Logistics Management Magazine Archives

March 2023 Logistics Management

In this Issue:

  • E-commerce & Freight: Balancing new patterns of demand
  • 2023 Parcel Express Roundtable
  • The Evolution of WMS
  • WDC Equipment Survey: Tighter budgets prompt targeted spend
  • LTL volumes down, yields up
  • U.S. Ports: Challenges persist, volumes dip
March 14, 2023 · We speak with a number of logistics experts to capture their views on the overall impact that e-commerce is having on moving the nation’s freight. One thing is for certain: The current level and speed of churn has irrevocably altered the pattern so many had become accustomed to managing.
March 14, 2023 · Two of the trends making an impact on reverse logistics besides the increase of e-commerce and the increased focus on customer centricity—are the circular economy and robotics. Here are some suggestions for transforming your reverse process to meet today’s pressing demands.
March 13, 2023 · Three of our top parcel industry sources offer their respective takes on the most consumer-facing segment of freight transportation and logistics parcel and last-mile delivery. Even though pandemic-related conditionshave changed, high pricing remains, which is increasingly putting shippers in the position of carefully considering their options.
March 13, 2023 · A long-time mainstay in productive warehouse environments, WMS is more than proving its value in today’s resource constrained business environment.
March 13, 2023 · After a banner year for materials handling automation indicators last year, our annual equipment outlook survey reveals a more conservative approach to spending on automation, equipment and related software—however, the indicators didn’t decline drastically.
March 13, 2023 · Once again, we’re using the March issue of Logistics Management to take a closer look at how the ongoing growth of e-commerce continues to influence the various modes, services and operations practices that make our logistics and freight transportation networks function.
March 12, 2023 · After the pricing and service roller coaster ride is done, what will we do differently before the next black swan arrives?
March 12, 2023 · The LTL market’s surprising profitability and ability to not only exist, but to become the most lucrative and well-managed niche of the overall $830 billion trucking industry, is astounding to even veteran leaders in the sector. How is this happening?
March 12, 2023 · The long litany of headaches now includes ongoing labor negotiations on the West Coast that could quickly shift priorities of ports in the region. While the East Coast may continue to benefit from the uncertainty, the overall forecast for volumes in 2023 remains foggy.
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Tale of Two Loads: LTLs managing reduced demand better than TL carriers
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ABF Freight System, the nation’s seventh-largest less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier with $2.95 billion in revenue last year, has won five years of labor peace under a tentative new National Master Freight Agreement with the Teamsters union. The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) and ABF have tentatively agreed to terms for a new national contract. It will be sent out to approximately 8,600 ABF truck drivers, dock workers and other members nationwide. The current five-year agreement expires June 30.

New Port Tracker report signals more U.S.-bound import declines over the rest of 2023
For April, the most recent month for which data is available, Port Tracker observed that import volumes, for the ports covered in the report, came in at 1.78 million TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units), which marked a 9.6% gain over March’s 1.62 million TEU— the lowest volume in a month going back to May 2020’s 1.53 million TEU, when several Asian-based factories and U.S.-based stores were closed because of the pandemic—and a 21.3% annual decline.

DHL eCommerce moves into a new Missouri-based facility
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Port of Long Beach leadership provides update on key port initiatives and industry themes
In early 2022, the Port of Long Beach (POLB) was dealing with a long queue of inbound vessels waiting to be unloaded and waiting offshore, with the tally, at one point, up to 109 vessels, observed POLB Executive Director Mario Cordero on a recent media conference call. By the end of 2022, though, that queue, he said, “was long gone, as the import surge had abated, coupled with United States supply chain activity returning to more normal levels of activity and, in some...

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Strike authorization vote for UPS Teamsters workers is underway
The end game regarding the unsettled labor situation between Atlanta-based global freight transportation and logistics services provider UPS and the Teamsters may be getting closer to an end result this week, with local unions representing UPS Teamsters conducting in-person voting for strike authorization.

With deadline way past due, now is the time for a West Coast port labor deal to be struck
The push for a new West Coast port labor deal continues….with no end in sight? OK, that is an exaggeration, but, yes, that is what it feels like, at times., to be sure. Not all that long ago, there were clear signs of optimism, or progress, in terms of a deal being reached between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

ODFL issues Q2 operating metrics update
ODFL reported that revenue per day fell 15.7% in May compared to May 2022, which it said was mainly driven by a 14.4% decrease in LTL tons per day. And it said that the decrease in LTL tons per day was due to an 11.4% decrease in LTL shipments per day and a 3.4% decrease in LTL weight per shipment.

C.H. Robinson tabs Bozeman as its next CEO, effective later this month
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National diesel average is down, for the week of June 5, reports EIA
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