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I N D U S T R Y F O R E C A S T Trending in the Information Age by Brian D. Paolillo T he trends for 2015 in the logistics and supply chain world are varied, but a few continue resonating with both the pundits and industry observers. At the top of the list is the continual quest for more supply chain visibility and systems integration of data. In our increasingly 24/7 world, the typical supplier, distributor and manufacturer all understand the importance of information and the real strategic advantage it can provide in terms of managing their costs and clients. Likewise, the ongoing trend of mobility and device options are linked to this increasing need for more timely and accurate information. Add to this mix the integration of tablets, smart phones and portable wireless devices and the demand for information only accelerates as the line between connectivity and traditional business management models begin to blur. Intermodal Outlook and Trends 2015 is the beneficiary of seasonally milder winter weather when compared to last year's brutal conditions for rail operators and the transportation industry in general. This good weather and increasing intermodal demand seemingly correspond with announcements recently from BNSF to allocate $6 billion in 2015 toward capital expenditures. This is an ongoing trend of late, with most Class I carriers moving to shore up aging infrastructure, general maintenance, human resources investment and increase order allocations for new equipment while positive operating conditions allow. Overall, the use of intermodal service in 2014 grew, with traffic up 5.1 percent over 2013, as reported earlier this year by the Association of American Railroads. While on the surface this FOOD SHIPPERS OF AMERICA | | 47

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2015

President’s Letter
Intermodal Challenges
Pain on the Train
Transportation Funding Preview
The Real Key to the Driver Shortage – Creating a Better Environment for Drivers
Starting Over
FSA’s Annual Conference
Industry Forecast
Retail Trends
Cleaning Up Aisle 6
How Are Honeybees Doing?
Capturing Talent
A Traffic Jam Model of Leadership
Afraid to Admit That You Don’t Understand Social Media?
FSA Members
Index of Advertisers

Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2015