to CEOs from 40 companies, such as Amazon, Disney, Dell, P&G, Kimberly Clark, Colgate, Johnson and Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, Boeing, Caterpillar, Nissan, Lowe’s, and Walgreens. This industry input is used to help UT design its executive-level MBA and non-degree educational programs, such as its new Global Supply Chain Executive MBA.

09/25/2012ATA reports seasonally adjusted tonnage fell 0.9 percent in August and is up 3.2 percent anually
 

The push and pull nature of freight transportation volumes in today’s economy remains largely intact based on the results of today’s August trucking volumes released by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).The ATA reported that seasonally-adjusted (SA) truck tonnage in August—at 118.3 (2000=100)—fell 0.9 percent, following a flat July and June, which was up 1.2 percent compared to May, representing the largest month-to-month increase in 2012 year-to-date. SA tonnage was down 1.0 percent in May.

09/25/2012Diesel prices fall for first time in 11 weeks, says Energy Information Administration
 

The recent stretch of weekly increases in diesel prices paused this week, with prices going down for the first time in 11 weeks, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

09/25/2012ATA reports seasonally adjusted tonnage fell 0.9 percent in August and is up 3.2 percent anually
 

The push and pull nature of freight transportation volumes in today’s economy remains largely intact based on the results of today’s August trucking volumes released by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

09/25/2012Diesel prices fall for first time in 11 weeks, says Energy Information Administration
 

The recent stretch of weekly increases in diesel prices paused this week, with prices going down for the first time in 11 weeks, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

09/24/2012Expectations for a true return to Peak Season are still tempered
 Earlier in 2012, many economists, analysts, and pundits predicted a “solid” second half of the year for the economy. But with the curtain quickly closing on September—and any real signs of meaningful growth ostensibly slowed down considerably—it is fair to share the outlook has changed.
09/23/2012The Twilight Zone
 

The world economy is sliding into a “twilight zone,” trapped between mixed valuations, feeble growth and recession on the horizon but with coordinated central bank intervention promising expansion and escape from contraction. In truth, fiscal authorities and central banks have steered us from recession, but we seem incapable of generating self sustaining growth and central banks on their own can not close the gap and bring about a lasting and durable recovery. Most equities have fallen into an eerie calm.

09/21/2012Slow global growth to hit trade in 2012 and 2013, WTO says
 
Slowing global output growth has led WTO economists to downgrade their 2012 forecast for world trade expansion to 2.5% from 3.7% and to scale back their 2013 estimate to 4.5% from 5.6%. “In an increasingly interdependent world, economic shocks in one region can quickly spread to others. Recently announced measures to reinforce the euro and boost growth in the United States are therefore extremely welcome,” said WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy.
09/21/20123PLs in Demand but Need to Work on Innovation
 
09/21/2012Mobile TMS Applications Improve Supply Chain Visibility
 

Online applications for mobile devices are emerging in ways that can finally close or reduce many of the information gaps in the supply chain between transportation planning, the shipping/receiving dock, customers, and even accounts payable. These mobile applications are enabling shippers to interface directly and more effectively with logistic partners; access logistics information in non-traditional business settings; and enhance communications where access to a computer is not readily available.

09/20/2012North American Intermodal Volume Rises
 
U.S. intermodal traffic increased 3.9 percent year-over-year and 14.8 percent from prior week U.S. intermodal shipments on major railroads in the week ending Sept. 15 rose 3.9 percent year-over-year and 14.8 percent from the prior week, according to the Association of American Railroads
09/20/2012August 2012 Leading Economic Index Softens
 The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. declined 0.1% in August to 95.7 (2004 = 100).
This index is designed to forecast the economy six months in advance – and is still forecasting modest growth. The market expected no change in the LEI (versus the -0.1% reported).
09/20/2012Truckload Slowdown Spreads Amid 'Soft' Demand
 Swift Transportation joins Werner, others in lowering expectations for third quarter The freight economy in the U.S. is slowing, and softer truckload shipment volumes and rising fuel costs are squeezing earnings at some of the largest U.S. transport operators.
09/20/2012Shipping Conditions Worsen as Double-Dip Recession Looms
 

Shipping conditions are worsening to the point that, if Washington continues to sit on its hands, a recession could occur in 2013, predicts Larry Gross, senior consultant for FTR Associates. FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for July fell to a reading of -4.5, indicating the beginning of an expected steady decline as shippers and carriers feel the impact of increased regulatory drag heading into 2013.

09/19/2012The ABCs of FTZs
 With the increase in global commerce over the past several years, the use of foreign trade zones (FTZs) has increased among companies that import goods or materials. But while many supply chain managers know a little about FTZs, the concept is often misunderstood, with the result that these zones are not being utilized to their full potential.
09/19/2012A Supply Chain Network Design is Never Done
 It used to be that businesses turned to supply chain network modeling for help answering specific questions. For instance, if a company wanted to determine how many distribution centers to retain after a corporate merger or whether it should open a new facility to support expansion into a foreign market, it would use network analysis software to weigh the pros and cons of various supply chain network configurations. This type of software is available from such vendors as Barloworld, IBM, Infor, JDA, LLamasoft, Profit Point, and Solvoyo, to name a few.
09/18/2012Guest Commentary: Why Do Only 1/3 of Companies in North America Have a TMS?
 

Independent research groups report that a transportation management system (TMS) can save a company anywhere from 3-20% of transportation spend as compared to manual management. It is easy to see why many companies that currently do not have a TMS are now searching for one for their business.

09/18/2012Inland Ports Growing in Strategic Importance
 

The growth of U.S. exports, especially to countries such as China, has put a spotlight on the need for strategic inland ports across the United States, according to Jones Lang LaSalle, a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. In a new white paper, the firm explores how inland ports are expanding their focus from moving and handling imports to facilitating the movement of goods outside the U.S.

09/17/2012US Diesel Prices Stay Nearly Flat for Second Straight Week
 
Average price inched up three-hundredth of a cent as oil prices dropped $2.38 The average cost of diesel in the U.S. stayed nearly flat for the second week in a row, rising three-hundredth of a cent in the week ending Sept. 17 as oil prices fell.
09/14/2012Business Inventories Are Still High in July 2012
 

The final business sales data (retail plus wholesale plus manufacturing) for July 2012 is not as good as either the numbers show on Econintersect‘s or the US Census analysis of the data.

09/14/2012Retail Sales Improve in August 2012; Little Backward Revision
 

Advance Retail Sales improved in August 2012. Pundits are cheering because many were worried that retail sales would fall – with some worrying that a recession marking trend was in play. But for sure, one needs a micrometer and calculator to gauge this improvement.

09/14/2012Industrial Production Soft in August 2012, Little Backward Data Revision
 

The headlines say Industrial Production (IP) decreased 1.2% in August 2012 but up 2.8% year-over-year.  Econintersect‘s analysis using the unadjusted data is that IP was down 1.0% month-over-month and up 3.1% year-over-year.  The Federal Reserve blamed part of the decline on Hurricane Isaac.

09/13/2012Truckload Spot Market Volume Rose in August
 
 TransCore DAT reports 1.1 percent increase from July, 8.4 percent from year ago The volume of truckload freight offered on the spot market rose 1.1 percent in August from July and increased 8.4 percent from a year ago, according to TransCore’s DAT North American Freight Index.
09/12/2012Truckload Rate Hikes Slowed in August, Cass Says
 
Linehaul rate index rises 1 percent from year ago, stays flat from July, as intermodal pricing rises Truckload pricing increased 1 percent year-over-year in August and remained flat compared with July, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.
09/12/2012Truckload Driver Turnover Tops 100 Percent
 
Annualized turnover rate at large carriers reached 106 percent in second quarter, despite slower economic growth The annualized driver turnover rate at large truckload carriers shot past 100 percent in the second quarter, rising above that percentage figure for the first time in more than four years, according to the American Trucking Associations.
09/11/2012Supply Chain Managers Face Another Spike in Diesel Prices
 

While diesel prices increased for the tenth consecutive week, the pace of growth was subdued, rising 0.5 cents to $4.132 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

09/11/2012E-Commerce Will Close Technology’s Generation Gap by 2020
 

Gen Y is keeping the Baby Boomer generation on its toes; both at home and at work. But it’s in the supply chain where those generations are acting as generators of commerce. Only by synchronizing their respective powers of consumer technology adoption and logistics system integration can the promise of the 2020 Value Chain come true.


09/11/2012Manufacturing Trade Deficit Hits Record High
 

The government’s newest monthly trade figures show that the U.S. manufacturing trade deficit has hit an all-time high -- $63.93 billion for July 2012 – according to U.S. Business and Industry Council calculations.

09/10/2012US Diesel Prices Stay Nearly Flat
 

US Diesel Prices Stay Nearly Flat

The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story
 
Diesel prices rose a five-hundredth of a cent as oil prices inched up The average cost of diesel in the U.S. stayed nearly flat, inching up a five-hundredth of a cent in the week ending Sept. 10 as oil prices rose.
09/09/2012August 2012 Rail Movements: Economic Intuitive Elements Improve
 

Based on the July 2012 rail data, we warned that the economy could be at a pivot point based on declining economic intuitive elements of the rail data – and now with the August data, the rail situation improved.

09/07/2012AAR reports mixed carload and intermodal volumes for August 2012
 

The Association of American Railroads said this week that carload and intermodal volumes for August were again mixed. August carloads—at 1,461,680—were down 1.4 percent annually. Intermodal—at 1,230,992 trailers and containers—was up 4.3 percent compared to August 2011.

09/07/2012If Supply Chain Wonks Ruled the World
 MH&L’s editors sat down with the magazine’s editorial advisory board to solve the world’s problems in one roundtable session. We didn’t even make a dent. However, we did a pretty good job targeting them so everyone reading this can take a shot.
09/07/2012The National Average Diesel Fuel Price Increases For Ninth Week
 This week's national average price of diesel fuel increased as did the prices in all regions as well. The current national average for a gallon of diesel is $4.127, an increase of $0.38 from last week. By comparison, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline, which increased as well, is $3.843, an increase of $0.067.
09/07/2012US Intermodal Traffic in August Hit Second-Highest for Month
 
Mark Szakonyi, Associate Editor | Sep 7, 2012 9:46AM GMT
The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story
 
Intermodal volume jumped 6.5 percent; carload traffic fell 1.4 percent. Intermodal shipments on major U.S. railroads in August rose 4.3 percent, reaching the second strongest volume for the month on record, according to the Association of American Railroads. Intermodal traffic in the week ending Sept. 1 jumped 6.5 percent year-over-year and was flat from the week prior. Carload volume in August fell 1.4 percent year-over-year and 3.5 percent in the week ending Sept. 1
09/07/2012Growth in Trucking Employment Nearly Stalls
 
William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Sep 7, 2012 5:03PM GMT
The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story
 
 The JOC For-HIre Trucking Employment Index inched up 0.1 percentage points in August as for-hire trucking companies slowed hiring sharply amid widespread economic uncertainty. The August index reading of 93.4 was its highest level since October 2008,
09/07/2012Cass Report August 2012
 
Cass Report™ ‐ August 2012
 
North American freight volumes and expenditures both declined 1.1 percent in August from July levels.
09/07/2012US Intermodal Traffic in August Hit Second-Highest for Month
 
 Intermodal volume jumped 6.5 percent; carload traffic fell 1.4 percent Intermodal shipments on major U.S. railroads in August rose 4.3 percent, reaching the second strongest volume for the month on record, according to the Association of American Railroads.
09/06/2012Shippers Turning to Intermodal Rail to Cut Costs
 
Bill Mongelluzzo, Associate Editor | Sep 6, 2012 3:21PM GMT
The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story
 
Warehouses built closer to destination markets hasten shift from over-the-road trucking. Increasing trucking costs and a looming capacity crunch in the motor carrier industry are leading to a relentless shift of freight from over-the-road trucking to intermodal rail, according to transportation experts who addressed The Journal of Commerce’s Inland Port.

09/06/2012Spot Market Trucking Index Up 7 Percent
 
William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Sep 6, 2012 4:12PM GMT
The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story
 
Weekly ITS index breaks 'flat-line metrics,' but overall outlook for trucking still 'weak' An uptick in freight demand and pricing in recent days pushed up a spot market trucking index and pierced some gathering third quarter gloom.The Internet Truckstop Market Demand Index rose 7 percent from the previous week, according to the load-matching service’s weekly Trans4Cast report.
09/05/2012Diesel prices hit highest level since April, says Energy Information Administration
 

Diesel prices moved up 3.8 cents to $4.127 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).This marks the ninth straight week diesel prices have increased and the third straight week the price per gallon has been above the $4 mark, which had not previously been reached since hitting $4.026 per gallon the week of May 14. This week’s price matches the previous high of $4.127 per gallon from the week of April 16.

09/04/2012Demand for Natural Gas Trucks to Rise 14 Percent
 
William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Sep 4, 2012 4:55PM GMT
The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story
 
Pike Research survey forecasts strong growth for heavy NGVs, buses through 2019 The global market for natural gas-powered heavy trucks will expand 14 percent a year through 2019, with growth strongest in Asia, according to Pike Research.Asia-Pacific nations currently account for about 75 percent of global natural gas truck and bus sales, the research firm said in a report on the NGV market.
09/04/2012Manufacturing growth is down for third straight month, says ISM
 

Manufacturing growth in August remained as it had been in the previous two months—sluggish. The PMI, the index used by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) to measure manufacturing activity, was 49.6 in August, which is 0.2 percentage points below July and 0.1 percent lower than June.

08/31/2012GE designs high tech, low emission freight locomotive
 

GE Transportation revealed the prototype for its Evolution Series Locomotive, which the company claims will be the first freight locomotive to meet the EPA's Tier 4 emission standards, effective 2015.

08/31/2012You Are Everywhere: Mapping the New Retail Supply Chain
 

Gone are the days of single-channel apparel retailing—and supply chains servicing that model. Today, apparel retailers must optimize their supply chains to deliver products from any point where consumers want to buy them.

08/31/2012Ensuring Routing Guide Compliance
 

When vendors fail to comply with shippers' routing guide instructions, all parties involved experience frustration. To improve compliance, shippers must provide clear and concise instructions about how they want their freight to move. Here is advice on ensuring routing guide compliance from Harold B. Friedman, senior vice president of global corporate development at freight payment and auditing service provider Data2Logistics.

08/30/2012Retailers fare well in August, sales beat estimates
 

(Reuters) - Nearly all U.S. retailers posted better-than-expected sales gains in August at stores open at least a year as parents and students wrapped up back-to-school purchases, setting the stage for a strong third quarter.

08/30/2012Rail Week Ending 25August2012: Traffic at 2011 Levels
 
Econintersect: Week 34 of 2012 ending 25 August shows same week total rail traffic was at 2011 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). The carload portion of rail traffic showed same week traffic contracted 0.8%.
08/30/2012Rail Week Ending 25August2012: Traffic at 2011 Levels
 Econintersect: Week 34 of 2012 ending 25 August shows same week total rail traffic was at 2011 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). The carload portion of rail traffic showed same week traffic contracted 0.8%.
08/30/2012Economic Forecast September 2012: Actually Improving
 

The economy is always in a state of flux.  Writing this summary forces a review of the economic dynamics once a month.  This September forecast even surprised me to a degree – as the Econintersect Economic Index (EEI) is now clearly showing an uptrend.

08/29/2012Report paints a positive but cautious outlook by carriers towards natural gas usage
 

While fuel prices again have turned to an upward trajectory, more attention continues to be paid to natural gas and how it can potentially be an asset for freight transportation sector stakeholders. And while natural gas is making inroads as a possible way for shippers and carriers to counter increasing and uncertain energy costs, a recent survey published by Transport Capital Partners and ACT Research shows that there are cautious reasons to be optimistic when gauging future natural gas prospects.

