What Will Logistics Look Like Tomorrow?

What Will Logistics Look Like Tomorrow?

With the recent innovations in technology, environmental policy, and the global supply chain, it’s no surprise that the logistics industry is also undergoing tremendous changes. The transportation industry is trying to clean up their bad environmental reputation and use new technologies to make it easier, faster, and more efficient to transport goods to businesses and…

More Rules and Regulations Could Be Imposed Following Tragic Quebec Rail Incident

More Rules and Regulations Could Be Imposed Following Tragic Quebec Rail Incident

The deadly rail accident in Quebec last month, blamed on the lack of proper application of hand brakes on a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota to Canada, has caused more news this week. According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration has issued a letter to the American Petroleum Institute…

U.S. Economists Finally Have Good News for Economic Outlook Through End of 2013

U.S. Economists Finally Have Good News for Economic Outlook Through End of 2013

Businesses are looking forward to the August 13 announcements by the Commerce Department after economists report their expectations that the economy has gained momentum again in July, following three consecutive months with better figures. A survey of 64 industry leading economists, conducted by Bloomberg, indicates the economy is finally beginning to overcome the obstacles imposed…

Spot Freight Load Availability Rose in July for the First Time in Recorded History

Spot Freight Load Availability Rose in July for the First Time in Recorded History

Spot freight consists of shipments that fall outside an ordinary shipping contract. When shippers have loads not covered under carrier contract, they turn to a spot freight broker or a load board, which shops the shipment to carriers to find the most suitable vehicle and rate to make the shipment. Since spot freight load availability…

Congress Continues to Stall Passage of Spending Bills to End Sequestration; Transportation Bills at Risk

Congress Continues to Stall Passage of Spending Bills to End Sequestration; Transportation Bills at Risk

Democrats and Republicans ended sessions to enjoy a five-week break while none of the 12 annual spending bills required to continue government operations have yet been passed. One of the most hotly contested bills before Congress is the Transportation Bill, which failed to get funding from either Congressional house. Republicans and Democrats are at a…

How Argos Lowered Costs While Improving Efficiency

How Argos Lowered Costs While Improving Efficiency

Argos is the biggest non-food retailer in the United Kingdom. Their annual sales are $6.7 billion. They sell home improvement products, lawn and garden items, and other home and electrical appliances from their catalog, website and 700 stores around the United Kingdom and Ireland. During their rapid growth, Argos needed to improve the efficiency of…

Economic News Released After First Half of Year Shows Mixed Signals

Economic News Released After First Half of Year Shows Mixed Signals

Gains and loss reports for the first half of 2013 are in, and show mixed signals in terms of our overall economic situation. The economy grew at a sluggish 1.7 percent annual rate for the second quarter (April through June), according to the announcement by the Commerce Department on Wednesday. Though this was a better…

U.S. and Canadian Authorities Respond Quickly to Quebec Railroad Disaster

U.S. and Canadian Authorities Respond Quickly to Quebec Railroad Disaster

It took just a few weeks for U.S. and Canadian transportation authorities to issue new regulations on rail operators following the July incident reported here yesterday. On July 23, Transport Canada issued a new rule requiring at least two crew members to be on board any train carrying hazardous materials.

Quebec Rail Disaster Highlights Human Error and Poor Brake Design as Major Causes of Rail Accidents

Quebec Rail Disaster Highlights Human Error and Poor Brake Design as Major Causes of Rail Accidents

On July 6, Canada experienced the worst rail disaster since 1910. Seventy two freight cars parked safely in a parking area were improperly secured and left to roll into the downtown area of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killing as many as 50 people and destroying 30 buildings. The train, which belonged to Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway…

U.S. EPA Helps Developing Nations Control E-Waste Problems

U.S. EPA Helps Developing Nations Control E-Waste Problems

E-waste, or electronic waste, is becoming quite a problem in developing nations. Not only are these countries producing mass amounts of their own e-waste, it has been common practice for developed countries to send their e-waste to developing nations for disposal, and the result isn’t pretty. Most of this waste comes from manufacturers and businesses…