Thu.Apr 15, 2021

Ship overweight to combat high container shipping rates

West Coast and California Logistics

Record-breaking shipping volumes into the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continue into Q2 and show no sign of letting up. This has contributed to container shortages and extremely high container shipping rates.

Building Profitability with Agility while Digitally Transforming the Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Many companies were in the midst of digitally transforming their supply chain when the Convid-19 pandemic hits. During that time, with great volatility, many companies struggled to keep pace with increasing customer expectations around delivery on-time.


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Packaging Automation is Becoming a Reality for Supply Chains


The development of technology within supply chains has accelerated significantly in the last year. The pandemic presented businesses of all industries with challenges regarding inventory, transportation and health and safety standards that have been difficult to overcome.

Marten hit hard by weather, but bottom line is improved

The Supply Chain Journal

Marten Transport (NASDAQ: MRTN) kicked off the truckload earnings season with a report that showed modest gains in revenue compared to the first quarter of last year, but a significant increase in operating and net income.

Supply Chain Evolution: Digital Transformation Is the Way Forward

A new study by The Economist shows that 54% of enterprises want to rethink their supply chains. Make them more agile and resilient. How would supply chains evolve from here? And what should supply chain leaders be doing differently? Download the report today!

Cautionary tale: Trucker advises federal reps on hard lessons learned from emissions-systems' rocky tech transition

Overdrive Online

Trucker Joel Morrow offered high-ranking SuperTruck 3 stakeholders a cautionary tale of real-world consequences when new technology isn't adequately validated. Channel 19


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CARB: Clean Vehicle Rebates on Verge of Depletion

NGT News

In response to strong demand for electric vehicles (EVs), the California Air Resources Board says it expects rebate funds for the statewide Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) to be exhausted within 30 days. EVs account for nearly 8% of all light-duty vehicles sold in California.


Teamsters protest in SoCal gets burst of support from longshoremen

The Supply Chain Journal

What had been deemed a strike in Southern California by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters — but was undertaken by people who were not employed — does appear to have disrupted some port operations in the Los Angeles/Long Beach port area Wednesday, albeit briefly.

Overdrive’s weekly music broadcast returns Friday, featuring Tony Justice's new album

Overdrive Online

The trucker-songwriter will be in studio Friday, April 16, with Overdrive's Music to Truck By radio host 'Big Al' Weekley to debut Justice's long-awaited "18 Gears to Life" record on its release date. Overdrive Radio

IKEA to electrify last-mile delivery in Canada with Lion Electric

The Supply Chain Journal

IKEA and its last-mile delivery partner in Canada, Second Closet, will deploy 15 all-electric Lion Electric trucks this fall in Canada. The vehicles making deliveries for IKEA Canada will operate in Bocherville, Quebec; Etobicoke, Ontario; and Richmond, British Columbia.

A 5-Point Strategy for Digital Procurement Transformation

Today, your entire supply chain must embrace change and accelerate digitalization. When it comes to procurement, focusing on digital transformation now can dramatically reduce costs, improve visibility and insight, and give you a significant competitive advantage.

Supply and Demand Vlog: Strategies for Difficult Markets

CH Robinson Logistics

If you’ve been in the transportation and logistics industry as long as I have, you know there are always ebbs and flows to supply and demand. Right now, analysts* forecast truckload volume to increase 8% to 12% in 2021.

J.B. Hunt lays out new margin targets for all segments

The Supply Chain Journal

Hunt Transport Services ( NASDAQ: JBHT ) updated operating income margin targets for each of its five divisions during its first-quarter earnings call Thursday evening. The company slightly lowered its intermodal margin target to a range of 10%-12% from the prior range of 11%-13%.

Understanding Truckload Capacity: What It Is and How It Works

Freight Center

The current market is one of limited capacity – but what does that mean when it comes to full truckload? What are the effects that capacity, whether excess or limited, can have on your shipping strategy?

