Worley Blog

WANTED: RISK TAKERS

Posted on: February 11th, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

Once again, there is a futures market in the works that the organizers believe will add some stability to the transportation market. The recently announced venture proposes the trading of transportation capacity futures to protect pricing and availability. Citing the capacity shortages that have often plagued shippers, advocates of the futures market are promoting the […]

THE BLACK HOLE OF E COMMERCE

Posted on: January 28th, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

Unless he or she has just returned from an extended visit to a deserted South Pacific island, every supply chain manager (and everyone else for that matter) realizes that consumer buying habits have changed dramatically over the past few years. Electronic commerce, or on-line buying has increased from problem ridden sales of $42 Billion in […]

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT RETAIL

Posted on: January 14th, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

If you are not a retail industry supply chain manager, you might not be paying much attention too the world of on-line orders, same day deliveries, or the Amazon Effect. In fact, all the developments in retail marketing and distribution might make you thankful you are in another business. If only that were true. The […]

NINE FOR NINETEEN

Posted on: January 2nd, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

It is that time of year when pundits attempt to predict what will happen in the year ahead; and every year or so, I try it myself. Sometimes I have been right, and other predictions have fallen flat. For example, I really thought this would be the year for the Dallas Cowboys, but that no […]

TIME FOR A SECOND LOOK

Posted on: December 17th, 2018 by Clifford F. Lynch

As 2018 draws to a close, it is clear that the country will not see the improvements in infrastructure we have been promised for several years. Most recently, President Trump decided infrastructure improvement was a high priority and one of the first problems he would address when he moved into the White House. In May […]

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND BUT USUALLY FOR A DIFFERENT REASON

Posted on: December 3rd, 2018 by Clifford F. Lynch

Recently, Prologis announced they would be building the first multi-story warehouse in the United States. Some of our more senior readers will realize that is not quite true. They may remember when it was not uncommon for warehouse operators to utilize multi-story buildings, usually no more than 3 or 4 stories high. Products and equipment […]

2019 THIRD PARTY LOGISTICS STUDY

Posted on: November 26th, 2018 by Clifford F. Lynch

Every fall, for 23 years, Dr. John Langley of Penn State, along with annual sponsors, has published what he has titled “Annual Third- Party Logistics Study”. It is a comprehensive report on current relationships and progress of logistics service providers and their customers. This year’s study was particularly interesting in that we are in a […]

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 […]