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How the Trump Tariffs May Affect Shippers

Posted by Land Link on Jun 20, 2018 10:46:47 AM

The Trump administration on Friday escalated a trade war between the world’s two largest economies, moving ahead with tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods and provoking an immediate response from Beijing. Today Trump suggested possibly moving forward with additional tariffs which may exceed $200 million. The shipping community has been on edge about the impact the tariffs may have on the logistics market since the tariffs were proposed some 18 months ago. Before we examine the potential fallout lets outline precisely what industries will be affected.

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Topics: Shipping News, Logistics Business, Transportation News

Diesel Prices at a 3 Year High

Posted by Land Link on Apr 18, 2018 12:39:49 PM

Just as the domestic manufacturing sector is enjoying a strong and steady growth a 6.1-cent jump in diesel fuel prices across the country, during the week ending April 16, have diesel at its highest point of 2018, and its highest since the beginning of 2015. The U.S.’ average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel now stands at $3.104, the highest since the week ending Jan. 5, 2015, when diesel averaged out at $3.137. The increase was spurred by significant increases in all regions across the country, with the most significant increases being seen in the West Coast, which saw a 7-10 cent jump.

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Topics: Logistics News, Logistics Business, Shipping News, Industry Trends

LTL Market in High Gear Early 2018

Posted by Land Link on Mar 22, 2018 9:46:21 AM

Buoyed by surging demand, LTL carriers are revving up for a strong 2018, warning that tightening capacity means sharply higher rates in what is anticipated to be possibly the highest demand market in a dozen years. It is a generally unanimous feeling among Logistics market analysts that the current environment of consistently steady industrial and retail demand, the tightening of overall trucking capacity throughout the industry, and LTL’s special operational niche all are factors in creating the perfect storm of premium price points and strong demand.

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Topics: Logistics News, Logistics Business, Third Party Logistics

Logistics Evolution: Some Interesting Trends

Posted by Land Link on Mar 14, 2018 1:52:28 PM

The exponential growth of e-commerce is fueling significant changes in Logistics from order fulfillment to packaging protocol, line haul and final mile delivery. And the demand will only go one direction...directly north. To be prepared for what is to come, logistics managers need to think in terms of systems that they can leverage today to make processes more efficient, while also anticipating the longer-term developments that will reshape tomorrow’s possibilities. It's an exciting, yet challenging, time to be in the logistics business. There is much planning to be done. Keeping up with the trends will help logistics professionals keep pace with current demand while making informed decisions on everything involved in your organizations e-commerce supply chain strategy to meet future demand.

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Topics: Industry Trends, Logistics News, Logistics Business

Robots in Logistics and The Warehouse

Posted by Land Link on Mar 7, 2018 4:50:27 PM

The robotics market serving logistics and transportation companies is primed for rapid growth over the next five years. There is a myriad of routine, repetitive tasks common to warehouse and distribution systems that are well suited to robotic technology. Much of today's warehouses are manually operated, meaning they have little or no automation support. 

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Topics: Logistics News, Shipping News, Technology, Logistics Business

Managing Rising Transportation Costs

Posted by Land Link on Feb 9, 2018 10:09:47 AM

We Can All Agree

Industry experts agree that costs across all sectors worldwide will continue to rise in 2018, and the most successful shippers will be those that are able to mitigate their impact on profitability. The right technology will play an increasingly vital role in driving efficiencies across the global logistics network.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management, Shipping News, Logistics Business, Technology

Transportation at Digital Speed

Posted by Land Link on Jan 31, 2018 2:55:12 PM

Today's marketplace has generated a paradigm shift in customer demand and expectations. I would argue the millennial started all this "gotta have it now" pattern but it makes no difference from where the demand was generated. There is no going back. I just wonder if it can get any worse. As the saying goes, “adapt or die”, and that is what most companies are doing now. The findings from the “26th Annual Study of Logistics and Transportation Trends” suggest that more companies are realizing that competitors and new business models are shifting customer requirements. Firms like Amazon are departing from traditional business practices, using true supply chain management thinking to blur the boundary between days and think more in hours.

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Topics: Industry Trends, Transportation News, Supply Chain Management, Logistics Business

LTL Rates Expected to Rise More Than 5% This Year

Posted by Land Link on Jan 24, 2018 3:18:07 PM

Well, it is finally here. The day truckers will be able to get the rates they need without the haggling, so shippers need to be prepared. The trifecta of tightening capacity, increased demand and the ongoing surge on e-commerce deliveries has come in and it will pay big benefits for the trucking industry. Adding to the issue further is the increased cost of trucking equipment. Tractor costs are up sharply due to emission and safety standards. Trailer costs are up due to increased material and labor costs. So, buckle up if you’re an LTL shipper. Truckload shippers won’t fare much better.  If that’s not enough, mandatory logging devices are costing large carriers millions of dollars to install and manage. 

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Topics: Logistics News, Logistics Business, Transportation News, Reducing Freight Rates

The Next Generation Supply Chain: Likely Components

Posted by Land Link on Jan 17, 2018 8:51:38 AM

Today's dynamic logistics environment demands an ever increasing supply chain efficiency sprouting new strategies, practices, and processes, all of which are designed to meet the requirements of the new digital economy. The "Amazon Effect" has been the major catalyst for the evolution of contemporary supply chain design. The Amazon effect is the ongoing evolution and disruption of the retail market, both online and in physical outlets, resulting from increased e-commerce. The name is an acknowledgement of Amazon's early and continuing domination in online sales, which has driven much of the disruption. We'll highlight just a few new technologies that are being implemented in varying degrees in the next gen supply chain design.

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Topics: Technology, Shipping News, Logistics Business, Logistics News, Supply Chain Management, Transportation News

Trump Policies Expected to Benefit the Transportation Industry

Posted by Land Link on Jan 10, 2018 1:23:10 PM

A Trump presidency and a Republican-controlled Congress will bring some changes to the transportation industry. Trump was heavily backed by the trucking industry and they are looking for a return on their investment. Here are some areas where a Trump administration could have an impact, based on the president’s campaign promises.

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Topics: Industry Trends, Logistics News, Logistics Business, Transportation News