Wish Us Luck!

As you read this we are competing to win the CSCMP innovation award. Recall we are a finalist for the work to: Level replenishment shipment volume Tender early We will be telling the judges that LevelLoad and AutoO2, combined with the great team from Kimberly-Clark, have generated significant savings by using the best carriers in […]

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Container arteries constricted

Railroads are limiting container loads into locations like Chicago. Here is why: Inland container yards are full Warehouses are full. Prologis Inc. said the vacancy rate in the firm’s top 30 U.S. markets is 3%—good for them but historically vacancy rates are >5% Chassis are scarce: Direct ChassisLink Inc. said that because of the extended […]

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How technology is eliminating deployment volatility and high-cost freight

LevelLoad and AutoO2 eliminate deployment (e.g. from plant to customer-facing distribution centers) volatility using a combination of:  Tendering early smooth freight volumes over time by pushing lower-priority deployment demand to a later day and pulling forward more-needed replenishments Intelligently prioritizing the use of limited carrier and site capacities across the network The Transportation Planning suite created by […]

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This week diesel price, comparing last week´s and the last year´s

Obvious yes— but it still hurts

American Transportation Research reports trucking operating costs = $1.855 per mile, a 12.7% year-over-year increase only slightly offset by a 14.8% decrease in deadhead mileage   Trucking companies hired about 73,000 new workers in the 12 months ended in July. In a time of shortage, how did they do that? Econ 101 says — “simply […]

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Press Release

    ProvisionAI and Kimberly-Clark Project EARL recognized as CSCMPInnovation award finalist for solving costly transportation volatility challenges   Franklin, TN – (July 15, 2022) Kimberly-Clarks Project “EARL” (Early Tendering and Leveling) is a collaboration with Transportation | Warehouse Optimization (T|WO) and ProvisionAI. EARL has successfully solved a major and costly problem that many consumer-goods […]

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Walmart squeezes suppliers

  Many smaller suppliers agreed to have Walmart handle their freight (to Walmart DCs and stores, of course). What I hear is that Walmart is not a totally reliable provider of transportation and some gripe that they are paying fines for this unreliable performance. Now, the plot thickens. New charges include: A collect pickup fee […]

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Shame on the government (EIA)

The EIA (Energy Information Administration), which is responsible for publishing the weekly diesel fuel costs, has failed in this simple duty for June 20, June 27, and July 4. “Unfortunately, we will not be able to publish those figures by the next scheduled release date of July 5.” This is hard on both shippers and carriers alike. […]

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Predictions on container rates = guesses

The contradiction is: Maersk’s CEO sees inflation pushing container rates up faster than 25% to 30%. This is aided by port and rail congestion Spot rates for containers are not sometimes below contract rates. The average rate per 40-foot container for shipping from China to the U.S. West Coast in June is $7,981, up 160% […]

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I was wrong

Diesel prices are holding their own— despite refineries coming on line. What gives?   While fuel exports haven’t hit records, they are trending higher than in prior years. Seaborne shipments of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel departing the U.S. Gulf Coast in March, April, and May averaged 32% higher compared with the same three months last […]

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