Archive for May, 2015

  • Miscellaneous

    Growth and Improvements in the Mexico Rail Network

    - by Transplace

    Twenty years ago, there was only one railroad in Mexico, which was run by a public agency and broken into three regional classes. At that time, there needed to be tremendous improvements to rail service, engines and cars, and to key infrastructure such as bridges and tracks. Then in 1995, the Mexican government announced that a railroad privatization project would begin.

    The private railroad companies that now manage the railroad lines currently have a 50-year concession from the federal government to operate them (while the land that the railroads operate on is still government property). With the private sector’s takeover of railroad operations, dedicated investments started to make real improvements to the entire system. And to date, over 5 Billion U.S. dollars from these private companies have been invested into the Mexican rail system.

  • Miscellaneous

    Combating Refrigerated Capacity Restraints: Relationships Can Help!

    - by Transplace

    Capacity is a word that is constantly on our minds. Is there enough capacity available to handle my freight? Will capacity continue to tighten? What strategies can my organization implement to prepare for and actively cope with a capacity shortage?

    From 2004 to 2008, shippers experienced a significant capacity crunch, and in 2009 to 2012, the economic downturn drove many trucking companies out of business while a shortage of over-the-road (OTR) truck drivers remained. The market has since partially bounced back, and 2014 was a profitable year for trucking.  However, more recently, it was expected that overall trucking rates would go down as oil and fuel prices decreased – but that hasn’t been the case, particularly in the refrigerated trucking sector.

  • Miscellaneous

    Transportation TIP List – April 2015

    - by Transplace

    Having concluded our 13th annual Shipper Symposium earlier this week, we noticed many of the current trending topics in the transportation industry that we’ve highlighted below were key themes of debate throughout the event. Over the last month, many of the top stories we’ve seen have us asking where the industry is headed in the near future and over the long term. From the Internet of Things and the future of retail to the capacity crunch and oil prices, there are many burning questions about the future of transportation and logistics! Check out this month’s TIP list below and let us know if you have any bold predictions.

  • Shipper Symposium

    Shipper Symposium 2015 – Day 3 Recap

    - by Transplace

    The final day of the 13th annual Shipper Symposium certainly didn’t disappoint! Attendees got off to a bright and early start (with the help of some strong coffee!) as Frank McGuigan took the stage first to welcome everyone. He took a few minutes to recognize the Transplace Customer Advisory Board (CAB) members, thanking them for all of their years of great service and support, and presented an award to AutoZone recognizing and thanking this customer for 20 years of service. Frank then introduced CEO Tom Sanderson, who also brought Thomas Albrecht, CFA and Managing Director of BB&T Capital Markets, to the stage. Dubbing themselves “Tom and Thom in the Morning,” the duo discussed all things capacity related, including winning and losing transportation modes. A few key takeaways from their conversation included:

  • Shipper Symposium

    Shipper Symposium 2015 – Day 2 Recap

    - by Transplace

    The 13th annual Shipper Symposium was in full swing on Day 2, getting started with a business update on Supply Chain Consulting from Brooks Bentz. Brooks discussed his goal of building the strongest possible group of supply chain professionals, while keeping in mind that, “consulting is a team sport!” He highlighted how changes in the market are constantly occurring, and since shippers and carriers live in a state of permanent volatility, they need to be very agile as well as responsive. His final thought stressed amping up technology and emphasized how utilizing data and information is truly critical to meet today’s market needs.

  • Shipper Symposium

    Shipper Symposium 2015 – Day 1 Recap

    - by Transplace

    We officially kicked off the 13th annual Shipper Symposium today and those lucky enough to attend had quite the fortuitous day. To start things off, many attendees took part in our yearly Charity Golf Classic, which was played at the famous TPC Four Season Las Colinas golf course. While our theme this year is, “Fortune Favors the Bold”, the golfers taking that approach for today’s game most certainly tempted luck. We thank all who participated and a big congrats to all the winners!

  • Miscellaneous

    Q1 Logistics Review

    - by Transplace

    The first quarter of 2015 has quickly come and gone. Given it was filled with some interesting ups and downs, I want to reflect back on what’s happened. Below you’ll find key highlights from the first three months of the year, which is based on certain economic data driving freight demand as well as legislative and regulatory issues affecting freight transportation. I’ll also share what I’ll be watching for in Q2. Now, on to this quarter’s recap.

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