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Impact of Fuel Prices on Supply Chains

On Wednesday, May 28, 2008 Lana Batts had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion sponsored by Stifel Nicolaus on the “Impact of Fuel Prices on Supply Chains.” Lana was joined by Dr. “Chip” White of Georgia Tech, Tom Jones of Ryder Systems, and Terry Matthews of J.B. Hunt. Download the pdf from the panel discussion to read key points on how rapidly rising fuel prices are changing distribution patterns.

Navigation Capital Partners Acquire James Brown Contracting

Transport Capital Partners announced the acquisition of James Brown Contracting, Inc by Navigation Capital Partners in a press release on May 14, 2008. Transport Capital Partners assisted in the sale of the dedicated freight carrier to the Atlanta based Equity Company. With 500 trucks and more than 3,000 trailers, Brown is the leading dedicated freight transportation provider to the paper and packaging industry.

“Empty Miles” on the Rise

Transport Topics quoted Lana Batts on the reported increase in empty miles in the trucking industry. She noted that as long haul carriers move to more regional markets, the number of empty miles increase, the number of turns increase, and dwell times increase in significance. She noted that “you can no longer measure productivity in miles, you also need to measure it in hours”.

More Opportunities for Women in Trucking

Sirius Radio featured Lana Batts on a half hour program on the opportunities for women in trucking. She noted that in addition to an increasing number of women truck drivers, women were also becoming a force in dispatch and sales.