As we look into 2018 and beyond for the North American rail freight industry, we continue to have rather limited visibility beyond the short term. Commodity mix changes aren’t complete; market share opportunities remain, but technological challenges are emerging.
As a tumultuous year in container shipping ends, there is hope that we may be able to build a more sustainable model that averts the traditional peaks and troughs of supply and demand that have impacted the industry in recent years.
This year is going to be a pivotal one for technology decisions.
Buying and selling online, or via mobile devices, is estimated to exceed $8 trillion worldwide in the next few years. What does that mean to all of us?
Four areas we see impacting global supply chains the most include the ocean carrier market, air cargo market, cyber security, and trade agreements.
Fast-changing consumer habits have put businesses under intense pressure to focus on last-mile delivery.
Regardless of what type of change is occurring, speed, and agility are imperative and an area of focus for our business.
The rapid changes in retail trade and industry dynamics we have experienced have had a profound impact upon the landscape of supply chains and the industrial real estate sector that supports them.
If there is one thing that is certain for 2018, it is that the rapid pace of change in our industry — particularly in the realm of technology — will only continue to rise.
The transport and logistics industry has always been subject to changes in trade and regulation.
2017 was a year of great disruption for global trade professionals.
Mega-ships and industry consolidation are seen by some as an evolution toward greater efficiency, but what impact are these trends having on ports that are focused on more niche services or have infrastructure limitations?
In 2018, the statement, “Innovation is doing more with less measurably” by Futurist Alex Lightman, can be imple
While the past few decades have been based on system integration through EDI for shipment transactions and required long development cycles to make system updates, we see a dramatic shift to cloud-native development and APIs for new applications and advanced analytics in 2018.
The changes and industry dynamics that are making the most impact at seaports are the reordering of the ocean carrier alliances and the reorganization of ocean carriers themselves. Combine that with the addition of larger mega-ships to carrier fleets, and you have a great deal of challenges.
In today's supply chain, it’s clear that physical scale and buffer stock are no longer the winning formula, and enterprises must utilize data intelligence and AI to transform their supply chains.
They say that an elephant never forgets, and neither do motor carriers who now have the upper hand in a market where there is very tight capacity in the truckload and less-than-truckload sectors.
2018 will be a very challenging year for manufacturers and retailers as the service-level demands of their customers increase, while transportation capacity tightens, and transportation costs rise. There will be no relief from their own C-suite in terms of profit expectations in an environment where it is very difficult to pass on price increases to customers.
Competition is good for everything that it brings: efficiency, innovation, customer choice.
The major trade gateways and consumption centers that matter most to our customers tend to change slowly, if at all. What has changed quickly, however, is our customers’ approach to moving goods through their supply chains, as consumers expect faster service.