Posts Tagged ‘logistics’

Logistics Business Strong

Friday, March 11th, 2011
Transport firms transporting goods to destination on the roads and highways of the United States of America using a shipping container will be interested in the latest Department of Freight Transportation Services Index. The results of the latest Department of Freight index were recently released by the United States Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics and according to the experts the index increased by 0.9 percent in January. This is also the second straight month the Department of Freight index has increased, according to the agency, and means the index has increased during 16 of the past 21 months, starting in May 2009. The index had gone down during the 16 months before this time, so this news could also indicate that the transport industry of the nation and world is starting to pick up momentum, according to some sources in the transportation services industry of America.

The Department of Freight Transportation Services Index measures the month-to-month changes in freight shipments in ton-miles, which are then combined into one index, according to transport industry experts. The Freight index measures the output of the for-hire freight transportation industry and is made up of data from for-hire trucking and other freight transport industries in the United States of America.

This is interesting news that could indicate a general increase in transport services in America and across North America, according to some transport experts, but the recent highs are still below the highs reached in 2008, so we probably shouldn’t read to much into the numbers, for now. Once we see the Freight Index increase above previous levels recorded in 2008, and the years before, we could be back on the transport road the industry was on before the recent slower period.

New Freight Shipping Forklife Bumper

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Making sure pallets aren’t damaged can be difficult at times for shipping services trying to make sure customers cargo makes it to destination in a reliable, efficient and cost-effective manner. Pallets damaged during handling and cross docking operations can cost a transport professional time and money, and possibly even lead to cargo damage due to a damaged pallet. The Pallet Dawg from BST Technologies is a new forklift bumper that mounts on the carriage between the forks and bumps against the center runner on a pallet to minimize pallet damage and waste during transport. BST Technologies indicates that the Pallet Dawg allows users to reduce product damage by about 15-20 percent and pallet damage by about 40 percent during transport. Great news for logistics professionals and all transport firms concerned about possible damage to cargo and the pallets they need to carry goods.

BST Technologies indicates that the Pallet Dawg has a lower inside edge that’s rounded to prevent the unit catching on the dock plates and racking systems implemented by transport firms in the United States of America. The company also indicated that the Pallet Dawg is made of impact resistant nylon, can be installed in minutes using just a 9/16-inch socket wrench, and is compatible with any class II forklift carriage.

Professionals working for trucking companies in the United States of America that want to check out the new Pallet Dawg from BST Technologies should contact their local dealer of BST Technologies products, or contact BST Technologies directly for more information on where to find the Pallet Dawg.

Freight Transport Adds 300 Jobs

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

The latest reports on the unemployment conditions in the United States of America indicates that the trucking transport industry of American added about 300 jobs to the rosters of transportation firms around the country in the past few months. Sources in the transport industry indicate that considering the rise in workers heading back to work in the past few months in the United States of America, a rise in the number of new drivers on the roads and highways of America, isn’t really a surprise. In fact, we could see a few more drivers continue to be added to trucking company rosters in the miles ahead, according to some logistics professionals in the business of making sure customers cargo makes it to destination on time and budget. Great news for transport drivers looking for work and America in general and hopefully a belief that becomes reality in the days and weeks ahead.

In the months ahead for transportation companies in the United States of America we could see a lot more drivers behind the steering wheel of a heavy duty transport vehicle heading down the road in America, according to transport industry experts. Companies in the business of heavy equipment transport and all transport firms are presently preparing to do more business and transport more cargo in the miles ahead, and they’ll certainly need additional drivers down the road as well. This could be a chance for Americans looking for work to begin a new career as a transportation professional out on the roads and highways of North America.

Trucking Company Officials Amazed

Monday, October 4th, 2010

American logistics professionals will be interested in the news that the first all-electric drive walk-in transport vehicle was introduced to stunned crowds this week during the Hybrid Truck Users Forum meeting in Dearborn, Michigan. Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, Morgan Olson and Enova Systems introduced the new Class 4 MT-EV transport vehicle to interested professionals and Americans on hand for the forum and showed off the vehicles new exterior and interior styling. The MT-EV comes with a purpose-built drive system and lightweight aerodynamic design for high efficiency during transport and is composed of durable composites that can be recycled into other products.

The freight forwarding professionals in the office would probably love to take the MT-EV for a drive down the road, just to see how it handle, and check out the other features of this new hybrid transport vehicle. The cab of the MT-EV features a design more in tune with the interior of a car, which should make it more comfortable for the driver, and hopefully in the end more productive for the transport industry of the United States of America as we enter the second decade of the century of the environment. The engineers have designed the MT-EV to be the rugged transport vehicle required to get the cargo to destination, while maintaining the maximum cargo capacity of the unit, and maximizing the comfort of the driver.

Professionals in the business of international shipping and other transport professionals that want to check out the new MT-EV should check out the company reports of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, Morgan Olson and Enova Systems for more information. You might find the new MT-EV is a transport vehicle you can use in your business operations.

Freight Forwarders Watching Carefully

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Professionals in the business of freight forwarding will be interested in the news that transport experts from around the United States of America are reporting an increase in a tool known as transloading on the West Coast, over directly shipping freight to the Midwest via intermodal rail. Sources indicate that shippers have been repacking inbound container shipments into larger domestic containers, which sources indicates reduces inland transportation costs and gives the firms in question more flexibility with their inventories. This allows for the combining of various goods that need to be shipped to one store and decisions on where the goods are needed in the supply chain can be left until later, according to transport professionals.

