Fulfillment & Third Party Logistics Blog

The Future of Third Party Logistics: Amazon's Latest Disruption

 Today’s supply chain technology allows you to get on your computer or mobile device to order just about anything and everything, anytime and anywhere.  Current studies show that most people are choosing to avoid the unruly crowds that seemingly go hand in hand with the Holiday season and instead,  they are  popping out their credit card, and logging on to make their purchases.

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The Hours of Service Ruling: Will It Ever End?

On July 1, when the new driver hours of service rules became effective, many shippers and probably some carriers breathed a sigh of relief. After 14 years of negotiation and litigation, finally everyone should know what the rules will be and can plan accordingly. When the U.S. Court of Appeals refused to block the implementation they strongly implied that even they were getting a little tired of hearing about the subject. Certainly the new rules are not popular with everyone. FTA Associates believes they will increase annual trucking costs by about 3% annually, and Schneider National already has experienced a 3% loss in productivity. Even so, the current provisions are now the law of the land. 

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3PL and TIGER funds: Will you notice?

About six weeks ago, Secretary of Transportation Foxx announced an award of $474 million in TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) funds for 52 “transportation” projects in 37 states.

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IS YOUR REALITY DISTORTED OR SUPPORTED WITH LOGISTICS OUTSOURCING?

If you haven’t read Walter Isaacson’s superb biography of Steve Jobs, you owe it to yourself to do so. It is a fascinating account of a brilliant personality who at a young age demonstrated to the world how to connect creativity and innovation with technology. He was often difficult and unreasonable; and according to one of the key software designers at Apple he had what his managers referred to as a “reality distortion field”. The term was adopted from a Star Trek episode where “aliens created their own world through sheer mental force”. Jobs used that unique characteristic to drive Apple employees to accomplish what many of them thought impossible.

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The Truth About The Hours of Service Ruling

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Logistics Service Providers and the Economy

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How Should the Logistics Industry Adjust to Big Data?

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Settled (For Now): New Drivers' Hours and Third Party Logistics

On July 1, after 18 months of litigation and controversy, the new drivers’ hours of service rules became effective. These new rules have been praised by some, primarily the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and criticized by others, especially the American Trucking Associations; and the final expected impact is still unclear.

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Keeping It Close: Supply Chain in Mexico Getting Stronger

On June 11-13, Armstrong & Associates sponsored a conference in Dallas on the growth of “nearshoring” in Mexico. Although I did not attend, representatives from Stifel Financial Group were in attendance and reported on the major takeaways from the conference:

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The Logistics Road Less Certain

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Barrett Distribution Centers Reviews Top Packaging Supply Companies

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President’s Reflections: Bridging Generations for Success

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