Produce Season 2019

While the North American produce season doesn’t typically pick up a full head of steam until March each year, it’s never too early to start planning for this event in the logistics landscape. What is the produce season? As the days begin to grow longer and temperatures start climbing towards the tail-end of winter, the… Continue Reading

2019 Chinese New Year – What You Need to Know

Here’s what you and your supply chain need to know to prepare for Chinese New Year (CNY): The 2019 Chinese New Year celebration, also known as the Spring Festival, will take place between February 5th and February 19th, a total of roughly two weeks. What used to be a local and regional celebration has grown… Continue Reading

Save the Date: Your 2019 Logistics Calendar

Key dates that could impact transportation capacity or pricing during the upcoming year. With every new year comes new concerns about capacity and costs, and new opportunities to make good decisions about both. “It’s never too early to start planning for peak season supply chain capacity,” Paul Myerson writes in Inbound Logistics. “To meet customer… Continue Reading

UPS Freight Labor Negotiations

UPDATE: 11/11/2018: UPS and Teamsters Ratify UPS Freight Contract A new labor agreement between UPS Freight, the less-than-truckload unit of UPS, and the Teamsters Union was reached over the weekend avoiding a potential work stoppage and service disruptions. UPS Fright announced in their their release, “we will resume normal operations and will immediately begin accepting new… Continue Reading

BREXIT Update: Potential Impact on the World’s Supply Chain

October 5, 2018 Update: Department for Transport publishes no deal planning information Transport technical notices, setting out plans to be put into place in the unlikely situation the UK leaves the EU without a deal, published. Read full article here. The status of the UK’s move to leave the European Union and what it means… Continue Reading

ILA-USMX Reach Tentative Labor Agreement

On September 5th 2018, an International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA) union release stated that all 59 locals “unanimously” approved a contract extension through 2024 after months of on-again, off-again negotiations. This new deal, combined with an existing labor deal with the separate West Coast unions and port employers that lasts through the middle of 2022, would… Continue Reading

North America Tank Truck Capacity UPDATE: March 2018

The following document provides information about the status and outlook of North American Tank Truck capacity, as well as some recommendations on how to manage in the current environment to help secure capacity and control costs:

Which Trucking Trends Will Impact Your Company in 2018?

New report highlights some of the most important developments that shippers should be watching as the year progresses There’s no end in sight to the driver shortage, the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is now in full force, and the regulatory landscape isn’t getting any less murky for carriers. These are just a few of… Continue Reading

Blockchain Applications in Supply Chain

Blockchain is receiving a lot of press right now, and at least some of it is directly related to the logistics and transportation industry. “Blockchain allows businesses to track assets along the supply chain, introducing increased transparency and cost savings,” Gigabit’s Connor DiGregorio writes in Blockchain: the 2018 disruptor of the year. Walmart, for example,… Continue Reading