Archive for October, 2015

  • Weekly TIP List

    Transportation TIP List: Week of October 25th, 2015

    - by Transplace

    Happy Halloween! Even though the houses are haunted, the ghosts are out and the ghouls are appearing, we’re certainly not afraid to bring you the latest and greatest supply chain trends. This week’s TIP List covers rising supply chain costs for CPG companies, high-tech hospitals and the potential buzzing of drones along our nation’s railways. How is your supply chain holding up against the things that go bump in the night? Read on to find out!

  • Business - Transportation

    The Holidays (And Seasonal Demand) are About to Hit: Is Your Supply Chain Prepared?

    - by Transplace

    Managing the supply chain to match customer demand is difficult any time of year, but peak seasons can add a number of particular challenges. During the holiday season, companies need to capture as many sales as possible without overestimating demand and ending the season saddled with excess stock. Depending on the type of product, holiday shipments start in September, October and November — and if your product isn’t on the shelves by the first week of December, you’ve lost the sale.

  • Weekly TIP List

    Transportation TIP List: Week of October 18th, 2015

    - by Transplace

    As we’re nearing the end of October, we are getting closer to baseball’s biggest games of the year. Have you been following the exciting journey to the MLB World Series? We certainly have, and our newest TIP List gathers up its own series of important topics, including the recent trucking boom, the rise of intermodal and why the U.S. infrastructure needs a serious overhaul. This week’s list knocks it out of the park with the trends you need to know.

  • Weekly TIP List

    Transportation TIP List: Week of October 11th, 2015

    - by Transplace

    The central thread of this week’s transportation TIP list is a big one: expansion. With developments such as the Pacific Trade Deal, intermodal expansion in Texas and the exodus of manufacturers out of China, many in the industry are expecting large gains from a number of new avenues. Check out our sizable list below to see what’s trending!

  • Business - Transportation

    The Value of Transplace’s Acquisition of M33 Integrated

    - by Transplace

    As you may have heard, Transplace recently acquired M33 Integrated. A third party logistics (3PL) provider, M33 Integrated has particular strength in the flexible packaging sector, and brings a strong management team, innovative technology and an excellent customer base that are complementary to Transplace’s capabilities.

    There are a number of key reasons why acquiring M33 Integrated presents significant opportunity for Transplace and our customers.

  • Business - Transportation

    Transportation TIP List: Week of October 4th, 2015

    - by Transplace

    From risk management, consumer confidence and the upcoming retail holiday season, the many intricate aspects of supply chain planning is currently top of mind for many in the transportation industry. For example, will retailers be able to keep Star Wars merchandise on the shelves when the much-anticipated new installment arrives in theaters? This week’s TIP List doesn’t have to go to a galaxy far far away to find the latest transportation trends – read on to see what’s abuzz!

  • Business - Transportation

    Looking Forward: The Rise in Trade with Mexico and Canada

    - by Transplace

    Nearshoring and even re-shoring have become very real happenings in North America. Due to a number of factors, including increased production costs in China, a rise in shipping costs for ocean and air freight, congested ports and labor unrest, many companies have chosen to move product manufacturing or assembly to Mexico. This in turn has caused an increase in order volume for finished goods traveling from Mexico to Canada, particularly in the automotive and consumer electronics industries.

  • Business - Transportation

    Trends in Transportation

    - by Transplace

    While no two years are exactly alike, freight transportation in 2015 has been dramatically different than 2014. We aren’t seeing capacity shortages on a broad basis this year like we did in 2014, and while we expect capacity to modestly tighten once peak shipping season kicks in, we do not expect any significant capacity shortages this fall. Last year’s first quarter saw extreme weather issues, and though this year weather conditions weren’t quite as severe, we had to deal with the West Coast port challenges that also impacted domestic transportation. Overall, we had a much better start to 2015 due to more reasonable capacity demand balance.

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