The State of Truckload

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 08:06
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The truckload sector is still holding strong with a year over year increase of ~9% in September with van rates. Even with several reports depicting companies are still hesitant on economic and global uncertainty. One of the core metrics we follow is the truck to load ratios in specific markets. This metric is a direct indicator for supply and demand.  …

Propak Logistics Announces Expansion in Nashville

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 08:01
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Fort Smith, AR – May 14, 2014 – Propak Logistics, a proactive provider of leading-edge logistics, transportation and supply chain management solutions, has announced the expansion of a new logistics office in Nashville, TN. Explosive growth and strategic customer partnerships in the area were cited as the catalysts for site expansion. “The establishment of a Nashville office represents a key step …

Propak expands in Missouri

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 07:58
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Propak, a proactive provider of leading-edge logistics, transportation and supply chain management solutions, has announced the expansion of its transportation network into Missouri. The new fleet operations will provide improved delivery performance and decreased travel time between service centers and Propak customers. In addition, the new operation will boast sustainability features, including new 2015 trucks with state of the art …

3PL’s Value Creation

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 07:57
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It’s pretty well known that asset heavy industries like transportation have a large burden to mitigate the risk of not achieving an economic profitability.  I’m calling economic profitability the point of return that allows for sufficient reinvestment back into the business for growth. Asset based transportation requires large capital and highly efficient operations to achieve economic profitability; or to just …

Propak expands in Arkansas

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 07:54
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Propak, a proactive provider of leading-edge logistics, transportation and supply chain management solutions, has announced the expansion of its transportation network into Arkansas. The new fleet operations will provide improved delivery performance and decreased travel time between service centers and Propak customers. In addition, the new operation will boast sustainability features, including new 2014 International ProStar trucks with state of …

Propak expands in Missouri

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 07:52
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Propak, a proactive provider of leading-edge logistics, transportation and supply chain management solutions, has announced the expansion of its transportation network into Missouri. The new fleet operations will provide improved delivery performance and decreased travel time between service centers and Propak customers. In addition, the new operation will boast sustainability features, including new 2013 International ProStar trucks and backhaul efficiencies. …

New Hours of Service-FAQ’s

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 07:51

The new federal hours-of-service (HOS) safety rules went into effect yesterday.  Companies have had eighteen months to comply with these new safety standards. On July 1, 2013 companies had to be 100% compliant in their operations. The new rules are targeting driver fatigue and limiting the work week of professional DOT drivers.  The U.S. Department of Transportation is estimating that …

Bulk Container and Warehousing

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 07:47
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Below highlights a case study adding value for a bulk liquid container supplier. Propak’s highly trained logistics professionals developed and executed a network distribution solution. Please contact us for additional details. Challenge: A large liquid bulk reusable container supplier to the fast moving consumer goods industry needed a partner to provide a new facility.  Not just typical warehousing, but reverse …

Natural Gas as an alternative fuel in transportation

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 07:45

With the ongoing challenge of managing fuel costs in transportation, some companies are looking at and investing in alternative fuel sources. One hot topic is CNG or Natural Gas. Below is a good article on key insights into Natural Gas investments. As Casey Whelan, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, U.S. Energy Services, discusses in a Inbound Logistics article key factors to analyze when looking at …

8 Ideas for Freight Savings

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 07:44

There are many ways and techniques companies use to save money on transportation. Some of the larger initiatives such as network optimization, site consolidation, or contract restructuring can take some time to finalize. What are the initiatives that can be implemented in most any freight network regardless of commodity, volume, or mode?  With transportation forecasts showing freight rates to increase …