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STATE OF TRUCKING – 2018

Posted on: November 6th, 2018 by Clifford F. Lynch

Last week, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) the research arm of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), released its annual Top Industry Issues report. This report identifies the top ten critical issues facing the trucking industry in North America. The analysis also includes the major strategies for addressing each. This year’s report was based on […]

THE WORSENING TRADE SITUATION

Posted on: October 23rd, 2018 by Clifford F. Lynch

The current growing concerns about the U.S. trade environment are focused on two fronts. One is the (hopefully completed) renegotiation of NAFTA, and the other is what some believe could explode into a major trade war with China. As we have written before, President Trump campaigned against what he called “the worst trade deal ever…the […]

AN ATTEMPT FOR SIMPLICITY IN A COMPLICATED WORLD

Posted on: October 11th, 2018 by Clifford F. Lynch

Our industry, like so many others has long been blessed with a wretched excess of buzzwords and terms. We have spent so much time thinking out of the box about the paradigms of globalization in the new millennium that we have not had time to push the envelope in the development of our E-commerce business […]

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?

Posted on: September 24th, 2018 by Clifford F. Lynch

Over the past few years, millions of words have been written about “big data” and how to manage it. It has often been considered as one of the major disruptions to supply change management. The fact of the matter is that big data is simply a new term for an old condition. Almost from the […]

SOME PROGRESS WITH NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS

Posted on: September 12th, 2018 by Clifford F. Lynch

On August 27, President Trump announced that the U.S. and Mexico had reached a “preliminary agreement in principal subject to finalization and implementation” on new trade provisions. While those words seem to be the mother of all hedging, at least they represent some progress. While it has been a part of the NAFTA negotiations, Canada […]

A SUPPLY CHAIN GENERATION GAP?

Posted on: August 28th, 2018 by Clifford F. Lynch

As the so-called millennials are becoming the predominant members of the workforce, they are coming face to face with those baby boomers (51-70) who are continuing to work. An increasing percentage of the workforce is by-passing the traditional retirement age of 65, and working well into their seventies and beyond. The result is a generational […]

THE SAGA OF ELDs

Posted on: August 15th, 2018 by Clifford F. Lynch

Most in the industry are aware that most over the road trucks and buses are now required to be equipped with electronic logging devices (ELDs); but like many major changes in the industry, the journey to get there has been tortuous. Since 1938, bus and truck drivers have been required to keep logs of their […]

TURN YOUR CHALLENGES INTO OPPORTUNITIES

Posted on: July 30th, 2018 by Clifford F. Lynch

Unless he or she just returned from Mars, every supply chain manager has encountered, or certainly heard of the “Amazon Effect”. Driven by the aggressive customer techniques of Amazon, the term has come to stand for rapid and dependable service, often same day deliveries, free shipping, and instant visibility. To accomplish this, Amazon has established […]

THE CONTINUING INTERNATIONAL TURMOIL

Posted on: July 18th, 2018 by Clifford F. Lynch

As we wrote last month, negotiations for a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are not going well. President Trump has criticized the agreement repeatedly and succeeded in antagonizing both Mexico and Canada through the U.S. negotiating team. In spite of overwhelming support among U.S. businesses, we have delayed negotiations long enough that any […]

THE STATE OF LOGISTICS – 2018

Posted on: July 2nd, 2018 by Clifford F. Lynch

On June 16, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) released the “29th Annual State of Logistics Report”. This year’s report was entitled Steep Grade Ahead .The SOL report was launched in 1988, by the late Bob Delaney, one of the leading supply chain experts of that time; and after his death carried on […]