Fri.Jul 23, 2021

4 challenges of drayage — and the FreightTech companies solving them

The Supply Chain Journal

Drayage, in its simplest form, is the transportation of freight from an ocean port to its initial inland destination.

Arrival to Supply Anaheim Transportation Network with Battery Electric Buses

NGT News

The City of Anaheim, Calif., and Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN) have been awarded a $2 million grant from the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) to replace aged liquefied natural gas (LNG) with zero-emission battery electric buses from vehicle producer Arrival.

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FreightWaves Classics: No matter the size of vehicle, it needs tires

The Supply Chain Journal

What is a tire? “A A tire is a ring-shaped component that surrounds a wheel’s rim to transfer a vehicle’s load from the axle through the wheel to the ground and to provide traction on the surface that the vehicle is on,” according to Wikipedia. Photo: Live Science). First the wheel.

Volkswagen ID.4 Electric SUV Will Feature Hancook EV Tires

NGT News

Hankook Tire says it is expanding its original equipment business for the supply of tires for electric vehicles to include the ID.4, Volkswagen’s first e-SUV.

4 Critical Steps to Build into Your Digital Logistics Strategy

Up your logistics game by empowering your supply chain with AI-powered analytics, real-time collaboration, IoT-enabled track and trace, and cognitive decision-making to achieve digital logistics success. Build your strategy around these 4 critical steps.

Truck Talk: Next acts edition

The Supply Chain Journal

This week, we’re looking at a lot of industry experience being brought to bear on startups and a familiar SPAC sponsor that has recruited a former U.S. president to a board role that could help pick a merger target. Moving on.

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Drilling Deep: Economist Perry on bull-versus-bear debate in freight

The Supply Chain Journal

The bull-verus-bear showdown is present in markets at all times. Freight is no exception. Noel Perry, a longtime freight economist who works closely with the Transportation Intermediates Association and Truckstop.com, talks about the reasons for both arguments on this week’s Drilling Deep.

Insurance, big-ticket maintenance, finding time off to recharge. What's your biggest trucking-business challenge?

Overdrive Online

In this Overdrive Radio podcast, varying answers to the question from four owner-operators in livestock, van, reefer and heavy haul. Better yet, distinct pictures emerge of different strategies to address insurance, maintenance cost, and so much more. Overdrive Radio

Walmart reigns in grocery delivery wars, but Instacart is pushing hard

The Supply Chain Journal

January was the peak sales month for online grocery sales, reaching $9.3 billion during the month, according to a Brick Meets Click/Mercatus Grocery Shopping Survey conducted Jan. 28-31.

Q2 U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index highlights strong freight shipment and spend levels

Logistics Management

Myriad signs of economic improvement—driven by things like more people getting vaccinated, strong retail sales, high imports, construction and manufacturing output—helped propel second quarter freight shipments and spend levels to high levels, according to the most recent edition of the U.S.

Is Digital Procurement Transformation Delivering on the Promise?

Is your digital transformation working, or is it still a work in progress? Download this report, from a GEP-sponsored survey from ISM, to check your performance and see how your peers are reaching their transformation goals.

Air Canada sets record for cargo revenue in second quarter

The Supply Chain Journal

Hampered by strict government border restrictions, Air Canada disappointed investors with a US$918.3 million loss in the second quarter, but the cargo division did better than expected with a record $274 million in revenue.

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Additional Compressed Natural Gas Buses Coming Online in B.C.

NGT News

The Victoria Regional Transit System in British Columbia is deploying 10 new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses in its service area, joinging 35 heavy-duty CNG buses and 25 medium-duty CNG buses that were added to the fleet in 2020.

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Paschall Truck Lines parent acquires dry van carrier TDC

The Supply Chain Journal

Paschall Truck Lines parent Interstate Personnel Services (IPS) announced Thursday the recent acquisition of dry van carrier Transport Distribution Co. TDC) and a related business. Founded in 1985, Joplin, Missouri-based TDC provides regional service in the central U.S., including the Midwest.

