Articles by Perry A. Trunick

Rails Eye Intermodal Growth

Anticipating increased traffic in the near future, railroads are investing heavily in infrastructure improvements.
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Freight volumes are reportedly strong. In some cases, the evidence is visible in official statistics, but in many cases, it is still anecdotal.


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An Issue for Every Supply Chain

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When James Welch, CEO of YRC Worldwide spoke to shippers, carriers and 3PLs at the SMC3 Connections event, he covered a lot of territory in a short time


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Eyeing Rate Complexity

Rate accuracy is a challenge in multimodal extended supply chains.
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There are plenty of drivers for freight costs, and expanding the view into other modes only amplifies the impact.


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Transportation’s Market Challenge

Volumes may be rising, but so are cost drivers.
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The first quarter of 2014 showed some strength in trucking in the spot market as shippers tried to get freight moved, comments James Welch, CEO of YRC Worldwide.


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Discipline Is The Key

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Can the industry exercise proper restraint to cure some of the problems facing it?


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Do Trade Agreements Deliver?

Free trade agreements are getting bigger, more complex — and more important to extended supply chains
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Free trade agreements are often announced and signed with much promise and some degree of fanfare, but do they deliver over time?


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Get the Air Out

FedEx sent a message to shippers, and UPS has followed — improve density or pay the price
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There’s an adage that is probably as old as commercial shipping itself — don’t ship air. Chainalytics noted recently in an unpublished position paper on dimensional weight pricing that “FedEx and UPS have shown their hand and are forcing retailers to cut out the unwanted space in their packaging or pay the price.”


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Will We Shift to Dim Pricing?

The discussion is becoming real; dimensional pricing is expanding in motor carriage
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“The U.S. transportation industry is under intense economic pressure, compounded by the demands of increasingly integrated global supply chains and growing concerns about less-than-truckload (LTL) capacity.”


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Nearshoring on the Rise

Respondents to a recent survey say nearshoring is a reality and an increasing part of their supply-chain strategy.
By J. Paul Dittmann Ph.D. and Perry A. Trunick
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Most organizations still handle many of the functions of their business internally, but outsourcing remains a strong component of their business strategies, and that includes outsourcing to nearby counties or regions.


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Using Our Competitive Nature in World Trade: Part 2

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A senior manager of supply management responded to a comment in my May column “Competitive Nature.” He raised some points that actually amplify the discussion and are worth adding to the discourse.


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Assurance of Supply: A Top Concern for Manufacturers

Every manufacturer has an assurance of supply problem to some extent due to the complexity of global sourcing. For years, manufacturers were blessed with high margins but margins have grown paper thin. You can’t fill up your distribution centers with excess inventory – not only is there a cost factor but the pace of business and consumer buying trends causes goods to quickly turn obsolete. Assurance of supply provides the speed and agility that is essential to being able to compete in today’s market.

 

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