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Market Intel

Bank survey shows rising oil price is a major concern Worldwide  Rising oil and fuel prices are not just a major concern for UK road hauliers, but for European and Global freight forwarders too, but it hasn’t affected volumes yet, according to one analyst. According to the latest Danske Bank European Freight Forwarding Index for […]

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American Shipper | February 01, 2011 Now that the clouds of economic doom and gloom are showing signs of lifting, the liner shipping industry — carriers, shippers and fourth-party logistics providers included — have the opportunity to shift from survival mode to driving innovation and true competition into the business. Numerous firms spent the past two […]

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Best Practices in Global Logistics

by David on March 14, 2011

By JDA Software Group http://www.jda.com  The modern business landscape is marked by increasing levels of global sourcing – particularly from low-cost countries. While many companies across a variety of industries achieve cost savings through this sourcing strategy, the benefits are often offset by complexities associated with global logistics management. Even though total supply chain costs […]

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Transportation Procurement Has Come a Long Way, But It Still Has Far to Go American Shipper | February 07, 2011 The idea of auctioning freight transportation services in an electronic bidding environment remains elusive in most modes. While the concept of automated procurement — which includes, but is not limited to, bidding and awarding transportation services […]

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The world will run out of oil around 100 years before replacement energy sources are available, if oil use and development of new fuels continue at the current pace, a US study warns. Researchers at the University of California, Davis (UC-Davis) used the current share prices of oil companies and alternative energy companies to predict […]

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Truckers Live In Dread of Hijackers

by David on October 11, 2010

This article is copied verbatim with permission from Lucas Ledwaba at City Press Newspaper. Please pass it on to your transporter clients. Slight drop in cases brings them no relief Truck drivers on South Africa’s roads are under siege by armed robbers who have hijacked more than 1,400 of their vehicles over the past year. […]

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The findings of our annual study reveal that shippers have not significantly changed how they manage their logistics and transportation activities over the past year. However, we find that the Masters are moving to a more defined organizational structure and are putting more 3PLs to work to help them gain significant cost advantage once the […]

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Doing it with anyone So, if you are one of the 94% of shippers who are willing to try out some form of supply chain collaboration, what was said at this year’s Shippers’ Voice Seminars will be of interest. A surprising 94% of shippers surveyed ahead of the Shippers’ Voice Seminar at the Mutlimodal 2010 […]

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Changing (inter)face of marketing research

by David on September 20, 2010

STAFF REPORTER – Media & Marketing, Weekend Argus, 11 September 2010 RESEARCH today is more about listening, informing and engaging, and no longer about telling, extracting and recycling.  On a global scale it’s also more about co-creation and the collective, not about the individual.  This was the message from Gunilla Broadbent, the president of the […]

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Broken contracts are a breach of trust

by David on September 14, 2010

Struck by the obvious I was giving a lecture recently to a group of shippers, logistics professionals and carriers. The subject was risk management in the supply chain and how one could minimize risk and optimize supply chain efficiency. Something struck me during the course of my lecture, and it wasn’t something flung at me […]

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