The professionals providing customers with a great freight quote note that this strategy isn’t all gold for shippers as reports are coming in of additional handling costs being involved and the process could be a little more complex on the front end of the deal, once the cargo arrives. Firms using this strategy indicate that in the end they ship fewer containers inland and the ability to postpone the destination of a shipment is turning out to be important in the current marketplace.

Professionals in the business of logistics will certainly find this news interesting and this shift in transport strategies could be something that will continue to be utilized in the months and years ahead in the century of the environment in the United States. There have been a few cries of problems from exporters in America concerned about the availability of containers and their use, and we’ll have to see where this news heads in the days ahead.

Bulk Trucking Company Trimac’s Revenue Dips, an Impact of Recession

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Bulk Trucking Company the Fund and Trimac Transportation Services Limited Partnership released financial results for the third quarter ended on September 30, 2009. The total quarterly revenue plunged to $67.6 million in 2009 from $88.8 million in the corresponding period of the last year, a decline of 23.9% ($21.2 million). Transportation revenue of the company slid from $71.6 million in the third quarter of 2008 to $62.9 million in the same period of 2009. Fuel surcharge revenue fell sharply from $17.2 million in the third quarter of 2008 to $4.7 million in the corresponding period of 2009. Eastern and Western Bulk Trucking divisions contributed $64.5 million while Bulk Plus Logistics accounted for $3.1 million of the total revenue. The decline is ascribed to a fall of $12.5 million (72%) in its fuel surcharge revenue, and lesser business activity in the automotive, construction, forestry, mining and drilling industries. Lower business volume with existing clients, price erosion and business losses pushed the fuel surcharge revenue down.

In the nine-month-period ended on September 30, 2009, the revenue plummeted to $195.0 million from $248.6 million in the same period of the previous year. The fuel surcharge revenue registered a drop of 68.5% while decline in the transportation revenue was about 12%. However, the company implemented cost reduction programs successfully to offset the effects of low revenue and is entering into lucrative businesses to minimize the impact of the recessionary trend. Trimac, headquartered in Alberta, Canada, is a leading North American business offering freight transportation services and associated management and distribution services.

Modes of Transportation

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

In today’s world “global logistics” is a must to understand. Three factors that can determine the mode of transportation that best fits your freight shipping needs are cost of transportation; perish ability, and value-to volume ratio. Once you have found the factor that works for you the next step is to pick a means of transportation. One way to transport your goods is by ocean shipping. Ocean shipping can be a great way to ship large amounts of products overseas with routes that are scheduled on a regular basis. This type of transportation is idea for heavier, bulky types of products instead of perishable products. Air freight can be seen as a better way to ship products of high value to far places in a fraction of the time. Costs for this type of service is more expensive then other means of transportation, but can save time in getting that much need product to its buyer. Next, there is trucking that can be used for just about any product large or small with a cheaper price for service. Trucking can be idea for car transportation, heavy freight, and perishable’s. The main factors affecting the price of shipping products are the distances between both locations and what it is you are shipping.

These modes of transportation required experience and understanding of the global logistics paper work, customs, and economic efficiency of all the parties involved. Make sure when selecting a reliable Freight company that these basic issues are handled in a professional way.

UTi Worldwide Reports Fiscal 2010 First Quarter Results

Friday, June 5th, 2009

LONG BEACH, Calif., June 4, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — UTi Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq:UTIW) today reported financial results for its fiscal 2010 first quarter ended April 30, 2009. Results in the fiscal 2010 first quarter were adversely impacted by continued weak freight and logistics volumes, partially offset by lower transportation and operating costs.

Eric W. Kirchner, chief executive officer, said, “Results in the first quarter continued to be impacted by the macroeconomic conditions and lower than expected transportation and logistics volumes. Purchased transportation costs also decreased, mitigating to some extent the volume deterioration. We continued to respond to the volume declines by reducing our operating costs, although these reductions did not fully offset the decrease in net revenue. We are intensifying our sales efforts to improve revenue growth, particularly in freight forwarding, without sacrificing profitability. These efforts may take some time, but we remain fully committed to our goal of achieving long-term growth and margin improvement.”

The decrease in revenues in the 2010 fiscal first quarter compared to the prior-year first quarter was due to the significant decline in forwarding and logistics volumes, currency fluctuations, and the exiting of businesses last year through the company’s earlier cost reduction plan. On an organic, constant currency basis, adjusted net revenue declined six percent in the 2010 first quarter compared to the first quarter a year ago.

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Sector Snap: Logistics firms fall, Hub jumps

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) — An analyst with investment bank R.W. Baird said Wednesday that a recent strategic move by trucking and logistics company Hub Group Inc. should position it well for the future, while it will likely hurt business at rival Pacer International Inc.

Analyst Jon A. Langenfeld said in a note to clients that Hub Group is turning to railroad operator Union Pacific Corp. to carry most of its cargo — about 90 percent. Hub now ships about 60 percent of its rail freight with Union Pacific and the other 40 percent with fellow Western rail Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. He thinks this move should allow Downers Grove, Ill.-based Hub Group to be more efficient and drive down costs.

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