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Thursday, March 22 2018

By Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing & Digital Marketing Consultant at Cerasis

With the rise of eCommerce, the value of transportation has grown. Logistics professionals can no longer simply go about standard operations, and the days of peaks and lulls have ended. Yet, some may be asking, “why has demand increased so much?” To answer that question, let us turn our attention to some of the key top transportation trends we will see over the next 12 months, in part as a response to the growing customer experience movement.

The transportation industry faces a huge battle in 2018. Demand is increasing faster than anyone could have predicted, and new technologies are disrupting the market. The transportation industry will be shaped by these 10 top transportation trends as a response to the growing customer experience movement many industries are responding to.

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Tuesday, January 09 2018

By Jim Damicis, Senior Vice President Camoin Associates

Introduction
Transportation and Logistics is a central component of the economy. It not only supports numerous jobs and output within its own sector, but also enables other sectors, namely manufacturing and retail, to generate and distribute supplies and products nationally and globally creating new wealth through exports. This article will focus on the Transportation and Logistics Sector and related subsectors providing an understanding of economic performance, recent and emerging trends, and how to consider within economic and business development. While transportation of people via rail, air, bus, water, etc.… is a form of transportation, this article will focus on the warehousing and movement of supplies and products along supply chains – from inputs, to production, to end markets and directly related support activities such as freight arrangement, equipment repair. A full list of the subsectors, and their North American Industry Classification System Codes is listed in Appendix 1.

Economic Trends – Employment, Output, Earnings, and Occupations
The Transportation and Logistics Sector is an important and growing part of the U.S. economy. In 2017, there were 3.7 million jobs in the U.S. within the Transportation and Logistics Sector, representing 2.3 percent of total U.S. employment. This Sector has experienced significant growth in the past ten years as the country has emerged from the recension. Between 2008 and 2017 the Transportation and Logistics Sector experienced 12.7 percent growth adding 416,316 jobs.

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Monday, March 27 2017

By Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing & Digital Marketing Consultant at Cerasis

  To avoid incidents of mismatch between supply and demand, establish more efficient manufacturing and lower costs, it is necessary to establish an environment of consistent supply chain visibility. To implement this visibility, it is crucial that companies take into consideration many elements. Everything from sourcing raw materials, manufacturing, to the sales channels which feed supply for a finished product are essential factors. One of the often-missing links, however, in supply chain visibility, is transportation management. Basically, the act of getting the needed finished goods from start location to destination. We call this the transportation supply chain.

What is the Transportation Supply Chain?
  Transportation refers to the movement of product from one location to another as it makes its way from the beginning of a supply chain to the customer’s handle. This requires a new broad look at the business of transportation supply chain, including supply chain management, logistics, and procurement. Freight transportation costs in the United States amount to about six percent of the GDP, which means that a large portion of a company's supply chain costs come from transportation. As we have stated in blogs posts about understanding how transportation costs fit into the business, the more you think more holistically as a logistics or transportation manager about the role of transportation in the overall supply chain and business, and less about the tactics of transportation (technology now is the business process enablement tool), you can strategically work with other players in the supply chain in order to more effectively reach the corporate and business vision your organization has set out to reach.

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Thursday, January 12 2017

By Kevin Hill, Online Marketing Manager at Quality Scales Unlimited

Globalization 

Emerging, mature and international markets are now part of the growth strategy of a vast number of companies. It is now the standard to go ‘international,’ and logistic solution providers have a role to play in enabling this trend through a transportation network. 

A Workforce that is Technologically Savvy 

Mobile technology has made people comfortable with technology since they are familiar with it. The current generation expects to have equipment in the workplace that can provide the same engagement using technology that they enjoy on their smartphones and cars.   

The millennials, those born in the 80s and 90s, are coming into the workforce and bringing traits that are bound to influence how technology is used. They are confident, able to multi-task, tech savvy and expect instant gratification. It is these factors that must be considered in with regards to this group and how you present information to them. With such a workforce, the next ten years will experience changes that will prove disruptive. 

In America today, 76 percent of the teenagers are on social media, 78 percent carry a cell phone, and 93 percent can access a computer at home. They spend most of their time engaging in computer games, and by the time they turn 21, they will have spent an average of ten thousand hours gaming.  This is now becoming a global trend. Equipment in the work place as well as management techniques will need to adapt to these workers.  

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Wednesday, March 16 2016

By Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing & Digital Marketing Consultant at Cerasis

2016 will be a defining year for the logistics industry, and transportation management practices must adapt to these changes. Some of these transportation management trends reflect real worries for the logistics industry. However, logistics providers and shippers are starting to understand how to combat each of these problems best through the application of transportation management technologies. But, first, so we are all on the same page, let’s define transportation and logistics management and how they compare. Then, we will discuss the top trends we see in transportation and logistics for 2016.

What is Transportation and Logistics Management?
According to Wikipedia, transportation is defined as the movement of people, animals and goods from one location to another. Modes of transport include air, rail, road, water, cable, pipeline and space. The field can be divided into infrastructure, vehicles and operations. Transport is important since it enables trade between people, which in turn establishes civilizations.

I find it an interesting point that transportation is an enabler of civilization, but this makes sense, as it enables the ability to trade and communicate.

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Wednesday, March 18 2015

By Lisa A. Bastian, Veteran Business Writer, Bastian Public Relations

Exciting if not challenging developments in the fluid transportation sector are expected for the remainder of 2015, and beyond. What follows are some fascinating trends impacting logistics and global supply chain industry players of all sizes.

The Rise of “Zombie” Vehicles 
Autonomous vehicles are no longer science fiction. They exist, but are certainly not commonplace—yet.  This year, R&D will continue full-blast on the whole “zombie” car and truck concept at public and private research centers. Many experts believe a limited but growing number of safety-tested vehicles could own the roads by the end of this decade.

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