Logistic Outsourcing — December, 2012

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APL, APL Logistics Announce New Services and Partnerships
APL Logistics has launched a streamlined mobile version of SeeChange, its Web-based shipment tracking tool.
Dubbed SeeChange Lite, it can be used on Apple, Android and BlackBerry mobile and handheld devices. SeeChange Lite is a free, downloadable application available from the Apple App Store, Google Play and App World. Customers can use the tool to monitor...

Venture to Publish Airfreight Rate Benchmarks
Independent specialist advisors Drewry and global forwarder network WACO-System intend to introduce the first independent multi-trade air cargo freight rate benchmarks into the market.
The venture will see Drewry broaden the scope of information in its existing Freight Shipper Insight report to include...

Container Lines Hit Record High in On-Time Performance
October saw an increase in container carriers' global on-time performance to 84 percent, which is a record high, according to the monthly Global Liner Report from SeaIntel Maritime Analysis. This was driven by improvements in 25 out of the 32 trades covered.
The top three performers globally were Maersk Line, Hamburg Süd and Hanjin, which marks the first time Hanjin has made it into the top trio of global performers. However, using a more stringent measurement...

TSA Carriers File Amendment to Include Westbound Trans-Pacific Trade
The 15 member lines of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA), who until now have limited their rate and service discussions to eastbound container movements from Asia to the U.S., are seeking to expand the group’s scope to include the westbound trade.
TSA has filed an amendment with the Federal Maritime Commission to cover the entire transpacific round trip. TSA executive administrator Brian Conrad said the change is intended to...

Parcel, LTL Freight Shipping Seen as Key to Successful Supply Chains, Survey Finds
Views of parcel and LTL freight shipping have been elevated in the minds of supply chain executives, according to a survey released by Kewill.
In the past, these were perceived as having little strategic importance in the overall demand-driven supply network. But today, difficult global economic conditions are driving companies to maximize their operational excellence and step up their customer service levels, putting supply chain firmly in the spotlight. Parcel and LCL shipping is now being viewed as a strategic component of the supply chain, and excelling in execution an important contributor to overall business goals.
But despite the increased need to execute shipping flawlessly, many companies are still managing many aspects of their shipping processes manually, increasing the possibility for errors and delays. For example:...

2012 3PL CEO Surveys
Logistics executives in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe are, at best, cautiously optimistic about the economy, says Robert Lieb, supply chain management professor at Northeastern University, College of Business Administration. He also discusses CEOs' interest in nearshoring, social media, sustainability and talent recruitment. (Run Time (Min.): 8:22)...

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