Odyssey North America Logistics Update

In 2018, the truck driver shortage, capacity issues, and rising rates all converged to create a challenging logistics environment in the US, with these trends continuing, though almost universally to a lesser extent into 2019. In the wake of a year full of record volumes and rates, 2019 looks to be a cooler, yet generally… Continue Reading

Save the Date: Your 2019 Logistics Calendar

Key dates that could impact transportation capacity or pricing during the upcoming year. With every new year comes new concerns about capacity and costs, and new opportunities to make good decisions about both. “It’s never too early to start planning for peak season supply chain capacity,” Paul Myerson writes in Inbound Logistics. “To meet customer… Continue Reading

Your 2018 Supply Chain New Year’s Resolutions

What supply chain new year’s resolutions should be on your company’s list for 2018? There’s nothing quite like the start of a New Year to get moving on those goals, tasks, and mission that your company has been pondering but not acting upon. As supply chains and logistics operations become more complex and intertwined with… Continue Reading

5 Logistics Budgeting Tips for 2018

With the fourth quarter in full swing, it’s a great time to kick off planning for 2018 and, as part of that effort, find new ways to eke the most out your logistics budget. Whether that means locking in freight rates, doing lane analysis, or evaluating technologies and tools that will help your firm’s transportation… Continue Reading

Hurricane Harvey: Transportation Impacts 09/01/2017

The Texas Coast and parts of western Louisiana have been left in dire conditions one week after Hurricane Harvey made its initial landfall, devastating the region. Record rainfall inundated the area since Friday and the long-term consequences have yet to be realized as companies check in on staff, assess damage, and prepare for recovery. Transportation… Continue Reading

Top Tips to Managing Shipments in Tight Capacity 4/1/15

With seasonal demand picking up, many shippers across the US are experiencing a capacity crunch. As such, some will need to make adjustments to how they plan and execute their loads to ensure their customers get their products on time. Some of Odyssey’s top tips for managing shipments in times of tight capacity are: Plan… Continue Reading

5 Tips for Freight Capacity Management this Fall

(Septebmer 8, 2014) The Cass Freight Index shows that September and October are the historically strong months for freight demand. Annual drivers of this demand include: • End of many produce harvest seasons • Winding down of the construction season, and a push to get projects completed • Rush of Christmas freight coming in from… Continue Reading

How to Plan for Weather’s Impact on Transportation

(August 22, 2014)  Weather is unpredictable and can have serious, often costly, effects on transportation.  As the Atlantic hurricane season continues, understanding the impacts of inclement weather and how to best plan for it can minimize disruption and unforeseen costs. Typical impact by storm approaching and arriving Stage 1: Potential storm threat – Spot prices surge… Continue Reading

Supply chain logistics expert, Glenn Riggs, discussed the importance of staying informed and nimble in an evolving global market

July 1, 2013: Odyssey Logistics & Technology’s (OL&T) Glenn Riggs, SVP North American Logistics, contributed his chemical supply chain logistics expertise to an article that appeared in the July 1, 2013 issue of IHS Chemical Week. The article, entitled “Complex Products, Complex Logistics Needs,” highlighted the importance of logistics management companies anticipating and preparing for… Continue Reading

Supply Chain Cost Reduction Tops Manufacturing List

While rapidly changing supply chain logistics has companies racing to keep up, cost reduction tops the manufacturing wish list. IDC Manufacturing Insights‘ 2012 U.S. Supply Chain survey of 350 companies ranks manufacturing priorities as 1) cost-reduction (80 percent), 2) supply chain agility (55 percent), and 3) product quality improvement and safety (52 percent). Although manufacturers view… Continue Reading