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3PL Wire

NOL to sell off APL Logistics Business U...
I have been reading many reports in the media regarding the news that Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) is planning to sell its logistics business unit – APL Logistics – in order to improve its performance. However, NOL issued a “Clarification on Media Report” stating that “These considerations are preliminary and exploratory in nature. There is […]
Transpacific Stabilization Agreement car...
Member container shipping companies in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement have announced an across the board general rate increase (GRI) of $600 per FEU to all destinations. Reason for the planned GRI is due to continued strong demand and high vessel utilization levels in the past few months. They anticipate the strong demand lasting through September. […]
Remote Controlled Container Ships
Lots of buzz recently regarding the use of drones to revolutionize the supply chain industry. Google is apparently developing driverless cars and Amazon.com earlier this year announced future plans to implement a drone delivery service. The latest in the unmanned transportation arena is the announcement by Rolls Royce regarding the possibility of remote controlled ocean […]
Maersk Line Revives Sealand Name
Maersk Line recently announced the the formation of a regional containerized shipping company that will service the intra-Americas region. The name of the new affiliate will be called Sealand. According to a Maersk Line press release, the new affiliate will operate similar to the company’s other regional carriers including; intra-Asia carrier MCC Transport and intra-Europe […]
Global Airfreight Volumes Up Slightly
I have been so focused on the international ocean market lately that it has been quite sometime since I posted anything airfreight related.  I recently read a press release from IATA.org that showed a modest increase in global airfreight volumes. Data release by IATA showed a 1.2 percent increase in global airfreight volumes in June […]
2013 Peak Season Fast Approaching
  It’s that time of year again; the Peak Season shipping season is nearly here.  The topic of PSS during my contract negotiations this past April was an interesting one in that many of my carriers were willing to add a no PSS clause into our contracts.  Prior year’s contract negotiations were much more difficult […]

UPS Blog

UPS Recognized with EPA Climate Leadersh...
One of our top enterprise sustainability goals is to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation relative to our shipping volume. Successful execution of our global GHG reduction strategy enabled us to reach our goal to achieve a 10 percent reduction in carbon intensity in 2016 three years ahead of schedule. So we doubled […]
E-tailing is the Automotive Aftermarket...
If your company doesn’t have a significant online presence, you’re missing an important growth opportunity. The automotive aftermarket’s fastest growing sales channel, e-tailing, is expanding so briskly that some industry experts anticipate aftermarket e-tailing revenue will double by 2018. This online growth is expected to dramatically outperform brick-and-mortar automotive aftermarket sales, which are projected to […]
Living in an Aging World
Reprinted from Longitudes Cities need to adjust policies and rethink resources to support an aging demographic. The world’s top 750 cities will experience profound demographic shifts over the next 15 years. For one, the world will be urbanizing rapidly: by 2030, the populations of these leading cities will increase by an estimated 410 million. What’s […]
The Logistics of Love
Reprinted from Longitudes Don’t worry, guys – Valentine’s Day puts pressure on supply chains, too. Whether a man is calm and on top of his game, or in the grip of a last-minute panic, when he walks out of the flower shop with a fresh bouquet of Valentine’s Day flowers, chances are he doesn’t give […]
Rethinking Transportation in Cities
Reprinted from Longitudes Creating more livable cities through accessible public transportation. In previous posts, I’ve discussed the growing pains that come along with major urban development—congestion, air and noise pollution, etc.—as well as some of the creative solutions that cities have come up with to combat these issues. One of the most effective ways for […]
Getting Smart about Cities in India
Reprinted from Longitudes India takes on the challenge of building smarter cities. The cities of the future are all but certain to confront a number of unique challenges. Across the globe, cities are expected to experience enormous gains in population, with most of the growth concentrated in the developing world. These cities of the future […]