08/29/2012A long and winding road to recovery
 In a slowly reviving economy, U.S. logistics costs as a percentage of gross domestic product increased as rail and motor carriers raised rates. When the economy bounces back, shipment capacity rather than rates may be the big issue facing logistics managers.
08/29/2012A strong and sustainable recovery
 
Thanks to post-recession market dynamics, the outlook for the third-party logistics sector is positive for some time to come.Three years after the recession of 2008-2009, the third-party logistics (3PL) market in North America is showing clear signs of recovery. According to Armstrong & Associates, in 2010 the market's gross revenue exceeded 2008 to reach $127.3 billion, a 19-percent increase over 2009. In 2011 and 2012, the 3PL industry has so far delivered 6-percent annual growth—two to three times overall economic growth, demonstrating the strength of demand and the leverage that the major 3PL service providers hold.
08/29/2012As goes oil, so goes diesel
 Diesel fuel prices will remain high, but—barring any major, unexpected disruptions in the crude oil market—dramatic price swings are unlikely for the time being.In 1999, the average U.S. price of diesel fuel was about $0.50 per gallon wholesale and about $1.10 retail. So far in 2012, average prices have been about $3.00 per gallon wholesale and $4.00 retail. The biggest single factor in this increase has been the underlying price of crude oil. Increases in the price of crude have accounted for more than 80 percent of the rise in diesel prices.
08/29/2012Direct-to-consumer challenges for distribution
 
The growth of electronic commerce, with its small orders for individual consumers, will require some big changes in warehousing and distribution operations.Electronic commerce is booming as more consumers embrace online shopping. According to Forrester Research Inc., e-commerce retail sales in the United States reached US $197 billion in 2011 and are forecast to increase to US $279 billion in 2015. If we look at month-by-month sales figures for e-commerce provided by IHS Global Insight, we see that even in this sluggish economy, online retail sales continued to rise (see Figure 1).
08/29/2012The outlook for oil prices
 
Oil prices are falling as the market deals with an ample supply and a weakening economy. Oil prices plunged this spring as the market reacted to worries about a deepening euro-zone crisis and a weakening global economy. While we expect the euro zone to remain intact, the likelihood of Greece's exit has grown. Such an outcome would further dampen world gross domestic product (GDP) growth and, in turn, decrease demand for oil.
08/29/2012Hungry for a Better Transportation Strategy
 
Traditional approaches to transportation management won't stand up in today's truck transportation market. Shippers and carriers need a new recipe for doing business together. Start with a raw boom-and-bust business cycle, add demands for low-cost flexibility, ladle on liberal amounts of regulation while going light on drivers and credit, and then simmer over a fire of rising fuel and equipment costs. That's a recipe for the "stew" that makes up the U.S. trucking market today.
08/29/2012A Strategic Shift in Supply Chain Technology
 
The primary reasons why companies are investing in supply chain technology are changing. Enhancing the customer experience, driving growth, and creating innovation now outrank cutting costs and improving efficiencies.Spending on supply chain software and technology should remain strong over the next few years, but the reasons why companies are investing in these tools are changing. According to the fifth annual "Gartner Supply Chain User Wants and Needs Study," companies are shifting away from a myopic focus on using software and technology to cut supply chain costs. Instead they are focusing more on how technology can enhance the customer experience and produce innovation and growth.
08/29/2012Trans-Pacific Spot Container Rates Fall 8.6 Percent
 

Average spot rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific trade slumped 8.6 percent this week, the second weekly decline since carriers were able to lift rates to a record high after implementing the general rate increase recommended by the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement during the first two weeks of August.

08/29/2012Federal Reserve Says Economy 'Gradually' Expanding
 

Retail sales and housing sector growth ticks up; manufacturing expansion slows Shippers of retail goods and cargo related to the housing industry, along with transportation providers, got a dose of goods news from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday.

 

08/28/2012The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® Declines in August. Now at Lowest Level since November 2011.
 

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had improved in July, declined in August. The Index now stands at 60.6 (1985=100), down from 65.4 in July. The Expectations Index decreased to 70.5 from 78.4. The Present Situation Index, however, was virtually unchanged, at 45.8 versus 45.9 a month ago.

08/28/2012Spot Market Truck Demand Slowly Rising, ITS Says
 
Load-matching service’s index points upward, but progress is called ‘marginal’ Freight demand is picking up slightly as trucking leaves the summer doldrums, but only slightly, according to load matching service Internet Truckstop.
08/28/2012FMCSA announces pending changes to CSA program
 

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced various changes to its much maligned government-mandated CSA program, which stands for “Compliance, Safety, Accountability.”

08/28/2012NAFTA Surface Trade Rose 6.6 Percent in June
 
 Month-to-month value of U.S. surface transportation trade fell 1.4 percent in June Trade using surface transportation between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, was 6.6 percent higher in June 2012 than in June 2011, totaling $82.6 billion, the Transportation Department reported.
08/28/2012G7 urges higher oil output, warns on reserves
 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Group of Seven finance ministers urged oil-producing countries on Tuesday to raise output to ensure the market is well supplied, while warning that Western nations were ready to tap strategic oil reserves to offset rising prices that could hurt global growth.

08/27/2012US Diesel Prices Jump 6.3 Cents
 
Prices rose more than 5 cents for the fifth time in six weeks The average cost of diesel in the U.S. rose more than five cents for the fifth time in six weeks, climbing 6.3 cents in the week ending Aug. 27 as oil prices plummeted. 
08/27/2012U.S. Retail Inventory to Sales Ratio
 

Year-over-year June U.S. retail sales rose 2.7 percent while inventories advanced 7 percent. Sequentially, June U.S. retail sales declined 4.7 percent while inventories inched ahead 0.2 percent. Retail inventories at the end of June were estimated to total $487.9 billion, with sales estimated at $360.4 billion for a total inventory-to-sales


08/24/2012FMCSA Sharpens Focus on High Risk Truck and Bus Companies with Improvements to Compliance Safety Accountability Program
 
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced several new improvements to its Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) enforcement program that will enable it to more quickly identify and address high-risk truck and bus companies with compliance concerns.
08/23/2012Chinese Manufacturing Index Falls to Nine-Month Low
 
 
Export orders declined at sharpest rate since March 2009, according to HSBC A key manufacturing index shows Chinese production in August plummeted to a nine-month low, reinforcing fears that the global economy is headed for a major slowdown.
08/23/2012Shippers Report Tightening Truck Capacity in Mexico
 
Peak season could mean fewer available trailers for U.S.-bound freight, logistics operator warns U.S. shippers importing goods from Mexico say they are looking for new transportation options as truckload capacity along the border gets tighter.
08/23/2012IMTS Supplement Charts Intermodal Industry Growth
 
An analysis of domestic containers, published in conjunction with IANA’s 2nd quarter Intermodal Market Trends, observed that the North American domestic container fleet has grown by 83% since 2000. The strongest growth year was 2011, when container owners added 11% to the fleet reflecting strong and continued increases in domestic intermodal business. 48’ containers were 70% of the fleet in 2000 — today, 53’ containers comprise almost 100% of the total North American fleet.
08/21/2012Logistics Light Pierces Economic Gloom
 The following article highlights some of the most recent logistics numbers (from the Logistics Market Snapshot, courtesy of the Georgia Center of Innovation) and show signs of hope as the economy heads into the autumn months.  Transportation Stock Indexes, Imports and Export Stats, Rai Activityl; Trucking Growth; Air Freight; Ocean Increases; Warehousing Vacancy Rates; and Purchasing Manager Index all have something positive to say.
08/21/2012Fuel Expenses May Generate Supply Chain Concerns
 

Diesel prices saw gains for the seventh straight week, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).The price per gallon hit $4.026, driven by a 6.1 cent weekly gain, with prices rising a cumulative 31.7 cents over the last seven weeks. This marks the first time diesel prices have cracked $4 per gallon since the week of May 14, when it checked in at $4.004 per gallon.

08/21/2012ATA reports seasonally adjusted tonnage is flat in July and up 4.1 percent annually
 

As is the case with the overall economy, truck tonnage patterns remain largely uneven. That appears to be the main takeaway from data released by the American Trucking Associations (ATA). The ATA reported that seasonally-adjusted (SA) truck tonnage in July—at 118.8 (2000=100)—was flat compared to June, which was up 1.2 percent compared to May, representing the largest month-to-month increase in 2012 year-to-date. SA tonnage was down 1.0 percent in May.

08/20/2012Diesel Prices Exceed $4 Per Gallon
 
 
Prices jumped 6.1 cents in the sixth consecutive increase in weekly prices The average cost of diesel in the United States rose to more than $4 per gallon for the first time since May, as prices climbed 6.1 cents in the week ending Aug. 20.
08/17/2012Can Trucking Solve Its Driver Problem?
 The industry’s enduring labor shortage already threatens carriers’ bottom lines. When a true freight recovery comes, the threat will only grow worse. Derek Leathers is frustrated with those who don’t believe there’s a shortage of truck drivers in the U.S. “We were down 38 trucks in one of the best freight quarters in recent history” because of a lack of drivers, Leathers, president of $2 billion trucking concern Werner Enterprises, said at a shipper conference in May.
08/17/2012Trucking Payroll Still 7 Percent Below Peak
 

In trucking, employment has only made a half-hearted recovery. The Journal of Commerce Trucking Employment Index rose in July to its highest level since December 2008, but remained about 7 percent below the peak it reached in early 2007. The index climbed to 93.1, compared with 92.8 in June and 90.1 in July 2011.

08/16/2012CSX Stacks Boxes Higher for 10% Gain Threatening Trucks
 CSX Corp.’s container cargoes have increased about 10 percent for two straight quarters as eastern U.S. railroads invest billions in a business that threatens the trucking industry’s most lucrative shipments.
08/15/2012Trans-Pacific Spot Rates Drop From Record High
 

Average spot rates on the eastbound trans-Pacific trade lane eased 5.2 percent from last week’s record high, which followed the general rate increase recommended by the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement implemented by carriers during the first two weeks of August.

08/15/2012Outlook for Shippers Is Getting Grimmer
 

FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for June was basically unchanged from the previous month and remains in near neutral territory at a reading of -1.8. The SCI sums up all market influences that affect shippers; a reading above zero suggests a favorable shipping environment, while a reading below zero is unfavorable.

08/14/2012Top 50 Truckload Carriers Grew 13.4 Percent in 2011
 

The 50 largest U.S. and Canadian truckload carriers ranked by revenue grew 13.4 percent in 2011, with combined sales for the year rising to $32.6 billion. That compares with combined revenue of $28.8 billion in 2010, according to estimates prepared for The Journal of Commerce by SJ Consulting Group.

08/14/2012Retail Container Imports Expected to Increase 6.3 Percent in August
 Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 6.3 percent in August compared with the same month last year, and 2012 should show an increase of 4.8 percent over last year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
08/14/2012Business Inventories Situation Nasty in June 2012
 

The final business sales data (retail plus wholesale plus manufacturing) for June 2012 clearly turned ugly – barely growing year-over-year.

08/14/2012Industrial Real Estate Market Tightens
 
Lowest vacancy rate since 2008, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s Jim Dieter The overall vacancy rate of space in warehouses and distribution centers across the U.S. declined to 9.3 percent at the end of the second quarter from 9.6 percent in the first quarter, as demand picked up around the country’s ocean ports and inland ports, according to Cushman & Wakefield.
08/13/2012Diesel Prices Jump at Fastest Pace Since March 2011
 U.S. diesel prices rose at the fastest pace since March 2011, jumping 11.5 cents in the week ending Aug. 13 as oil prices slipped.
08/13/2012Planning it Forward through a Transportation Management System
 

"TMS applications are very good at optimizing within the order-delivery planning horizon," says Gartner analyst Dwight Klappich. "But they are not good at forward planning—weeks, months, quarters in advance."

Although companies have tried using other demand forecasting and procurement applications to determine how many and what type of carriers they'll need, Klappich says they haven't had much success. In his view, so-called "product-centric planning tools" are not suited to transportation planning because they can't get down to the required level of detail. In other words, they can't look at future capacity needs by lane, carrier, or piece of equipment.

 

08/10/2012Rail volumes are up for week ending August 4, says AAR
 

Rail carload and intermodal volumes were up for the week ending August 4, according to data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Carload volume—at 228,229—was up 0.4 percent annually and behind the week ending July 28 at 288,167 and the week ending July 21 at 286,156. Eastern carloads were up 9 percent annually, and out west carloads were up 6.8 percent.

08/10/2012July 2012 Cass Freight Index Report
 
 
July shipment volume decreased from the prior month. This is the first month-to-month pull back in 2012.

Unfortunately, there have been a number of economic indicators that appear to point to a further slowdown.

Read more in the following link to the July 2012 Cass Index Report:

08/10/2012Turning Green Into Green
 When supply chain sustainability emerged two decades ago, cargo interests and transportation providers widely viewed it as a cost center and drag on the bottom line. Not at Intel, where green logistics aligned nicely with positive return on investment, proving the adage that preparation is half the battle.
08/10/2012Truckload Rate Hikes Shrink as Economy Slows
 
The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index continues to post record highs, but the slowing pace of year-over-year rate hikes reflects a weaker economy.
08/09/2012WMS market shows strong growth in 2011, says ARC
 

The Warehouse Management System (WMS) market saw significant growth in 2011, increasing by ten percent, according to data from Dedham, Mass.-based ARC Advisory Services. Reasons for the growth in the WMS market were widespread, according to ARC officials.

08/08/2012July 2012 Cass Freight Index shows minimal growth
 

The heading of the July Cass Freight Index Report from Cass Information Systems, “Slow growth in freight; slow growth in the economy,” aptly sums up the current freight environment, which continues to flatten out and lack true signs of growth. And the report’s data also tells the same story, too.

08/07/2012Diesel Prices Rise for Fifth Consecutive Week
 

Diesel prices in the U.S. jumped up more than 5 cents for the second time in three weeks, a sign of increasing volatility of fuel costs.

08/07/2012Intermodalism flexes its "domestic" muscle
 

Far be it for me to enter the culture wars here concerning family (how it's defined, what it should aspire to), save for one observation: It's easier to apply various values if one is around the family enough to actually do it—and intermodalism can contribute.

08/07/2012Study: Carbon Dioxide Emissions Decline in Shipping
 
Carrier fleet efficiency and data quality contribute to improvement, study finds The average carbon dioxide emissions in the global ocean transportation sector declined nearly 6 percent in 2011 compared to the previous year, according to a study performed by Business for Social Responsibility’s Clean Cargo Working Group
08/07/2012Special Report: The State of Logistics in the U.S.
 

With growth not yet on the horizon, shippers are shifting their modal strategies to keep their costs as low as possible.The economic recovery will continue to sputter along weakly for the next three years. If you secure trucking services on a transactional basis you can be assured that sometime soon you will not be able to get a truck. In the face of tightening trucking capacity, rail intermodal is seeing a massive resurgence. Shippers are turning more to warehouse-based third-party logistics providers (3PLs) to provide intermodal and other logistics management expertise previously associated with non-asset-based 3PLs.

08/06/2012US Domestic Intermodal Growth Slows, But International Moves Rise
 
Total intermodal volume rose 5.2 percent in the second quarter, says IANA U.S. domestic intermodal growth slackened slightly as the economy slowed in the second quarter, but the transport of international containers on the rails has its healthiest showing in the period since 2008, according to the Intermodal Association of North America.
08/06/2012July 2012 Rail Movements: Economic Winds Changing?
 

Could it be that rail is warning of an economic pivot point?  Reflecting on the July 2012 rail data which we report on weekly – the trends within the data have changed.  Is it just one month of data?  A quote buried in the Association of American Railroads July report caught my eye.

08/03/2012Report: Most container ships arrive on time, but delivery to customer lags
 

An ocean carrier's reliability usually is measured on whether its ships arrived in port according to published schedules. But importers and customs brokers have long known that just because a ship is at the dock on the right day, that doesn't mean containers will reach consignees on time.

