Volume 4, Issue 3
March 2014

LTT Symposium a Total Success!

The Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) at the University of Southern Mississippi with sponsorship from the US Department of Commerce and the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) hosted the Logistics, Trade and Transportation (LTT) Symposium - February 26-27, 2014 - Gulfport, Mississippi.  The event sold out and special accommodations were needed to meet the high level of interest from industry, academics, and public officials.  

Obama's 2015 Budget Proposes $73 Bln. for Surface Transportation

President Obama's budget proposal includes $73.61 billion for surface transportation spending in fiscal year 2015, a 1.8% increase over this year's level as part of a four-year, $302.3 billion surface transportation plan.

The Federal Highway Administration takes up nearly two-thirds of the plan, or $199.2 billion.

In a March 4 press briefing, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said better freight movement is one of his priorities, and the budget includes $10 billion over four years that covers highway, rail and port projects.

Climb Aboard: Intermodal Pioneering Tomorrow's Supply Chain


Moving forward, shipping intermodal can significantly help supply chain managers in predicting expenses and capacity during peak seasons. Depleted fleets, driver shortages, fuel spikes, road hazards and inclement weather can all affect expenses during the busiest time with OTR.


Many major railroads are taking action in securing capacity and peak season pricing by launching committed capacity programs. These programs allow customers to lock in capacity and pricing for a set period of time when meeting minimum volume commitments. Shippers who forecast volume with reasonable accuracy can save money and steer clear of delays caused by capacity shortages. Third-party facilitators are an intricate part of this process as they can help connect shippers with these committed capacity programs, and make it even easier for them to get reliable and cost-effective service.



Airbus Helicopters to make AStars in Golden Triangle

Airbus Helicopters Inc. is bringing production of AStar helicopters to Columbus.

WCBI reports company officials made the announcement yesterday.

"The plant here in Columbus has been in charge of Lakota. Our next step, which has been decided, is the production of the AStar - the very successful helicopter AStar - here in Columbus, Miss. We will produce up to 60 helicopters per year in the plant here and this is a major decision for the group," Guillaume Faury, Airbus Helicopters president and CEO said. "Columbus, Miss., has been seen as the most attractive one due to a combination of factors, including skills of people, environment, competitiveness of labor. So when we have competitiveness and good skills and good teams we extend the capabilities. This will secure jobs which are here in Columbus and this is contributing to securing as well the know-how and the lives of the people."

UPS to Buy 1,000 Propane-Fueled Trucks

UPS Inc. said it is planning to purchase 1,000 propane-fueled delivery trucks and install 50 fueling stations at its facilities, representing a $70 million investment.

The trucks will replace diesel- and gasoline-fueled vehicles in largely rural areas of Louisiana and Oklahoma, and other areas might follow, UPS said in a March 5 statement. The vehicles will start operating in the middle of this year and be fully deployed by early 2015.

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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
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Sixth Annual Georgia Logistics Summit, Mar 18-19, 2014, Atlanta, GA 


I-TED 2014 - International Transportation Economic Development Conference, Apr 9-11, 2014, Dallas, TX 


The 6th Annual Critical Commodities Conference, Apr 15-17, 2014, New Orleans, LA  


2014 Manufacturing Summit, April 23, 2014, Starkville, Ms 

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