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Archives for July 2011

Regulation Roundup: Part One

Regulatory update

Keeping up with regulatory change is tough for busy operational managers. But even a working knowledge of what is coming down the pike prepares you for the possible impacts of new legislation and regulation.

To help you stay on top of the various initiatives now underway, and assess the potential changes to your business operating environments, here is a snapshot of the legislative and regulatory pipeline. This week we look at three broad topics: reauthorization of the Transportation Bill, Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) , and new rules from the California Air Resource Board (CARB). Read More…

Talking About Going Global

International supply chain management

Global growth has become such an integral part of supply chain management that it is easy to forget just how challenging it can be. This is particularly true in the freight transportation space, where concepts such as deploying a control tower to manage international freight movements are still evolving (for more on this see Control Tower for Freight Management Catches the Global Train,┬áDecember 17, 2010, and Five Features that Define a Global TMS, by Jordan Kass, June 15, 2011). Read More…

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Building the Logistics Brand

Value of a brand

Apple is the world’s most valuable brand according to media research company Millward Brown Optimor in its 2011 study of the Most Valuable Global Brands. The study measures the share of company earnings driven by brand identity.

Many attributes contribute to the value of a consumer-facing brand. There are personality type characteristics such as “friendly” and “trustworthy” as well as qualities like “value for money” that are more service oriented.  Read More…

There is Some Light in the Tunnel

Freight industry and the economy

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) published the 22nd State of Logistics Report last month, and it offers some sober reading. But it also contains a message we always try to affirm in this blog: that the freight industry has the creativity and tools to lighten the economic gloom.  Read More…