Chemical Transportation Blog

CLX Logistics Joins SmartWay® Program T...
CLX Logistics LLC, is now an active partner in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay® Program. Launched in 2004, the SmartWay Program is a public-private initiative between the EPA, large and small trucking companies, rail carriers, logistics companies, commercial manufacturers, retailers, and other federal and state agencies to improve fuel efficiency and the environmental performance [...]
CLX Logistics Announces New Technology P...
CLX Logistics LLC, announces its technology partnership with Kewill, a global leader in multimodal transportation management software, as Kewill acquires the IBM® Sterling TMS and its associated development and support teams. Rebranded as Kewill Transport, the top-rated SaaS TMS will be incorporated within Kewill’s Kewill MOVE®  transportation and trade management platform. World-class transportation technology is core [...]
LLamasoft and CLX Logistics Announce Agr...
LLamasoft, the global leader in supply chain design software solutions, and CLX Logistics, a global provider of comprehensive logistics management, technology, and supply chain consulting services, announced an agreement to offer European truckload, global ocean and global parcel data to LLamasoft customers for use in strategic supply chain design. CLX Logistics has offered a dedicated [...]
CLX Logistics Selected Top 100 3PL Provi...
CLX Logistics LLC was chosen as a Top 100 3PL Provider for 2014 by Inbound Logistics magazine for its fifth consecutive year. IL editors selected CLX Logistics from a pool of more than 300 companies based on the company’s diverse operational capabilities and experience to meet readers’ unique supply chain and logistics needs. Inbound Logistics’ Top [...]
Outpacing Capacity
CLX Logistics was recently featured in an article entitled Outpacing Capacity in the recent issue of Canadian Shipper:  http://www.pdf.investintech.com/preview/539dc1bc-2e2c-11e4-90ae-002590d31986/index.html
CLX Logistics Schedules 3rd Annual On-D...
CLX Logistics LLC will hold its third annual On-Demand Global TMS User Conference in Philadelphia from September 30 – October 1, 2014. This invite-only event will feature workshops on transportation management systems including hands-on training on IBM’s global on-demand, web-based TMS (transportation management system) software as well as panel discussions focusing on industry trends like increasing [...]

Penske Blog

Penske Recruiting at Various Colleges in...
Penske is seeking qualified candidates for a variety of positions at college career fairs nationwide throughout March. Penske’s human resources staff will be available at the following schools to discuss with students and alumni the Penske Logistics’ Supply Chain Leadership Program, and rental representative and management trainee positions.  March 4: Career Fair at University of Memphis, […]
Penske Opens Truck Rental and Leasing Of...
Penske Truck Leasing (“Penske”) has opened a new truck rental and full-service truck leasing office in Melbourne, Australia, located at 488 Blackshaws Road, Altona North, Victoria 3025. The hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. For truck rental and leasing information call 1-300-GO-PENSKE or visit […]
Penske Moves Hollywood Movie History
In a modest studio outside of Reading, Pennsylvania, iconography from Hollywood’s golden era adorn a sea of mannequins as part of “Gene London’s Hollywood.” The collection, some 60,000 strong, is the work of London, film fashion historian and former children’s television host who has been collecting the fashions for decades. “The Golden Age of Hollywood […]
Penske Trucks to Trek Cross-Country on G...
As the official truck provider of the LPGA’s feeder Symetra Tour, Penske rental trucks will travel through much of the continental U.S. during the upcoming golf season and log 12,620 miles transporting golf balls, scoreboards, tee markers, standards and more. “We’re happy to continue serving as a Symetra Tour sponsor and watching future LPGA players […]
Penske Recruiting at Technical Schools
Penske recruiters will be searching for qualified candidates at UTI-Dallas and WyoTech-Blairsville, Pennsylvania, to join its maintenance team. Penske’s maintenance and human resources teams will be available to speak to students and alumni to fill diesel technician, fueler/washer/vehicle detailer and fleet maintenance leadership positions at the following locations:  UTI-Dallas – Thursday, February 19, and Friday, […]
Tips for Safer Winter Rental Truck Drivi...
Driving during the cold and icy winter months is something that causes concern for drivers. Snow and ice can make traveling more difficult and dangerous. “Safety is always the primary concern when on the road,” explained Chuck Pagesy, director of safety at Penske. “When driving during the winter, taking precaution is key.” If you have […]

Source Consulting Blog

2015 FedEx & UPS Rate Increases Announce...
In the wake of the dimensional weight announcements earlier this year, both carriers have recently announced their General Rate Increases for 2015.  The high level changes are as follows:   FedEx – Effective January 5, 2015 Express (package and freight) … Continue reading
Source Consulting Named One of Best Plac...
Irvine, CA - Source Consulting is pleased to announce its placement as one of the 2014 Best Places to Work in Orange County. Source Consulting is ranked #11 amongst all small companies in Orange County, CA. The ranking of the winning companies was released via a special section of the Orange County Business Journal’s July 28th issue. Continue reading
UPS Announces 2015 DIM Price Increase
Six weeks ago FedEx announced what will likely be the single largest rate increase on record for many shippers.  As predicted, UPS announced that they are following FedEx’s lead.  Effective Monday, December 29, 2014, UPS will impose dimensional weight (DIM) … Continue reading
FedEx just announced what will likely be the single largest rate increase on record for many shippers.  Effective Thursday, January 1, 2015, FedEx will impose dimensional weight (DIM) pricing on all Ground packages.  Currently, FedEx only applies DIM pricing to … Continue reading
Source Consulting to Donate $100,000 to ...
Irvine, CA – Source Consulting, a strategy and solutions provider that helps companies reduce shipping costs, has announced the “20/20 Campaign”, a new charitable initiative through which it intends to donate $100,000 to charity: water, a non-profit organization that brings … Continue reading
2014 General Price Increase (UPS and Fed...
FedEx and UPS rates have increased 28%(+) over the past 5 years!! What are you doing to offset this year’s increase? This document summarizes the UPS and FedEx General Price Increase (GPI) from 2009 – 2014. Click Here To Download … Continue reading