08/03/2012The Real Cost of Trucking in the United States
 The Real Cost of Trucking – Per Mile Operating Cost of a Commercial Truck
08/02/2012US Intermodal Volume Hit Record in July
 
Carload traffic was down 0.7 percent year-over-year in the same month U.S. intermodal traffic on the major railroads in July rose 5.6 percent year-over-year, hitting a record high for the month, according to the Association of American Railroads.
08/01/2012Container Traffic Up 3 Percent at West Coast Ports
 
Imports rise 4 percent, but exports still lagging West Coast ports recorded solid gains in container traffic in June, with imports up 4 percent over the same month last year, and total volume increasing 3 percent.
08/01/2012Trans-Pacific Carriers Secure Small Portion of Aug. 1 Rate Increase
 

Average spot rates on the eastbound trans-Pacific increased by 3 percent this week, or $71 per 40-foot-equivalent container, indicating that carriers have only been able to nail down a small portion of the general rate increase of $500 per FEU that some members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement scheduled for today, Aug. 1.

08/01/2012Economic Indicators Out of North Asia Remain Dim
 
South Korea, Japan industrial production falls from May to June Economic indicators from North Asia continue to deteriorate as slowing Chinese growth, the Eurozone debt crisis and the bearish U.S. recovery dampen global demand.
08/01/2012Economic Indicators Out of North Asia Remain Dim
 

Economic indicators from North Asia continue to deteriorate as slowing Chinese growth, the Eurozone debt crisis and the bearish U.S. recovery dampen global demand.

08/01/2012U.S. Manufacturing Unexpectedly Shrinks for Second Month
 

American manufacturing unexpectedly contracted in July for a second month, reflecting a drop in orders that threatens to undercut a mainstay of the recovery. The Institute for Supply Management’s factory index was 49.8 last month, little changed from a three-year low of 49.7 reached in June, the Tempe, Arizona-based group said today. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg News projected a reading of 50.2, according to the median estimate, just above the 50 mark that separates expansions and contractions.

07/31/2012NAFTA Surface Trade Rose 8.3 Percent in May
 
U.S.-Mexico surface trade totaled $35.6 billion, U.S.-Canada totaled $48.1 billion Trade via surface transportation between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, rose 8.3 percent in value in May from a year earlier, the Transportation Department said.
07/31/2012U.S. Manufacturers More Upbeat about Domestic than Global Economy
 

U.S. industrial manufacturers remain optimistic about the U.S. economy, but are less so about the global economic outlook, according to the Q2 2012 Manufacturing Barometer released by PwC US. According to the survey, overall revenue projections among U.S. industrial manufacturers remain positive, with 88 percent of respondents expecting revenue growth at their own companies and only five percent expecting negative results. In addition, 87 percent of respondents said they were planning increases in operational spending in the year ahead.

07/31/2012Andreoli on Oil & Fuel: There’s a danger to ditching diesel
 

The average truck consumes roughly 11,000 gallons of diesel per year. Consequently, even minor shifts in fuel prices have a significant impact on operating costs. For instance, when applied to a fleet of 100 trucks, a price drop of 25 cents per gallon generates annual savings exceeding a quarter of a million dollars.

07/31/2012Developing a Comprehensive Transportation Strategy
 

Q: What advice do you have for companies attempting to optimize their inbound freight?A: It's worth the effort. Traditionally, companies have focused on low-hanging fruit, such as improving efficiencies and reducing outbound transportation costs. Overlooked is the more difficult task of managing inbound transportation, which can often be multi-modal, multi-leg, and international.

07/30/2012Diesel Prices Rise for Fourth Straight Week
 
 
Prices inch up 1.3 cents to $3.796, but are still down 16.1 cents from a year ago Diesel prices in the U.S. rose for the fourth straight week, climbing 1.3 cents in the week ending July 30 as oil prices slipped
07/27/2012Truckload Capacity Index Reflects Slowing Economy
 
JOC index shows tractor capacity still in ‘tenuous’ equilibrium as demand slackens The Journal of Commerce Truckload Capacity Index rose 0.3 percentage points to 84.4 in the second quarter, as a slower economy depressed freight demand.
07/27/2012A problem too important to be ignored
 

Hardly a day goes by that a news story on fiscal deficits or monetary bailouts doesn't throw around numbers that start with a "t," as in trillion. It's gotten so that talk of mere billions doesn't rouse much interest anymore.But there's a number that anyone who ships, brokers, or transports goods for a living should sit up and take notice of: $53 billion.

07/25/2012ATA Truck Tonnage Jumped 1.2% in June
 The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.2% in June after falling 1.0% in May. (May’s loss was larger than the 0.7% drop ATA reported on June 19.) June’s increase was the largest month-to-month gain in 2012. However, the index contracted a total of 2.1% in April and May. The latest gain increased the SA index to 119.0 (2000=100), up from May’s level of 117.5. Compared with June 2011, the SA index was 3.2% higher, the smallest year-over-year increase since March 2012. Year-to-date, compared with the same period last year, tonnage was up 3.7%.
07/24/2012Diesel prices are up for the third straight week
 

On the heels of a 12-week run which saw the price per gallon of diesel fall a cumulative 50 cents, diesel prices are up for the third straight week, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

07/24/2012Logistics managers will still face global sourcing challenges this year
 

A “synchronized deceleration in the global economy will have larger implications for the supply chain, said IHS Global Insight. In today’s “world flash” update, analysts said that all the key economies of the world have slowed down, almost simultaneously

07/23/2012Ocean Carriers Flex Their Pricing Power
 
Trade growth is dragging and capacity is increasing. So why are shippers paying so much more? It’s not supposed to work like this. When cargo volumes soften, consumer confidence wanes and vessel capacity increases, ocean carriers don’t raise their freight rates. Yet that’s exactly what’s happening in the U.S. import trade from Asia.
07/20/2012Two Tales from Truckload Earnings
 

The first round of earnings reports from publicly owned truckload carriers reflects two important trends. First, the economy, while still expanding, is slowing. Second, trucking companies are doing a better job managing their bottom lines.

07/19/2012US Railroads See Gains in Intermodal Traffic
 
Intermodal shipments up 6.8 percent year-over-year
Intermodal shipments on major U.S. railroads in the week ending July 14 jumped 6.8 percent year-over-year and 21 percent from the July 4 holiday week, according to the Association of American Railroads.

07/18/2012Global freight volumes remain stagnant amid Europe's economic concerns
 Global freight volumes remained in the doldrums for the first quarter of this year as total external trade by sea measured in tons for both the European Union and United States were still below pre-recession levels, according to a recent report by the International Transport Forum, a think tank of the Organization of Cooperation and Economic Development.
07/17/2012Retail sales slipped unexpectedly in June
 The U.S. retail sector registered an unexpected decline in sales volume in June, slipping 0.5 percent rather than analysts' projections of an up to 0.2 percent gain.
07/17/2012Report: USPS Could Save $100 Million Annually by Going Intermodal
 “Intermodal rail service has improved to the point it can now provide service standards competitive with highway. Today, it is widely accepted as industry standard that rail is far more economical than highway for long-distance surface transportation,” according to the report by the USPS Office of Inspector General Risk Analysis Research Center.
07/16/2012Diesel Prices Rise for Second Week in a Row
 Diesel prices in the U.S. rose for the second week in a row, inching up 1.2 cents in the week ending July 16 as oil prices rose more than $1 per barrel.
07/16/2012Spot Market Truckload Volume Dipped in June
 Spot market truckload freight volumes dropped 2 percent in June from May but remained at record high levels, according to the DAT North American Freight Index.
07/16/2012US Intermodal Traffic Rises 5.6 Percent
 Intermodal shipments on major U.S. railroads in the week ending July 7 rose 5.6 percent year-over-year but fell 1.2 percent from the prior week, according to the Association of American Railroads.
07/16/2012LA Container Imports Rose 6 Percent in June
 Containerized imports at the Port of Los Angeles increased 6 percent in June compared to June 2011, while exports were up 6.9 percent. Total loaded and empty containers moving through the nation’s largest port were up 8.75 percent compared to the same month last year.
07/16/2012Natural Gas Gains As Alternative Fuel in Transportation
 

A milestone power utilities achieved this spring should jolt transportation operators and shippers. In April, the amount of electricity generated by natural gas-fired power plants for the first time equaled that produced by coal-fired plants, with each accounting for 32 percent of total U.S. power generation that month.

07/16/2012Natural Gas Gains As Alternative Fuel in Transportation
 

A milestone power utilities achieved this spring should jolt transportation operators and shippers. In April, the amount of electricity generated by natural gas-fired power plants for the first time equaled that produced by coal-fired plants, with each accounting for 32 percent of total U.S. power generation that month.

07/16/2012Technology Drives Savings in Trucking Sector
 
How IT specialists can help motor carriers manage increasing chassis, regulatory and labor costs The trucking industry faces a number of regulatory and operational changes, but advances in information technology are helping motor carriers keep a lid on the costs these challenges bring.
07/16/2012Rails Taking Another Look at Natural Gas Engines
 
Railroads are skeptical about natural gas, but new emissions standards and better technology could change views Roughly 16 years after Burlington Northern, now BNSF Railway, took its two natural gas-powered locomotives off the tracks, railroads are giving the fuel another look.
07/13/2012Intermodal rates hit seven-year high in June
 

Rail intermodal base rates hit seven-year highs in June, propelled by demand from shippers looking for alternatives to get their freight moved in a tightening market for truckload capacity and from motor carriers seeking a more efficient way to get their customers' goods to market, according to an index released today by one of the nation's leading freight bill audit and payment firms.

07/12/2012USDA Releases Container Availability Report
 The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday released the first Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report designed to alert exporters about possible surpluses or shortages of marine containers at 18 inland intermodal load points.
07/11/2012Strong Exports, Weak Imports Narrow US Trade Deficit
 A 0.7 percent year-over-year decline of U.S imports in May and the second-best month ever for the exports of goods and services helped pull the U.S. trade deficit down 3.8 percent from April to $48.7 billion.
07/10/2012Retailers Optimistic Imports Will Increase This Fall
 
Port Tracker expects growth to pick up following lackluster July Retailers continue to plan for increased imports this fall despite discouraging news recently regarding consumer confidence, employment numbers and retail sales.
07/09/2012Diesel Prices Rise for First Time in Three Months
 
Oil prices jump more than $1 on fears of shutdown of Norwegian production Diesel prices in the U.S. rose for the first time in three months, climbing 3.5 cents in the week ending July 9 as oil prices rose more than a $1.
07/09/2012It's the exports, stupid!
 

Over the long haul, exports will be the engine that drives the U.S. economy. But without the equipment properly positioned to get the goods from origin to port, the nation's exporters may lose out.

07/09/2012Monthly truck index falls hard in May
 

A monthly index of trucking conditions fell significantly in May compared to April's figures, an indication that shippers are benefiting from the carriers' inability to raise their rates amid a sluggish economic climate.

07/09/2012Market Share, Revenue Gain Forecast for Trucking
 Total U.S. freight tonnage will grow 21 percent by 2023, as freight revenue rises 59 percent, the American Trucking Associations predicts in a new freight forecast.
07/05/2012Slow Economy Not Hindering Transport Acquisitions
 
For many transport operators globally, domestically, now's the time to buy Trucking operator Saia didn’t have to look far for a logistics company to buy — Robart Transportation was only about 10 miles away in Duluth, Ga.
07/05/2012Trans-Pacific Spot Rate Falls for First Time in Three Weeks
 

Average spot rates on the eastbound trans-Pacific trade lane fell 6.7 percent this week, in the first drop since carriers put a peak-season surcharge into effect on June 10.

07/05/2012CASS Freight Index Report for June 2012
 
07/03/2012 The National Average Diesel Fuel Prices Fall For 12th Consecutive Week
 This week's national average price of diesel fuel decreased as did the prices in all regions as well. The current national average for a gallon of diesel is $3.648, a decrease of $.030 from last week. By comparison, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline, which decreased as well, is $3.556, a decrease of $0.081.

07/03/2012 AAR Reports Gains In Weekly Rail Traffic
 
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported gains in weekly rail traffic for the week ending June 23, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 288,730 carloads, up 1.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 246,128 trailers and containers, up 4.8 percent compared with the same week last year.
07/03/2012Different surveys, same message: U.S. economy has cooled
 

Two reports, one freight-specific and the other more general in nature, are adding to the mounting evidence that U.S. economic activity has cooled.

07/02/2012Chassis Changes Prompt Fears of Congestion on the Docks
 
Ports, ocean carriers and railroads have plenty of capacity, but a changing chassis business worries harbor truckers As ports prepare for a modest spike in cargo volumes during the peak shipping season, ocean carriers, marine terminals, railroads and equipment providers appear to be flush with capacity. So why do harbor truckers fear ports on both coasts will be congested this fall?
07/02/2012Nearsourcing Credited for U.S. Manufacturing’s Rise
 
07/02/2012Iran Threatens to Disrupt Strait of Hormuz Traffic
 Shippers and transportation providers could see their fuel prices spike if Iran makes good on a plan to block oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz that are headed to countries no longer buying its crude, according to reports
07/02/2012Manufacturing activity tumbles in June, according to ISM data
 While manufacturing has been a constant source of strong economic growth in an economy replete with warning signs, the Institute of Supply Management’s June Manufacturing report on Business released today showed that manufacturing activity for the month was not as strong as it has been over the course of the last three years
07/02/2012Trucking Capacity Reaches ‘Tenuous’ Equilibrium
 
Capacity reaches a ‘tenuous’ equilibrium, but shippers fear balance is starting to slip.  For more than two years, shippers have braced for a hard crunch in truck capacity, a blow that seemed inevitable in 2010 as the economy began to recover. The gradual and anemic nature of the overall recovery, however, meant that crunch never really came, despite periods of tightness such as the spring of 2010.
07/01/2012Andreoli on Oil & Fuel: Falling oil prices are a harbinger of more difficult times to come
 

Not long ago, the price for a barrel of crude was $110, and a gallon of regular gasoline would set you back nearly $4. While consumers wished for relief, politicians hunted scapegoats on Wall Street.

06/30/2012Green is Still White Hot
 

While freight costs and capacity dominate water cooler conversations, sustainability embers smolder deep within the supply chain. The fire is still perceptible. So are the justifications.

06/30/2012Sharing Data Creates Optimal Supply Chain Visibility
 In the past decade, analysts have written volumes about the value of supply chain visibility and execution systems. It's hard to argue with the concept. When all supply chain partners' systems work together to fulfill orders perfectly, execute on-time shipments, and provide early alerts to problems, life is good.
06/28/2012Pickens says converting truck fleets to natural gas will "knock out" 70 percent of OPEC's imports
 

T. Boone Pickens didn't reach the top of the heap in the energy world by thinking small. His first major acquisition, in the late 1960s, was of a company 30 times the size of his own firm, Mesa Petroleum. Years later, Mesa would make takeover runs at such oil giants as Cities Service Co. and Phillips Petroleum, moves that cemented Pickens' reputation as a gutsy and shrewd wheeler-dealer.

06/27/2012Global Slowdown Threatens U.S. Export Gains, ITA Chief Says
 
Sanchez warns that the decline in U.S. infrastructure impedes international freight flows A key U.S. trade official lashed out at the declining state of U.S. transportation infrastructure Wednesday, saying “we can and must do better” to improve highways, bridges and other components of the system to encourage greater exports.
06/27/2012Shipping Industry Confidence Rises for Fourth Quarter in a Row
 
Moore Stephens survey finds overall confidence reached its highest level since February 2011 Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry, including the container ship market, increased in the three months ended May 2012, to reach their highest point since February 2011, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey by Moore Stephens
06/26/2012NAFTA Surface Trade in April Up 8.2 Percent Year-Over-Year
 The value of surface transportation trade between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico in April rose 8.2 percent year-over-year but fell 6.9 percent from March, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics
06/26/2012Japan Shows Some Promise Say Economists
 

One of the few bright spots in an otherwise grim global economic forecast was Japan’s recent performance.According to IHS Global Insight Economists, that nation’s real GDP increased at a 4.1 percent annual rate in the first quarter, led by gains in private consumption, government spending, and net exports

06/25/2012Supply Chain Managers Must Deal With Tepid Global Growth
 

For the third year in a row, global growth has started out strong, only to falter by midyear, said IHS Global Insight Economists.The incoming economic data “point to softness” in most parts of the world, IHS adds.

