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Despite challenges, California’s ports welcome surge in container throughput
Container throughput is robust at leading U.S. West Coast ports this season...but so is dwell time in SoCal
SVT Robotics introduces new robotic software platform
The technology helps companies speedily deploy industrial robots
Q&A: Drew McElroy, Transfix Co-Founder and Chairman
LM Group News Editor Jeff Berman recently spoke with Drew McElroy, Co-Founder and Chairman of New York-based Transfix, a logistics technology services provider that streamlines shipment data to better help shippers make informed decisions to optimize time and revenues. McElroy offered up insight on various topics, including the impact of COVID-19 on the e-commerce supply chain, market conditions, inventory, management, capacity, and the spot market, among others.
FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index falls into negative territory
July’s SCI reading—at -0.36—was down from June’s 1.03 and well below May’s 24.8, which marks the second highest reading on record, with April’s 41.3 being the highest. The strong April and May readings reflected what the firm called a “huge positive spike as COVID-19 impacted freight movement.”
U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are mixed for the week ending September 19, reports AAR
Rail carloads—at 226,687—were off 9.6% annually, and intermodal containers and trailers—at 295,269—saw a 6.3% gain.
Supply Chain Startup: What to do with all that excess inventory
INTURN helps brands optimize excess inventory
Manufacturing awards program celebrates women for leadership and excellence in the industry
The STEP Ahead Awards are part of the MI’s STEP Women’s Initiative, which promotes the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research and leadership for attracting, advancing and retaining strong female talent.
Assessing Peak Season and the Parcel Express Market with John Haber

In this podcast, Jeff Berman, Group News Editor for Logistics Management and the Peerless Media Supply Chain Group, interviews John Haber, Founder and CEO of Spend Management Experts.
Ware2Go merchant survey points to unprecedented holiday season
More than one-third of respondents opened an online store for the first time in past six months, while 74% expect to see an additional spike in demand during the holiday season this year. Ecommerce fulfillment challenges include on-time delivery.
Why CARRIERS Benefit from a Digital Freight Matching Platform

This white paper explains why business-to-business carriers today benefit from access to a neutral digital freight matching platform to best use their available capacity, resources, and equipment.
ELFA: Monthly Leasing and Finance Index new business down $7b in August
August new business volume down 24% year-over-year, 23% month-to-month, and 4% year-to-date
Carrier execs say they are optimistic about Peak Season prospects at CSCMP EDGE
When asked to assess 2020 Peak Season prospects, a pair of executives at some of the nation’s leading motor carrier and logistics services providers said at this week’s Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) virtual conference indicated things are looking solid.
ATA data highlights steep Q2 truckload driver turnover
ATA reported that the truckload carrier turnover rate, for carriers with more than $30 million in annual revenue, decreased 12%, to 82%, which represents the lowest level going back to the end of 2018. And it added that the turnover rate, for smaller truckload carriers, was off 10%, to 60%, marking its lowest quarterly level going back to the fourth quarter of 2011. On the less-than-truckload (LTL) side, the second quarter annualized turnover rate was flat, at 12%.
Covid-19 Separates Leaders from Laggards in Machine Learning-Driven Demand Forecasting

The difference between companies that continue to gain a competitive advantage from Machine Learning-based demand forecasts and those that struggle to harness the technology could become greater in a post-pandemic future.
C.H. Robinson rolls out ProcureIQ, focusing on how large shippers purchase TL freight transportation
Company officials said that this offering which leverages data from the world’s largest shipper and carrier community “to disrupt the decades-old tradition and one-size-fits-all annual bidding approach to freight transportation,” was developed at Robinson Labs, C.H. Robinson’s innovation incubator.
Report: 28% growth rate projected for U.S. 3PL ecommerce through 2020 as online buying expands
Armstrong & Associates publishes new report that looks at ecommerce impact on 3PL market, logistics costs, and Amazon's dominance.
Supply Chain Ecommerce Logistics Leader Series

