Logistics Management Magazine Archives

May 2023 Logistics Management

In this Issue:

  • The New Digital Supply Chain
  • LTL Study: Partner for reliability
  • Technology Roundtable: Evaluate and apply
  • Technology as a key differentiator for forwarders
  • Special Report: ProMat in review 
May 30, 2023 · 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.
May 8, 2023 · Here are some of the top digital supply chain trends that shippers need to understand and leverage as they continue along the path of transformation.
May 8, 2023 · From real-time operational data to fleet right-sizing, lift truck telematics have a strong role to play in everything from safety to maintenance and even operator training. If at first it seems overwhelming, step back, take a deep breath and go small.
May 5, 2023 · Use our May 2023 issue to take the temperature of the technology that’s transforming our operations right in front of our eyes
May 5, 2023 · While rates continue to rise, shippers who’ve worked to form closer partnerships with their LTL providers report better pricing, better service and improved support from their carriers.
May 5, 2023 · In this annual event, we gather four top supply chain management software and technology analysts to discuss how some of the latest software and automation innovations are being put to work to help logistics professionals streamline their operations to keep pace.
May 4, 2023 · Analysts expect the percentage of cargo booked and shipped through completely digital platforms to double to nearly 20% by 2024. To accommodate this rapid growth, large forwarders are investing heavily in digital offerings for booking, quoting, tracking, and invoicing—the ones who don’t will be left behind.
May 4, 2023 · Don’t be enamored with new equipment or tech loaded with promises, assess fulfillment operations carefully while focusing on a holistic strategy.
May 4, 2023 · The rapid development of electric and autonomous vehicles will arm trucking with competitive tools and advantages that they’ve not seen in quite some time.
May 4, 2023 · ProMat 2023 was held March 20-23 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. It featured more than 1,000 exhbits and included a comprehensive educational conference. Here are some of the highlights.
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In the letter to the President Biden U.S. Chamber President and CEO Suzanne Clark wrote that it is imperative for the White House to intervene immediately and appoint an independent mediator to help the ILWU and PMA come to terms on an agreement on a new contract.

Tale of Two Loads: LTLs managing reduced demand better than TL carriers
There is a sharp, telling contrast among yields of trucking companies, depending on which niche they are operating. An expected slow first half for freight demand has morphed into uncertain expectations for the rest of the year. Most truckload (TL) executives are hoping for a second-half rebound to make up for a below-par first half.

U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are mixed in May, reports AAR
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Better wages in works as ABF, Teamsters reach tentative five-year deal
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
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Yellow, Teamsters ‘moving fast’ as both sides negotiate over One Yellow changes
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Strike authorization vote for UPS Teamsters workers is underway
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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
The search for a new CEO for Minneapolis, Minn.-based global logistics services provider and freight forwarder C.H. Robinson has come to an end, with the company announcing today it tabbed David Bozeman to take the position, effective June 26. Bozeman will also serve as a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

National diesel average is down, for the week of June 5, reports EIA
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Transfix announces partnership with Highway
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