Software Advice Blog

Survey: How Team Mood Can Impact Project...
Software Advice created a survey to find out whether teams witnessed negative emotion in the workplace and how it affected mood and productivity. While negative emotions are shown to adversely impact productivity, managers can promote emotional intelligence to encourage positive mood and address negativity.
Survey: How Team Members Prefer to Commu...
Software Advice created an online survey to find out whether the communication challenges identified by executives matched what virtual team members faced. We found which communication channels were the most preferred, as well as the worst communication pitfalls for a team working remotely.
The Real Challenge Retailers Face in Bui...
From the Snowden revelations to the long list of consumer data breaches, data security is a hot topic. It's also one that has a significant effect on consumer confidence, which can impact buying decisions. What does it all mean for the nation's retailers? We conducted two surveys to find out.
Study: What Employers Look for in a Cust...
The emerging role of customer success manager provides high salaries and valuable experience interfacing directly with executive-level clients. We analyzed 300 U.S. job openings for customer success managers to learn what experience, education, and skills employees are looking for in prospective candidates.
Our 8 Favorite iPad Point of Sale User I...
Offering the full suite of POS functionality, including inventory tracking and customer records, iPad POS options are especially useful for mobile merchants, such as food trucks. To give you a better sense of the options available, we evaluated dozens of iPad POS systems and selected the eight vendors with our favorite UIs.
5 Tips to Expand Your Small Groups Minis...
Churches that embrace technology see higher participation and recruitment numbers than churches that don't. Today, forward-thinking church leaders are embracing Google+ Hangouts to engage more members online. Here are five tips for using Hangouts to expand your small groups ministry.

Softlink Blog

Why web based software is a better choic...
Web-based software is software you use over the internet with a web browser. You don’t have to install any CDs, download any software, or worry about upgrades. If you use an online bank or web-based email program like Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo Mail then you’ve already used web-based software before. And why is it better [...]
Benefits of Electronic Data Interchange ...
The benefit of electronic trading is well documented. Here are the top five reasons why businesses adopt EDI. i)  Remove document re-entry - By removing the manual keying of key business documents such as Orders, Invoices, Acknowledgments and Dispatch Notes your company can benefit significantly by: Reduced labour costs Elimination of human keying errors Faster [...]
Importance of Integration of Operations ...
Success in business is always the outcome of an enterprise’s ability to expertly manage its finances. For a logistics service provider (LSP) keeping a watchful eye on the financial flows of the company can generate much needed cash in-flow and improved ROI. A sound financial management module that creates a centralized robust financial information system [...]
How a Cloud ERP Platform can eliminate R...
The main reasons for revenue leakages are faulty operational & accounting processes & lack of control & measurement of overall activities. These can be eliminated for a Freight Forwarder with the help of the following features of a Cloud ERP Platform - i) Operational Productivity – Centralized Master Data maintenance. Drastic reduction in manual data [...]
Informed Decision Making – Growth Mant...
A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. In every organization, leaders are expected to be astute decision makers in order to guide the organization towards greater achievements. Historically, even the greatest decision makers relied heavily on their experience, knowledge and wit. Today, advancements in technology have [...]
Advantages of Client Account Maintenance...
In a competitive business environment, it is of utmost importance to keep track of the sales activities. There has to be an organized structure to the activities being executed. The management of the company has to be aware of the enquiries made, the quotes & discussion or action on the same. The follow-up activities & [...]

OHL Blog

USFIA West Coast Seminar
Feb 19, 2015 8:00 am - Feb 19, 2015 5:00 pm

Join OHL's Mary Jo Muoio, Senior Vice Presidentof Trade Services, and Sandra Coty, Vice President of Customs Brokerage along with Dan Strick, ACE Ambassador for U.S. Customs & Border Protection for a seminar on the recent update to Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), and what does it mean to Importers. The seminar will cover new changes to be aware of, what importers need to know about ACE, and OHL experts will be able to answer any questions you may have on how ACE might impact your business.

