Posts tagged with ‘shippers’

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

    Next-Gen Supply Chain Management: There is No Single Solution

    - by Transplace

    Major transformational change in supply chain and logistics is certainly not a frequent occurrence, but it has happened with regularity throughout history. For example:

    The advent of the steam engine and the related rise of railway and steamship lines.
    The invention of diesel and turbine engines resulting in the supplanting of steam-powered vehicles with oil-fueled locomotives, trucks and airliners.
    The construction of limited-access super highways and the rise of trucking services.

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

    Peak Season in Mexico: Is It Time to Rethink Your Shipping Strategies?

    - by Transplace

    Last year, the imbalance in trade between the U.S. and Mexico left shippers scrambling to find truck and rail capacity as carriers were forced to reposition empty equipment in order to meet the demand – resulting in the worst capacity shortage the market had experienced in a decade. And already in 2015, the normal pools for equipment that accrue in Mexico during the off season have yet to appear, so capacity remains tight for a number of key reasons. Additionally, there has been a devaluation of the Mexican peso in the last few months due in large part to the drop in the price of oil, which is increasing the effects of these issues even more.

  • Capacity Services

    Important Topics Facing Mexico Today: Part 2 – Transportation and Logistics

    - by Transplace

    Part two of this series discusses how some important Mexican economic topics are impacting the transportation and logistics industry, and how they’re directly affecting companies doing business there today. Here’s what’s going in the current market, how it’s going to affect both shippers and carriers alike and what to expect in the coming years:

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

    The Path to Preferred Shipper Status

    - by Transplace

    With capacity tightening and shippers finding it increasingly harder to secure freight, many are looking for ways to become a preferred shipper. In the past, shippers have had more leverage due to an abundance of capacity being available in the market, and carriers had to compromise – doing anything to get loads. But now, due to factors such as changes to industry regulations and the lack of available drivers causing a tightening of capacity, carriers are being more selective and strategic about what shippers they work with – even going so far as to giving shippers a scorecard. According to Ben Cubitt, senior vice president of engineering and consulting for Transplace, carriers are scoring shippers on a number of factors including:

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

    Tracking Trucking Rates – What You Need to Know

    - by Transplace

    With capacity declining and truck rates forecasted to increase 8-10%, shippers are realizing 2015 just might be the year of powerful partnerships.

    Why is this happening? Check out our latest infographic to read up on the factors impacting truck rates, capacity and what you need to do to prepare for it.

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

    Chassis Shortages Hit Hard: Is There a Long-Term Solution?

    - by Transplace

    As we discussed in our previous post, chassis shortages continue to cause significant issues at a number of U.S. ports and throughout many supply chains, perhaps even threatening the holiday shipping season. In light of these continuing problems, it’s time to take a close look at these issues and discuss some possible long-term solutions.

    The fallout from the winter’s polar vortex continues to be a large factor in these shortages, and with another hard winter likely ahead, it’s important to consider that long periods of bad weather require a number of months for some areas to recover from imbalances and be able to handle volume increases. To top it all off, increased fees in the supply chain ultimately get passed on in the retail price of the goods, directly affecting consumers – especially if these chassis shortages continue throughout the holiday shipping season.

  • 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.

  • Intermodal
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    Innovative Solutions for the Mexican Market: It’s Full Steam Ahead for Union Pacific South of the Border

    - by Transplace

    There are a number of current issues impacting truckload transportation between the U.S. and Mexico, including driver shortages, long wait times and tightened capacity. In order to continue to make rail and intermodal a viable – and economical – option for cross-border transportation, Union Pacific Railroad is focusing on enhancing the safety, velocity and reliability of its rail systems.

    Union Pacific has been investing significantly to support north/southbound volume and gateway access in Mexico. Much of this spending goes toward maintenance and capacity, and the company has also decided to continue investing in double tracking for many of its corridors to add freight capacity – the necessity of which points to strong growth of the Mexican-U.S. gateway.

  • Capacity Services
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    4 Key Areas of Focus For Attaining Preferred Shipper Status

    - by Transplace

    We recently conducted a Preferred Shipper Program Survey to uncover best practices for becoming a shipper of choice for carriers. According to Ben Cubitt, Senior Vice President, Consulting & Engineering for Transplace, “Carriers want shippers to be partners at every level and work together to boost productivity and efficiency.”

    What can you do to achieve “preferred shipper” status? Check out our latest infographic to find out!

  • International Logistics
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    Innovative Solutions for the Mexican Market: Hershey Mexico’s TMS Implementation

    - by Transplace

    In August of 2013, Hershey Mexico, a subsidiary of the largest chocolate producer in North America, went through a highly successful Transportation Management System (TMS) implementation. The company had been discussing their growth plan for the upcoming years, and realized that it was necessary to optimize their transportation network and operations.

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