First crack in the Jones Act?
The Jones (Maritime) Act of 1920 applies only to ships carrying commercial cargo from one place in the U.S. to another. It forces shipments between US ports to be on US-built and registered ships with US crews. For example, it does not affect a non-US ship carrying the load from Mexico to Puerto Rico. Likewise, […]
Is Transportation coming back to “Normal?”
Truck rates are down, ocean carriers are charging less (See graph) and package volume is down. Does this mean we are returning to a more normal time? My answer is “no.” There are a number of new and not-so-nice headwinds or factors, affecting supply chain: […]
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: 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 the routing guide, leveling lane, and […]
While 2 unions are threatening a walkout this week, if there isn’t a stoppage, there will be more humping. Even if there is a stoppage, when they come back to work, there will be more humping. Before your mind goes in the wrong direction, humping is a way of sorting rail cars onto trains that […]
Container arteries constricted
Railroads are limiting container loads into locations like Chicago. Here is why: But there appears to be less rail traffic density as less crude oil is on the rails — half of what it was in 2020 (See graph)— but don’t forget railroads are contending with higher turnover and less ability to recruit and train. […]
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: The Transportation Planning suite created by combining LevelLoad & our AutoO2 generates excellent savings. So much so that Kimberly-Clark is presenting their results as a finalist for the 2022 CSCMP innovation award. Interested in learning more?Contact us at (615) 791-0865 or via email at info@nullprovisionAi.com. […]
Are you targeting a payload that is too low?
I advocate weighing the trucks to see where payload targets should be set. Here is a sample of refrigerated trucks from major carriers in 2021: What does this tell you? In this sample, which was large enough to be valid, 69% of all trucks could carry more than 45,000# and 77% could carry more […]
Good news and bad news on Diesel Prices
Good News (Price will go down): Today: Crude oil prices are way down + refiners’ margins are down by ~50% Future: High prices ~$100/barrel for oil and $9+ for gas mean that economically recoverable reserves rise. e.g. Eagle Ford sees a fifteen-fold increase from 0.5 billion barrels to 8.4 billion barrels Bad news: Refineries that […]