NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

Good Works For the fourth consecutive year, Averitt Express donated more than $1 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year’s $1.2 million represents the company’s largest ever donation to the hospital. Redwood Logistics contributed $209,125 to the Danny Did Foundation—a nonprofit organization that advances public awareness of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy and […]

Embracing the Opportunity in Returns

Embracing the Opportunity in Returns

With the explosive growth of online shopping in recent years, largely fueled by the pandemic, returns are on the rise and have become a logistics headache for retailers, carriers, and consumers. The long-term impacts of this increased demand, and the resulting strain on retailers and supply chains, will largely depend on how retailers respond.

Robots, Robots, Robots

Robots, Robots, Robots

Robots generated much of the excitement and glory at MHI’s recent ProMat exhibition in Chicago, especially the ones that walked on two feet. Bipedal humanoid robots are sexy and you can’t blame logistics pros for being intrigued by the possibilities. But robots with no legs are still doing most, if not all, of the real […]

Making the Most of Your Logistics Data: How to Prioritize and Contextualize It

Making the Most of Your Logistics Data: How to Prioritize and Contextualize It

Q. How can logistics technologies be utilized as a competitive differentiator? A. Today everyone has access to the same vast offerings in the logistics technology arena. Typically, one solution won’t solve your problem, but it will offer data that enhances your staff to make better and faster decisions. Differentiate from others by putting your own […]

Navigating Freight Embargoes: No Need to Panic

Navigating Freight Embargoes: No Need to Panic

Q. Unexpected weather events are on the rise. Is it time to panic over freight embargoes? A. As weather-related events become more common, what are the chances that freight embargoes could disrupt a somewhat upbeat outlook? There’s always a chance that a carrier will set a freight embargo, even in relatively normal years. Freight embargoes […]

Dancing a Maritime Ballet, Every Day

Dancing a Maritime Ballet, Every Day

Every day, Barbara Melvin is up at 3:30 a.m. and asleep by 8:30 p.m. In between, the first woman to lead a top U.S. operating container port walks the halls, talks to people, creates an open environment for collaboration and problem-solving, and celebrates victories of any magnitude.

Building Supplier Relationships

Building Supplier Relationships

Relationships are key to any successful partnership. The strength of your relationships with suppliers can impact your business’ ability to grow, adapt, and pivot. Here’s how to build and maintain strong supplier relationships to ensure success.

Five Steps to Six Sigma Success

Five Steps to Six Sigma Success

A great way for distributors to improve processes and optimize space is to deploy Six Sigma methodologies. An effective starting point for introducing these methodologies into a company’s operation is through five-step (5S) projects.

Uniting a Fragmented Supply Chain Ecosystem to Harmonize Operations

Uniting a Fragmented Supply Chain Ecosystem to Harmonize Operations

Recent history has exposed the glaring weaknesses in our supply chains networks. One issue and it all comes crashing down like a house of cards. Resulting in expensive quick fixes to save the day. It’s time to build supply chains that are resilient, customer centric AND cost-effective. That’s what senior management is demanding. How do […]

Incoterms:  The Good, The Bad, and The Ambiguous

Incoterms: The Good, The Bad, and The Ambiguous

Incoterms are a set of international rules that interpret the most commonly used trade terms. Applying Incoterms to sales and purchase contracts makes global trade easier and helps partners in different countries understand one another.

Gettin’ Giggy With It

Gettin’ Giggy With It

The gig economy’s impact on last-mile delivery and fulfillment expectations has not gone unnoticed by the retail and e-commerce behemoths. Acknowledging that impact, investment activity is spinning up this year. It seems odd but, despite finely tuned distribution systems, e-commerce leaders now feel they have to add to their “legacy” fulfillment infrastructure, technology, and expertise […]

10 Tips: Optimizing Mobile Devices in Your Supply Chain

10 Tips: Optimizing Mobile Devices in Your Supply Chain

Mobile devices are indispensable tools for businesses to stay connected and manage their supply chains—placing them on the front lines of technology transformation. Here are 10 action items to better optimize the use of mobile devices in your supply chain.

