Logistics Quarterly Magazine - Volume 16, Issue 3, 2011
Third-Party Logistics Recovers
Third-party logistics (3PL) revenues for 2010 have again grown much faster than the gross domestic product (GDP) for North America. For the first half of 2010, 3PL revenues were up 15 to 30 percent for key companies in domestic and inter- national transportation management and dedicated contract carriage. The forecast is for continued growth for third-party firms, with heightened demand for those firms offering the size and scale required for new efficiencies. 3PL IT solutions will also continue to distinguish leading firms in the field.
The Process View of Supply Chain Management
From the perspective of the University Career and Placement Centers, demand for entry level supply chain professionals has definitely increased over the past year. There are an increasing number of firms making corporate presentations and signing up for interviews. They are also seeking to enhance their brands on campus through classroom involvement, classroom case presentations, and competitive judging. Some students are even seeing multiple offers, which is an experience that has not been common recently.
NASSTRAC Column: The New 112th Congress and Changing U.S. Policies in the New Year.
The last NASSTRAC column in LQ expressed concern about gridlock following the November election results. While the new 112th Congress does not begin its first session until January 3, 2011, some early indicators of changed policies are emerging.
GS1 Column: New National Vaccine Protocol Uses Global Standards.
The machinery that drives the global vaccine supply chain sat under the glare of an international microscope during the H1N1 flu pandemic of 2009. Inventory levels, distribution procedures, vaccine quality and efficacy — all were closely scrutinized as the World Health Organization and local authorities worked to manage the H1N1 virus, which affected more than 200 countries and thousands of people.
CIFFA Column: Up for a Challenge...Let's Dance Let's face it — it's a mess out there!
The transportation industry is changing minute by minute. The pressures of competition, escalating fuel prices, shifting consumer behaviors, shortened lead times for manufacturers, changes in sourcing patterns and locations, climate change and, ultimately, increased government regulations, all seem to be designed to keep us on our toes.
Technology Toolbox: What to Expect in 2011
Well, we're through another year and this one was a tough one. Hopefully, 2011 will be a better year for all. The good news is that in technology, advancements happen fast and frequently. Also, with prices rising in most areas of the supply chain, technology is a nice reprieve. As time goes on, technology becomes cheaper and more capable. Let's take a look at what might happen in the coming year.
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., UPS Supply Chain Solutions, DHL Logistics, Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., UTi Worldwide Inc., DB Schenker Logistics, Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc. (Cat Logistics), Kuehne + Nagel, Penske Logistics, GENCO ATC, CEVA Logistics, Schneider Logistics, Inc., FedEx Trade Networks/FedEx Supply Chain Services, Panalpina World Transport (Holding) Ltd., Ryder Supply Chain Solutions, Hub Group, Inc., Menlo Worldwide Logistics, VersaCold Logistics Services, OHL, Transplace, APL Logistics, Werner Enterprises Dedicated & Logistics, Landstar, NYK Logistics Co., Ltd. / Yusen Air & Sea Service Co., Ltd., NFI, J.B. Hunt Dedicated Contract Services®, syncreon, Phoenix International Freight Services, Ltd., Agility, MIQ Logistics, LLC., Damco, Kenco Logistic Services, ATC Logistics & Electronics, Inc. , Livingston International, Inc., TransGroup Worldwide Logistics, Wheels Clipper, BNSF Logistics, LLC, SCI Group Inc., A.N. Deringer, Inc., Kelron Logistics.
LQTM Volume 16, Issue 3, 2011