Category Archives: Railroad

The role of logistics competitiveness in Airbus’s Mobile, Alabama assembly plant decision

A New York Times article (September 18, 2015) titled “First US Airbus Factory Gives Wings to Revival in Mobile, Alabama” describes parts being flown in from Europe for assembly of the A321 jet in the Mobile plant. But the article … Continue reading

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Should we expect US logistics costs to increase in 2014 ?

An article in the Supply Chain Digest (September 5,2014) by Dan Gilmore lists several recent price pressures on US transportation. He lists a 22.6% cost increase accounted by a combination of a 14% wage increase due to driver shortages, a … Continue reading

Posted in Capacity, Cost, logistics, Prices, Railroad, Train, truck | 16 Comments

Rail delays and crop price impact

An article in the Financial Times (September 1, 2014) titled “Rail Delays Knock north US grain prices” describes speed reductions of 9% for Burlington Northern Railroad (BNSF) and 11% for Canadian Pacific causing shipment delays. ┬áThe backlog for BNSF was … Continue reading

Posted in Capacity, Grain, Operations Management, Prices, Railroad, Supply Chain Issues, Train | 7 Comments