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Tracking and Labeling Solutions

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Tracking and Labeling Solutions

NB Series Mobile Powered Cart: The redesigned workstation from Newcastle Systems streamlines labeling processes and can be configured for different workflows in the warehouse, production or retail floor. Able to run up to 4 devices for 8 to 12 hours of normal use, the NB Series accommodates laser printers, monitors, testing equipment, and scales. Oyster3 […]

Shaun Bunch: Best of the Bunch

Shaun Bunch: Best of the Bunch

Shaun Bunch is senior vice president of supply chain with Northern Tool + Equipment, which offers more than 100,000 tools—from air compressors to welding tables—through 130-plus stores, catalog, and website.

Your Supply Chain Reality in 5 Years: What ChatGPT Can’t Tell You

Your Supply Chain Reality in 5 Years: What ChatGPT Can’t Tell You

We asked our readers: How will supply chain management transform in the next five years? Here are the three major transformations supply chain managers can anticipate. 1. Adoption of advanced supply chain technology will be a major source of competitive advantage for companies. Platforms that improve human decision making and asset management will be areas […]

NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

Milestone Milky Way, a division of LTI, celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2023. The bulk milk transporter serves producers in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Good Works Atlas Air sent a 747-8F aircraft filled with humanitarian and relief supplies from Washington Dulles International Airport to earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria. Atlas Air donated the use […]

IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

Products The new EFFER iQ.950 HP heavy loader crane from Hiab, part of Cargotec, lets operators perform a wide range of vertical and horizontal lifting jobs safely and precisely at high speeds. The multipurpose crane’s dimensions and weight make it suitable for installation on several trucks. The nestable Retail E5.3 order picking pallet from Cabka […]

Preparing Now For What the Future May Bring

Preparing Now For What the Future May Bring

In 2022, it became clear that effective supply chain risk management (SCRM) is not a luxury but a necessity. The year saw numerous disruptions to global supply chains, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Log4Shell vulnerability, and concerns over rail strikes.

Ukraine War’s Supply Chain Impact

Ukraine War’s Supply Chain Impact

In February 2022, Russian forces invaded Ukraine. While this is a terrible humanitarian event, it also impacts the global economy. There are economic repercussions not only in Europe, but also across the globe, especially since the timing of the war was not ideal.

VERTICAL FOCUS: Cosmetics

VERTICAL FOCUS: Cosmetics

Inventory Management Gets a Makeover From managing ingredient shortages to finding a production plan that delivers the right amount of product when and where it’s needed, cosmetics companies face significant supply chain challenges. Many are turning to automation to meet these challenges. One example is Belcorp, a multinational beauty brand corporation operating for more than […]

Keeping the Last Mile In Sight

Keeping the Last Mile In Sight

When customers order an item, they want it delivered now. Retailers realize this, but they also have to keep costs in mind. A study FarEye conducted with Researchscape International finds that retailers with more than $100 million in sales seek to improve the top key performance indicators of on-time delivery (74%) and cost per delivery […]

Gaining Vision in Ocean Freight’s Murky Depths

Gaining Vision in Ocean Freight’s Murky Depths

What you don’t know can hurt you. Half of ocean freight stakeholders responding to a recent report released by FourKites say they have zero visibility into their ocean freight. More than 20% still rely on manual track-and-trace processes to locate their ocean freight in the supply chain. Once that cargo hits land, the numbers get […]

Air Cargo Gains Altitude

Air Cargo Gains Altitude

Air cargo levels are showing signs of rebounding to pre-pandemic levels. North American carriers reported a 5.1% decrease in demand in 2022 when compared with 2021, but capacity increased 4.2%, according to the International Air Transport Association. Comparing these figures with 2019 shows demand at 13.7% and capacity at 8.2% above pre-pandemic levels. Here are […]

Look Ma, No Hands

Look Ma, No Hands

As autonomous driving gains some traction, transportation companies are building partnerships to bring self-driving trucks from concept to reality. To that end, Ascend, a truckload carrier that offers middle-mile supply chain solutions, partnered with Volvo Autonomous Solutions (VAS) to test autonomous, long distance linehaul options. As part of the pilot, Ascend will pick up customer […]

War in Ukraine Squeezes Shipping

War in Ukraine Squeezes Shipping

More than one year after Russia’s initial invasion of Ukraine, global supply chains are feeling the impact. In the months after the invasion, total vessels moving in and out of Ukraine dropped from 109 in January 2022 to just two in June 2022, according to data tracked by project44. Combine the lack of vessel movement […]

Operating in Style

Operating in Style

After working for several years in the field of styling and fashion, Joelle Desaulniers created the eponymous JOELLE Collection. The Quebec-based company offers unique dresses, sweaters, jumpsuits, and jewelry, among other items, through a thriving online business and a boutique in Trois-Rivieres. Another boutique in Place Ste-Foy is slated to open later in 2023.

