January 5, 2012
Which issues will dominate the freight industry in 2012? There are many to choose from. We asked leading industry analyst Adrian Gonzalez about three challenges that are important to the future of freight transportation.
Collaborative freight networks. Everyone talks about it. Do you see competitors working together to finally store/ship product together? What’s the feedback been like? How were the barriers of resistance broken down? Read More...
Tags: fuel costs human resources Logistics Viewpoints
Categories: Guest Posts Market Trends Talent Management Transportation Management
November 3, 2011
Shippers are always on the lookout for ways to squeeze more savings out of their freight networks and improve performance. We asked leading industry analyst Adrian Gonzalez to give us his take on two important improvement strategies: targeted savings and benchmarking. Read More...
Tags: benchmark Logistics Viewpoints transportation savings
Categories: Guest Posts Savings
September 29, 2011
The need to expand globally is almost a given in most markets, and from a supply chain perspective it now comes as no surprise that international growth exposes operations to more risk. Does this mean that we have been pursuing globalization for so long that it no longer holds any surprises? The answer, of course, is no, particularly in areas such as freight transportation.
Consulting firm McKinsey maintains that a “globalization penalty” remains a less obvious challenge in the global arena. Using data on some 500 corporations, the firm identified 20 local leaders and 18 global leaders and compared them on elements of organizational health. Read More...
Categories: Global Guest Posts
July 14, 2011
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...
Categories: Guest Posts
March 8, 2011
It is accepted wisdom that change is the only constant, yet companies spend an inordinate amount of time trying to manage the market's ups and downs. How important is controlling volatility to overall performance?
Consulting firm McKinsey looked at this question and found that in terms of investor returns volatility is not as important as is often assumed. In fact, efforts to iron out the peaks and troughs in earnings can actually hurt a company, according to the firm. Read More...
Tags: fuel costs MIT market volatility
Categories: Guest Posts Market Trends Research