06/25/2012US Diesel Hits Lowest Price Since February 2011
 
Oil prices fell to a little over $79 a barrell on continued eurozone crisis fears
06/22/2012Economic Flu Spreads to Asia
 
 It’s easy to think of Asia’s financial health as almost decoupled from the West. Some of the region’s largest economies, including India, China and Indonesia, sailed serenely through the 2008-09 global financial crisis without dipping into recession. Even those parts of Asia most exposed to global flux regained economic health rapidly.
06/21/2012U.S. Seaports Need Help
 
Even as the global recession has forced cutbacks in government spending, other countries continue to invest significantly more than the U.S. to expand and update their transportation networks.
06/21/2012Ocean Cargo in Second Half of 2012: Challenges and Opportunities
 

In a collective effort to stem the flow of eroding freight pricing, ocean carriers are now competing on the two major global trade lanes – EU-Asia and the Transpacific – by focusing on value rather than rates. Indeed, all the major players are telling shippers the General Rate Increases (GRI’s) will not be jeopardized by competition offering deep discounts this year.

06/20/2012FedEx’s Smith Says Freight Shifting From Air to Sea
 
Shippers look to cut ground, air transportation costs, CEO says FedEx CEO Fred Smith said more shippers are transporting goods via ocean shipping at the expense air carriers, a modal shift reflected in the parcel giant’s recent earnings report.
06/20/2012The National Average Diesel Fuel Price Drops Again
 This week's national average price of diesel fuel decreased as did the prices in all regions as well. The current national average for a gallon of diesel is $3.729, a decrease of $0.052 from last week. By comparison, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline, which decreased as well, is $3.533, a decrease of $0.039.

06/20/2012Retail Container Imports Expected To Increase 4.8 Percent In June
 Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 4.8 percent in June compared with the same month last year, and year-over-year increases are expected to continue into the holiday season shipping cycle,.

06/20/2012Cass Information Systems Releases Truckload And Intermodal Linehaul Index
 Base truckload rates
Base truckload rates are trending flat for the time being, although on a year-over-year basis, May’s index registered 5.0 percent higher than for the same period last year. The continuing share shift toward intermodal is at least one reason rates are being held in check.

In his firm’s monthly report, Donald Broughton, of Avondale Partners, added that despite the current steadiness, “We continue to believe that capacity remains constrained and that 6-9 Percent rate increases are possible for 2012.

Intermodal Linehaul Index
For the second straight month, base intermodal rates were higher than they were at the same time last year. May’s index value of 102.6 registered a year-over-year increase of 1.4 percent.

The relatively high rates are likely attributable to increased demand for intermodal created by spiking diesel prices and tight capacity in trucking.
06/20/2012Identify Your 3PL Pain Threshold
 

One of the most unstable elements in a marriage is control. Too much of it kills spontaneity but too little leads to financial and emotional chaos. The same can be said of a business marriage—as in your relationships with logistics service providers.


06/19/2012For-Hire Truck Tonnage Slips 0.7 Percent in May
 
Volume decrease from April reflects slowing, not stalling, economy For-hire truck tonnage fell 0.7 percent in May from April but grew at a slightly brisker pace on a year-over-year basis, 4.1 percent, reflecting a slowing, not stalling, of economic growth
06/18/2012Logistics, Like Economy, on Slow, Winding Road to Recovery, Report Finds
 
Costs rose faster than GDP last year, but remain below pre-recession peak, State of Logistics Report says U.S. business logistics costs rose at a slower rate last year than in 2010, but remained well below their pre-recession peak, according to the annual State of Logistics report.
06/18/2012U.S. Retail Inventory to Sales Ratio
 Year-over-year April U.S. retail sales rose 3.3 percent and inventories advanced 5.6 percent.
06/18/2012Silver Lining: Lousy Economy Keeps Capacity under Control
 

The good news for shippers is that things didn’t get any worse over the past month; the bad news is that things were already pretty bad. FTR Associates is reporting that its Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for April was basically unchanged from the previous month, with a moderately negative reading of -5.4.

06/18/2012Economist Sees US Economy in Retreat
 
Slow U.S. growth threatens to become no growth as Europe’s crisis casts a long shadow To Lakshman Achuthan, the question isn’t whether the U.S. economy is sliding toward a new recession, but when one will start, if it hasn’t already.
06/18/2012Concerns Over Freight Rate Slump Are Overstated, Analyst Says
 
RS Platou Markets analyst doubts container carriers will engage in rate war Concerns over a slump in container freight rates are overstated because lines are desperate to avoid a rate war and will suppress box slot supply to maintain profits, according to one leading expert.
06/15/2012US Freight Shipments in April Up 0.2 Percent From March
 
Freight volume up 2.3 percent year-over-year, according to DOT index U.S. freight shipments rose 0.2 percent in April from a month earlier and 2.3 percent year-over-year, suggesting the slowdown of economic growth since January is continuing, the Transportation Department said.
06/14/2012US Intermodal Volume Up 15.2 Percent From Prior Week
 
 
Intermodal traffic rose 3.8 percent year-over-year in week ending June 9 Intermodal shipments on major U.S. railroads in the week ending June 9 rose 3.8 percent year-over-year and jumped 15.2 percent from the prior week, according to the Association of American Railroads.
06/14/2012Congress Running Out of Time to Pass Transport Bill
 With only several weeks left for Congress to hash out a surface transportation bill, Senate Democrats urged House Republicans to stop stalling.
06/14/2012US Intermodal Volume Up 15.2 Percent From Prior Week
 
Intermodal traffic rose 3.8 percent year-over-year in week ending June 9 Intermodal shipments on major U.S. railroads in the week ending June 9 rose 3.8 percent year-over-year and jumped 15.2 percent from the prior week, according to the Association of American Railroads.
06/13/2012Truckload Rates Flat in May, Intermodal Pricing Rises
 
Cass pricing measures show impact of slower economy, modal shift Truckload rates shifted into lower gear in May, rising only 5 percent from a year ago and staying basically flat from April, according to Cass Information Systems.
06/13/2012Retail Demand Report Leaves Supply Chain Managers Guessing
 

At a time when mixed economic signals continue to prevail, May retail sales data from the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF) both were down compared to May and up annually.

06/13/2012Report: Logistics costs rose to 8.5 percent of U.S. GDP in 2011
 

Logistics costs in 2011 rose 6.6 percent from the previous year to $1.282 trillion, or 8.5 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, as railroads gained market share and the ocean shipping sector continued to struggle, according to an industry report.

06/13/2012Shippers See Trouble as Truck Capacity Tightens
 
Difficulty getting trucks affects ability to deliver goods on time, CSCMP panelists warn. As trucking capacity tightens, shippers are increasingly concerned about their ability to get goods to customers on time, logistics executives said Wednesday.
06/13/2012Logistics Costs Rose 6.6 Percent Last Year
 
Report said costs totaled $1.28 trillion last year, still below pre-recession high of $1.39 trillion in 2007 U.S. business logistics costs rose 6.6 percent last year as companies spent more on transportation and inventory in a gradually recovering economy, according to the 23rd annual State of Logistics report.
06/13/2012Truckload Rates Flat in May, Intermodal Pricing Rises
 
Cass pricing measures show impact of slower economy, modal shift Truckload rates shifted into lower gear in May, rising only 5 percent from a year ago and staying basically flat from April, according to Cass Information Systems.
06/13/2012Shippers Shift Modes Seeking Savings, Capacity
 
Shippers seek supply chain agility as costs rise, rely more on intermodal rail Rising transportation costs and tight truckload capacity are creating more opportunities for intermodal rail in 2012, logistics executives said Wednesday.
06/12/2012Study conducted by UPS and comScore takes deep dive into consumers’ online shipping preferences
 

As e-commerce continues to become more prevalent and becomes a “go-to” shopping option for consumers, subsequent effects of that figure to impact supply chains in the sense that they might be more consumer-driven in the future. That was one of the main findings of a recent study put out by UPS and comScore.

06/11/2012FTR Associates data points to an improving trucking sector
 

Based on the most recent reading of FTR Associates’ Trucking Conditions Index (TCI), it appears that the trucking sector is showing some signs of solid growth.

06/11/2012Eastern US Rails Poised for Growth on Either Coast
 
CSX, NS beef up rail networks and stand to gain from canal-sparked growth on either U.S. coast Major eastern U.S. railroads stand to gain whether or not the Panama Canal expansion brings more freight to the ports they serve. The railroads may actually benefit more from growth on the other side of the U.S. despite the improvements CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern have made to rail networks connecting shippers to East Coast ports.
06/11/2012Diesel Prices Hit Nine-Month Low
 
Oil prices rise on news of $125 billion rescue loan to Spanish banks Diesel prices in the U.S. hit the lowest point since October, falling 6.5 cents in the week ending June 11 as oil prices rose to nearly $85 a barrel
06/11/2012US Rail on Strong Track As Economy Slows
 

The U.S. rail shippers don’t appear to heeding the warnings of a national economic slowdown.Intermodal volume in May on the major U.S. railroads hit the highest level in history for that month, according to the Association of American Railroads. Intermodal traffic last month was 3.5 percent higher than the same month a year ago. Although carload volume was down 2.8 percent year-over-year in the same period, the big losses were because of slumps in the major commodities of coal and grain.

06/08/2012Weekly Carload Traffic Down, Intermodal Up
 

Rail traffic once again was mixed on reporting U.S. railroads in the week ending June 2, 2012, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said, as the lines originated 265,207 carloads, down 3.1% compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 213,911 trailers and containers, up 4.1% compared with the same week last year.

06/08/2012FedEx raises rates
 

FedEx Freight announced it is increasing its shipping rates on July 9, 2012. The 6.9 percent rate increase will apply to FedEx Freight shipments "within the contiguous U.S., between the contiguous U.S. and Canada, and within Canada," according to a statement.

06/08/2012NVOs to Take Brunt of Peak-Season Surcharges
 
Non-vessel operators complain their rate increases are outpacing those of beneficial cargo owners. Having worked for more than 22 years in the shipping industry, much of the time with ocean carriers, Stephen Aldridge understands that freight rates charged to cargo consolidators will rise and fall with market conditions.
06/08/2012US Intermodal Rail Traffic Up 4.1 Percent
 

U.S. intermodal shipments on major railroads in the week ending June 2 rose 4.1 percent year-over-year but fell 12.6 percent from the week before, according to the Association of American Railroads.

06/07/2012PMA: West Coast shipping industry considers terminal automation "critical long-term solution"
 New marine terminal automated technologies are essential for handling larger containerships and competing with the widened Panama Canal in the coming years at container ports along the U.S. West Coast, according to the annual report of the association that represents shipping companies that operate there.
06/06/2012Truckers, Shippers Headed for Another ‘Soft Patch’?
 The U.S. economy may be slowing, but domestic shipping is picking up speed, countering recent reports of economic doom while challenging shippers struggling to balance freight demand and transportation costs in the coming months
06/06/2012Freight Shipments, Spending, Increased in May
 

The Cass Freight Index increased in May, despite signs of a slowing economy. The freight shipment index rose 1.8 percent from April and 2.2 percent year-over-year, according to Cass Information Systems

06/06/2012Shippers Fail to Kill Overseas Container Scanning Plan
 

Shippers on Wednesday failed to convince members of Congress to scrap legislation requiring all containers be scanned overseas before being allowed into U.S. ports.

06/04/2012Traffic Climbs on Major U.S. Railroads
 

Carload traffic grew along with intermodal volumes on reporting U.S. railroads in the week ending May 26, 2012, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said, breaking a pattern of mixed results seen frequently this year. The lines originated 291,381 carloads, up 1.3% compared with the same week last year, and intermodal traffic for the week totaled 244,726 trailers and containers, up 4.3% compared with the same week last year.

06/04/2012Gartner Announces Predictions for Global Logistics Organizations
 

Gartner, Inc. has published four predictions expected to affect global logistics organizations over the next four years, covering environmental issues, risk and compliance, international flow optimization and supply chain execution convergence. These predictions will affect most logistics organizations, however the impact will depend on how prepared they are to adapt to these events, analysts said.

06/04/2012The Fallacy of Re-shoring
 

Stories about re-shoring manufacturing to the U.S. are typically anecdotal and unsustainable in segments where there is cost competition.  Besides, the statistics do not support the stories.

06/04/2012Diesel Prices Slip to Lowest Point Since Mid-January
 

Diesel prices across the U.S. in the week ending May 28 fell to the lowest point since mid-January, and less than a cent from the year’s low.Oil prices rose slightly as diesel prices fell 5.1 cents to $3.846, the lowest price since the week ending Jan. 9 when prices were $3.828. The lowest price so far in 2012 occurred in the first week in January, with a gallon of diesel costing $3.783, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Prices are down 9.4 cents from a year ago.

05/30/2012 The National Average Diesel Fuel Price Drops Again
 This week's national average price of diesel fuel decreased as did the prices in all regions as well. The current national average for a gallon of diesel is $3.897, a decrease of $0.059 from last week.
05/30/2012Stable Spot Rates Set Stage for Peak Trans-Pacific Surcharges
 Eastbound trans-Pacific spot rates held steady this week for the sixth week in a row, as carriers resisted any rate-cutting in advance of the June peak season surcharges recommended by the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement
05/30/2012Canada's lower house passes back-to-work legislation for CP workers
 On the heels of last week's freight service shutdown by the Canadian Pacific Railway after over 4,800 employees went on strike, Canada's House of Commons reportedly passed back-to-work legislation this morning that could ultimately force the railroad's locomotive engineers, conductors and rail controllers back to work if the bill passes the Senate.
05/29/2012U.S. manufacturers may be leaving China, analysts report
 
At the moment, China remains a manufacturing powerhouse, with nearly 75 percent of the companies surveyed having some manufacturing capability in China for at least three years, either directly or through contract manufacturers
05/28/2012U.S. Rail Cargo
 Weekly year-over-year percent change and week-to-week percent change through Dec. 24, 2011.*

05/24/2012But can they deliver?
 

Conventional wisdom says buyers look mainly at price when they go to choose suppliers. Yet many place heavy emphasis on delivery capabilities as well. When it comes to sourcing products, parts, or materials, some companies choose their suppliers strictly on one basis: price. Given the current flat economy, that's probably no surprise. These companies are likely under enormous pressure to hold down supply chain operating expenses, and that starts with procurement.

05/23/2012Trans-Pacific Spot Rates Hold Firm
 
 Stability indicates ocean carriers are maintaining pricing discipline Eastbound trans-Pacific spot rates held steady this week for the fourth week in a row, indicating that carriers are maintaining pricing discipline on the big general rate increase they put into effect on April 15.
05/23/2012Canadian Pacific Suspends Canadian Service After Strike
 
Union, railroad trying to hammer out a contract after missing deadline Canadian Pacific Railway suspended Canadian service on Wednesday after union workers began a strike early in the day.
05/23/2012Canada Ready to End CP Strike 'If Necessary'
 
Labor minister wouldn’t say when the government would propose back-to-work legislation The Canadian government is ready to legislate the end of the Canadian Pacific Railway strike that began earlier today “if necessary,” according to a report
05/22/2012Truckload Capacity Flattening, Survey Shows
 
Carrier data points to rough balance in first quarter as capacity drops less than 1 percent Capacity at a group of seven large truckload carriers dropped 0.6 percent from a year ago in the first quarter and only 0.3 percent from the fourth quarter, the smallest annual and sequential quarterly decline in their tractor count in a year.
05/22/2012April tonnage data from the ATA shows mixed results
 

The stop and start nature of the current freight economy and economic recovery was exemplified in today’s April truck tonnage data report by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

05/21/2012April spot market volume hits record levels, says TransCore
 

Recent data from TransCore noted that April marked the best single month volume output for the spot market, based on its TransCore’s DAT North American Freight Index, which reflects spot market freight availability on its network of load boards in the United States and Canada.