U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are up for the week ending July 17, reports AAR

Logistics Management

Rail carloads—at 235,303—saw a 9.7% annual increase, topping the weeks ending July 3 and June 26, at 236,486 and 237,117, respectively

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Cognitive Manufacturing: 4 Strategic Pillars That Drive Successful Outcomes

Manufacturers are eagerly embracing Industry 4.0 to gain end-to-end supply chain visibility, reduce OpEx spend, improve asset health and accelerate time to market. Explore the 4 strategic pillars that drive successful cognitive manufacturing outcomes.

International intermodal congestion to persist through 2021: UP

The Supply Chain Journal

The supply chain disruptions occuring within the international intermodal sector will likely persist through the end of the year, according to Union Pacific President and CEO Lance Fritz.

Investors Back ClimateAi to Tackle $1.3 Trillion in Climate Risk Across Supply Chains

Supply Chain Brain

ClimateAi, a firm applying artificial intelligence to climate risk modeling, announced the launch of its Enterprise Climate Planning (ECP) platform

Large wildfires still burning millions of acres out West

The Supply Chain Journal

Dozens of large wildfires are still scorching land in more than a dozen states across the country. Eleven of these states are in the West. As of Thursday, these 79 large fires had burned almost 1.5 million acres , according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Bootleg fire.

Podcast | Rethinking Shipper-Carrier Relationships After the Pandemic

Supply Chain Brain

The lessons of the pandemic forced shippers to take a fresh look at the way they deal with carriers

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Just in Time vs. Just in Case: What’s the Way Forward for Supply Chains?

Just-in-time supply chains worked just fine — until they didn’t. Is more inventory the answer? It’s not a binary solution. Read this latest GEP paper to learn how enterprises can ensure adequate supplies without running excess inventory.

Surface Transportation Board: How are railroads addressing intermodal congestion?

The Supply Chain Journal

The Surface Transportation Board is asking the Class I railroads to explain how they are addressing congestion within the international intermodal supply chain amid shippers’ reports about “sizeable” storage fees and the length of time containers are being held.

LogiNext launches last-mile delivery platform

Logistics Business Magazine

LogiNext , a global technology company on a mission to optimise and automate delivery management for enterprises, has launched MILE, an integrated last-mile delivery platform.

Hot Shots: Wildfires, floods, lucky landing and more

The Supply Chain Journal

Every Friday, FreightWaves takes a look at the past week or so in social media, highlighting trucking, transportation and weather. This week features huge Western wildfires, devastating floods in Colorado, a successful emergency airplane landing and more. Wicked wildfires.

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Comment: Following simple rules can keep your data safe from cyber crime

The LoadStar

Only last month a major shipping group reported lost business due to a cyber-attack on its email systems – recent high-profile attacks on other shipping and logistics companies are well documented.

Rethinking Supply Chain Risk: New Threats Demand New Tools and Strategies

Companies like Bayer AG and Akamai coped with recent supply chain disruptions much better than their peers. What did they do differently? Read this new HBR – GEP report on new tools and strategies to mitigate supply chain risk.

Dollars or pounds, what should trigger a drone accident investigation?

The Supply Chain Journal

Comments closed this week on a notice o f proposed rulemaking put forth by the National Transportation Safety Board, the government agency responsible for investigating transportation accidents, on the definition of drones and how that definition should be used to trigger accident investigations.

Age restrictions and heavy insurance costs steer the young away from haulage

The LoadStar

US regulators and insurance companies must reduce restrictions impeding younger drivers entering the haulage sector if the country is to avert a supply chain catastrophe.

Exclusive: Massive layoffs hit Omnitracs and DealerSocket

The Supply Chain Journal

A significant number of employees at logistics telematics company Omnitracs and SaaS provider DealerSocket were laid off this week, two months after both companies were acquired by Solera Holdings Inc.

South African cyber disruption reveals supply chain vulnerabilities

The LoadStar

Transnet, which operates ports and rail infrastructure in South Africa, says it has “identified and isolated” the source of disruption to its online systems, which caused cargo operations at Durban and Cape Town to be halted.

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Leverage SAP IBP to Drive Planning Transformation

Today, traditional SAP IBP deployments are not enough. You need to assure you are leveraging its maximum potential to truly transform planning. And to reduce costs, improve visibility and insight, and advance digitalization to gain competitive advantage.