Logistics Management Magazine Archives

July 2021 Logistics Management

In this Issue:

  • State of Logistics: Full speed ahead
  • Truckload Roundtable: Advantage carriers
  • Infrastructure in the post-COVID world
  • Find your robotics fit
  • Quarterly Transportation Market Update: Air Cargo
July 12, 2021 · In a year of unprecedented disruption, U.S. business logistics costs fell 4% as shippers found new ways of moving freight. Like the supply chains they serve, logistics managers must now fundamentally rethink and redesign their solutions—and how they do will define their future success.
July 12, 2021 · Challenged and in demand, 3PLs face transformation.
July 12, 2021 · Air cargo continues steady climb in volumes, rates.
July 12, 2021 · Container shortage continues to restrict options on the high seas.
July 12, 2021 · Volumes remain strong, but keep a watchful eye on service.
July 12, 2021 · Retail, e-commerce, carrier discipline driving revival
July 12, 2021 · With 92% of companies already using the Cloud, the race is on to get even more supply chain management solutions into this convenient, accessible and affordable delivery model.
July 12, 2021 · To the readers of LM I say: Keep adopting new automation and technology and improving on all of your carrier partnerships to build in more resilience, because it’s going to be full speed ahead for the foreseeable future—and no one knows what that next disruption may bring.
July 8, 2021 · The TL market continues to see a flurry of high demand, elevated rates, and ongoing capacity issues. And while overall market conditions have improved from last year, there’s still a long way to go before things get back to any semblance of normal.
July 8, 2021 · There’s renewed optimism for global trade with the pandemic waning and borders beginning to open. Because of this upbeat projection, companies are continuing to invest in emerging markets—and those regions are getting ready for increasing volumes.
July 8, 2021 · The market has no lack of robotics solutions. To find the right robotics fit for your operation, best practices include having a solid handle on internal data like product dimensions, order profiles and peak requirements.
July 8, 2021 · High demand for cargo space created capacity constraints and consequential high rates over the past year on a majority of lanes. And while it appears the height of the pandemic crisis is in the rear view, shippers most likely won’t see relief from elevated rates until demand and available capacity level out.
July 8, 2021 · Today, visibility has taken on a whole new emphasis. Those who can provide visibility are valued, and those who can turn raw transportation data into actionable intelligence have long and rewarding careers ahead of them.
July 8, 2021 · Global airlines are scrambling to meet the gap between cargo demand and available lift by all means possible.
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Latest in Logistics Management

Uber Freight heralds various new customer-focused supply chain technology offerings
San Francisco-based Uber Freight, a subsidiary of the ubiquitous, ride-sharing service Uber, whose proprietary app matches trucking companies with loads to haul, and a non-asset-based third-party logistics services provider, provided multiple updates on various technology-focused services and initiatives at Deliver, its annual customer conference

U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are up, for week of September 23, reports AAR
Rail carloads, at 234,904, increased 4.7% annually, and intermodal containers and trailers, at 258,419, were up 1.2%.

FTR Shipper Conditions Index takes a step back, from June to July
For July, the most recent month for which data is available, the SCI reading came in at 1.6, well below June’s 7.9.

Prologis and Home Depot leadership address the capabilities of AI for logistics
The ongoing emergence, as well as the potential, of AI (artificial intelligence) was a major theme of the annual Groundbreakers thought leadership forum hosted by San Francisco-based real estate investment trust company Prologis in San Diego this week.

ShipStation report examines holiday season shopping preferences
The ongoing push towards online shopping, which was accelerated through the pandemic, was evident in the report’s findings, with 60% of U.S. consumers, and 57% globally, indicating they plan to do most of their 2023 holiday shopping online, coupled with increasingly adopting omnichannel behaviors.

UPS preps to acquire MNX Global Logistics
MNX has more than 800 employees in 190 countries, according to UPS. Its network includes more than 2,500 agent partners, more than 45,000 couriers, and more than 700 forward stocking locations.

Prologis research paper examines impact of various technologies on logistics real estate efficiency
The research paper, entitled “Future Proofing the Global Supply Chain:  How AI, Automation and Other Technologies Are Impacting Efficiency,” noted that logistics real estate investments outpaced revenue growth by 57% over the past decade despite advancements in automation and data analytics, which it labeled “the supply chain productivity paradox.”

Logistics services providers and shippers call out for seasonal help
A sure sign that the holiday season getting closer each day are the respective announcements made by carriers, transportation and logistics services providers, and shippers alike, announcing their “help wanted” signs have been hung, as they look for seasonal workers.

National weekly diesel average falls for first time in nine weeks, reports EIA
With a 4.7-cent decline, the national average came in at $4.586 per gallon. This came on the heels of a 9.3-cent increase, to $4.633 per gallon, for the week of September 18, and a 4.8-cent increase, for the week of September 11, to $4.50 per gallon.

FTR Trucking Conditions Index sees sequential improvements
For July, the most recent month for which data is available, the TCI reading was -5.34, faring better than June’s -6.29, the lowest TCI reading going back to November 2022.

UAW-Big Three strike is replete with supply chain implications
While the United Auto Workers (UAW) union strike against the "Big Three" of General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis has been ongoing since September 15, coupled with the number of employee walk-outs continuing to rise, the supply chain impacts and ramifications are likely to increase the longer the situation goes on, according various industry stakeholders.

OOIDA blasts FMCSA move to mandate speed limiters on heavy trucks
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) announced intention to mandate that commercial trucks have speed limiting devices is sharply dividing the trucking industry.

Combating Supply Chain Chaos: 13 Tips from the Camcode Barcoding Playbook
Camcode is offering a webinar on how to avoid delays and save money during the labeling and signage process for physical inventory move-in. They provide considerations for selecting the correct label, best practices for maximizing value from labels and signs, advice on where to cut corners and where not to, tips for formatting inventory data, and suggestions for seamless label and sign installations.

Q&A: Erin Van Zeeland, Schneider National Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Logistics
Logistics Management Group News Editor Jeff Berman recently caught up with Erin Van Zeeland, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Logistics, for Green Bay, Wisc.-based truckload, intermodal and logistics services provider Schneider National. Van Zeeland addressed various topics, including: Peak Season, intermodal, logistics technology, and near shoring among others.

DAT’s August Truckload Volume Index presents a mixed bag for volume and rates
The van TVI was up 8.0% compared to July, at 241, and down 8.0% annually; the reefer TVI was up 4% compared to July, at 175 and down 5% annually; and the flatbed TVI was up 9% compared to July, at 259, and down 0.4% annually;

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