05/21/2012Trucking Safety on a Crash Course
 
The shipping world seeks clarity as regulators set out to improve data in the controversial, slow-moving CSA program Two years after federal regulators launched the Compliance, Safety and Accountability initiative, the program is still incomplete, lacking a long-promised and crucial component: a new motor carrier safety fitness rating system.
05/21/2012High Transportation Costs Spark Intermodal Growth
 
A strong first quarter, especially in domestic shipments, could give way as economic slowdown, European crisis loom You’d be hard pressed to find a better barometer than intermodal traffic of the road ahead for U.S. shippers and transportation providers.
05/21/2012Economists Forecast Slow Gains Through 2013
 
 Quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics sees some predictions revised up The National Association for Business Economics said its quarterly survey of economists foresees continued moderate growth through 2013 as the economy continues a "subpar" recovery.
05/21/2012Diesel Prices Fall Below $4 a Gallon
 
Average price down 4.1 cents year-over-year, but prices are up 17.3 cents from beginning of year Diesel prices across the U.S. dropped below the $4 gallon mark, declining 4.8 cents in the week ending May 21 as oil prices rose more than $1.
05/18/20122012 Trans-Pacific Service Contracts Squeeze NVOs
 

Non-vessel-operating common carriers generally have it good: Non- or light-asset based, agile in responding to customers’ needs and often consistently profitable, their presence in the market has increased even in heavy beneficial cargo owner markets such as the U.S., where shippers often choose to deal directly with carriers to ensure access to capacity.

05/17/2012Intermodal Volume Rises 3 Percent on Major US Rails
 
Carload traffic fell 5.2 percent in the week ending May 12. U.S. intermodal rail shipments in the week ending May 12 rose 3 percent year-over-year and was nearly flat from the previous week, according to the Association of American Railroads.
05/16/2012Inland DCs Near Rail Ramps Luring Retailers
 
With transportation costs increasing, retailers find savings in inland locations close to rail hubs With transportation representing the biggest cost factor in the domestic supply chain, retailers are locating their inland distribution facilities as close to rail ramps as possible, an industrial real estate executive says.
05/16/2012Supply Chain Analysts Say Second Quarter May Mirror First
 
The outlook for the freight market is mixed as Asia, Europe and the US grapple with slowing economic growth and in Europe’s case, a recession.
05/14/2012Faceoff at CP to Shape Intermodal Market
 
The battle for control of Canada’s second-largest railroad will help determine the course of North American intermodal service A Memphis native who got his start as a carman-oiler in 1963 found himself four decades later running Canadian National Railway, the largest freight railroad in Canada. Behind the Southern drawl was a mind geared for efficiency and a willingness to anger some shippers if that’s what it took to get trains running on time.
05/14/2012Truckload Carriers Braving Higher Costs By Raising Rates
 
Carriers say they must raise rates before soaring costs crimp their ability to reinvest and add capacity. Truckers aren’t typically shy or coy, and truckload carrier executives at the NASSTRAC 2012 Logistics Conference weren’t afraid to let customers and potential customers know exactly what they want from them this year: more money.
05/14/2012Diesel Prices Fall Nearly Below $4 Mark
 
Oil prices hit a new 2012 low on fears Greece will abandon Euro Diesel prices across the U.S. dropped nearly below the $4 per gallon mark, dropping roughly half a cents in the week ending May 15 as oil prices hit a new 2012 low.
05/14/2012U.S. Retail Inventory to Sales Ratio
 

March U.S. retail sales rose 7.2 percentyear-over-year, and inventories advanced 5.1 percent. Sequentially, March U.S. retail sales increased 11.5 percent, while inventories were ahead 2.2 percent. Retail inventories at the end of March were estimated to total $482.3 billion, with sales estimated at $374 billion for a total inventory to sales ratio of 1.29.

05/14/2012Rising Transportation Costs Pressure 3PL Margins
 
C.H. Robinson and other 3PLs are growing but rising truck costs threaten to deflate margins When trucking companies are stung by rising costs, third-party logistics providers share their pain, very quickly. Rising transportation costs are putting more pressure on net margins at 3PLs as well as carriers, as they balance what they pay truckers and what they can charge shippers. At the same time, freight volumes are increasing on the roads and rails, driving revenue higher for non-asset logistics companies.
05/11/2012Rail Traffic Continues Mixed for Major U.S. Lines, AAR Reports
 

Rail traffic continued to be mixed on reporting U.S. railroads in the week ending May 5, 2012, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said, as they originated 276,136 carloads, down 2% compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 239,031 trailers and containers, up 3% compared with the same week last year.

05/10/2012Shippers warned of rising U.S. freight rates ahead
 

Users of transportation services need to get accustomed to U.S. freight rates rising "indefinitely," or at least through the balance of the decade, a leading industry consultant said Tuesday.  Noël Perry, principal of consultancy Transport Fundamentals Inc., predicted that rates for truckload, barge, and rail intermodal services will each rise between 50 and 60 percent by the end of the decade. Truckload rates could escalate by between 8 and 9 percent a year by decade's end, he told attendees at the Warehousing Education and Research Council's (WERC) annual meeting in Atlanta.

05/08/2012Diesel, Oil Prices Hit Lowest Point Since February
 

Diesel prices across the U.S. fell to their lowest point in 10 weeks, slipping 1.6 cents in the week ending May 7 as oil prices dropped to the lowest point since February.

05/08/2012Trans-Pacific Carriers Plan Westbound Rate Hikes
 

Trans-Pacific carriers announced proposed rate increases of $300 to $400 per 40-foot container unit, effective July 1, on shipments of frozen and chilled beef, pork and poultry shipments exported from the U.S. to Asia.

05/08/2012Domestic Intermodal Container Volume Jumps 14.9 Percent
 

Domestic intermodal container volume in the first quarter surged 14.9 percent year-over-year, outpacing international intermodal traffic gains by a wide margin and reconfirming strong U.S. manufacturing growth.

05/08/2012Trucking Executives Warn Shippers on Costs
 
 Speakers at NITL Policy Forum warn of price hikes, seek more shipper partnerships. Trucking executives sounded a clear warning about rising costs Tuesday at the National Industrial Transportation League's Freight Policy Forum in Washington, D.C.
05/07/2012U.S. Intermodal Shipments
 

Monthly year-over-year percent change in intermodal shipments of 20-foot, 40-foot and 53-foot units in the United States.
March 53-foot traffic advanced 12.1 percent sequentially, 20-footers were up 10.9 percent and 40-footers, 10.2 percent. March 53-foot traffic was 11.7 percent ahead year-over-year, 40-footers up 4.4 percent and 20-footers up 3.8 percent. Year-to-date, 53-foot traffic advanced 15.9 percent, 40-footers were up 3.1 percent and 20-footers, 2.8 percent year-over-year.

 

05/07/2012Ten Key Trends Impacting the North American Distribution Market
 Global and regional trends such as the rise of ecommerce and the growth of intermodal hubs are affecting the placement and location of facilities.  The latest Transportation Intelligence report “North America Warehousing and Distribution” identifies ten key trends which are impacting on this important sector.
05/04/2012Transloading Benefits Driving Growth
 

After watching in recent years as the number of intact containers moving to and from the Port of Tacoma by rail declined as a percentage of the port’s overall international volumes, officials spotted an interesting opportunity.

05/04/2012Rising Labor Costs, Land Prices Challenge China’s Competitiveness
 
Shifting production patterns increase demands on logistics companies. Finding suitable distribution facilities inland is just one of them.
05/02/2012West Coast Container Trade on the Rise
 West Coast ports handled 7 percent more loaded containers in March compared to the same month last year, according to numbers published on the Web site of the Pacific Maritime Association.
05/01/2012Idle Container Ship Capacity Falls by a Third
 Container lines have started reactivating their idle container fleets for the summer peak shipping season, which has resulted in a decline of almost a third in idle container ship capacity, according to Alphaliner.
05/01/2012Modal Shift, 3PLs Transform LTL Trucking
 3PLs play increasing role in determining mode, transport spend, CEOs tell NASSTRAC conference
05/01/2012Diesel Prices Fall for Third Straight Week
 Diesel prices across the U.S. fell for the third week in a row, dropping 1.2 cents in the week ending April 30 as oil prices rose slightly above $4 a barrel.
04/30/2012U.S. Intermodal Container Traffic
 March domestic container intermodal traffic increased 10.9 percent year-over-year and 12 percent sequentially. In contrast, international container intermodal traffic was up 4 percent year-over-year and 10 percent higher than February.
04/30/2012Can Long-haul LTL Industry Survive?
 

In the 1980s and 1990s, they ruled the interstate highway system as they crisscrossed the country. You knew their names: Roadway Express, Consolidated Freightways and Yellow Freight. They were the big three of the transportation industry. Only YRC remains, the result of the 2003 merger between Roadway and Yellow and CF’s bankruptcy a year earlier. The long-haul less-than-truckload industry has gone the way of vinyl records and film cameras. What led to the downfall of this once-mighty industry?

04/27/2012Supply Chains Shift on China's Halting Growth
 

In explaining the vast quantities of excess capacity throughout the U.S. marine terminal world, it’s not hard to identify the culprit: Ports and port investors got drunk on growth in the years leading up to the financial crisis, overinvesting in expectation of a never-ending stream of compound growth rates exceeding 7 percent or higher.

04/25/2012Trans-Pacific Spot Rates Hold Most Gains
 
2.8 percent drop follows climb of 19.9 percent after ocean carrier's general rate increases Trans-Pacific spot rates eased slightly this week after their 19.9 percent spike last week, which followed carriers’ mid-month general rate increases.
04/25/2012Canadian Trucking Cost Index Up 10 Percent
 

CGFI rises for 12th straight month, powered by higher fuel surcharges, base rates. Trucking costs in Canada are steadily rising in early 2012 and are 10 percent higher than in March 2011, according to a monthly index of Canadian shipping costs.
04/24/2012Diesel prices fall for the third time in last four weeks
 
Diesel prices dipped for the third time in the last four weeks, according to data from the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).  The price per gallon of diesel dipped 4.2 cents to $4.085 per gallon. This is the steepest weekly drop since prices fell 6.6 cents the week of December 19 from $3.894 to $3.828 per gallon.
04/24/2012ATA reports March trucking volumes show mixed sequential and annual growth
 
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) reported earlier today that March truck tonnage volumes grew slowly, showing an increase for the seventh time in the last eight months.
04/24/2012Port of LA to Invest Billions in Infrastructure
 
Port's strategic plan aims to keep top ranking in U.S. ports.  The Port of Los Angeles will invest billions of dollars in transportation infrastructure to maintain its ranking as the largest U.S. container port, according to the 2012-2017 strategic plan released over the weekend.
04/24/2012Back on the road
 

Thanks to an improving U.S. economy, decent volume growth, and an avoidance of past errors, LTL is no longer the wreck on the highway.There's a proverb that "there are no mistakes, just lessons." If that's the case, the less-than-truckload (LTL) sector has received a world-class education during the past five to six years.

04/23/2012Fixing Broken Chassis System Proves Elusive
 
With so many interests having a stake, is it any wonder a single national system is so elusive? Why a solution may be years away. Viewed from 30,000 feet, broad trends in intermodal chassis supply are easy to see: more chassis pools, fewer ship lines supplying free equipment, more truckers renting chassis by the day.
04/23/2012Economic Indicators Show Growth in Freight
 
After a winter of discontent, rising freight volumes reflect the economy’s gradual recovery.  Spring arrived early, in more ways than one, for shippers, carriers and transportation intermediaries serving the U.S. market. After a largely uneventful winter marked more by unease over the economy than by the weather, freight volumes appear ready to bloom, according to several economic indicators.
04/23/2012SCFI - Shanghai Containerized Freight Index
 
SCFI comprehensive reading of 1,426.23, up 478.65 or 50.5 percent from year-end.Index at 2012 high. The Shanghai Container Freight Index comprehensive reading for April 20 was 1,426.23 — the highest level year-to-date — up 9.36 points or 0.7 percent from the week before. The index was 407.26 points or 40.0 percent higher than a year ago and 478.65 points or 50.5 percent higher than year-end.
04/18/2012Trans-Pacific Spot Rates Jump 20 Percent
 

Trans-Pacific spot rates jumped 19.9 percent this week, according to the Drewry Hong Kong-Los Angeles Container Rate Benchmark, an indication that carriers’ April 15 rate increases are sticking.  The Drewry benchmark showed non-vessel-operating common carriers reported paying $2,405 per 40-foot container, up from $2,005 last week and 67.5 percent above the $1,436 rate in December. The latest week’s rate was up 34 percent from a year earlier.

04/18/2012Analysts: Ocean Freight Rates Will Fall Unless New Capacity Is Absorbed
 
With so many new big ships coming into trades, additional lay-ups will be needed or rates will drop.  Although the general rate increases of the last two months in the Asia-Europe and trans-Pacific trade lanes are being accepted by shippers, so much additional capacity is due for delivery this year that rates will almost certainly start falling again by the fourth quarter unless carriers start to lay up more of their ships, according to a panel of analysts speaking Wednesday at Containerisation International’s 14th annual Global Liner Shipping conference in London.
04/17/2012Indexed Freight Contracts on the Rise
 
Indexed Freight Contracts on the Rise.  Shippers and container carriers find value in long-term contracts tied to rate indices In the current volatile freight rate environment on the major east-west trade lanes, shippers and carriers are slowly beginning to negotiate long-term contracts linked to various rate indices, but they won’t solve the problem of volatility until carriers can find innovative solutions to the problems besetting their business.
04/16/2012Diesel Prices Fall for Second Time in Three Weeks
 
Oil prices rise as fears over supply disruption rescind. Diesel prices across the U.S. fell for the second time in three weeks, slipping 2.1 cents in the week ending April 16 as oil prices inched up.
04/16/2012U.S. Retail Inventory to Sales Ratio
 Year-over-year February U.S. retail sales rose 10.2 percent, and inventories advanced 5.6 percent. Sequentially, February U.S. retail sales were up 4.7 percent, while inventories inched ahead 1 percent. Retail inventories at the end of February were estimated to total $474.5 billion, with sales estimated at $338 billion for a total inventory to sales ratio of 1.4.
04/16/2012Intermodal Volume Inches Up 1.1 Percent
 
U.S. intermodal rail shipments in the week ending April 7 rose 1.1 percent year-over-year and fell. 4.7 percent from the previous week, according to the Association of American Railroads.
 
04/16/2012LA-LB Container Volumes Climb
 
Container volumes at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach bounced back strongly in March following a weak February.  Imports in Long Beach increased 18.3 percent and exports were up 10 percent compared to March 2011. Total container volume, including empties, was up 12 percent.
 
04/16/2012Growing World Demand Sparks the End of Cheap Oil
 
Volatility and high prices are here to stay. Global supply chains are changing to reflect a new reality.  All it took was the March 25 shutdown of a single North Sea oil platform to boost Brent crude oil prices $1 a barrel. The European crude oil benchmark fell just as quickly, but the reaction from the loss of one oil rig underscores the increasing volatility in fuel prices supply chain managers face.
 
04/16/2012March retail sales post gains, according to Commerce and NRF data
 
March retail sales post gains, according to Commerce and NRF data Data released today by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF) indicated that slow economic momentum is ongoing, with both reporting that March retail sales showed growth.
 
 
04/13/2012Truckload, Intermodal Linehaul Rates Rising
 
Over-the-road truck rates up 7 percent from year ago, pressuring intermodal pricing. Truckload pricing was 7.2 percent higher in March than a year ago, though down slightly from recent months, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.
 
