Archive for November, 2014

  • International Logistics

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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