To register for the event click here.

OHL Webinar: 4 of Warehousing's Biggest ...
Mar 03, 2015 1:00 pm - Mar 03, 2015 2:00 pm

Join us on Tuesday, March 3rd for an insightful look at “4 of Warehousing’s Biggest Challenges: Solved”.  Learn and understand how top organizations deal with issues surrounding labor management, systems and technology, continuous improvement, and ever-increasing customer expectations. OHL and Tompkins International solve these issues on a daily basis and will provide the tools that you can use to help overcome your operational challenges.

Webinar Details
Topic: 4 of Warehousing's Biggest Challenges: Solved
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: 1:00PM - 2:00PM CST

Register Now

If you have any questions or need assistance with registration, please contact Jeremy Zurawski at jzurawski@ohl.com 

OHL Discusses Cultural Fit, a Critical C...

OHL was recently interviewed by Steve Banker from Forbes on the importance of cultural fit in the 3PL selection process. To read the complete article click here.

Article Excerpt:

Dave Hauptman, the VP of Product Management at OHL, made the point that each party needs to be thoughtful in helping to establish the right chemistry.  As an example, prospective clients want to know which managers will be running their warehouse and who they’ll be working with on a day to day basis.  OHL thinks about which managers would be the right fit for a shipper and includes them in the RFP meetings.  This insures that these managers have a thorough understanding of the client’s objectives upfront versus having to learn it over time, or not at all.  Often times OHL hears from clients that involving and getting to know “their” 3PL team up front was a primary reason in choosing to do business with them.

Dave also noted that one part of this fit is related to industry and channel expertise.  It is very unlikely that a shipper will be comfortable with a 3PL that does not understand their industry.  But industry expertise also happens at the sub-vertical level.  For example, it is not enough for a retailer to talk to 3PLs with retail clients because there can be big differences between operations of boutique, luxury brand, and general merchandise retail.

Finally, Dave is a proponent of shippers working with a detailed RFP that has been built before the selection process begins.  He pointed out that even qualitative criteria – like cultural fit – can be included and that the different selection team members can score a 3PL on a scale, and those scores can be summed and averaged.  Dave pointed out that “A good RFP allows for a quick qualification process for both the shipper and 3PL.”

OHL Launches Phase One of Their Single S...

OHL launched the first phase of their new single source logistics visibility portal - OVATION - to their international customer base. OVATION is OHL’s web based portal that provides customers access to all of their supply chain metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) from a single login.

“When I first saw the OVATION portal and its KPIs dashboard, I was impressed”, says Denise Wilson, International Logistics Manager for Belk, Inc., which operates nearly 300 fashion department stores across the South. “The color schemes make sense and are appealing, and the portal is easy to use. However, what really sold me on its value was the tracking, drill down and export features for customs documents and entries. These features not only give me a high-level view of what’s happening within my global supply chain, but also allow me to quickly pin point any pressing issues that need to be addressed.”

OVATION allows OHL customers to track and measure the performance of everything from Customs entries to map based track and trace of their shipments. Some of the key features of OVATION include its drag and drop function for customization, the system’s proactive electronic data interchange (EDI) alerts, and a user-friendly interface for mobile devices.

“We frequently heard from our customers that they were faced with having to constantly access multiple tracking systems,  often simultaneously, in their need to understand and make real-time decisions about their supply chain”, says Eric Douglas, Chief Information Officer for OHL .  “No matter how great the outlook might be, no matter the level of visibility that we offered, the zeal for information was a constant call out. Through OVATION, we provide a wealth of KPIs in a drag-and-drop interface that allows customers to establish a dashboard exactly to their liking. The map-based track-and-trace shows our international customers exactly where their shipments are through real-time vessel tracking.  And OVATION’s market differentiator is how we present the data and give them access to the data through a single source. ”

With OVATION, customers can manage exceptions, gain visibility and take a proactive approach to their supply chain. The second phase of OVATION will take place in 2015 and focus on OHL’s domestic customer base.

About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. (www.belk.com) is the nation's largest family owned and operated department store companies with 299 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Its belk.com website offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. In the fiscal year ended Feb. 1, 2014, the company and its associates, customers and vendors donated more than $20.9 million to communities within Belk market areas.

OHL Experiences Record Growth Over the H...
OHL announced record breaking volumes this year - fulfilling nearly 2,000,000 direct-to-consumer orders during the 5 day holiday shopping period, Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday.

