Conference Reports

Panama aims to become a crossroads of global trade
The Panama Canal expansion will make Panama the hub of cargo movements in the Western Hemisphere, canal official predicts.

Easy days past for shippers, IP executive says
The era of abundant capacity and cheap rates in the domestic trucking market is coming to an end, warns International Paper exec.

Third-party logistics companies get more involved in packaging
More manufacturers are asking 3PLs for help with special packaging for product promotions.

Automation in the warehouse can improve delivery at the store
Pepsi Bottling Group discovered that the benefits of automating your warehouse don't have to stop at the dock door.

Long-time innovator honored with Distinguished Service Award
CSCMP recognizes Chuck Taylor for lifetime commitment to finding practical solutions to intractable problems.

One voice needed on European sustainability
CEVA Logistics CEO urges logistics industry to communicate its concerns to European legislators.

New consortium to address supply chain volatility
The X-treme Supply Chain Consortium seeks to develop metrics and identify effective responses to supply chain volatility.

Germany eyes palletized freight trains
The German government may develop intercity rail service for palletized freight as a means of reducing highway traffic.

Autopart International slashes return rates by 33%
For aftermarket parts supplier, reducing returns was a simple matter of giving employees better product information at the point of sale.

New metrics will forecast supply chain trends
"Predictive metrics" that will warn of future supply chain problems are now under development.

New TMS users looking at 8% savings: Oracle executive
Companies that adopt Web-based transportation management systems can expect to reap savings through operating efficiencies.

2010 will be bounce-back year for 3PLs, according to Armstrong study
Third-party logistics industry will see revenue gains of 13.4 percent, research firm predicts.

BNSF sees shippers seeking longer contracts
Rail exec says trend is driven by shippers' concerns about potential capacity shortages and a resulting runup in rates.

Haggar's slimmed-down supply chain produces results
Slashing its supplier base helped Haggar Clothing Co. better control costs and boost forecast accuracy.

Industrial real estate: He who hesitates loses money
To get the best deal on a warehouse facility, you have to time things right.

Get to know your customer
A supplier that engages its customer and makes itself indispensable boosts its chances of keeping that business.