Posts tagged with ‘capacity’

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

    Q2 Logistics Review

    - by Transplace

    In the second quarter of 2015 there were some interesting activities across different economic sectors worth highlighting. In last quarter’s recap blog, I shared thoughts on capacity and fuel prices. Topics highlighted below are based on economic data driving freight demand, as well as legislative and regulatory issues affecting freight transportation. Finally, see what I’m anticipating for Q3. Now, let’s get on to recapping this quarter.

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

    Top Issues Facing Carriers Today

    - by Transplace

    It’s certainly no secret that there have been a number of regulatory concerns in the trucking industry over the last 5-10 years. This regulatory activity, including HOS adjustments and the electronic log mandate, has very altruistic intentions regarding safety and environmental improvements. However, it has also had a direct impact on the costs and productivity of motor carriers which has translated into a tightening of available capacity for shippers.

  • Transportation Management
    Weekly Transportation TIP List

    Transportation TIP List – June 2015

    - by Transplace

    After celebrating America’s birthday last weekend, it’s only fitting that many of the stories making our TIP list this month have to do with upcoming legislation, growth and progress in North America. From laws focusing on improving infrastructure to an update on the expanding Panama Canal and the growing use of technology all on the horizon—these advances in the transportation and logistics industry will have a definite long-term impact on the USA.

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

    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
    Transportation TIP List: Week of December 11th, 2016

    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
    Weekly Transportation TIP List

    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.

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

    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.

  • 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
    Weekly Transportation TIP List

    Transportation TIP List – March 2015

    - by Transplace

    With March Madness coming to an exciting conclusion, we’re taking a quick “timeout” to make sure you’re up-to-date on the most current compelling stories in the transportation industry. The focus of this month’s TIP list is the future – from cyberattacks and new technologies, to a possible radical transformation of the “traditional” supply chain, these articles have us looking ahead and thinking about some very exciting things to come. Read on to discover the trending topics from the past month!

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

    Real Talk: The Capacity Crunch and What You Can Do About It

    - by Transplace

    Capacity constraints can have a significant impact on a company’s transportation and logistics activities. While 2015 is faring better than last year, we all know it can be fleeting. And with produce season right around the corner, capacity is going to start tightening up again. Effectively planning for short-term and long-term capacity restrictions can mean all the difference when it comes to service and transportation costs.

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