04/12/2012LTL Truckers to Build Pricing Power, Analyst Says
 
Stifel Nicolaus predicts LTL trucking yields will rise 4-5 percent, after surcharges. Trucking companies hauling less-than-truckload freight should be able to hold onto the pricing power they’ve gained over shippers through 2014 at least, increasing rates and yields in 2012 and 2013, a Wall Street transportation analyst says.
 
04/10/2012Freight Industry Report for March 2012
 The freight market continued to show steady growth in March, with general economic indexes having many industry experts forecasting a strong peak shipping season. The key index to watch that will quickly throw the market into peak season is the sales to inventory ratio. For the past five months, this ratio has remained relatively flat and near pre-recession levels, yet the market has continued to expand.
04/09/2012Rails Coax Brokers, Shippers to Fill Trains Via Intermodal
 

Transportation brokers have an underused opportunity to move freight via intermodal shipping, but those rail shipments can require special attention, several industry experts said.

Speaking on March 22 at the Transportation Intermediaries Association meeting here, Shelli Austin, a vice president at broker IDS Services, said, “I don’t want you to think [intermodal] will fix all your problems. [Brokers] have to educate shippers and learn about it as well.”

04/09/2012Diesel Hits Highest Price Since August 2008
 Diesel prices across the U.S. hit their highest point since August 2008 in the week ending April 9, climbing six-tenths of a cent as oil prices fell to more than $102 a barrel.
04/05/2012US Rail Traffic Mixed for Week
 
Intermodal rail shipments increase 3.6 percent while carloads decline 6.2 percent year-over-year.
 
04/03/2012Ocean Rate Hikes Stick, But Carrier Profits Shaky, Drewry Says
 Ocean carriers succeeded in raising freight rates on the headhaul legs of the Asia-Europe and trans-Pacific trades in the last month, but their results are likely to be weak in the first quarter before improving as the year progresses, Drewry Maritime Research said in its latest Container Forecaster.
04/02/2012How Shippers Must Move Into 2012
 

Today’s supply chain organizations need more aggressive spend management to reduce costs and mitigate risk in shipping. Traditional tactics like invoice auditing and refund recovery are great ways to cut shipping costs in a stable market, but the complexity of today’s shipping environment requires a deeper understanding of how to lessen the impact of industrial, political and economic forces on corporate spending.

04/02/2012Diesel Prices Fall for First Time in 10 Weeks
 Diesel prices across the U.S. fell for the first time in 10 weeks in the week ending April 2, dropping half a cent as oil prices rose over $105 a barrel.
04/02/2012How to be a better shipper in four easy steps
 

What makes a good shipper?  That may be the most important question facing the trucking industry today. How shippers answer it—and carrier perceptions of that response—could determine if and how freight gets moved, the cost of moving the goods, and how effectively this large and important business is able to function at a critical point in its history.

04/01/2012Caution Ahead: Fledgling CSA program suffers growing pains
 
The most ambitious truck safety program in a generation is leaving the industry bewildered over the exact nature of the initiative—which, according to analysts, seems to be changing continuously.
03/29/2012Are oil prices about to send the U.S. back into recession?
 

For logistics managers, it’s important to understand what surplus oil production capacity means to oil and fuel prices—and, therefore, your bottom line.  Surplus oil production capacity refers to the amount of oil that can be brought online to meet a surge in demand or to make up for a sudden decline in production. Prices rise sharply when surplus capacity dips below 1.5 percent of total consumption, or when surplus production capacity is declining rapidly toward that level.

03/29/2012US Intermodal Rail Shipments Increase
 

U.S. intermodal rail shipments in the week ending March 24 rose 4.2 percent year-over-year and 2.3 percent from the week before, according to the Association of American Railroads.  For the first 12 weeks of 2012, intermodal traffic was up 2.4 percent year-over-year, while carload volume was down 2.2 percent within the same period.

03/29/2012Five-Dollar Gas Would be a Win for Rail
 

While both rail and trucking have mechanisms designed to pass fuel costs on to shippers, rail’s fuel efficiency advantage over trucks should lead to a modal shift from truck to rail in an environment of increasing fuel prices, the roundtable concluded. Any increase in fuel costs should result in meaningful gains in market share for domestic rail intermodal for hauls 500-750+ miles.
Unsurprisingly, the impact of $5.00 gas prices is expected to have a negative overall impact on the macroeconomies of the U.S. and Canada. While the economic recovery is strong enough at this point such that $5.00 gas prices are unlikely to cause a recession, it would likely result in a surge in the unemployment rate back above 9.0%.

03/27/2012Diesel Price Continues to Rise, reports EIA
 For the week ending March 26, the EIA reported that the price per gallon is $4.147, which marks its highest level in three-and-a-half years, topping $4.145 per gallon from the week of August 25, 2008, when diesel prices were on the way down from record highs just weeks earlier, with the week of July 14, 2008 representing the apex for diesel prices at $4.764 per gallon.
03/27/2012Truck Tonnage Index Rises 5.5 Percent
 
The American Trucking Associations For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index not only increased from January, but rose 5.5 percent year-over-year last month.  In January, seasonally adjusted truck tonnage dropped 4.6 percent after surging a 6.4 percent in December, the strongest month-to-month gain since 2005.
03/26/2012Intermodal Rail Volume Jumps 6 Percent
 U.S. intermodal rail shipments in the week ending April 21 jumped 6 percent year-over-year and 2.2 percent from the previous week, according to the Association of American Railroads.
03/23/2012The State of Transpacific Ocean Freight
 
Capacity cuts are coming too slowly, and carriers are breaking ranks too rapidly for ocean carriers' spring rate hikes to hold up.

When it came time to impose the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement’s recommended March 15 rate increase, the 15 member carriers took different approaches. Some told their shipping customers they would follow the TSA’s recommendation and raise prices on eastbound containers by $300 per 40-foot equivalent unit. Others told their customers they would hold at the rate prevailing since the last TSA increase on Jan. 1.

That, coupled with capacity cutting that has failed to dramatically trim the supply-demand imbalance, makes it highly unlikely carriers will be able to sustain the general rate increases they’re seeking this spring.
03/22/2012US Manufacturing ‘on Track’ for Growth, Report Says
 

MAPI forecasts 4 percent increase in production this year, exceeding GDP growth.  U.S. manufacturing recovery continues on track and should outperform overall GDP growth through 2013, according to a quarterly report by the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.

03/21/2012NAFTA Trade Value Hit Record High in 2011
 
2011 saw third largest year-to-year percentage increase since NAFTA took effect.

The value of surface transportation trade between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico increased by 14.3 percent to a record $904 billion in 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation said.

The percentage increase was the third largest year-to-year increase since NAFTA went into effect in 1994.

03/21/2012Trans-Pacific Spot Rates Stay Steady
 
Benchmark container rate is up 18.9 percent over same week last year.

Spot rates on the trans-Pacific trade stayed flat week-over-week this week after a 13.6 percent jump last week that followed the rate increase of $300 per 40-foot equivalent unit on March 15 implemented by carriers that belong to the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement.

The Drewry container rate benchmark for shipping a container from Hong Kong to Los Angeles remained at $2,013 per FEU this week after jumping by $242 last week, or slightly less than the full $300-per-FEU increase implemented by the TSA carriers.

03/21/2012AAR Reports Mixed Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending March 10, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 278,728 carloads, down 4.8 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 226,039 trailers and containers, up 4.2 percent compared with the same week last year.
03/20/2012Metric-driven sustainability initiative gathers speed and favor
 
“Going Green” is no longer a choice for supply chain managers – it’s a given.  Shareholder pressure is forcing publicly-held manufacturers to adhere to the highest levels of sustainability, said industry analysts and experts speaking yesterday a the International Warehouse Logistics Association 2012 Convention & Expo in San Francisco
03/20/2012Diesel hits highest price level since August 2008
 With diesel prices now over the $4 per gallon mark for the fourth straight week, the price per gallon for the week of March 19, at $4.142 per gallon, is at its highest point in nearly three-and-a-half years, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
03/19/2012Mexico may soon become more attractive as sourcing alternative
 

According to Anne Landstrom, principal adviser for the commercial group at engineering and construction consultant Moffatt & Nichol, escalating wages and total landed costs are causing logistics managers to look south. More evidence that shippers may be “near shoring” in the future surfaced at a maritime conference in Southern California earlier this month.

 

03/16/2012LTL's Second Wind
 

The LTL trucking industry as a whole achieved more than $30 billion in revenue last year for the first time since the recession, increasing LTL sales 11.6 percent to $30.6 billion, compared with a 9.1 percent increase in revenue to $27.5 billion in 2010. (In its study, SJ Consulting ranks carriers by LTL revenue alone, excluding revenue from non-LTL sources such as truckload carriage and third-party logistics.)

Still, the recovery is incomplete. Despite steady improvement, LTL trucking has yet to regain its 2006 revenue peak of $33.7 billion, let alone the $33.3 billion in revenue reported for the industry before the economic collapse in 2008.

03/13/2012February retail sales show decent growth, according to Commerce and NRF data
 Commerce reported that February retail sales at $407.8 billion were up 1.1 percent from January and up 6.5 percent compared to February 2011. February also marked the biggest monthly increase in retail sales in the past five months, according to Commerce data. And total sales for the December through February period were up 6.4 percent from the same period a year ago. When excluding autos, February retail sales were up 0.9 percent over January.
03/12/2012Diesel Prices Inch Up 2.9 Cents
 

Diesel prices across the U.S. rose at the slowest pace in three weeks, climbing 2.9 cents in the week ending March 12 as oil prices fell at the end of trading for the first time in four days.  Prices rose to $4.123 but the pace was more akin to the steady increases seen since the beginning of the year, not the surge experienced in the last two weeks. The average price is 21.4 cents higher than the same period a year ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

03/12/2012Freight Demand Keeps Pressure on Truck Pricing, FTR Says
 

Research firm FTR Associates sees tightening truck capacity and rising truck pricing ahead this year for North American shippers as freight demand outstrips GDP.  “This will continue to keep transport capacity tight throughout the forecast period, resulting in ongoing upward rate pressure,” said senior consultant Larry Gross.

03/12/2012U.S. Retail Inventory to Sales Ratio
 Year-over-year January U.S. retail sales rose 5.8 percent and inventories advanced 4.6 percent. Sequentially, January U.S. retail post-holiday sales plummeted 22.6 percent, while inventories inched ahead 0.2 percent. Retail inventories at the end of January were estimated to total $469.7 billion, with sales estimated at $323.1 billion for a total inventory to sales ratio of 1.45.
03/09/2012Mixed Weekly Rail Traffic, AAR Reports
 

“Intermodal traffic was up for the 27th straight month, while carloads of a wide range of commodities — lumber, chemicals, petroleum, paper, steel and more — saw increases in February,” said AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray in the organization’s announcement. “Time will tell, but we’re hopeful it’s a sign of broad-based improvement in economic conditions.”

03/08/2012Intermodal Volume on US Railroads Climbs 6 Percent
 Intermodal volume hauled by major U.S. railroads rose 6 percent year-over-year in the week ending March 3, pushing intermodal traffic to the third highest ever in February, according to the Association of American Railroads.
03/07/2012Diesel Prices Continue to Rise
 The national average diesel price per gallon rose to $4.094 this week. This is up $0.043 from last week.
03/07/2012Sourcing Alternatives Challenge China's Dominance
 
Rising wages push manufacturers to lower-cost locations such as Mexico, India and Vietnam.  Manufacturers are looking for lower-cost sourcing locations as China’s wages rise well above those in other emerging markets.  As the U.S. baby boomers near retirement, their consumption patterns are shifting from retail goods to services, so the products they buy require shorter supply chains and much more flexibility, said Anne Landstrom, principal adviser for the commercial group at engineering and construction consultant Moffatt & Nichol.
03/07/2012Indexed Ocean Contracts Catching On, But Slowly
 

Multi-year contracts indexed to freight rates are slowly starting to catch on in global trade lanes as a means of creating stable and predictable rates for shippers and ocean carriers.  Despite their benefits, however, index-based contracts aren’t likely to become the new standard any time soon, according to a panel of shippers, carriers and intermediaries at The Journal of Commerce’s 12th Annual Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference on Tuesday.

03/06/2012LTL Trucking Grew 11.6 Percent in 2011
 The less-than-truckload transportation industry grew 11.6 percent in 2011, pushing total U.S. LTL revenue past $30 billion for the first time since the recession.
03/05/2012U.S. Intermodal Container Traffic
 January domestic container intermodal traffic increased 14.7 percent year-over-year, yet declined 4.5 percent from December
03/05/2012Truck Volume Forecast to Grow 3.9 Percent in 2012
 
FTR Associates predicts trucking will outperform GDP as economy strengthens.  The trucking industry will outperform the U.S. economy this year, with truck freight growing 3.9 percent, greater than overall GDP, according to FTR Associates.
03/05/2012Class 8 Truck Orders Drop 11 Percent
 
FTR Associates reports February fall-off following truck-buying surge in 2011.  Net orders for new Class 8 trucks dropped 11 percent in February from January, the second straight month of decline, according to research firm FTR Associates.
03/05/2012Railroads Nailing Shipment Growth
 
Growth in manufacturing, auto demand and diesel prices brightens the outlook for intermodal and bulk rail traffic.  U.S. rail growth this year is expected to outpace overall economic expansion as manufacturing expands and the shifting energy landscape gives as well as takes.  Shippers will push more shipments from the road onto the rails with diesel prices topping $4 a gallon and increased federal regulation, along with tight fleet capacity, pushing truck rates up.
03/01/2012Truck Pricing Forecast to Climb 3 to 5 Percent
 Truck pricing is expected to rise by low to mid-single digit percentages over the next year, as shippers, brokers and carriers deal with tight capacity and rising costs.
02/29/2012February CMI bodes well for economy
 February’s Credit Managers’ Index is at 55.8, a full percentage point higher than January’s index, reaching its highest reading since April 2011. While 2011 figures were weakened by oil prices, a flagging economy and disasters in Japan, the ten month high is a positive economic indicator, according to a statement released Wednesday from the National Association of Credit Management.
02/29/2012Truckload Capacity Drops 1.1 Percent, Survey Shows
 Capacity at a group of six large truckload carriers slipped 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter from the previous quarter and 1.1 percent year-over-year, as tractor-trailer supply and freight demand found a rough equilibrium at the end of 2011.
02/29/2012Customs and Border Protection Proposes Changes To In-Bond Transportation
 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is proposing various changes to the in-bond regulations. The proposed changes would: eliminate the paper in-bond application (CBP Form 7512) and require carriers or their agents to electronically file the in-bond application; require additional information on the in-bond application including the six- digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule number, if available, and information relevant to the safety and security of the in-bond merchandise; establish a 30-day maximum time to transport in-bond merchandise between United States ports, for all modes of transportation except pipeline; require carriers to electronically request permission from CBP before diverting the in-bond merchandise from its intended destination port to another port; and require carriers to report the arrival and location of the in-bond merchandise within 24 hours of arrival at the port of destination or port of export.
02/28/2012Trans-Pacific Carriers to Hike Westbound Rates
 
The WTSA recommend hikes of $50 per TEU, $100 per FEU.  Container ship lines in the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement have announced rate increases for dry cargoes as they try to stem losses in the U.S.-Asia market.
02/28/2012Durable Goods Orders Dipped 4 Percent in January
 

Orders for U.S. durable goods fell 4 percent in January, the biggest decline in three years, following the expiration of a tax break on equipment purchases.  Demand for core capital goods, which exclude aerospace and defense orders, fell 4.5 percent after increasing 3.4 percent in December and falling 1.5 percent in November, according to the Census Bureau.  Economists said the January drop in durable-goods orders was influenced by the year-end expiration of a tax credit that allowed full depreciation of equipment purchases. The allowance this year is 50 percent.

