CAI Transportation Blog

18 Apr, 2018

Oil & Gas Logistics: Optimizing your non-hydrocarbon supply chain


There’s plenty of noise out there about the product supply chain in the oil and gas industry. Best practices, improvement strategies, and predicted trends fill search engine result pages with articles of speculation and ideas—and understandably so. The product supply chain in the oil and gas industry is complex. But in this industry, it’s not enough to focus on your product supply chain alone and expect results—especially in today’s industry climate. Professionals in oil and gas transportation and logistics have another thing to consider: the non-hydrocarbon supply chain.

Your product supply chain is made up of your actual product, the energy (like crude oil and natural gas) that must be transported from a particular location like a drill site to a destination. The non-hydrocarbon supply chain, however, isn’t about your product, but rather the equipment, services, and materials needed to operate the oil and gas projects in your business. Without the non-hydrocarbon supply chain, finding, extracting, and refining your oil and gas is impossible.

To optimize your non-hydrocarbon supply chain, consider the following:

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11 Apr, 2018

Blockchain, IoT and Big Data: a critical look at logistics technology


The logistics industry is experiencing an unprecedented time of growth and change. To many senior logistics professionals, Blockchain, big data, and the internet of things may sound more like a sci-fi plot than the actual future of logistics. But with so many companies promoting these technologies as absolute necessities, we wanted to ask some important questions:

  • How useful are the new logistics technologies?
  • What role will these technologies play in the logistics industry?
  • Are there under-reported potential downsides?
  • What factors should logistics professionals be cautious of?

In this article, let's take a critical look at new technologies to help you determine their relevance in the logistics industry.

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04 Apr, 2018

4 supply chain challenges in the oil and gas industry + how a 3PL can help

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While supply chain management is complex for every company in unique ways, certain industries experience particularly daunting challenges. In the oil and gas industry, the stakes are especially high because of the necessity and sensitive nature of the products being supplied. People all over the world rely on oil and gas products to fuel their cars, heat their homes, cook their food, and perform a myriad of other daily tasks. Energy companies also have the heavy responsibility of ensuring their products are available on demand for industrial and commercial ventures worldwide.

Oil and gas have become among the most prized commodities globally. The ripple effects of missteps in oil and gas supply chains can be significant, with the potential to harm corporate reputations, strain trade relationships, and cause environmental damage. These factors make the oil and gas supply chain even more complex to manage. Let’s take a closer look at some of the unique considerations faced by logistics managers in the energy sector and explore how working with a third-party logistics partner can create a smoother operation.

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28 Mar, 2018

6 important skills to master for a successful logistics career


In the midst of an e-commerce shopping boom, companies are searching for logistics leaders to help establish competitive advantage in this time of tremendous economic growth. As a supply chain professional, it’s imperative you develop your skills so you can add value to companies and stay competitive in this ever-changing logistics landscape.

We’ve searched dozens of job-listing sites and industry articles to bring you the most sought-after skills in the industry. Master these skills and you’ll have a very promising logistics career.

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23 Mar, 2018

Shipment optimization strategies for capacity in a tight market


As a shipping manager, keeping costs down while securing capacity can feel like an impossible balancing act. Factors like the driver shortage, increased fuel costs, and the ELD mandate don’t make this process any easier.

While these demands may seem overwhelming, you’re not left to sort it out on your own. In this article, we highlight actionable optimization strategies you can implement to reduce costs when capacity is tight.

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14 Mar, 2018

5 key things to look for in a food grade warehouse


According to the CDC, around 3,000 people die every year from foodborne illness in the United States. This year, an estimated 1 in 6 people in the U.S. will become sick from a food-related illness. Food safety is not a luxury. Every component of the food and beverage supply chain must adhere to safety standards, beginning at farms and continuing all the way to the tables of consumers.

The food supply chain has its own unique set of challenges in addition to the standard complications of supply chain management. Food and beverage companies have more regulations to comply with, another set of standards for equipment, handling, and storage, and a laundry list of ways things could potentially go wrong resulting in dire consequences for consumers.

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07 Mar, 2018

How a good broker can bring capacity in the current market


As the economy continues its robust recovery, and consumers turn to ordering more products online, shipping demands have increased. A strong economy signals great opportunity for logistics, but many companies will face a serious roadblock: insufficient capacity.

The driver shortage, restrictive ELD regulations, and fallout from inclement weather conditions, such as the recent hurricanes and harsh winter, have all played a role in the tightened capacity of the current market. A shortage of capacity leads to frustration as shipping costs, and the probability of delay, increase.

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02 Mar, 2018

CAI Transportation Blog named among Top 50 Transportation and Logistics Blogs

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At CAI Logistics, we use our vast industry experience and knowledge to help our customers solve challenges to get products to the right destination, with timeliness and efficiency. One way we do that is by providing educational resources so they can make informed decisions for their businesses. Our blogs feature a variety of articles covering industry trends, logistics best practices including problem solving and productivity, and helpful tips on how to be successful in your supply chain career.

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28 Feb, 2018

4 Challenges in the Food Supply Chain and How a 3PL Can Help


Managing a supply chain in any industry is a complex undertaking. With many factors to consider, parties to involve, and money tied up in logistics operations, there’s enormous pressure to get it right.

Though these considerations are constant across all sectors, the stakes in the global food supply chain are particularly high. Improper storage and transportation of food products can result in spoilage, bringing the risk of waste or illness. Disruptions in delivery schedules may cause frustration with distributors and consumers alike, damaging a brand’s reputation.

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22 Feb, 2018

Retail consolidation: can it really benefit your supply chain?


Consumers’ expectations have changed. They want what they want, when they want it, and they definitely don’t want to pay to ship it. For retailers in today’s ecommerce sphere, timing is everything. Whether you’re running your own online store or selling your products at a big-box store, you need to keep inventory stocked and be equipped to ship in short delivery windows. You can’t afford to ignore consumer demands when you have companies like Amazon offering same-day delivery services with free shipping to boot. This kind of service comes with a price, but who will pay up? How can you streamline your shipping strategy, create a predictable process, meet compliance requirements, satisfy customers, and keep costs down?

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