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“Dan Goodwill is a well known consultant in the transportation sector and a published and prolific writer on current topics related to the industry. Dan's associates also contribute on a regular basis.”

Transportation Industry Articles - Freight Management and Transportation Consulting Services

As shippers wrestle with the continuingchallenges of tight capacity, increasing freight rates and elevated fuel surcharges, many companies are turning to a formal request for quotation (RFQ) process to address these issues. The RFQ process is now viewed by someshippers as a mechanism to leverage their freight volumes to secure the capacity they require while ensuring some measure of rate stability...

A company’s freight spend often represents between 2% and 10% of its total expenses. Formany companies in the manufacturing, distribution and retail sectors, their freight spend hasa direct impact on the company’s bottom line...

At a recent transportation industry conference, an executive of one of Canada’s major freight carriers was quoted as saying that within the next 25years, the transportation industry will be controlled by 15 global transportation organizations. What struck me as amusing is how many times I have heard the same prediction over the years...

The safety and dependability of your company’s supply chain can “make or break” your company. A supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link. A failure to deliver your company’s products on time can shut down an assembly line and result in fines and lost revenues. While product recalls (i.e. toys, pet food, cars) have recently been receiving front page attention, service failures caused by poorly designed freight transportation programs happen every day across North America. Are you doing everything possible to ensure the dependability of your freight transportation program?...

Jeff Rubin, a respected CIBC World Markets economist has predicted that crude oil will hit (US) $150 a barrel by 2010 and $200 a barrel by 2012. This would translate into $7 a gallon in the US or (Cdn) $2.25 a litre, twice current levels. His arguments are that world oil production has stagnated at 85 million barrels a day over the past two years. Even with the possible reduction in demand in the western world, the growing demand in China, Russia, India and the Middle East will more than offset these declines over the next five years...