Welcome to the May 2021 issue of JBF Freight Transportation Industry Bulletin, a monthly newsletter curated by the JBF Consulting team, with a focus on supply chain, transportation, logistics and of course freight.
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In This Issue
Roadblocks in Transformational Technology Implementations
Business Leadership identified as the biggest challenge in a TMS implementation underscores the value of an external consulting partner to guide the …read more
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The Essence of Managing Transportation
A rule of thumb in transportation is to plan centrally for scale, and execute locally to fulfill unique requirements.
Transport Cybersecurity 101: No one is immune to hackers
No one is immune to hackers. Think like a bad guy — and develop companywide policies that protect your fleet.
The Self-Aware Supply Chain Runs Itself
Thanks Radu Palamariu for sharing this image on LinkedIn about quantum leaps...not incremental progress! BTW this is not real - every level above 4 might be some kind of "wonderland".
The ERP becomes self-aware and takes control from all the people in the supply chain. Robots make the product, store them, picks them, and loads the trucks. Trucks run by computer. No people needed. No management needed. The self-aware supply chain runs itself. Original source: CR Supply Chain blog
Transport-Centric Macroeconomic Update
A positive factor to consider is the financial returns we are seeing from the publicly traded TL and LTL carriers.
Over the past 14 months, these carriers have seen significant upswings in their share prices and financial well being, especially in the LTL sector. Lower operating ratios enable carriers to invest more in assets and labor, which will ultimately serve as a brake on the seemingly one-way direction of freight rates.
Read the latest Transport-Centric Macroeconomic Metrics here.
Meet the JBF Cleveland Crew
First gathering of the Cleveland JBF crew in many, many months at local favoriteCowboy Food and Drink! Pictured here are from left to right: Griffin, Justin, Adam, Dennis and Chris
Hot Topics on LinkedIn - Join the Conversation
ICYMI here are some interesting conversations happening over on LinkedIn.
- The ‘unsustainable” grocery delivery wars
- Do carriers have short-term memories in tight freight markets?
- Safety ratings at risk for violators of proposed speed limiter law
- JOC’s analysis of top importing firms
MEME of the Month: The Silo Mentality
Can you relate? Original LinkedIn post
Has Your Business Changed in the past 18 months?
If you answer YES, then it’s probably time to reassess your TMS. If you’re like most businesses this past year has been a dramatic shift in your transportation network and operations. Where do you now focus your attention?
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