Flood threat lingers for truckers in Deep South

The Supply Chain Journal

It’s been a wet week across much of the Deep South and parts of the Gulf Coast, with more rain to come. New Orleans had a daily record rainfall Tuesday of 3.71 inches, along with a peak wind gust of 56 mph, as strong to severe thunderstorms slammed the region.

Just In: Inventory Optimization Research

How are organizations performing on inventory optimization? How can new technologies help your team improve? Find out in this new research report.

DOE Announces Funding Opportunities to Electrify Class 8 Trucking

NGT News

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled two funding opportunities – totaling more than $162 million – to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions among cars, trucks and off-road vehicles.

Import gains at top US container gateways go ballistic

The Supply Chain Journal

The import stats at U.S. ports just went ballistic. Year-on-year (y/y) gains skyrocketed for two reasons. First, March volumes were unusually strong — as high as the peak in October. Second, import volumes in March 2020 were unusually weak, suppressed by the initial COVID lockdowns.

AMPLY Power, UES Offering V2G Ready Electric Buses and Trucks

NGT News

Port of Montreal: Why it matters and what a full strike could mean

The Supply Chain Journal

These are troubling times for the Port of Montreal. On Tuesday, longshoremen at Canada’s second-busiest port began a partial strike , refusing to work overtime on weekends. It came in response to a move by their employers to stop providing a guaranteed base pay regardless of hours worked.

What Happens When Machine Learning Meets Ocean Shipping?

Read how Unilever developed a first-of-its-kind digital Control Tower with ClearMetal that provides extremely accurate real-time visibility across their sea freight operations.

Dealing with the bulk freight capacity crunch in 2021

Bulk Connection

As the freight capacity crunch drags on, you may begin to wonder if things will get back to normal. While “normal” may look a little different in the future, it is a safe bet that this capacity crunch won’t last forever. How long it lasts, however, is anybody’s guess.

J.B. Hunt Q1 beats expectations

The Supply Chain Journal

Hunt Transport Services ( NASDAQ: JBHT ) reported first-quarter earnings of $1.37 per share Thursday after the market close, 19 cents ahead of the consensus estimate and 39 cents better year-over-year. Revenue increased 15% year-over-year to $2.62

Day 4 of ProMatDX examines micro-fulfillment

Logistics Management

Is micro-fulfillment the future of grocery


Retail sales pop in March along with freight demand

The Supply Chain Journal

Retail sales, including food services, increased 9.8% sequentially in March, according to Thursday Census Bureau data. The pop in sales highlights the impacts of widespread vaccinations and federal stimulus payments to consumers. On a year-over-year comparison, sales were up 27.7%

5 Tips to Advance Your Career as a Technical Recruiter

This step-by-step guide is designed to provide technical recruiters with tips and tricks to achieve tangible results that accelerate their recruiting efforts—and career.

ProMatDX Day 4: Making DC Workflows Better through IoT

Logistics Management

Sensor-based locating with RFID and IoT can error proof and optimize critical processes like outbound shipments


Coast Guard calls capsizing of commercial vessel major marine casualty

The Supply Chain Journal

The Coast Guard and multiple good Samaritan vessels Tuesday rescued six crew members of the Seacor Power, a commercial lift boat, and recovered the body of another crew member. The boat capsized that day during rough weather 8 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

Buoyed by solid economic momentum, March retail sales see solid growth, reports Commerce and NRF

Logistics Management

Commerce reported that March retail sales—at $619.1 billion—were up 9.8% compared to February, while rising 27.7% annually, and the National Retail Federation reported that its calculation of March retail sales, which excludes automobile dealers, gasoline stations, and restaurants, pointed to a 7.4%


Truck transportation job growth — cause for celebration or concern?

The Supply Chain Journal

March’s truck transportation employment figures can be viewed as a glass half full or half empty — both perspectives have merit. According to the U.S.

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