02/28/2012NAFTA Surface Trade Up 11.6 Percent in December
 U.S. surface transportation trade in December with Canada and Mexico totaled $74.2 billion, an 11.6 percent increase from a year earlier, according to the Transportation Department.
02/28/2012US Durable Goods Orders Rise 2.2 Percent
 Orders for U.S. durable goods in February rose 2.2 percent year-over-year to $211.8 billion, as increased demand for cars, computers and capital equipment helped pull the manufacturing sector out of a January slowdown, according to the Commerce Department.
02/28/2012Consumer Confidence Dips, But Expectations Rise
 The confidence index dropped 1.4 points to 70.2 in March, after rising sharply in February from 61.5 the previous month. It is still close to levels last seen a year ago.
02/27/2012Trucking Takes Two Routes
 
Larger trucking companies are increasingly stable and profitable, but many smaller carriers are struggling.

Trucking in 2012 is an increasingly divided industry, not along lines such as truckload or less-than-truckload or dry van or flatbed, but by size and scale.

Large and small trucking operators face the same rising costs and must comply with the same federal regulations, but smaller carriers and owner-operators are finding it more difficult to cope with rising costs and to secure rate increases.

02/27/2012US Economists Expect 2.4 Percent Growth in 2012
 Forecasters surveyed by the National Association of Business Economics show growing optimism about the U.S. economy’s direction this year but expect the pace of expansion to expand only 2.4 percent.
02/27/2012Diesel Prices Top $4 Mark to Nearly 10-Month High
 Prices rose to $4.051 at the fastest pace since the first week ending in November, when prices jumped 10 cents to $3.887. The average price is 33.5 cents higher the same period ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
02/22/2012Diesel Prices Rise Again
 Prices hit $3.96 a gallon as oil prices climb to another month-high.  The average of $3.96 is up $0.017 over last week and up $0.387 from the same period a year ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
02/20/2012Uncommon Growth for Forwarders
 
In the wake of 2010’s capacity squeeze, ocean freight forwarders are consolidating service gains with shippers.  For many years, non-vessel-operating common carriers were considered a stepchild of the maritime industry, but that ship turned around in 2010 when importers had trouble securing vessel space in the trans-Pacific. Importers turned to NVOs for relief, and they delivered the capacity importers desperately needed.
02/20/2012Ports Working on the Railroad
 Ports along the Eastern Seaboard are putting money where their hopes are, investing in projects for better landside access by road and rail in an effort to compete for discretionary cargo. The biggest investments are in intermodal rail terminals and in tracks that can speed access to port terminals.
02/20/2012U.S. Intermodal Shipments
 
Monthly year-over-year percent change in intermodal shipments of 20-foot, 40-foot and 53-foot units in the United States.  December 53-foot traffic declined 7.1 percent from November, although 20-footers rose 3.2 percent and 40-footers were flat. December year-over-year traffic growth was led by 13.7 percent growth in 53-footers; 20-footers advanced 3.2 percent and 40-footers were up 1.9 percent. Calendar 2011 53-foot traffic rose 10.9 percent, 20-footers were up 4.4 percent and 40-footers, 2.1 percent.
02/20/2012Carriers Give Incentives to Drive
 
The battle to recruit and, just as important, keep truck drivers is getting fiercer among truckload carriers as freight demand steadily increases.  Truckload carriers are offering an array of incentives, including guaranteed pay, to haul in drivers.  Although that competition has yet to result in sizable increases in driver pay, motor carriers are offering a truckload of incentives and programs to attract drivers.
02/17/2012New Thinking on Intermodal
 By now it is a well-established trend in North American transportation that freight is moving from the roads to the rails. Driven by the opportunity to cut costs while maintaining reliability, a growing cohort of shippers is embracing a strategy that includes intermodal in the mix.
02/13/2012Diesel Prices Rise at Sharpest Pace in Three Months
 

Prices hit $3.943 a gallon as oil prices climb to a month-high.  The average $3.943 left the price up 40.9 cents from the same period a year ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The ramp-up in price was the briskest since the week ending Nov. 14, when prices rose 10 cents.

02/10/2012According to Cass Cost Indexes Truckload Linehaul Rates up 8% Year-over-Year
 Truckload linehaul rates leveled off a bit during January. Up just slightly from December, however, they hit their highest point since the 2005 date that the Cass Index data begins.
02/10/2012Cass Indexes Indicate Intermodal Linehaul Rates down .3% Year-over-Year
 Intermodal rates continue to be stable. For January, the Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index registered a value of 100.4, which was down from December's 101.2. On a year-over-year basis, January costs were down 0.3%, compared to December's increase of +1.9%. Cass believes that moderation in diesel prices, along with more containers coming on line and aggressive pricing by carriers focused on ramping up their intermodal businesses are keeping pricing grounded.
02/09/2012Eastbound Trans-Pacific Carriers Seek $800 in Rate Increases
 Trying to maintain pricing momentum in the trans-Pacific, shipping lines that carry U.S. imports from Asia announced two proposed rate hikes that could increase freight rates $800 per 40-foot container over the next three months.
02/09/2012Intermodal Rail Shipments Rise 16.8 Percent
 Intermodal freight shipments moved by U.S. railroads jumped 16.8 percent year-over-year in the week ending Feb. 4, as steady freight demand and unseasonably warm weather created an easy comparison with the same week a year ago.
02/08/2012Analyst Says 2012 Truck Rates Could Rise 6 Percent
 

Truckload rates are likely to rise anywhere from 2 to 6 percent in 2012 and even as high as 8 percent in coming years, depending on the strength of the recovery and the effect of new truck safety regulations, according to a transportation analyst.

02/07/2012US Shipments Index Grows 3.6 Percent
 The Cass Freight Index for U.S. domestic shipments pushed up 3.6 percent year-over-year in January, maintaining steady seasonal growth and reaching the strongest point for the month in four years.
02/07/2012Diesel Prices Rise Again
 
The national average of $3.856 per gallon price was 34.3 cents higher than a year ago, according to the weekly survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
02/07/2012Truck Tonnage in 2011 Saw Biggest Gains since 1998
 

Truck tonnage in 2011 rose 5.9% over 2010, representing the largest annual increase since 1998, according to the American Trucking Associations. Also, tonnage for December 2011 was 10.5% higher than December 2010, the largest year-over-year gain since July 1998. November tonnage was up 6.1% over the same month last year.

02/06/2012House Committee to “Further Study” Truck Weight Reform
 A House Committee proposal would allow states to opt into a higher federal (interstate) vehicle weight limit for single-trailer trucks equipped with six axles rather than the typical five. The required sixth axle maintains all braking and handling characteristics at the new limit of 97,000 pounds—enabling shippers to safely utilize truck space that remains empty at the current 80,000-pound federal weight limit. The group believes the proposal would reduce the truckloads, vehicle miles and fuel necessary to meet demand.
02/06/2012Trucking Takes to the Tracks
 
Tight truck capacity and rising domestic shipping demand signals a ‘transformational year’ for intermodal.  There’s a new intermodal rhythm humming along the roads and rail lines connecting manufacturers and retailers with ports and plants across the United States. The beat is being felt on factory floors where trailer makers are building domestic containers and in truck yards and rail yards where some of the largest motor carriers and railroads are planning expansion. And it resounds most loudly with shippers struggling to contain rising transportation costs, manage their inventory and secure capacity.
02/04/2012Prince Rupert Container Traffic Up 20 Percent in 2011
 

Container throughput in 2011 at the Port of Prince Rupert jumped 20 percent year-over-year, while the emerging gateway's larger West Coast rival, Port Metro Vancouver, saw flat traffic in the same period.

02/02/2012Transloading's Big Push
 Big-box retailers looking to keep a lid on inventory and related costs will increasingly turn to transloading near major seaports. That's the message from Robert Leachman, a professor of industrial engineering and operations research who analyzes supply chain logistics.
02/01/2012AAR Reports Increase in Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported an increase in weekly rail traffic for the week ending January 21, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 287,734 carloads, up 1.6 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 219,706 trailers and containers, up 3 percent compared with the same week last year.
02/01/2012US Factory Production Accelerated in January
 A widely watched economic gauge showed U.S. manufacturing activity picked up speed in January, growing to its highest level since last June.
01/31/2012House Republicans Unveil Five-Year Transport Plan
 The bill encourages private investment, provides incentives for expanding state infrastructure banks and quadruples the amount for the Transportation Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act program. The surface transport plan streamlines the environmental review process, especially for projects on existing rights of way. Under the plan, states could increase the weight limits of trucks on highways to 97,000 pounds from 80,000 pounds, a proposal that drew the ire of the Association of American Railroads.
01/31/2012Diesel Prices Rise
 Diesel prices across the United States increased slightly for the week ending Jan. 27th, climbing .2 cents over last week. The national average of $3.85 per gallon price was 41.2 cents higher than a year ago, according to the weekly survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration
01/30/2012Class I railroads are on track to spend $13 billion in 2012 capital expenditures, says AAR
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) said today that the seven North America-based Class I freight railroads are on track to invest a record $13 billion in capital expenditures for 2012, with the capital going towards expanding, upgrading, and enhancing the U.S. freight rail network.
01/27/2012Inventory Buildup Boosts GDP Growth 2.8 Percent
 Growth in fourth quarter expanded at fastest pace in a year and a half.  Rising inventories and consumer spending caused U.S. gross domestic product to expand at a 2.8 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter, the fastest growth in a year and a half. Inventories added 1.94 percentage points to GDP growth in the quarter as companies rebuilt stockpiles to respond to rising demand. Excluding inventories, the economy grew at an 0.8 percent rate, down from 3.2 percent in the third quarter, said the Commerce Department.
01/26/2012Truckload Spot Market Slows in January
 
Volume, rates slip early in January after month-to-month drop in December.  Spot market truckloads dropped 14 percent in December from the previous month but were still 25 percent higher than in December 2010, TransCore Freight Solutions said.
01/25/2012Trans-Pacific Rates Stay Firm as Chinese Factories Close
 Drewry's trans-Pacific spot rate benchmark remained at $1,832 per 40-foot equivalent unit, the same as in the last two weeks. The Drewry benchmark jumped 27.6 percent in the first week of January as the carrier members of the Trans-Pacific Stabilization Agreement put the TSA’s suggested $400 per FEU increase into effect.
01/24/2012Trucking: ATA reports strong December tonnage finishes 2011 on a positive note
 
December represents single largest monthly improvement since January 2005

While the economic recovery remains far from complete, truck tonnage could be serving as a positive barometer of things to come, based on the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) December and 2011 year-end truck tonnage data, which was released today.

Following November’s 0.3 percent gain for seasonally-adjusted truck tonnage to 116.6 (2000=100), the ATA reported that December checked in at 124.5 for a 6.8 percent increase. December 2011 was up 10.5 percent than December 2010, according to the ATA, and is the single biggest annual monthly gain since July 1998. It also outpaced November’s annual gain of 6.1 percent.

01/23/2012IDS Transportation 2011 Review and Outlook
 

IDS had another successful year in 2011. Our core business segments continued to grow and our financial performance remains strong. Each year we like to provide our clients and friends a review of the significant accomplishments for the year and a look forward

01/19/2012US Intermodal Traffic Surges 7.4 Percent
 

Intermodal volume hauled by major U.S. railroads surged 7.4 percent year-over-year in the week ending Jan. 14 and skyrocketed 18.2 percent from the week prior, suggesting American companies see strong demand this year.

01/18/2012Truckload Carriers Eye Increase in Driver Pay
 

A growing number of carriers, 65 percent, said driver pay must rise above $60,000 a year. That’s up from 49 percent of the carriers surveyed the previous quarter.  About 45 percent said pay would have to rise to the $60,000 to $70,000 annual range. That would be a significant bump in compensation. Tractor-trailer drivers are paid about $39,500 annually on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

01/18/2012US Industrial Production Rebounds 0.4 Percent
 
Manufacutring production in December rose 0.9 percent, the briskest pace in a year.  U.S. industrial output in December bounced back at 0.4 percent year-over-year, as manufacturing production rose 0.9 percent, the briskest pace in a year, the Federal Reserve said.
01/18/2012Report: U.S. port infrastructure ranks 23rd in world
 The United States, the number one global economic market, ranks 23rd for port infrastructure behind countries that include Namibia, Barbados and Estonia, according to the World Economic Forum.
01/18/2012Three Transportation Strategies to Support Retail Trends
 

Connected, “always-on” consumers who expect instant information, a multitude of choices and flexible, real-time purchase and delivery options are driving change in the retail supply chain. Leading retailers have adopted technologies and practices to help them with demand forecasting, promotion, pricing, inventory management, and transportation. Rising transportation costs and potential efficiencies are driving advances in transportation management, according to Fabrizio Brasca, vice president, global logistics, JDA Software. Transportation trends have been a popular topic at the National Retail Federation’s 101st Annual Convention and Expo in New York City this week.

01/17/20122012 Starts on Positive Logistics Numbers
 

 As 2012 begins, there are three positive economic indicators to grow on, according to the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics:

Housing Market - In November, housing starts increased 9.3% to an annual rate of 685,000 units. Building permits (an indicator of future housing starts) increased 5.7% to an annual rate of 681,000.

Transportation Employment - Increased more than 1.5% year-over-year in December, with rail employment up 3.9% and trucking up 3.2%. Transportation Industries added about 50,200 employees in December, accounting for 25.1% of the overall net employment gains added last month.

Consumer Confidence - Increased to 64.5 in December 2011 from 55.2 in November 2011. Consumer confidence has risen 23.6 points in the past two months, and was at its highest level in eight months.

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01/17/2012Diesel Prices Rise for Second Week
 

Diesel prices across the United States increased for the second week in a row in the week ending Jan. 16, climbing 2.6 cents as oil prices hit above $100 per barrel as China reports economic growth.

01/17/2012Trucking Forecast: Clearly Costly Changes Ahead
 

Shippers accustomed to seeing transportation costs drop year by year over decades are in for a sharp shock thanks to structural constraints on truck capacity that won’t be removed anytime soon — even if truckers would like to remove some of them.

01/16/2012Analyst Expects Ocean Rates to Fall After Chinese New Year
 

Container lines will struggle to maintain recent freight rates gains after the Chinese Lunar New Year because the industry hasn’t done enough to reduce excess capacity, said Janet Lewis, head of Asia shipping research for Macquarie Capital Securities.

01/12/2012US Retail Sales Growth Slowed in December
 
Sales grew at the slowest pace in seven months, finished 2011 up 6.5 percent.  U.S. retail sales grew in December at their slowest pace in seven months but finished 2011 with a year-over-year rise of 6.4 percent, the Commerce Department said.  December sales rose 0.1 percent after an upwardly revised 0.4 percent increase in November, when retailers reported strong Thanksgiving weekend sales. Sales growth in November originally was estimated at 0.2 percent.
01/10/2012FMC Looks to Raise Costs for US NVOs in China
 

The Federal Maritime Commission is proposing a change in rules that will make it more expensive for U.S. non-vessel-operating common carriers to do business in China. The proposal would increase the bond rider amount from $21,000 to $50,000. The Chinese government requested the change in order to reflect changes in the relative values of the dollar and yuan. The bond amount was set in a 2003 bilateral maritime agreement.

01/10/2012Diesel Prices Rise for First Time in Seven Weeks
 
Diesel prices across the United States increased for first time in seven weeks in the week ending Jan. 9, rising 4.5 cents.
01/06/20122011/2012 Annual Review & Outlook of Intermodal
 

International container business has been a key element in the development of the North American rail intermodal transportation market for decades. Today, however, the opposite is true. Market share has reversed, with domestic business now representing the majority of North American intermodal loadings and growing much more quickly.