Container Shipping Shifts Balance

Container Shipping Shifts Balance

The East Coast is back in fashion for import supply chains that rely on containerized ocean freight. However, for many small and mid-sized shippers with historic dependency on Southern California distribution hubs, old habits will be hard to break.

Stabilizing the Chemical Supply Chain

Stabilizing the Chemical Supply Chain

The chemicals industry may be stable, but the risks companies frequently face are volatile. Multi-stage shipping routes for hazardous or delicate materials incur risk at every step. Shifting to just-in-time inventories, with more frequent, smaller shipments, is a catalyst for procurement and logistics problems.

Global Trade Management Systems Guide 2023

Global Trade Management Systems Guide 2023

Global trade management (GTM) systems and services are more important than ever in today’s complex and disrupted business environment. GTM solutions support the logistics, compliance, and communication aspects of import/export operations, and help manage multiple transportation modes. From resource planning and trade compliance to customs filings and data analytics, here are the providers that can help ensure your global supply chain runs smoothly.

Georgia: Propelled by Logistics

Georgia: Propelled by Logistics

With an expansive infrastructure, more cargo capacity on the way, and access to a qualified workforce, continued logistics prominence is on Georgia’s horizon.

Transportation Management System: Meaning, Importance, and Benefits

Transportation Management System: Meaning, Importance, and Benefits

Transportation management systems help manage various transportation activities such as shipping, tracking, and delivery. A transportation management system (TMS) — also referred to as a transport order management system, transportation management solution, on demand transportation management system, 3pl transportation management system, or integrated transport management system—benefits businesses by providing cost savings, improved efficiency, and enhanced […]

Bulk Cargo: Definition, Containers, and Handling

Bulk Cargo: Definition, Containers, and Handling

Bulk cargo poses unique handling and transportation challenges, due to its volume and weight. Effective bulk cargo handling requires a comprehensive understanding of the specific materials in transit and the appropriate storage, handling, and transportation methods to ensure safety and efficiency throughout the transaction. Container handling systems quickly and efficiently unload, load, and handle bulk […]

Bonded Warehouse: Definition, Classes, and Benefits

Bonded Warehouse: Definition, Classes, and Benefits

International trade has increased by about 3.5% from the previous year, reflecting a trend that has been growing over several years. The increase in international shipping can be attributed in part to a growing global economy, which has introduced several new business opportunities. However, inventory storage remains a limiting factor as some products are fragile […]

VERTICAL FOCUS: Home Improvement

VERTICAL FOCUS: Home Improvement

Building Smarter Homes Consumers love their smart home devices. Spending on smart home hardware that includes individual devices, such as automated lighting systems and controllers, grew in 2022. It surpassed $30 billion worldwide, up 15% over 2021 spending, according to an ABI Research market data report. Manufacturers have taken notice. The largest consumer technology and […]

With a Little Help From My Friendshoring

With a Little Help From My Friendshoring

For more than 40 years, economic policies encouraged companies in the developed world to move production offshore to reap the benefits of cheap labor and raw materials. But times are changing.

Bye, Bye Barcode?

Bye, Bye Barcode?

For more than 70 years, the barcode has been an integral component of nearly all supply chains. But is the ubiquitous technology taking its last breaths after Amazon announced it is developing a new warehouse reader technology?

Snail Mail Goes Green

Snail Mail Goes Green

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is ready to deliver your mail greener and quieter. As it begins to replace its aging fleet of more than 220,000 vehicles, USPS expects to acquire at least 66,000 battery electric delivery vehicles as part of its 106,000 vehicle acquisition plan between now and 2028. As part of a […]

Follow the Process

Follow the Process

Process automation plays an important role in building supply chains, finds a benchmark report from Precisely and SAPinsider.

