An ultrasonic system to locate track defects and use of unmanned aerial vehicles for inspection of track, bridge and other freight rail infrastructure are among the technologies being explored by the railroad industry, according to a report from the Association of American Railroads.
Stakeholders at U.S. ports are spending $9bn a year to accommodate the next generation of super-sized container ships. But simply expanding physical infrastructure will not be enough to mitigate port congestion. With fewer vessels moving more containers per call, U.S. ports need to fundamentally change the way containers are moved in and out of terminals.
Today, the Silk Road is just as active a trade route as it was 700 years ago, but there's a certain "back to the future" feel to the most recent projects linking Europe and China. The mode of choice being talked about now is not ocean or air cargo but rail freight.
In 2014, the supply chain industry experienced its best year since the Great Recession, according to the State of the Logistics Report issued annually by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and sponsored by Penske Logistics.
After years of truckload carriers wooing shippers with low rates, expanded service offerings and intense engagement models, a perfect storm is underway that puts shippers and logistics providers in the awkward position of wooing the carriers. Why has this happened? Take a look at the backbone of the U.S. market economy – supply and demand.
The Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE) has published a series of studies designed to understand why competition in the European railroad industry has been successfully implemented in some cases but in others has led to a decline in the modal share for rail freight.
The freight logistics sector slowed in July, following a seasonal trend, with both freight shipments and freight payments down 3.9 percent from the previous month. This drop was consistent with previous summers' drops, so should not be seen as the start of a decline in freight for the second half of 2014.