01/06/2012Asia-US West Coast SCFI Rate Jumps 7.2 Percent
 
Average trans-Pacific spot rate hits highest point since May with the average rate for spot rate for container shipping from Asia to the U.S. West Coast jumped 7.2 percent in the first of 2012, hitting the highest price since May and seeing the sharpest increase since June.
01/06/2012Freight Index Signals Steadier US Shipping Demand
 

The Cass Freight Index for U.S. domestic shipments inched up 0.7 percent in December over the previous year, signaling new stability in shipping demand after the market slipped downward during the fall.

01/06/2012Truckload Rates Set to Rise, TransCore Says
 

Truckload rates rose less than some carriers expected but more than shippers wanted in 2011, with spot market rates on average rising 7.4 percent and contract rates climbing an average 6.5 percent, a freight pricing specialist says.

01/05/2012US Rails Report Record Intermodal Container Loads for 2011
 

Major U.S. railroads handled a record number of intermodal containers in 2011, with a strong push late in the year that gave the industry a 6 percent gain in volume over 2010, according to the Association of American Railroads.

01/03/2012US Manufacturing Jumps to Six-Month High
 

A closely watched gauge of U.S. manufacturing activity rose in December, indicating the 29th consecutive month of expansion, and similar indexes showed improvement in China, India, the U.K., Switzerland and Australia.

01/03/2012Diesel Falls to Lowest Price Since Mid-October
 Diesel prices across the United States fell for the six straight week in the week ending Jan. 2, slipping nearly 0.8 cents to the lowest point since mid-October.
01/01/2012Rail Intermodal Volume Soars 22.9 Percent
 

Intermodal volume for major U.S. railroads soared 22.9 percent year-over-year in the week ending Dec. 24, a likely signal that businesses were moving to replenish their lean inventories heading into the New Year.

12/28/2011Intermodal volume was 5.1 percent ahead of last year’s total through the first 50 weeks of 2011
 

Intermodal volume was 5.1 percent ahead of last year’s total through the first 50 weeks of 2011, according to the AAR figures. Container business has led the expansion, growing 5.6 percent, while truck trailer volume is up only 2 percent from a year ago and has been slipping backward toward the end of the year.

12/28/2011US Diesel Prices Fall to Two-Month Low
 

Diesel prices across the United States fell for the fifth straight week in the week ending Dec. 26, falling 3.7 cents on average to the lowest price in more than two months, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

12/27/2011Shippers Decry Changes in Trucking Hours-of-Service
 

Groups representing shippers say new rules on work hours for truck drivers will reduce efficiency across their supply chains, complicating delivery schedules, raising costs and even undermining safety on highways.

12/26/2011TIGER Grants Favor Intermodal
 

Local and state governments seeking a piece of the $500 million in TIGER grants available next year would be wise to pitch projects relating to intermodal rail because the majority of the freight projects that got a slice of the Department of Transportation’s most recent round of TIGER grants will improve intermodal connections, help shippers export or both. Forty-six projects, ranging from bridge replacement to passenger rail work, received $511 million in funding this month through the third round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economy Recovery program.

12/26/2011Tightening Trucking Standards
 

Despite disputes over funding levels and where to find the money, Democrats and Republicans agreed on a broad swath of the safety agenda in several bills the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved on Dec. 14.

12/21/2011U.S. truck freight tonnage inched up by 0.3 percent in November
 For-hire truck tonnage increased 0.3 percent in November from the previous month, and grew 6 percent over the same period last year, according to an index released by the American Trucking Associations.
12/21/2011Tightening LTL capacity, increasing freight demand means rising rates in 2012
 

Paced by market leader Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL carriers are reporting year-over-year tonnage increases for 2011 and those gains are expected to repeat again in 2012. Ross is predicting a “slow, potentially choppy” economic recovery with price increases in the 2-3 percent range, although that could vary widely by geography, lane, customer and carrier.

Most major LTL carriers announced general rate increases (GRI) between 5.9 and 6.9 percent, effective in the fourth quarter. Privately, carrier executives say they would be happy to actually get half that amount from its customer base. But event that amount would continue a trend of increasing LTL yields (excluding fuel surcharges) that began in 2010.

12/20/2011Intermodal volume grew 3 percent year-over-year in the first full week of December
 

Intermodal volume for U.S. railroads grew 3 percent year-over-year in the first full week of December, helped by container shipments that maintained most of their momentum heading toward the end of the 2011.

12/20/2011Diesel prices across the United States plummeted 6.6 cents in the week ending Dec. 19
 

Diesel prices across the United States plummeted 6.6 cents in the week ending Dec. 19, falling at the sharpest pace since May 2010 as crude oil prices inched up.

12/14/2011Truckload Rate Index Rises 8.5 Percent
 
Truckload linehaul rates rose 8.5 percent year-over-year in November, according to Cass Information Systems and investment research firm Avondale Partners.
12/14/2011Truckload Carriers Bullish on 2012 Rates
 

A large majority of truckload carriers expect freight volumes and truck rates to rise next year, according to new survey.

12/14/2011U.S. Railroads Map Out Expansion Plans
 

Despite a few bumps along the way, the domestic intermodal segment has enjoyed a respectable to solid 2011. And if the railroads' 2012 and 2013 battle plans are any indication, the industry expects more of the same from the domestic front.

12/13/2011Truckload Driver Turnover Rate Hits 89 Percent
 

The driver turnover rate increased from 79 percent in the second quarter, hitting its highest point since early 2008, the American Trucking Associations said Monday. The turnover rate at small truckload carriers jumped 10 points to 57 percent, the highest level for those companies since the third quarter of 2008, the ATA said.

12/12/2011Diesel Prices Fall 3.7 Cents to Six-Week Low
 

Diesel prices across the United States dropped 3.7 cents in the week ending Dec. 12, falling for the third week straight and hitting a six-week low.

12/12/2011U.S. Retail Inventory to Sales Ratio
 

Year-over-year October U.S. retail sales rose 7.1 percent and inventories advanced 3.4 percent. Sequentially, October U.S. retail sales inched ahead 1 percent while inventories increased 4.4 percent. Retail inventories at the end of October were estimated to total $493.7 billion, with sales estimated at $344.7 billion for a total inventory-to-sales ratio of 1.43.

12/07/2011Freight Index Fell 2.2 Percent in November
 

The Cass Freight Index for U.S. shipments fell for the first time in nearly two years in November, slipping 2.9 percent in a sign that the fall’s peak shipping season was easing into a lower gear.

12/07/2011Diesel Prices Fall as Oil Hits Two-Week High
 

Diesel prices across the United States fell 3.3 cents in the week ending Dec. 5, falling for the second week in a row as oil prices hit a two-week high.

12/07/2011Air Freight Continues Decline
 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global traffic results for October. Cargo demand was 4.7 percent below the same month in 2010.
12/07/2011AAR Reports Gains In Weekly Rail Traffic
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR)  reported gains in weekly rail traffic, with U.S. railroads originating 265,304 carloads for the week ending Nov. 26, 2011, up 4 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 190,866 trailers and containers, up 3.7 percent compared with the same week last year.
11/30/2011How to Benefit from SaaS TMS
 

SaaS TMS is a single-instance, multi-tenant environment where customers and their partners access a shared solution via the Internet. Transportation feature functionality is comparable to other hosted or on-premise solutions. What makes SaaS unique, however, are the intangible benefits that exist by being part of a community as opposed to simply working siloed within the four walls of an organization.

 

11/30/2011Intermodal growth signs continue to look promising
 As freight transportation volumes are primarily showing flat or modest growth levels, intermodal still is showing very strong growth prospects, with the very likely possibility that the drivers for future intermodal gains are very promising.
11/29/2011U.S. railroad intermodal traffic growth for 2011
 U.S. railroad intermodal traffic for the year's first 45 weeks of the year was up 5.2 percent year-over-year, reaching more than 10.3 million units.
11/22/2011Diesel Hits $4 Mark for First Time in Six Months
 Diesel prices across the United States increased 2.3 cents in the week ending Nov. 21, rising over $4 a gallon for the first time in 26 weeks as crude oil prices fell.
11/22/2011Truck Tonnage Rose 5.7 Percent in October
 
Tonnage rose 0.5 percent from September, says ATA index
11/21/2011Trans-Pacific Rate Measure Tumbles 4.2 Percent
 
Latest dive leaves Drewry Container Rate Benchmark off 21 percent since August
11/21/2011Long Beach Container Traffic Plunges 20 Percent
 

Containerized imports plummeted 20.8 percent, exports were down 21.4 percent and empty containers fell 19.3 percent from October 2010. The past year has been a difficult one for carriers in the trans-Pacific as severe overcapacity and weak demand resulted in a steady decline in freight rates.

11/15/2011Diesel Prices Rise to Six-Month High
 Diesel prices across the United States increased 1 cent in the week ending Nov. 14, rising to the highest point since late May even as crude oil prices traded at their lowest point in two months.
11/15/2011Truckload Rates to Rise 10 Percent in 2012, FTR Says
 

Shippers are likely to face steep increases in truckload rates in the next two years, followed by a recession in 2014 or 2015, a transportation economist warns.

11/15/2011Spot Market Truck Volume Up 39 Percent
 

Higher load volume made October the biggest month for the spot truckload market since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, TransCore said. Truckload spot pricing for various equipment types were mixed.

11/09/2011Intermodal shipping: IANA reports solid third quarter volumes
 

Intermodal volumes for the third quarter of this year resulted in annual gains for the seventh straight quarter, according to third quarter Market Trends report published by the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).

11/09/2011Diesel prices are down for first time in four weeks, says EIA
 

After three straight weeks of increases, diesel prices dipped $0.5 cent to $3.887, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

11/09/2011BNSF Railway exec hopeful for an economic recovery by 2013
 

While the economic recovery has had its fair share of stops and starts, it may be happening again in earnest on the railways. That is the consensus from John Lanigan, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at BNSF Railway.

11/09/2011Tractor count at large carrier group shows slight decline from second quarter
 

Capacity at a group of six large truckload carriers tracked by The Journal of Commerce fell a cumulative 1.5 percent from the second quarter and 1.5 percent from a year ago, with two carriers increasing capacity slightly year-over-year.

11/09/2011Freight Index Slides 9.9 Percent in October
 

The Cass Freight Index for U.S. domestic shipments took a steep 9.9 percent dive in October from the month before, cutting short a two-month rally in the closely watched measure.

11/08/2011Is Intermodal Right For You?
 

Capacity and driver shortages plague the over-the-road (OTR) trucking sector, prompting shippers to consider the merits of other transportation modes.

11/08/2011Improving Rail Infrastructure: On the Right Track
 

As railroads continue to ramp up capital spending on infrastructure and equipment, intermodal services have been significant beneficiaries, leading more shippers—and motor carriers—to adopt multimodal approaches.

11/04/2011Market Views on Transitioning OTR to Intermodal
 

Not only railroads and intermodal marketing companies, but also trucking companies expect to put more truckloads on the rails as the economically feasible length of an intermodal haul drops from 1,000 miles or more closer to 500 miles. Increasingly, the economic dividing line between a truckload haul and an intermodal move isn’t measured in miles but as what a single driver can do in one day, plus a day.

11/04/2011How Long Can the Intermodal Rally Last?
 Intermodal operators report year-over-year gains, but have concerns over capacity and economy in 2012 before adding additional assets.
11/02/2011LTL Pricing Firming Up
 

LTL players Saia, Old Dominion, and ABF Freight System are reporting year-over-year per hundredweight price gains of 11.6 percent, 13.7 percent, and 15.9 percent, respectively.  In part, these pricing gains stem from General Rate Increase (GRI) announcements for non-contract freight made by LTL carriers during the second half of this year, with increases coming in around 6.9 percent on average.

11/02/2011Trans-Pacific Rates Rise First Time in Two Months
 

Trans-Pacific spot rates rebounded this week off their 22-month low of last week, rising for the first time in two months, as measured by Drewry Shipping Consultants weekly benchmark.

11/02/2011West Coast Container Imports Fell 7 Percent in September
 

Container volume at West Coast ports declined 2 percent year-over year in September, as a 7 percent drop in imports further reinforced a disappointing peak shipping season.

11/02/2011Higher FTR Trucking Index Reflects Higher Rates
 
Tight capacity, disciplined pricing boost carriers, pose challenges for truck shippers.
11/01/2011Diesel Prices Hit 12-Week High for Week Ending 10/31/2011
 

Diesel prices across the United States jumped 6.7 cents in the week ending Oct. 31, extending a sudden upturn that pushed diesel to its highest point in three months.

10/26/2011Diesel prices up for the second straight week
 

Diesel prices this week increased 2.4 cents per gallon to $3.825, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

10/25/2011US Diesel Fuel Price
 
The national average price increases for the first time in six weeks to $3.801 a gallon.   
10/24/2011Long-Term Carrier / Shipper Relationships.
 
Long-Term Carrier / Shipper Relationships.
10/21/2011Intermodal Volume Up 3% for the Week Ended 10/15/2011
 Intermodal rail volume was up 3 percent for the week at 244,389 trailers and containers.
10/21/2011Trans-Pacific spot rates hit 21-month low.
 
Trans-Pacific spot rates hit 21-month low.  Carriers have begun to withdraw capacity by accelerating winter layups of vessels.
10/19/2011Logistics Outsourcing vs. In-sourcing: 3 Questions to Consider
 One breakout session at the CSCMP Annual Global Conference IDS attended earlier this month was around whether you should outsource a supply chain function or keep it in-house. Two case studies were presented: an "outsourced" one by Bill Pollard, VP of Customer Service and Transportation at Del Monte Foods, and an "in-sourced" one by Todd Jackson, President at Alliant Logistics, a division of US Foodservice.  The below article was a good summary of the discussion written by the moderator.
10/17/2011Spot Market up 47 Percent from Last Year
 

Spot market volume on TransCore’s network of load boards rose 10 percent in September from August and 47 percent from a year ago, a sign of stronger demand.  Truckload pricing also increased last month, with national average dry van spot market rates rising 2.3 percent from August and 3.9 percent from a year ago.

10/14/2011Diesel Prices Down for Fifth Straight Week
 

Diesel prices headed down for the fifth straight week, falling 2.8 cents to $3.721 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.

10/13/2011Shippers Need to Help in Driver Turnover
 

Shippers need to do more to help trucking companies reduce rising driver turnover rates and help keep transportation costs in line, a transportation consultant says.

10/12/2011Trans-Pacific Spot Rate Hits 19 Month Low
 

Spot rates for container shipments from Hong Kong to Los Angeles fell below $1,500 per 40-foot-equivalent unit for the first time since January 2010, according to Drewry Shipping Consultants’ weekly benchmark.

10/08/2011CASS Freight Index Freight Shipping Reaches Three-Year High
 

The Cass Freight Index for U.S. shipments jumped to its highest level in more than three years in September, growing 7.5 percent over the same month a year ago and defying suggestions of a new downturn in the American economy.

 
10/05/2011Diesel Prices Fall to 30-Week Low
 

Diesel prices across the United States dropped 3.7 cents in the week ending Oct. 3., hitting a 30-week low as crude oil prices fell to their lowest point in eight weeks.

09/30/2011Intermodal Rides Into The Future
 Looking for new strategies to enable your business to cut costs and increase supply chain efficiency? Want to boost your reputation as an environmentally conscious company at the same time? Then consider investigating how you might use the intermodal transportation network to send or receive shipments.
09/27/2011Seven must have features in a TMS
 Even by the standards of the supply chain software world, transportation management systems (TMS) have proved to have exceptional legs. After nearly two decades on the market, these solutions continue to sell briskly. Last year, revenues generated through TMS sales and software support grew 11 percent, according to the research firm Gartner Inc. In fact, Chad Eschinger, an analyst at Gartner, estimates that in 2010, the global TMS market reached $625 million despite the sputtering economy.
08/12/2011Survey Sees Major Shift of Truck Freight to Intermodal
 

Analysts say second quarter change was highest in eight years of shipper poll

Shippers shifted freight from all-truck modes to intermodal at the fastest pace in years during the second quarter, according to a closely watched survey by the Wolfe Trahan research group.

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