JBF Freight Transportation Bulletin Update March 2020

Hot off the press: JBF Freight Transportation Bulletin March 2020.

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Operations and Supply Chain Disruption 

COVID-19 is giving the world an unwanted crash course in supply chain management. Before the pandemic, supply chain professionals quietly and competently went about their business. Their work, largely unnoticed by the general public, has resulted in the creation of global supply chains that provide consumers unprecedented access to low cost, high-quality products from markets around the world. 

However, we are about to see what happens when hyper-efficient, lean supply chains built on the premises of predictable demand, high supplier fill rates, consistent manufacturing production rates, and unconstrained transportation capacity are all challenged.  

JBF Consulting wishes that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy in these unsettling times. This article from PWC provides pointers to help with that on what to do in these times.


A Primer on Supply Chain Design (SCD) 

The purpose of this article is to provide a brief overview of the practice and will serve as a foundation for future articles that will tackle specific aspects in greater detail.

Supply chain design, sometimes referred to as network design or network modeling, is a well-accepted decision support tool used by many companies… continue reading

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Is the Tesla Semi a Game Changer in Long Haul Trucking?

Tesla has announced that their long-awaited, electric-powered “Semi” will be made available to some customers as early as the second half of this year. Why would anyone buy a conventional diesel Class 8 Tractor anymore? Well, lots of reasons…continue reading

Detail Design of a TMS Implementation
by Louis Bourassa
Detail Design of a TMS Implementation

I spent this past week sequestered in a windowless conference room hashing out the detail design of a TMS implementation for a large industrial goods manufacturer. From a process perspective, my most important lesson is…continue reading

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Trucks loading up on diesel. (Photo credit: Jim Allen/FreightWaves)
10 Ways to Lower Diesel Fuel Expenses for Trucking Companies

Commentary by Mike Mulqueen

A recent Freightwaves article caught our attention: “Top 10 ways to lower diesel fuel expenses for trucking companies” As noted in the article, driver behavior seems to be the biggest factor in fuel usage. That said, I am somewhat skeptical about the use of speed governors, as they increase the number of truck/car interactions, which correlate to higher accident rates.

I would also love to get FreightWave’s perspective on fuel hedging as a risk mitigation approach. Given FreightWaves seems to be leading the charge in Freight Futures, perhaps using derivative instruments to reduct a shipper’s exposure to fuel volatility would be an interesting next step?   Click here to read the full article.

Using Transport instead of BTL for Load Building
Using Transport Instead of BTL for Load Building

by Brad Forester

Our team was tasked to design and implement a solution for a client that would drive Load Building functionality with Recommended Shipments from Fulfillment. Through a detailed analysis, we ended up… continue reading

Upcoming Industry Events

As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads, tech conferences are being canceled, postponed, or turned into virtual events.

Postponed until 2021
Descartes: Evolution 2020   
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
June 16 – 18
Supply Chain USA
Chicago, IL
May 4 – 7
Will now be Virtual
Aug 23 – 26 
In.Sight User Conference 2020   
Orlando, FL
May 6 – 7
FreightWaves Live ATL    
Atlanta, GA
Sep 8 – 11
Supply Chain Insights 2030 Summit
Franklin, TN
May 11 -14
Gartner Supply Chain Symposium
Orlando, FL
Sep 20 – 23
CSCMP edge 2020
Orlando, FL
May 18 -21
Momentum 2020
Las Vegas, NV
Sep 28 – 30 
PARCEL Forum 2020
Nashville, TN
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