Over the past few years, we’ve used our June issue to address the importance of continuing education and the steps logistics management professionals can take to help recruit, nurture and retain the single most valuable asset of any organization—its people.
Done right, economies of scale can lower a carrier’s average costs and the freight rates charged to their customers. Getting it right is a balance.
Future pricing leverage worrisome
The economies in Asia and Latin America posted a relatively high growth rate in May, say analysts for Kuehne + Nagel Group.
In a move that may augur a new global strategy for third party logistics (3PLs) parties, CEVA Global Logistics, LLC (CEVA) and IMS Worldwide, Inc. (IMSW) recently announced that they have entered into a Strategic Alliance to offer the benefits of Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) services to customers in the United States.
The index ISM uses to measure non-manufacturing growth—known as the NMI–headed up 1.8% to 58.6 (a reading above 50 indicates growth) in May. The May NMI is 0.9% ahead of the 12-month average of 58.6.
The Thomasville, N.C.-based carrier reported that LTL tons per day increased 15.3% in May on an annual basis, with the main drivers being an 11.0% increase in daily LTL shipments and a 3.9% increase in LTL weight per shipment. And for the second quarter-to-date period, LTL revenue per hundredweight is up 6.7% annually.
Falling 0.3 cents, the national diesel average now stands at $3.285 per gallon. Even with the decline, this marks the second highest weekly average since the week of December 29, 2014, when the weekly average came in at $3.213, standing only behind last week’s $3.288 average.
Entitled “Fleet Mode,” Uber said in a blog posting that this tool, which is part of the Uber Freight app, allows “carriers and their dispatchers to find, book, and reassign the best loads for their team.” Uber Freight News
The report indicated that total container volumes across the six ports increased by 12.1%, or 414,000 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) from February to March, the most recent month for which data is available, for a total of 3.84 million TEU, which it said would translate into a 4.6% annual increase. Ports traffic Northern Europe, Port…