CAI Transportation Blog

14 Nov, 2018

What is the role of rail in today's capacity crunch?

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When you’re managing freight through different touchpoints, you shouldn’t leave rail out of the conversation. Today’s capacity crunch and the role of rail was the central focus of discussion for this year’s North East Association of Rail Shippers (NEARS) bi-annual conference.

As a leader in the global logistics industry, AVP of Sales and Development at CAI Logistics Carl Citelli was a participant on a panel titled, "All modes in a serious crunch: capacity issues in the industry,” to find answers to some burning questions.

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09 Nov, 2018

Warehouse technology that helps increase capacity


Today, logistics managers look for any chance to lower costs and increase capacity. Yet many continue to ignore a huge optimization opportunity: their warehouse.

Despite other industry advancements, traditional warehouses continue to hold onto legacy practices. They use paper logs, inefficient barcodes, and disorganized management software. But with e-commerce demand on the rise, and warehouse capacity shrinking, it’s more important than ever for logistics and warehouse managers to use their space efficiently.

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24 Oct, 2018

3 ways e-commerce is changing the logistics industry


Two decades ago, when e-commerce was a nascent idea, there were very few companies trying to sell products online. Because it took consumers a few years to warm to the idea of online shopping, early e-commerce operations didn’t have the need for the expansive logistics operations that currently power giants like Amazon or Wal-Mart.

However, as e-commerce has caught on and the scale of business has steadily risen, online businesses have had to find more ways to compete in a crowded marketplace. To stand out from the crowd and maintain customer loyalty, most online retailers find themselves continually trying to offer faster, cheaper shipping or easier returns. This often means totally rethinking their fulfillment and logistics processes.

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17 Oct, 2018

What international shippers should know about the recent Emergency Bunker Surcharge (EBS)


“We are introducing an Emergency Bunker Surcharge (EBS) as a necessary action to continue offering sustainable services to clients,” Maersk announced on their website on May 2018. Other shipping lines like Cosco, CMA CGM, and Hapag-Lloyd have followed suit.

The heat of rising crude oil costs is being felt throughout the global supply chain. In ocean freight, bunker prices have spiked over 20% since April 2018. Carriers are struggling to find ways to cover their losses and have turned to emergency bunker surcharges. But are these surcharges a sustainable solution to the problem?

In this article, we’ll explain the surcharge, the reason behind its implementation, as well as how these surcharges will affect shippers in the global supply chain.

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10 Oct, 2018

The case for quarterly pricing


The economy, consumer confidence, regulations, and capacity/driver availability have created a challenging time for shippers to secure capacity and stabilize pricing. Prior strategies that used annual bids to leverage freight volume with pricing were a great success, but with this recent shift, these plans have yielded mixed results.

So, what can a shipper do to ensure capacity with a reliable range of pricing and still meet their customer’s delivery expectations? It is not only a good time to review who is servicing your customers, but it’s also a great time to review how you secure your pricing.

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03 Oct, 2018

What shrinking warehouse capacity means for shippers + how 3PLs can help


Available warehouse capacity has been on a downward trend for 32 quarters in a row. Companies are looking for bigger, smarter, and more flexible warehouses—but they aren't being built fast enough to meet the booming e-commerce demand.

Building new warehouses is difficult because real estate availability is often rare in urban areas where demand is highest. Meanwhile, existing warehouses are less tech-savvy and slow to upgrade their operations. To serve today’s consumers, warehouses will need to evolve into an intelligent component of the entire global supply chain. In the era of ecommerce, an agile supply chain is critical to maintain a competitive edge.

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27 Sep, 2018

Cybersecurity in supply chains: Are your systems safe?


The collaborative nature of today’s supply chain makes its data more vulnerable than ever. Shippers have to share critical information with an average of 10 other parties before they can complete their routes. Low industry margins make paying for proper cyber protection difficult.

With the digitization of data and strong growth, the logistics industry is an attractive target for hackers. In fact, cyber attacks in logistics rose by 200% in 2017 and will continue to rise in the future.

Let's take a deeper look at why cyber security is a priority and what you can do to safeguard your supply chain.

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20 Sep, 2018

How to choose the best international 3PL partner


In this growing global economy, the demand for affordable and reliable shipping capacity is at a record high. Finding the right international logistics partner will help you navigate the world of advanced logistic technologies, new international trade agreements, and the increasing complexity of global supply chain operations.

Many shipping managers gravitate towards 3PLs with the lowest rates. Price, though an important factor, can mislead you if it’s your primary consideration. Choosing the wrong partner will cost you more in the form of expensive delays, reputation, and time re-routing shipments.

Picking the right international 3PL partner will save you money while making your job easier. To assist you in your evaluation process, here are five important attributes to look for in your next international logistics partner.

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12 Sep, 2018

Timing is everything: logistics strategies in the food supply chain, part two


In last week’s article, we looked at some of the challenges facing food suppliers, especially when it comes to transporting their products to consumers safely. Factors like foodborne illness and spoilage compress the timeline for the safe shipment of food products and highlight the importance of strict controls and smart planning.

Between strategic communication, new technological developments, and updated distribution philosophies, here are some of the ways food producers are adapting to get their products from their origin to consumers’ plates safely and on time:

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06 Sep, 2018

Timing is everything: logistics strategies in the food supply chain, part one


For most of human history, finding an adequate food supply was a daily struggle. The vast majority of our ancestors spent their whole lives in pursuit of securing enough to eat— either farming their land to feed their own families, or traveling continually to hunt and gather enough food. The question of where the next meal would come from was a constant one, and famines had the potential to decimate entire civilizations. For this and a variety of other reasons, the world’s total population stayed under one billion until 1804.

However, due to a number of life-saving developments— including better medical care and more reliable food production practices— the world’s population has exploded in the past two centuries. In just 214 years, the human population of the planet has risen to an estimated 7.4 billion, and it is projected to reach 10 billion by 2050.

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