Hours of Service (HOS) changes announced in December 2011 are scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2013. As this date gets closer, here is a summary of the impending changes:
-Within the 34 hour restart, a driver will only be able to use the restart once a week.
-Similarly, the 34 hour restart will need to include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. time periods. » Read More
Freight Services, Over the Road, Transportation Policy
Nearshoring, the act of transferring manufacturing and production lines away from its foreign location and closer to the United States, is increasing in popularity. More U.S. parties show significant interest in better understanding the cross-border shipping process. The increased interest has exposed many misconceptions within the shipping community, which otherwise cloud the fundamentals of cross-border transportation. Clarifying these assumptions helps improve efficiencies, increase visibility, and grow U.S./Mexico trade relationships. Listed below are three common and incorrect assumptions shippers make about the cross-border shipping process. » Read More
Freight Services, Global Trade Resources, North American Border Crossing, Over the Road, Supply Chain Consulting
In January 2013, World Trade 100 asked website visitors “Why are you switching between transportation modes?” 41% of visitors answered they use more air in order to keep their inventories lean, the primary motivation behind this is to reduce spend. As a lean inventory means reduced inventory carry costs and avoiding excess inventory, it does produce results; but approaching your air freight incorrectly may diminish or even cancel out those savings. » Read More
Freight Services, Global Transportation, Supply Chain
I am going to be honest, when I was a child, my dream jobs were always along the lines of a veterinarian or a teacher. They had nothing to do with transportation and supply chains. Until my junior year of college, I was unaware of anything to do with supply chains or how they affected my life. A few of my classes focused on logistics and supply chains, it only was then that I began to realize the importance of this industry. » Read More
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Can shippers make truckload (TL) fuel surcharges less expensive by altering the way these programs are structured?
Fuel surcharges reflect fluctuations in prices at the pump. When prices rise above an agreed threshold, carriers receive a credit; when below the threshold, shippers are compensated. The fairness of this mechanism is the subject of much debate in the industry. » Read More
Customers, Freight Services, Over the Road, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Consulting