Sunday, July 20, 2014

Freight Forwarding and More

The Smoky Mountains always amaze me and it seems the place I retreat to when a breather is in order. Be sure to check out my photo and the banner on my Twitter page. My photo was taken at Clingman's Dome, the highest point in the park. The banner is a photo I took in Cades Cove, one of the last remaining holdouts before the US government annexed it into the Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Freight Forwarding report is almost finished. In fact, it will be completed and reviewed by our boss who happens to be enjoying the Welsh outdoors this week. Once approved, it will be published on July 31st.

Also for this week will be to catch up on updating Dashboard charts and outlining the next report - Asia Pacific Logistics. Reckon a new blog post is also in order, lots of topics to think about!

That's about it from here. Below is a photo Chris took of me in the doorway of an old Church in Cades Cove. For those folks close to me, many will get this photo - My background is in History and I've always had a love for old Churches and cemeteries.

Enjoy the week ahead and be sure to check out Ti's blog, my blog and our Twitter accounts: @TransportIntell and @cmroberson06 for additional logistics news.

Thanks for reading,

Saturday, July 12, 2014

New blog post and more!

I must confess, I am so glad this week is over. Last weekend was tough from a personal perspective and the week began on a very sad note - our beloved Allie Cat passed away. She was a part of our family for only a few months and had developed diabetes, fluid build-up in the lungs and several other ailments that the doctor suspected all added up to cancer.

This is Allie in her favorite place, on Chris' lap, asleep.

Work-wise the freight forwarding report is coming along nicely and should be published the end of this month. Also this week the Global Logistics Monitor was completed. Folks that subscribe to our GSCI portal will now have access to these monthly updates and analysis of the global market starting with this one. I've already received some good feedback on this one and will use that tailor it to fit the needs of folks needing market analysis to benchmark their companies against and for investor relations presentations.

Yes, after what, 3 weeks now? I finally wrote a new blog post. This one was interesting. a specialized PR firm in California found out my fascination with start-up companies and sent me a case study featuring JAS Forwarding and Zoom. To be honest, I wasn't sure about this but after some thought, the simplicity of the solution and the need for such a solution for communications and collaboration around the world for freight forwarders hit me. So, the post is available here in case you're interested in reading more.

Next week will be kind of a short one for me. I will be focused on the freight forwarding report and then Thursday and Friday Chris and I are heading to the Smoky Mountains for some long overdue hiking. Don't worry, I'll still continue to check emails and phone while away from the desk but probably just in the evenings.

Enjoy the weekend. I hope to catch the World Cup this weekend. Apologies to my German friends but since I am responsible for the Americas region for Ti, I will be pulling for Argentina this time around. But honestly, I am just hoping for a really good game regardless of the outcome!

Take care and thanks again for reading the blog!


Saturday, July 5, 2014

A bit late in posting....

Apologies for the tardiness in posting this week's update. This is a time of year that is both happy and rather sad for me. I took most of yesterday off (Happy Independence day!!) and spent it in the North Georgia mountains. On a more personal level, today would have been my Dad's birthday. Physically he's no longer with us but in spirit I know he is here and probably is figuring out a way to pop me on the head for being glued to my laptop so much! Funny thing is that I seem to have inherited my work habits from him!

Anyway, what's up here? The Ti team completed the annual Global Contract Logistics report. Boy, the minute it was announced via Twitter, quite a few purchase requests came in for it! It is a good report so if you're interested in learning more, click here.

Meanwhile, I'm working fast and furious on the Global Freight Forwarding report. Look for this report to be published the end of the month.

Good news for those folks that subscribe to our portal - the Global Logistics Monitor is returning!! Look for it to be posted on the portal next week. What is the portal you may be asking? click here for details.

And my blog. Yes. I just noticed it's been a few weeks since I posted anything. I think I've finally found a topic I want to write on so look for that hopefully in the next couple of days. Also, I'm still in search of more start-up logistics companies who would like to be a part of a webcast interview. If other folks in the logistics industry are interested in participating, please just let me know.

So, next week the focus is Freight Forwarding - I'll be concentrating on trade lane analysis. Yes. This report will include a section on top trade lanes, air and ocean, with analysis for each. I'm really excited about this!

I also will be visiting with one of our favorite customers next week so busy week ahead!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and thanks for taking the time to read.