5 Truckload Shipping Trends For 2019

Our industry’s cyclical pattern of tension and slack has become familiar to many of us. To understand whether demand for truckload capacity will be up or down in the coming year, it’s critical to watch the economy. With slower economic growth forecasted for 2019, we could expect a more historically normal level of truckload market balance than we had last year. In addition to economic growth, there are a variety of factors that will influence […]

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Is 2019 the Year of Robotic Piece Picking?

The overall structure and content of the MHI Promat and Modex events evolves very slowly from year to year. However, a prevalent theme seems to arise each year that differentiates one event from years prior. I’m told that robotic piece picking was the stand-out theme at LogiMAT last month and that theme will surely cross the pond to ProMat next month. I plan to spend a large portion of my time in Chicago at the […]

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Singapore Locks in Last Mile Delivery

Singapore is looking to enable an efficient last mile network by developing a single interoperable platform to facilitate e-commerce.

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Canadian National Goes Green

Canadian National is committed to sustainability and outperforms their peers in this area. Canadian National is using fewer railcars and locomotives to ship more freight. Achieving these gains have been aided by some interesting supply chain technologies. This is also good for the bottom line.

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This Week in Logistics News (February 23 – March 1)

I spent the better of the last week in the sunny, warm confines of Southern Florida. It was a harsh dose of reality coming back to Boston and a snow storm. On our trip we saw iguanas, sea turtles, vultures, (wild) alligators, and a host of other animals. When it comes to animals, one of the best things I did with my family on vacation was to visit Panther Ridge, a non-profit conservation center in […]

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Kraft Heinz Stock Plunges to a Record Low Despite a Highly Efficient Supply Chain

Kraft Heinz Company’s stock plummeted last week despite having one of the most efficient supply chains in their industry. The shares dropped as much as 28 percent one day after writing down the value of some of the Kraft and Oscar Mayer brands and other assets by $15.4 billion. The company’s portfolio is filled with food products like Oscar Mayer hot dogs and Kraft macaroni and cheese that are perceived to be less healthy by consumers seeking fresher, less processed alternatives.

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Autonomous Trucks Today

Last summer, I wrote an article about the future of electric trucks. Notably, I outlined that the industry was ready to transition to zero-emission trucks and that a number of major manufacturers including Tesla, Daimler, Thor, and Toyota had unveiled electric class-8 trucks while UPS, FedEx and DHL had unveiled electric class-6 parcel trucks. But now the big question is whether the industry is ready for autonomous trucks. The jury is clearly still out on […]

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Additive Manufacturing Has Both Potential and Challenges

Deutsche Bahn believes that additive manufacturing will result in high savings – in the multi-digit million range – in warehousing and spare parts procurement.  Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is of the upmost importance for Deutsche Bahn, especially in the management of spare parts for older trains.  But an international conference on this subject also pointed to the challanges of using this still immature technology.

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A Digital Logistics Platform

The term “digital” has become all the rage. Parcel software, particularly the Public Cloud solutions, has been digital for decades. Parcel software provides label compliance, enables intelligent procurement, provides analytics and visibility to improve the shipping process, and allows for bills to be audited to insure the shipper has not been overcharged.

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This Week in Logistics News (February 16 – 22)

Last year, I wrote about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which upon further review, may be significantly larger than previously thought. The plastic floating waste contains at least 79,000 tons of material spread over 1.6 million square kilometers. While a lot of the materials come from humans’ ocean activities, such as abandoned fishing nets and gear and lost shipping containers and/or their contents, there are clearly other items in the patch. If not in the […]

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