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Please Mr. Postman

Two things can be true at the same time: The United States Postal Service is an invaluable public service crucial to the transportation of pharmaceuticals, official documents and much else, and it’s also in an unsustainable position and in need of a turnaround.   Many people are aware of the

By |August 21st, 2020|Featured, Most Popular, News, Shippers, Special Topic|

UPS: The e-commerce margin headwind

UPS’s new C-suite led by Carol Tomé has its work cut out for it: Negotiate an increasingly risky relationship with Amazon that has juiced Domestic Package volumes but compressed margins; make real progress on the challenge of B2C delivery density; drive international volume growth; and stabilize earnings. Most of this

By |June 18th, 2020|Most Popular, Special Topic|

PSR’s past and future

The modern operating strategies known collectively as precision scheduled railroading (PSR) have driven profound changes in the way railroads think about their workforces, revenue growth, assets, facilities, networks and customer service. In this piece, we explore the past, present and future of PSR through two decades of railroad industry financial

By |May 7th, 2020|Intermodal, Most Popular, Rail, Special Topic|

Mapping Amazon’s logistics platform

Stay at home and work from home have accelerated demand for e-commerce giant Amazon’s services and products, sending its stock price up 27% year-to-date, to all-time highs, at a moment when the S&P 500 is down 14% year-to-date. Crises may cloud economic forecasts, but there is another sense in which

By |April 23rd, 2020|Most Popular, Special Topic|