Author archive for Transplace

  • International Logistics
    Transportation TIP List: Week of December 11th, 2016

    Chassis Shortages Hit Hard: Why Are Shortages Such a Persistent Issue?

    - by Transplace

    As chassis shortages continue to plague a number of U.S. ports, perhaps even threatening the holiday shipping season, it’s important to understand all of the factors impacting these issues and consider the huge effect they have on shippers, carriers and consumers.

    Fundamental changes in recent years to the ownership and management of chassis have significantly contributed to the ongoing problem of shortages. These changes include a complete shift from the traditional model in which the ocean carriers that owned or leased containers managed all of their own chassis, to chassis pool operators and equipment leasing companies taking the role of third parties that own, lease and maintain the entire supply.

  • Transportation Management
    Transportation TIP List: Week of December 11th, 2016

    The Bottom Line? Benchmarking Is Where It’s At

    - by Transplace

    As the end of 2014 nears, many may find themselves evaluating results from this year and planning new goals for the upcoming year. For shippers, an important yearly goal is to optimize cost-effective procurement efforts in the freight marketplace. One way is by benchmarking your organization against the market to create an action plan that can put you in a better position to control accessorial costs.

  • Business - Transportation
    Transportation TIP List: Week of December 11th, 2016

    Retail: Maybe it’s Not the End of the World as We Know It… A Snapshot of Trends & Opportunities

    - by Transplace

    The band R.E.M. crafted many a catchy tune.  One that always sticks in my head is “It’s the End of the World as We Know it (and I Feel Fine).” While I cannot today remember every line of that fast-paced song, it always made me think of big changes coming in the world around me.  While most folks do not connect REM and retail in the same thought process, I think that the song actually does apply for practitioners in retail supply chains.  Why?  Well, to read most supply chain articles that touch on retail these days, one would be led to believe that “the end of the retail world” as we know it – an unavoidable black hole that is going to suck in brick and mortar stores and replace nearly all consumer transactions by e-commerce.  While I freely admit that a viable omni-channel strategy is certainly a key piece of the puzzle for many a retailer, the REM “I Feel Fine” phrase resonates since brick and mortar is here to stay for a wide swatch of retail sectors for decades to come.  This means that supply chain best practices will also lift up many a retailer long into the future.

  • Miscellaneous
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    Oh My Gourd! “Scary” Halloween Statistics

    - by Transplace

    For things that go bump in the night, hearing the familiar sound of a train whistle or truck horn would be welcomed during this spooky time of year. But instead of filling your head with logistics insight, we decided to take a day off to deliver some Halloween-inspired data “treats” that just might “trick” you into eating some candy.

    Can a pumpkin weigh over a ton? Find out in our Halloween infographic below!

  • Transportation Management
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    Webinar Recap – Top 10 Best Practices for Strategic Network Optimization

    - by Transplace

    Last week, World Trade 100 hosted an insightful webinar laying out some of the important things you need to know about achieving ROI by streamlining and adding efficiencies to your supply chain network. Transplace’s Ben Cubitt and Prasad Mahajan gave a presentation with Alex Pulko from Zep Inc., focusing on proven methodology and tools, strategic planning and best practices for implementing a network optimization project.

  • Transportation Management
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    Want a Better Supply Chain? Here Are 4 Reasons to Outsource Your Transportation Management

    - by Transplace

    Now more so than ever, corporations understand the tremendous impact logistics and transportation can have on their overall business performance and are taking meaningful strides to optimize their supply chain operations. While some organizations have the human capital, industry depth and expertise and IT infrastructure to manage their transportation on an insourced basis, a majority do not. It’s simply not viewed as core competency or they lack the significant technical infrastructure to do so effectively or efficiently. It’s for this reason they outsource this business function to a third party that specializes in this area.

  • Miscellaneous
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    Batter’s Up: World Series 2014

    - by Transplace

    Whether by plane, train or automobile, baseball fans will be gathering over the next eight days to attend or meet up with others to watch this year’s Fall Classic. As the World Series kicks off, we can’t help but think of the logistics in place that helps make each World Series a fun game experience for fans. That includes transporting the right amount of hotdogs, beer and baseballs (among many other things) to ballparks for each game.

    Check out just how logistics plays a key role in baseball’s best games of the season in our fun World Series themed infographic!

  • Business - Transportation
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    Upcoming Webinar Preview: Driving ROI through Network Optimization

    - by Transplace

    Streamlining distribution networks and adding efficiency while improving levels of customer service is a major focus for supply chain organizations. How do I manage costs, maximize network efficiency and meet demanding customer service requirements? Companies are increasingly undertaking initiatives in network optimization projects to evaluate strategic alternatives and drive business value.

    However, network optimization has changed significantly over the years – new focuses in optimization strategies include factors such as market capacity, risk mitigation and identifying quick wins at both tactical and strategic levels. There’s also a new importance being placed on working with both upstream and downstream partners to develop a sustainable and efficient network.

  • Intermodal
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    Transplace Business Units: Opportunity Abounds with Celtic Intermodal

    - by Transplace

    To define it simply, “intermodal” is the combination of more than one mode of transportation, a method of shipping that has been in practice since 1961. However, for many in the transportation industry, intermodal is still a concept that hasn’t been fully explored.

    A few months ago, Transplace partner Celtic International revealed some exciting news – the rollout of Celtic Rail Direct, a collaborative venture with Transplace’s Mexico operations. A door-to-door, seamless double-stack container service that connects all three North American countries; Celtic Rail Direct provides service between U.S., Canadian and Mexican markets in and near Monterrey, San Louis Potosi and Mexico City.

  • Miscellaneous
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    Top 10 Tweets From CSCMP 2014!

    - by Transplace

    If you’re looking for the latest and greatest industry information from leading experts, practitioners, academics and peers, CSCMP’s Annual Global Conference is the place to be.  We had such a fantastic time at this year’s conference – gaining some true end-to-end supply chain knowledge that we wanted to share some of the highlights with you via tweets!

    Below (in no particular order) we’ve captured a variety of voices, opinions and insights to share the Top 10 Tweets from #CSCMP2014!

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