Co-written by Adrian Gonzalez, president of Adelante SCM, and Mike Glodziak, president & CEO of LEGACY Supply Chain Services, this ecommerce logistics leader series describes how you can get to market faster, by leveraging your existing network, resources, and relationships to their fullest potential as well as how you can use logistics as a competitive weapon.
Simplifying the Complexity of Multi-Carrier Parcel Management
In this new webinar, Logistyx President Ken Fleming will explore how shippers can leverage multi-carrier shipping systems - and the shipping data within them - to get the most out of their carriers and create the optimal delivery network this peak season.
Annual 3PL Study issued at CSCMP EDGE focuses on COVID-19 impact and logistics outsourcing
A major theme of the 2021 25th Annual Third-Party Logistics Study, which was released today at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) EDGE virtual conference today, focused on how supply chains have a clear focus on reinventing themselves, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This survey was again released and created and supported by Infosys Consulting, Penn State University, and Penske Logistics. And its findings were based on feedback from several hundred usable responses from shippers, or users of 3PL services, and non-users of 3PL services, as well as 3PL sector respondents.
How to Make Room in your 2020 Budget for a Warehouse Management System Implementation

Transitioning from legacy systems presents hurdles that add to the true cost, however, there are ways to approach your 2020 Warehouse Management System budgeting and the benefits far outweigh the costs.
JLL introduces Retail Industrial Task Force
Chicago-based industrial real estate firm JLL announced it is rolling out what it is calling a blended service model, in the form of a new Retail Industrial Task Force (RITF). Company officials said that the objective of this offering is to simplify the needs of retailers, at a time when retailers have been rapidly forced to change operations on the fly, with a major shift to e-commerce operations, driven largely by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Cycles of pan(dem)ic and neglect
There’s much to be learned about COVID from supply chain tsunami. Hint: It’s probably not a one- time event
CSCMP EDGE session highlights benefits of transportation partnerships amid COVID-19 pandemic
Given the challenges and complexities that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought about in freight transportation and supply chain sectors, it goes without saying that things are different these days, to be sure.
WTO’s ruling on Trump’s trade tariffs underscores need for fresh approach, say trade experts
Even though this development is unlikely to have a material impact on the current state of global trade, specifically as it relates to tariffs and the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, it was very interesting to hear thoughts about it from two of the foremost U.S.-based trade experts on a call hosted last week by the Port of Los Angeles (POLA), POLA Executive Director Gene Seroka and National Retail Federation Vice President of Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold.
ATA August truck tonnage data points to uneven freight patterns
The ATA’s advanced Seaonally Adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index for August—at 107.5 (2015=100)—was off 5.6%, from July, which was at 113.9, to August, following a 1.4% decrease, from June to July.
Gartner: 51% of supply chain pros surveyed expect more focus on circular economy strategies
Optimizing Your Warehouse & Distribution Operations with the Right Balance of Labor and Technology

Today’s warehouse and distribution leaders are facing new challenges, to meet these challenges, a well-balanced, holistic approach to outsourced logistics management can potentially help save money and improve efficiency.
Supply Chain Startup: Looking at nearly 20 years of startup investing
Dave Anderson shares lessons from long-term investing in supply chain.
EIA reports that national diesel average is down, for the week of September 21
Falling 0.018-cents, the average, for the week of September 21, came in at $2.404 per gallon, following a 0.013-cent decrease, to $2.422 per gallon, for the week of September 14, and a 0.006-cent decline, to $2.435 per gallon, for the week of September 7.
Easy Steps to Ensure Social Distancing at Your Facility

As many distribution centers have ramped up production and operations with the increasing demand, ensuring the safety of workers is critical.
Survey: 70% of industrial workers feel their safety and finances in conflict during pandemic
WorkStep surveyed more than 600 industrial workers across the country to gain insight on how those on the front lines view the industry, the impact of COVID-19, and their employers’ response.
WTO’s ruling on Trump’s trade tariffs reinforces the need for a new approach, say trade experts
Even though this development is unlikely to have a material impact on the current state of global trade, specifically as it relates to tariffs and the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, it was very interesting to hear thoughts about it from two of the foremost U.S.-based trade experts on a call hosted last week by the Port of Los Angeles (POLA), POLA Executive Director Gene Seroka and National Retail Federation Vice President of Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold.
The Increasing Demand for Digital Yard Management Systems

