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

SEKO Logistics’ executives address Peak Season potential amid economic backdrop
The intersection of Peak Season prospects, managing inventories, and economic indicators were some of the key themes highlighted on a recent media call hosted by Itsaca, Ill.-based third-party logistics (3PL) services provider and global freight forwarder SEKO Logistics.

FedEx and union-represented pilots reach terms on a tentative agreement
FedEx officials declined to comment on the agreement, outside of a brief statement issued by the company on May 30, which stated: “We are pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with our pilots as we continue delivering outstanding service to our customers around the world.”

National diesel average falls for the week of May 22, reports EIA
The national average fell 2.8 cents, to $3.855, per gallon, following a 1.4-cent decline, to $3.883, for the week of May 22.

Ocean shipping returns to pre-pandemic status
Following a year of record revenue for carriers, shipping analysts see the pendulum swinging in the other direction, as rates are decreasing, volumes are falling, and new capacity is coming online.

GEODIS expands drayage presence with acquisition of Southern Companies
A purchase price for the transaction was not disclosed. Southern Companies provides various import and export services, including warehousing and trucking, to ensure customer goods are moving swiftly through the supply chain.

Schneider Electric leads the Gartner Global Supply Chain Top 25
Four companies make the annual list for the first time, including Tesla.

Q&A: Jared Weisfeld, Chief Strategy Officer, RXO
Logistics Management Group News Editor Jeff Berman recently spoke with Jared Weisfeld, Chief Strategy Officer, for Charlotte-based RXO, the fourth-largest full truckload broker in the United States, and asset-light transportation services provider. Weisfeld provided Berman with a broad overview of how RXO views current market trends, including inventories, what may be in store for Peak Season, and capacity management, among others. Their conversation follows below. 

FTR Shippers Conditions Index remains on a growth track despite sequential decline
For March, the most recent month for which data is available, the SCI reading fell to 4.5, following February’s 5.1 reading and January’s 5.4. These readings are nearly half of December’s 10.3, to finish 2022. November’s 3.0 reading was preceded by -3.1 and -0.3 readings in September and October, respectively.

Descartes acquires Melbourne-based Localz as part of final-mile expansion
Taking steps to continue to invest in its final-mile service offerings, Waterloo, Ontario-based Descartes, a provider of logistics based on-demand, software-as-a-service offerings, recently announced it has acquired Melbourne, Australia-based Localz, a technology platform to help engage with customers on the day they’re having goods or services delivered.

LM Podcast Series: Examining the global trade market with Chris Rogers, Head of Supply Chain Research for S&P Global Market Intelligence
In this podcast, Jeff Berman, Group News Editor, for Logistics Management and Peerless Media, interviews Chris Rogers, Head of Supply Chain Research for S&P Global Market Intelligence. 

U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are down, for week ending May 20, reports AAR
Rail carloads, at 225,093, were off 0.4% annually, and intermodal containers and trailers, at 245,601 units, fell 9.3%.

New FedEx offering aids U.S. customers with emissions-tracking efforts
Entitled FedEx Sustainability Insights, the company said this new cloud-based tool, which was created by FedEx Dataworks, leverages near-real time FedEx network data to estimate CO2e emissions for both individual tracking numbers and FedEx.com accounts.

Teamsters union overwhelmingly OKs strike vote against ArcBest LTL unit
The Teamsters union has come out guns blazing in the first of four separate negotiations with freight companies in the United States and Canada over the next year. In what is likely merely a negotiating ploy, the Teamsters negotiating committee said a strike authorization had been approved by members covered under ABF Freight’s National Master Freight Agreement (NMFA).

Bloomberg analyst Klaskow provides detailed analysis of key freight themes on Tucker Company Worldwide webcast
The topic of recessions—both for the general United States economy and the freight economy—was a key theme in a webcast hosted earlier this month by Jeff Tucker, president of Haddonfield, N.J.-based Tucker Worldwide, the nation’s oldest freight brokerage, which featured Lee Klaskow, Senior Global Transportation & Logistics Analyst and Sector Head, for Bloomberg Intelligence, a division of Bloomberg LP.

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