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Fuel Management

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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The Shifting Energy Outlook

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The future of oil may be different than you think.

With all the discussions of Superstorm Sandy, the elections, and the fiscal cliff, one of the stories getting less press is the future of oil. There has been a dramatic and, for some people, an unexpected change. Experts now predict that the US will surpass Saudi Arabia as the leading producer of oil by 2020.

Surprised? How can this be?  Read More…