A Catalyst for Supply Chain Profitability

Below we will share some articles and thoughts, remember to come back often!


The Confluence of Safety and Circumstance


Confluence - the point where two rivers meet

The death of a young father, just 33 years old, a wife and children with a hole that will never heal.

A shunt truck driver was killed this week. He was working alone at the time. He was discovered at approximately 4:00 a.m.. He probably wasn’t there long before he was discovered, given the environment was one where communication between shunters and the control tower tends to be frequent. I drove a shunt truck a few times in just such an environme...
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Date: January 11th at 6:18pm

Managing Freight Claims - an Introduction


An Introduction to Claims, Packaging & Liability

In my many years in the industry, I think few areas have been less well understood by the supply chain partners I have interacted with than freight claims. Common misperceptions include: the carrier is liable for the full cost of the damage that may have been incurred regardless of the factors that contributed to the damage: the carrier is responsible for  full replacement cost even if the damages are repairable; the shipper can file for damages...

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Date: January 11th at 6:18pm

The Questionable Value of a Mock Facility Audit


As I sat discussing my services with a representative for the insurance industry, the question arose – “Do you do mock audits? Many fleets ask us for mock audits.”  A pause …. “Yes, I can do an audit. But I am not convinced of the value for the client. It is not what I would propose if asked.” An eyebrow raised. “Ok, look”, I continued, “the audit is designed to identify if you meet the MTO (or FMCSA) minimum performance criteria. It reviews records, compares performance against a standard and a...

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Date: January 11th at 6:18pm

May You Live In Interesting Times


a revisited,and slightly revised commentary from the winter of 2014... seems my predictions on driver shortage are coming to roost in wage increases. 

May you live in interesting times" is an English expression purporting to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse.” - Wikipedia

As another year ends and a new one crests the horizon, it is an opportunity to reflect on what was, what is, and what may be. For me the road ahead is shorter than the road in the mirror.

Some of...

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Date: January 11th at 6:18pm