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All Aboard: Low Fuel Prices and Steady Demand Keep Railroad Operators Chugging Along

All Aboard: Low Fuel Prices and Steady Demand Keep Railroad Operators Chugging Along

During the past few years, rail cargo transportation service prices have been on a slippery decline. Despite increasing demand, tanking fuel prices have laid the track for cheaper rail transportation during the past three years. While falling prices have been a welcome relief to shippers, carrier...[more]


Logistics Will Drive Saudi Arabia's Post-Oil Era

As the Arabian Gulf region aims for a larger role in the global logistics market, which it is estimated will be worth $15.5tr by 2024, Saudi Arabia is upping its own logistics game and becoming a credible competitor to Dubai in the process. [more]


Five Global Shipping Trends to Watch This Year

Overall, 2017 was a good year for the ocean shipping industry. Operating margins for most carriers improved, driven by robust demand, positive inventory developments and higher rate levels. [more]


China Says It Built a Railway in Africa Out of Altruism, But It's More Strategic Than That

China Says It Built a Railway in Africa Out of Altruism, But It's More Strategic Than That

Africa's past is the mildewed train station in central Addis Ababa, where locomotives sit gutted and rusted tracks vanish in the grass. The line was once the greatest in Africa; built by France in the 1910s, it ran more than 450 miles northeast to neighboring Djibouti, where the desert meets the...[more]


Here Are the Top 10 States for Logistics

The 2017 Manufacturing & Logistics Report Card, compiled by Conexus Indiana for the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research, recently doled out rankings on how states have done in the areas of manufacturing and logistics.[more]


Low-Cost Digital Container Seal Developed for European Research Project

A new low-cost, digital seal has been developed for the CORE (Consistently Optimised REsilient Secure Global Supply-Chains) European Research Project by Dutch software company Itude Mobile.[more]


FourKites Links Up With SMC3 for Transportation Visibility Software

FourKites, a provider of real-time supply chain visibility solutions across transportation modes and digital platforms, has announced several new integrated enhancements for visibility and orchestration within JDA Transportation Management from JDA Software Group Inc.[more]


Assets in Motion: Internet of Things Delivers Real-Time Views

Assets in Motion: Internet of Things Delivers Real-Time Views

Analyst Insight: Visibility in the supply chain has long been a challenge that supply-chain managers have struggled with, especially when it relates to assets in motion. Fortunately, we now live in a world of constant connectivity, and with that the emergence of applications that enable true...[more]


The Supply Chain Outlook for China in 2017

The Supply Chain Outlook for China in 2017

Analyst Insight: Concern over a potential economic slowdown in 2017 is showing up in both government policy and business strategy in ways that positively impact the logistics sector. Government policies are showing concern for profitability of businesses. Many of the new incentives are centered...[more]


Construction Boom Could Boost Demand for Met Coal

Businesses that transport their goods via the highways, railways or the airways are likely to see an expansion of the nation's infrastructure. That's good news not just for companies that want to move their products in the most efficient manner possible. It may also be good news for a subset of the...[more]


Channel Tunnel Fundamentally Changed UK Logistics, Report Says

More than a quarter of all goods traded between the UK and Europe, worth around £91.4bn ($113.82bn) a year, come through the Channel Tunnel, a report has found. In its report, "Economic Footprint of the Channel Tunnel Fixed Link," Ernst & Young found that 30 percent of UK exports, worth £43.6bn...[more]


Machine-to-Machine/IoT Telemetry Brings Heightened Visibility to Cargo Movement

Currently, containers, ships and other intermodal transport assets such as chassis and gensets are mainly what we call "dark, dumb and disconnected." What this means is that we really don't know much about them. They are not self-aware, we can't see them, and they can't tell us about their actions...[more]


Controlling Carrier Spend: Blount Takes Chainsaw to Its Logistics Costs

Controlling Carrier Spend: Blount Takes Chainsaw to Its Logistics Costs

Blount International, a maker of farm, forestry and gardening equipment, needed to get a handle on its global logistics spend. A performance-management tool from Trax Technologies cut costs and helped the company to take a long-range, strategic view of operations.[more]


Nixing of Keystone Pipeline Could Be Boon for Railroad Transport

Nixing of Keystone Pipeline Could Be Boon for Railroad Transport

President Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline could come with a heavy side of tank cars. Canadian energy companies need about a dozen crude-laden trains each day to replace the volume of oil that could have been transported through KXL.[more]


Drawing a Roadmap to Transportation Savings

Shippers are forever on the lookout for ways to reduce their transportation costs. Brooks Bentz, president of supply chain consulting with Transplace, offers his view of where the most promising opportunities lie.[more]


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