LTL/Truckload Services >> Editors' Blog
Philosophies that underlie the management of global container-shipping lines seem to come and go with the tides.
For all the dramatic advances in technology, the fundamentals of commercial transportation have remained constant for centuries: the shipper books a load, and the driver delivers it. But the next few years could see a radical transformation in the way that event takes place.
The start of the phased-in compliance period for installation of electronic logging devices (ELDs) on commercial trucks is just over a month away. But many drivers appear to be lagging in adopting the technology.
If you thought the act of purchasing transportation was as simple as paying a carrier to haul your freight - well, think again.
GPS technology can tell a commercial trucker all about routes and traffic conditions. But when it comes to predicting the regulatory landscape, the road ahead is a lot less clear.
With 2016 coming to a close, it's time for another helping of supply-chain predictions for the year ahead, courtesy of the San Francisco Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
A message to shippers who have been paying rock-bottom rates for truck transport over the last couple of years: next year, that ride is likely to come to an end.
Federal regulators are mandating drastic reductions in emissions from heavy-duty trucks over the next 10 years. And truck manufacturers and big shippers alike are applauding the move.
It takes a lot of time and energy to turn around one of those massive new containerships in mid-ocean. The same goes for reversing the assumptions that led to the construction of those behemoths in the first place.
Want to get a sense of how new federal regulations will affect transportation tomorrow? Look at California today.
Imagine a truck that "knows," while in transit, that it's about to experience a mechanical failure, how serious the problem is, what's required to fix it, and exactly where the driver should go to get the job done.
All those nifty new communications devices installed in modern-day vehicles promise to make commercial trucking more efficient than ever before. And more dangerous, too.
So you think natural gas is the answer to reducing pollution from commercial trucks? Not so fast.
It's a government program. It involves technology. And it's a good thing.
All supply chains entail a certain degree of risk. But none faces a more daunting challenge than the business of pharmaceuticals.