August 28, 2015
Still, many shippers haven’t had as much difficulty finding drivers as they had feared, and that may prove true again, said Ben Cubitt, senior vice president for consulting and engineering at Transplace, a Dallas-based logistics provider.

“Capacity is pretty good right now. We keep expecting it to change but it hasn’t,” Mr. Cubitt said.

Mr. Cubitt said contract price gains appear to be limited to major routes where shippers with big freight volumes depend on the biggest trucking companies. Capacity tends to be tighter on these routes, which are dominated by larger carriers.

July 28, 2015
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.

Today, the Mexican rail system is expansive and highly efficient. It is currently the best railway system in Latin America in terms of train productivity, and is certainly comparable to other systems around the world. Through private investments, the entire supply chain has been improved. For example, terminals, inland ports and customs facilities have all become much more efficient in the past few years, incorporating electronic systems to speed up processes.

July 17, 2015
Manufacturers know they need to make their supply chains as lean and efficient as possible, but it can be hard to know where to start and what to prioritize. I had the opportunity to discuss supply chain optimization with Brooks Bentz, the president of Supply Chain Consulting Services at Transplace. He gave insight on best practices and obstacles to avoid, as well as how to measure supply chain success, how to combat tightening capacity and how to automate operations.

July 14, 2015
The relationship between a shipper and a logistics provider often starts as a transactional process. The shipper has an immediate need, which leads to a Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Quote (RFQ) process then ultimately selects a third-party logistics (3PL) supplier to execute on that need. It’s a routine industry practice that can yield immediate and significant results. Unfortunately, the focus on executing the terms of the contract can lead to a danger that the relationship never quite advances to a more strategic level.

July 14, 2015
Logistics as a business concept evolved in the early 1960’s
with the dawn of increased complexity concerning
supply chain processes. It is an integral fraction of
supply chain management and cannot be shunned by
industries. The traditional methods of logistics that involve
analyzing and tracking inventories fail to comply with the
requirements of the present day industry operations. With
the introduction of GPS (Global Positioning System) and the
Cloud, logistics operations have become incredibly user-friendly,
helping businesses to proficiently monitor and
keep a track of their business activities