Fri.Jan 04, 2019

Should Apple’s results worry the air freight market?

The LoadStar

This week Apple slashed its sales forecast in anticipation of a slowdown in iPhone sales. Ti has examined what effect this might have on the air freight market.

Window of opportunity

Automotive Logistics

An optimised warehouse is an asset to the logistics market, but with multiple loading docks where goods are being received and dispatched, the workload of warehouse vehicles needs to be considered.

Port of Virginia installs four cranes to handle cargo growth

DC Velocity

Expansion project will boost container capacity 40 percent by 2020. Transportation

A challenge to the nation’s truck drivers

Fleet Owner

As we head into the New Year, I am issuing a challenge to each and every truck driver to do what they can to improve the fuel economy of the trucks they drive

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

Cruise and DoorDash to test autonomous deliveries

DC Velocity

Cruise's self-driving fleet will launch food and grocery delivery with DoorDash in early 2019 in San Francisco, companies say. Transportation

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Heavy-duty truck orders continued slump in December

DC Velocity

FTR, ACT say pattern was expected after busy summer. Transportation

Despite economic benefits, new California truck stop draws local opposition

Fleet Owner

After receiving approval from a planning commission, opponents of the travel center sought to stop the project by appealing to the Jurupa Valley City Council, citing increased pollution and its proximity to a high school

In-store traffic is down, but not out

DC Velocity

Retailers benefit from last-minute shopping at brick-and-mortar outlets as traffic increases on select holiday shopping days, survey shows. Omnichannel

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November trailer orders fifth-best month in industry history

Fleet Owner

Final trailer orders reached 45,000 units in November, according to ACT Research and FTR. US trailer orders slid sequentially for the second consecutive month, ACT said, but that still makes November 2018 the fifth-highest net order month in industry

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

The Top 10 White Papers of 2018


Today, we wrap up our series highlighting our top blog posts of the year! We always enjoy the end of the year as it allows us to see what our readers really love. That then allows us to create more of that kind of content for our award-winning blog.

Fleet Owner magazine - January 2019

Fleet Owner

Fleet Owner is the information source for trucking, written for middle and upper level managers at commercial truck fleets with five or more vehicles.

Crew reported safe after fire breaks out on containership Yantian Express

The LoadStar

Hapag-Lloyd says none of the eight officers and 15 seafarers aboard were injured when fire broke out on one of its container vessels crossing the Atlantic. The carrier said the blaze started in a container on the deck of the 7,500 teu Yantian Express. The fire then spread to adjacent boxes.


AAR reports annual U.S. carload and intermodal gains for 2018

Logistics Management

2018 U.S. rail carloads increased 1.8%, or by 238,857 carloads, annually to 13,640,641, compared to 2017’s 13,401,784. Intermodal containers and trailers increased 5.5%, or 751,217 units annually to 14,472,849


Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

Lack of provision for freight in Trans-Pennine rail upgrade a serious mistake

The LoadStar

Beleaguered UK secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling has again been rapped, for reportedly failing to provide for freight traffic on a proposed upgrade to the Trans-Pennine rail corridor. A report in The Guardian claims £3bn will be spent upgrading 76 miles of track.

MercuryGate Hires Beth Hendriks as Chief Technology Officer


The post MercuryGate Hires Beth Hendriks as Chief Technology Officer appeared first on MercuryGate International. Press Release Press Releases


Q&A: Neuton Karassawa

Automotive Logistics

Can you give an overview of GM’s logistics activities in Brazil, and your own responsibilities? The scope of my function in the region is to handle the inbound pieces and materials, such as local inbound flows from overseas to South America.

Supply chain radar: Royal Mail preps for a buyout

The LoadStar

Newton’s third law perfectly applies to Royal Mail (RMG) and private equity – the more RMG falls, testing new record lows almost daily in the past 10 weeks, the higher its appeal for opportunistic financiers backed by private equity capital and large borrowings. They say.

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.

Two new STB commissioners are officially confirmed by the U.S. Senate

Logistics Management

Earlier this week, the United States Senate voted to confirm two new Commissioners to the Surface Transportation Board (STB), an independent adjudicatory and economic-regulatory agency charged by Congress with resolving railroad rate and service disputes and reviewing proposed railroad mergers

Strong demand keeping spot rates firm as new bunker adjustment fees come aboard

The LoadStar

Asia-Europe ocean carriers from have announced further hikes in their FAK rates this month after successfully pushing through 1 January spot rate increases. Alphaliner said rates on the route “remained firm in December, despite the resumption of the 2M’s AE2/Swan service”.


Global supply chain pricing may face new pressures in 2019, say experts

247 Customs Broker

The global economy started 2018 with strong, synchronized growth, but the momentum faded as the year progressed and growth trends diverged. Notably, the economies of the eurozone, the United Kingdom, Japan and China began to weaken. In contrast, the U.S.

Reforming container operations the main focus as K Line enters centenary year

The LoadStar

The president of Japanese carrier K Line has warned employees that increasing trade protectionism is one of the greatest threats to the company.

Building AI to Unlearn Bias in Recruiting

Research shows that the hiring process is biased and unfair. While we have made progress to solve this, it’s potentially at risk due to advancements in AI technology. This eBook covers these issues & shows you how AI can ensure workplace diversity.

The Changing Logistics of Grocery Delivery: It’s In The Bag

247 Customs Broker

December 10, 2018 | By Karen M. Kroll. Food retailers are working to satisfy consumers’ growing appetite for rapid delivery of everything from tomatoes to orange juice.

Penske Associates Move to Keep Michigan Teen’s Memory Alive

Move Ahead

Editor’s note: This story is part of our “50 Stories of People Helping People” series. As we celebrate Penske’s 50th anniversary in 2019, we are spotlighting associates every Friday who are making a difference in their communities.

Walgreens Boots launches $1bn saving plan

247 Customs Broker

Walgreens Boots Alliance has launched a $1 billion cost saving programme that includes division optimisation initiatives, global smart spending, global smart organisation and digitalisation of the enterprise.

Heavy snow and staff shortages freeze cargo operations at Kiev’s airport

The LoadStar

Boryspil Airport in Kiev has reopened for cargo and mail today after a 10-day embargo on shipments. However, forwarders are concerned about its ability to handle high volumes. Turkish Airlines, DHL and Silkway are returning to normal operations after severe congestion prompted the airport to stop taking cargo. A “perfect storm” of labour shortages, heavy snowfall and high volumes of cargo resulted in “serious operational delays”, according to Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), and.

How Automation in the Supply Chain Will Make Employees More Strategic & Improve the Overall Supply Chain

Speaker: Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis

In this educational webinar, Adam Robinson from Cerasis, a leading North American Transportation Management Solutions Company, will address how automation in the supply chain is allowing companies to empower their employees with a more strategic work flow aiding in overall collaboration with peers across departments, improved business operations, more efficient manufacturing, a healthier corporate culture, and more visibility to data and processes providing the ability to gain actionable insights that lead towards actions that impact the company’s bottom line.