OHL announced record breaking volumes this year - fulfilling nearly 2,000,000 direct-to-consumer orders during the 5 day holiday shopping period, Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday.

OHL experienced a 75 percent increase in direct-to-consumer orders processed compared with the same five day period last year.  Conversely, the National Retail Federation (NRF) reported a decline of 11 percent nationally over the four day holiday period from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. Many in the retail industry attributed this decline to the extension of sale promotions beyond the traditional Black Friday and Cyber Monday dates and more savvy price conscious consumers. OHL’s up-tick in production over the longer five day period supported these trends.

“Retailers’ timing and length of promotions across channels were factors behind the increase in orders we processed,” said Mike Honious, OHL Contract Logistics Chief Operating Officer.  “This year, holiday promotions extended beyond the two traditional days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday and required a seamless consumer experience across channels.   OHL’s extensive peak planning process allowed us to leverage the operational flexibility across our network.  In return, our customers’ consumers were able to successfully shop when and how they wanted, ultimately increasing sales for the brand regardless of channel.”

Earlier this year, Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC) suggested that retail holiday shopping success would include a strong omni-channel strategy. They segmented the omni-channel experience into three categories and predicted 39 percent of shopping would be in-store but ultimately buying online due to pricing, 32 percent strictly online shoppers, and 29 percent traditional in-store shoppers.  The 2014 results showed in-store shopping was up 27 percent this year on Thanksgiving Day, and declined 6 percent on Black Friday. Thanksgiving Day online shopping performance was up 14 percent, yet, did not outpace comparable in-store sales. However, Black Friday’s online channel did outperform the in-store channel with a 9 percent increase over last year.

“The numbers are in and they clearly illustrate the importance of having a strong omni-channel presence in retail today”, says Fred Loeffel, OHL Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  “Our customers understand this and rely on us to provide the right mix of robust staffing and logistics solutions to support their efforts during peak season.  As the buying patterns of shoppers continue to become more diverse and savvy, we only expect to see more growth in multi-channel capabilities.”

OHL Goes from CTPAT Certification to Val...

OHL, a leading global third party logistics (3PL) company, announced it received notice from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that OHL is now a validated member of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.

OHL submitted a security plan in 2013 to CBP, and became C-TPAT certified while awaiting validation. The entire validation process is very rigorous and includes the vetting of OHL customers and vendors. The final step in the process concluded with OHL’s Laredo, Texas and Ontario, Canada being validated by site visits from CBP.

“Today, we are happy to announce our successful C-TPAT validation”, stated Randy Tucker, OHL President of Contract Logistics & Transportation Management.  “As a global 3PL, we have over 95 facilities that receive international shipments on a regular basis so this is a significant step for our company and a huge advantage that compliments the international services we provide for our customers.”

C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative that builds cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. C-TPAT is widely recognized as one of the most effective means of providing the highest level of cargo security through close cooperation with international supply chain businesses. Through this initiative, CBP asks businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate and verify the security guidelines of their business partners within the supply chain.

Until January 2012, 3PLs were not allowed into the C-TPAT program and CBP touted many benefits to membership participation. Some key benefits OHL can now take advantage of as a validated C-TPAT member include front of the line processing for international shipment examinations, expedited trade processing and access to the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Lanes. Visit www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/C-TPAT Program Benefits Guide.pdf  for a full listing of the C-TPAT benefits and guidelines.

Supply Chain Logistics Issues

Retail Sales and the Implication on Real...

In part 1 of this 2-part blog, I presented some directional statistics on the growth of retail sales in sophisticated and unsophisticated countries.

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Part II
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Retail Sales and the Implication on Real...

Recently, Tompkins International completed internal research on correlations between retail and real estate.

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How to Survive and Prosper in Today’s ...

Sales promotions have grown to become a very important component of companies overall strategy. They impact the top line, bottom line, brand recognition, customer satisfaction and the supply chain of every company. Learn more about what companies are doing with sales promotions and how their supply chains are being used to support promotional activity.

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System Developer

Position Location:  Orlando, FL Objective:  Tompkins International, a global supply chain professional services firm, seeks a System Developer for its growing Technology Dimension Requirements: BS in Computer Science, MIS, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent. 5 + years experience with Enterprise Application Integration of Enterprise systems for Supply Chain Projects such as: Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) Transportation...

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Designing for Material Handling Excellen...

Tompkins International recently celebrated our 15th year as a Material Handling Integration firm.

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Executive’s Edge – February 2015