The concern and dialog about the transportation capacity issues for our country have bridged the past two decades and beyond. In fact, according to a released, in-depth analysis of the State of Logistics report from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals , (CSCMP), the United States expects that by 2017, supply chain organizers will be less concerned with paying higher trucking rates than being able to find trucking container space available to haul their freight. We have heard so much over the years about a coming capacity crunch crisis, many argue if crisis is the proper terminology.
Among the most discussed catalysts for the next approaching transportation capacity crunch, we have to look at collaboration between all the players in the myriad of logistics layers.
If the many components of logistics and supply chain management do not engage effectively with the transport workforce and manufacturing skills gap of the U.S., crisis may be an understatement rather than an over statement. One of the essential pieces to working this out smoothly will be active listening. An example would be hearing out reasons behind the needs each side wants to address.
When asked, “What We Need,” many manufacturers will understand the reasons why logistics and freight haulers say they require attention to road and freeway conditions. On the short list of upgrades and improvements:
Now of course, this continues to strengthen the need for a hard look at how we handle the Highway Trust Fund and how we deal with aging infrastructure.
We anticipated the snickering, indeed. Are smooth pavements to accommodate truckers with delicate behinds? Why are they clamoring for smooth sailing routes with no stops and continuous speeds while the rest of us sit in frustrating traffic and bottlenecksnthat hold us up day after day? Well, basically, because getting freight in a smooth matter is clearly important to helping combat the capacity crunch as it is and of course, moving forward.
Economically, these requests make financial sense, considering the changes in freight regulations that has occurred in recent years. There would be less breakage and loss of the delicate, high-tech equipment being hauled cross-country these days if the road and freeway surfaces were resurfaced and smoother to reduce vibration. Keeping certain routes open and free flowing also has nothing to do with the tender undersides of haulers. Rigs regularly relied on to transport livestock animals need to ensure they have consistent and proper airflow and circulation to keep their cargo healthy and in excellent shape for market.
Some additional immediate needs should be self-explanatory:
It is not hard not to understand why all disciplines in these logistics and transportation industries need to shave off any costs possible; some critical facts ahead put additional burdens on a stressed alliance.
One significant asset to improving the predictable outcomes for transportation and logistics operations will be the overall use of Transportation Management Systems that use constantly available data to manage every aspect of variables in freight costs and transport rates, optimal use of logistics, and continual monitoring of industry compliance everywhere in the U.S.A.
What do you think will happen by 2017 in this transportation capacity issue? Let us know in the comments below.
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