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A Better Approach for Calculating LTL Carbon Emissions

A Better Approach for Calculating LTL Carbon Emissions

LTL Emissions

Truckload emission calculations have been used for some time to offer a rough estimate for less than truckload (LTL) emissions. Researchers at MIT’s Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) collaborated with C.H. Robinson; TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson; and a national LTL carrier to investigate how accurate those estimations were and to develop more accurate models for estimating LTL carbon emissions.

As part of the research, an easy to use formula was derived from the new models which can immediately be implemented. Read More…

Managing Your Supply Chain With a Vertical Twist

Managing Your Supply Chain With a Vertical Twist

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When a runner wants to take his or her performance to the next level, a logical course of action is to consult a running coach. In much the same way, a shipper in a specific industry that wants to improve supply chain performance needs relevant expertise within that vertical.

That’s why enlightened logistics service providers are turning vertically in the hunt for ways to help their shipper customers raise the performance bar. Read More…

Can You Make Logistics Collaboration Work?

Collaborating with other shippers can be beneficial

Collaborating with other shippers to fill empty cargo space is an effective way to cut costs and shrink transportation’s carbon footprint-providing you can identify the right opportunities.

By “right” we mean choosing collaborators that have compatible cultures and IT systems. Their businesses must also provide a viable match; a shipper of food products will find it tough to share truck space with a hazmat specialist, for example. Convincing senior management that you can green the supply chain by allowing an arch competitor to use some of your truck space to deliver product is a difficult sell.  Read More…

The Cost of Natural Gas

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Natural gas is a cleaner fuel for trucks than diesel, but is it a more cost effective alternative?

The cost issue was explored at the American Trucking Association Natural Gas Summit in Washington D.C., on November 28th, 2012. The operational case for natural gas was also explored at the conference, and I’ll be discussing this in an upcoming Logistics Viewpoints guest post titled Making Operational Sense of Natural Gas.

Diesel quantity is measured in gallons, while natural gas is typically measured in cubic feet. A commonly used equivalent is 145 cubic feet of compressed natural gas (CNG) or 1.7 gallons of liquid natural gas (LNG) per gallon of diesel. These are routinely referred to as Diesel Gallon Equivalents.  Read More…

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Guest Post: A Resolution You Might Want to Consider – Think Big

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Here’s a prediction for 2013: something big will happen.

OK, I’m not exactly going out on a limb here, but bear with me.

By “big” I mean a world-scale event such as a natural disaster, a political upheaval, or a technological breakthrough. Unfortunately, the statistics favor the first possibility. Read More…