Why has the need for Digital Yard Management Systems surged during the Coronavirus COVID-19 supply chain disruptions£
Cass Freight Index Report shows encouraging shipment and expenditure signs, for August
August shipments—at 1.099—were off 7.6% annually, improving over July’s 13.1% annual decrease, while rising 8% over July and expenditures—at 2.695—were down 5.1% compared to August 2019 and up 9.9% compared to July.
IANA data points to August intermodal volumes seeing slight decline, amid signs of improvement
Total August shipments—at 1,575,928—were off 2.7% annually. Domestic containers—at 695,999—were up 4.4%, while trailers—at 108,901—were up 3.2%. All domestic equipment—at 804,900—was up 4.3%. ISO, or international, containers—at 771,028—saw a 2.7% decline.
Engineered Lifting Systems of Canada acquired by Gorbel affiliate
Gorbel affiliate acquires ELS, a manufacturer, designer, and distributor of a wide portfolio of material handling products used in environments ranging from distribution centers to heavy manufacturing.
The SCMR Interview: Shekar Natarajan
American Eagle Outfitters supply chain leader talks about his career, the future of retail fulfillment and how businesses can survive COVID and the shift to omni-channel delivery.
GlobalTranz Appoints Executive Chairman Bob Farrell as Chief Executive Officer

GlobalTranz Chief Executive Officer Renee Krug is leaving the company, Bob Farrell, GlobalTranz executive chairman, and former CEO will step back in to fill the role.
Process and technology in balance
One tradition that will continue this year regardless of the pandemic is the release of the “Annual Study of Logistics and Transportation Trends,” a study that Logistics Management refers to as “The Masters of Logistics.”
ProMach acquires Panther Industries
Deal expands ProMach’s portfolio of industrial label applicator solutions
Supply Chain Startup: Nearly 20 years of startup investing
Dave Anderson shares lessons from long-term investing in supply chain
Congress looks to punt on new highway bill funding, kicking problem into 2021
Like seemingly everything else in Washington, Republicans and Democrats are light years apart in negotiations over a new five-year federal highway spending bill, and seem likely to kick the problem into 2021. That inaction—on what was once considered a so-called “must-pass” piece of legislation—is frustrating to leading trucking executives and others who rely on a modern American infrastructure network of interstate highways, bridges, ports and airports.
AAR reports annual U.S. rail carload and intermodal declines, for the week ending September 12
Rail carloads—at 214,142—fell 15.2% annually, and intermodal containers and trailers—at 260,643—fell 5%.
New multimodal PO tracking offering is released by FourKites
Chicago-based FourKites, a provider of real-time tracking and visibility solutions across transportation modes and digital platforms, recently announced it has rolled out a new multimodal purchase order (PO) tracking for all freight in the FourKites system. The company said that this offering provides shippers, carriers, and receivers with the “power, flexibility and granularity to track the full lifecycle of shipments using their associated PO numbers,” adding that PO tracking greatly simplifies freight visibility for stakeholders—including inbound logistics, track-and-trace, customer service, procurement/materials management, merchandising—that manage the exchange and transportation of goods primarily via PO numbers.
Talking Supply Chain Podcast: Is today’s supply chain model DOA£
Listen in as Maine Pointe’s Steven Bowen, explains why traditional supply chains are a thing of the past. Have you got your replacement ready£
JSCM Video: Informal exchanges, formal sourcing
Whether supply managers accept or reject the advice they receive from colleagues during information exchanges can have a significant impact on the cohesion of sourcing teams.
Equipment Leasing and Finance industry confidence higher in September
Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 56.5, an increase from the August index of 48.4.
Understanding Warehouse Automation Options
Learn more about your automation options as we delve into 'how it works', ideal operation features for each type, and commonly seen advantages once implemented.
Forward Air acquires CLW Delivery Inc., in move geared towards expanding final mile services
Greeneville, Tenn.-based asset-light freight and logistics services provider Forward Air Corporation announced it has acquired the assets of Johnson City, Tenn.-based CLW Delivery Inc., a privately held final mile provider specializing in last-mile logistics and in-home installation services for national retailers and manufacturers, for cash consideration of $5.5 million.
3PL Central launches scholarship for supply chain and logistics students
Students help define the future of warehouse management while applying for spring 2021 scholarship. Education, logistics and warehouse operations.
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