SMBs Find Ways to Compete

SMBs Find Ways to Compete

The business disruptions of the past few years have made it harder to optimize supply chains and forced all businesses to examine the best use of resources. It’s tough enough for large companies with deep pockets, but how are small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) adapting?

IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

Technology Pio (Product In/Out), a plug-and-play version of AutoStore’s cube storage technology tailored for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), is now available in North America. Based on a pay-per-pick service model, Pio allows SMBs, such as retailers of apparel, sporting goods, crafts, and cosmetics, to deploy robotic automation for storage and distribution for a relatively […]

Warehouse Slotting: Definition, Benefits, and Best Practices

Warehouse Slotting: Definition, Benefits, and Best Practices

Planning and organization are the cornerstones of a successful warehouse. When a company’s inventory products are in their proper locations, pickers can quickly assemble and dispatch orders, increasing productivity and overall efficiency. This article explains warehouse slotting, its benefits, and best practices. What Is Slotting? Slotting refers to organizing warehouse inventory to maximize the efficiency […]

What is Outsourcing? Definition, Advantages, and Examples

What is Outsourcing? Definition, Advantages, and Examples

Many businesses have successfully adopted outsourcing processes into various aspects of their logistics and supply chain operations. Outsourcing (or out sourcing, as some refer to it) all or part of these functions can improve efficiency and in some cases, reduce costs. This article describes the concept of outsourcing, as well as the pros, cons, and […]

Supply Planning: Definition, Process, and Best Practices

Supply Planning: Definition, Process, and Best Practices

Supply planning is a business management tool that impacts supply, demand, and inventory levels. Retailers use supply chain planning systems to provide projected demand for products and materials needed to support those demands.  The process is designed to balance plans for future demand with the availability of goods in inventory. Supply planning helps companies determine […]

Education:  A Call to Action

Education: A Call to Action

A lot of transportation, logistics, and supply chain expertise is cycling out of day-to-day operations in the United States and it is worrisome.

NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

Good Works Toyota Material Handling Solutions (TMHS) donated $2,500 to The Foodbank of Southern California. TMHS associates (pictured) also collected 500 pounds of canned goods to accompany the cash donation. The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) launched an initiative funded through a Walmart Foundation grant to provide disaster-focused non-profits with the opportunity to apply best […]

Logistics Disasters: Hang On

Logistics Disasters: Hang On

As extreme weather events increase in number and severity, logistics professionals must overcome some wet and wild challenges to deliver much-needed disaster relief supplies as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Managing Your Automated Warehouse

Managing Your Automated Warehouse

While more than 80% of warehouses are not automated, everyone is thinking about it. As supply chain technology continues to evolve, here’s what to consider if it’s time for you to implement automation and robotics to improve warehouse operations.

Leveraging NFTs to Elevate Shipment Security

Leveraging NFTs to Elevate Shipment Security

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have the potential to revolutionize shipping. By digitizing the shipment process and providing a secure, tamper-proof way to track shipments, NFTs can help shippers protect their valuable cargo from theft and fraud.

4 Ways Procurement Will Evolve in 2023

4 Ways Procurement Will Evolve in 2023

It may be easy for procurement professionals to have a dampened outlook for 2023 due to ongoing supply chain disruption and a potential recession looming. Despite these market conditions, there remains cause for optimism, as procurement leaders uncover opportunities to help their organizations navigate bumps in the road.

Collaboration and Connectivity Have to Come Before Technology

Collaboration and Connectivity Have to Come Before Technology

Supply chain disruptions are at an all-time high, so it’s no surprise that technology designed to solve problems is plentiful. It should be. With pressure on everyone in the supply chain, we need tools like digital bookings, automated invoicing, and instant integration of data into transportation management systems. Let’s give thanks for technology, because nine times out of 10, it makes a difference.

