Transportation Management News — January, 2009

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Transportation Management Systems Market Expectations in 2008-2009
The Transportation Management Systems (TMS) market once again exceeded ARC's growth projections, growing almost 10% in 2007 to almost $1.2 billion. The market continued to experience positive momentum in the first half of 2008, with over two-thirds of the vendors surveyed reporting increased sales and larger pipelines compared to the first half of 2007.
According to Adrian Gonzalez, Director of ARC's Logistics Executive Council and author of the new study, Transportation Management Systems Worldwide Outlook, "2007 was a banner year for almost all Transportation Management Systems (TMS) vendors. Although there were some changes in market share rankings, the reality is that most vendors continue to grow their revenues and client bases. In short, there are plenty of TMS sales opportunities available in the market for all vendors to benefit."
ARC is forecasting the TMS market to exceed $1.6 billion by 2012, representing a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.4%. However, several factors exist that could limit the market's growth potential next year and beyond.
The Impact of the Financial Crisis and the Economy on TMS: The crisis facing the financial markets, coupled with slowing economic growth, is by far the biggest threat facing the TMS market in...
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The Middle East — An Expanding Logistics Market
The Middle East suffered the economic slowdown less than most other parts of the world in 2008, but now this region is also feeling it. For example, international year-on-year air cargo volumes carried by Middle Eastern airlines dropped by 1.6% in November 2008. Furthermore, the oil price stands currently at approximately US$46 per barrel, compared with $147 per barrel in July, as the global economic crisis has reduced the demand for oil.
The historically buoyant air and sea freight volumes to and from Dubai, UAE, a major logistics hub both in the Middle East region and globally, is also under threat. China, whose economy has been slowing down recently, is a major market...
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TMS Helps Food Manufacturer Deal with Fuel Price Headaches
Over the past year, volatile fuel-driven transportation costs have caused headaches for food manufacturers like Pinnacle, whose brands include Duncan Hines, Hungry-Man, Armour and Vlasic. Vice President Greg Bostick explains how Pinnacle is using an on-demand transportation management system from LeanLogistics to gain better control of transportation costs through methods that include lane-specific cost tracking and visibility that enables inbound trucks to be immediately re-loaded with outbound loads....
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QuestaWeb Debuts Web-Based Module to Aid Importers in Complying With Customs' 10+2 Security Filing Rule
QuestaWeb, Inc., a vendor of software for global trade management, has released a Web-based module, which is intended to help importers cope with the new Importer Security Filing (ISF) regulation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Also known as the 10+2 rule, the new measure calls for additional details of a shipment to be included in importer and carrier filings as of Jan. 26. QuestaWeb's 10+2 (ISF) module aids in information gathering and data submission, supporting...
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ClearOrbit Issues Global Track and Trace for Government Users
ClearOrbit has released its Global Track and Trace Solution for Government Assets and Materials. The application gives government agencies and contract firms supply-chain control, intelligence and visibility. It also helps to acquire secure, cost-efficient transportation across global logistical operations. Using barcoding, radio frequency identification and linkage to the data system of record, the system is now being...
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Mentor Enhances XMobile Manager App for In-Vehicle Computer
Mentor Engineering, Inc. has made a series of enhancements to its XMobile Manager (XMM) software. XMM remotely programs, updates and manages software programs running on an in-vehicle computer, Mentor Ranger. It also keeps track of the software version that each vehicle is operating. The technology eliminates the need for individually updating devices within each vehicle. Users can now...
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