Plastic vs. Wood Pallets: Key Differences and Comparisons

Plastic vs. Wood Pallets: Key Differences and Comparisons

Pallets are flat platforms used as a base for storing, stacking, handling, and transporting goods and products. Their design allows for lifting by a pallet jack, forklift, or other material-handling equipment. This design facilitates the efficient movement of goods through the supply chain, enabling easy loading and unloading onto trucks, ships, and other vehicles. Plastic […]

Proforma vs. Commercial Invoice: Definitions, Examples, and Differences

Proforma vs. Commercial Invoice: Definitions, Examples, and Differences

There are significant differences between a proforma and a commercial invoice. Both documents look alike, so it is important to know how to differentiate one from the other. What Is a Proforma Invoice? A proforma invoice may answer a letter of inquiry from a potential buyer or provide the terms of a final invoice, so […]

Discrete Manufacturing: Definition, Benefits, and Examples

Discrete Manufacturing: Definition, Benefits, and Examples

In the past, manufacturing tended to involve long assembly lines with armies of workers playing a part in creating the finished products. This description fits well for conventional manufacturing industries. However, with rapid technological advancements, various alternative manufacturing options exist now. Discrete manufacturing is one of the most prevalent manufacturing processes that utilize a production […]

Just In Time Manufacturing: Definition, Benefits, and Origin

Just In Time Manufacturing: Definition, Benefits, and Origin

New technologies, raw materials, and production strategies are being adopted daily as companies strive to remain competitive in their respective industries and to meet changing customers’ demands. Manufacturers must remain flexible and adaptable in their production methods to allow adjustments to their supply chain.  Manufacturers can adopt many different production strategies, each with advantages and […]

Electronic Data Interchange: Definition, Process, and Benefits

Electronic Data Interchange: Definition, Process, and Benefits

The use of technology is rapidly increasing in many industry sectors worldwide, including logistics. Technologies such as cloud computing and IoT devices have enabled logistics companies to access real-time data and improve the coordination of their operations. One key improvement area is how Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is used in logistics operations. This technology has […]

Order Picking: Definition, Methods, and Advantages

Order Picking: Definition, Methods, and Advantages

Order picking is the process of products being retrieved from warehouse inventory to fulfill orders by customers. This article will describe order picking, how it works, and ways order picking processes can improve supply chain and business results. What is Order Picking? Order picking, or the warehouse picking process, refers to selecting items from a […]

Logistics Optimization: Importance, Process, and Optimization

Logistics Optimization: Importance, Process, and Optimization

Supply chain management refers to all the steps necessary to ensure goods reach their destinations. Consumer expectations have increased steadily, requiring companies to operate supply chains as effectively as possible to meet the demands of commerce. Logistics optimization is a strategy that companies implement to meet the growing demand for fast and efficient supply chain […]

Near Sourcing: Definition, Benefits, and Drawbacks

Near Sourcing: Definition, Benefits, and Drawbacks

Near sourcing is a business strategy that has become increasingly popular in recent years. It involves shifting production and services closer to the point of sale or consumption rather than relying on global supply chains. It can offer numerous advantages such as reduced shipping costs, faster delivery times, and improved environmental sustainability; however, there are […]

Supply Chain vs. Logistics: Definitions, Similarities, and Differences

Supply Chain vs. Logistics: Definitions, Similarities, and Differences

As companies continue to grow, it is important to understand the differences between supply chain and logistics. Although related, the two have distinct attributes that can substantially influence how businesses manage their activities.  This article explores supply chain vs. logistics – what they mean, how they differ from each other, and the integration opportunities. The […]

9 Types of Air Cargo: A Guide To Transporting Goods by Plane 

9 Types of Air Cargo: A Guide To Transporting Goods by Plane 

The ability to transport goods quickly, securely, and cost-effectively is crucial for many businesses. Air cargo offers a fast, reliable way of moving products around the world. It represents 35% of global trade by value to the tune of $6.8 trillion annually.  This guide provides a comprehensive overview of the different types of air cargo, […]

LeaderSHIP Profile: Right on the Dot

LeaderSHIP Profile: Right on the Dot

Bryan Langston has had a busy few years. He’s getting his company back up to speed after the pandemic; focusing on driver safety, training, and retention; and opening a new distribution center. But, he is never too busy to be there for all his employees and his door is always open.

10 TIPS: Make Your Supply Chain Data Work for You

10 TIPS: Make Your Supply Chain Data Work for You

The term “big data” describes harnessing information from disparate systems and situating it in one place for deep analysis. Some companies thought this was a fad, but supply chain data is the lifeblood of your business. Here’s how to make it work for you.

NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

Good Works J.B. Hunt Transport Services awarded $55,000 to 55 classrooms as part of its Adopt-a-Class program, which provides schools with resources to obtain learning supplies and other essentials. Atlanta-based Americold and Feed the Children worked with the Mayor’s Office of International and Immigrant Affairs-Welcoming Atlanta to distribute 8,000 ready-to-eat meal kits to students throughout December […]

VERTICAL FOCUS: Pet Supplies

VERTICAL FOCUS: Pet Supplies

Biofuels: A Pet Peeve A proposed EPA rule has the pet industry howling. The rule would establish required Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes and percentage standards for 2023, 2024, and 2025 (see chart). The EPA also recommended a series of modifications to strengthen and expand the RFS program. The pet food industry’s response was swift […]

Inbound Logistics: Definition, Examples, and Process

Inbound Logistics: Definition, Examples, and Process

Logistics is an essential aspect of any business, as it involves planning, organizing, and managing the flow of goods, services, and information from the point of origin to the point of consumption. It encompasses the entire process of sourcing raw materials, assembling products, and delivering finished goods to customers. Logistics can be divided into two […]

Most Read Articles of 2022

Most Read Articles of 2022

The challenges of the past few years did not ease up in 2022. Here are some articles covering practical strategies that readers turned to for advice last year.

E-Commerce Evolves

E-Commerce Evolves

E-commerce companies carve out success through a unified approach to omnichannel order management and distribution, along with a focus on demand planning.

Carrier Success Stories

Carrier Success Stories

The road to a successful partnership with your transportation provider can be long. But with the right mix of dedicated service, innovative strategies, advanced technology, and old-fashioned work ethic, carriers go above and beyond to meet shippers’ unique needs. Here’s how they get the job done.

Warehouse Safety  First

Warehouse Safety First

Keeping employees safe is every warehouse operator’s responsibility. Collision-avoidance systems, wearable solutions to improve ergonomic safety, and virtual reality training programs help reduce the risks.

Retailers Come Closer to Home

Retailers Come Closer to Home

E-commerce companies are reworking the twists and turns in their distribution networks to get closer to their customers and speed delivery times by shortening the last mile.

Industrial Real Estate Keeps the Pace…for Now

Industrial Real Estate Keeps the Pace…for Now

U.S. industrial leasing activity will decline in 2023, but demand will keep pace with supply for the 13th consecutive year of positive net absorption, predicts CBRE in its U.S. Real Estate Market Outlook 2023 report. Vacancy rates that remain below the 10-year average, however, will lead to double-digit rent growth, finds the report. As of […]

Polish Up That Crystal Ball

Polish Up That Crystal Ball

Making informed decisions that impact all aspects of the supply chain requires access to quality, actionable information. While it’s not possible to accurately predict the future, BlueGrace Logistics’ Logistics Confidence Index (LCI) examines expected revenue growth for upcoming quarters and how shippers can adjust based on those expectations. The LCI shipper survey measures expected industry […]

California Here We Come

California Here We Come

Nearly one-third of logistics managers polled in a CNBC survey do not know how much trade they would return to West Coast ports after an International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) labor deal is reached. Negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the ILWU, which represents 22,000 West Coast port workers, began on May 10, […]

Last-Mile Deliveries Grow Bigger and Bulkier

Last-Mile Deliveries Grow Bigger and Bulkier

Big and bulky last-mile delivery will be one of the fastest growing third-party logistics (3PL) segments for the next three years, driven by expanding e-commerce product categories that include furniture and appliances, predicts Making it Count: Big and Bulky Last-Mile Delivery in the United States, an Armstrong & Associates report. The report estimates the 3PL […]

Robotics Demand Skyrockets

Robotics Demand Skyrockets

Robots are seeing a population growth. By 2027, more than 4 million robots will be installed and operating in warehouses and distribution centers. Shipments of mobile robots jumped 53% in 2022 when compared with 2021, driven by increasing e-commerce, labor shortages, and shifting manufacturing methods, finds research from Interact Analysis. The market will experience compounded […]

South of the Border Imports Boom

Driven by demand for boats, vehicles, vehicle parts, computer parts, and oil, Mexican imports to the United States rose 19.5% year-over-year in 2022 to reach $479.6 billion according to Mexico’s ​​National Institute of Statistics, Geography, and Informatics. Some segments, such as motor vehicle parts, are returning to pre-pandemic levels. Additionally, data from project44 shows that […]