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Calling All Logisticians: Assist the Military to Bridge the Gap

Military missions are complex logistical efforts, requiring a significant understanding of supply chain and transportation management. Service members at all levels have logistical knowledge. Whether moving to a new location, planning training, or executing maneuvers, all military personnel are intimately familiar with mission execution and the associated logistical operations. As professional logisticians and supply chain […]

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Tesla Warehouse Lease Deal: Largest in San Francisco Bay Area History

Originally published on Teslarati. Tesla has inked a deal to lease three warehouses totaling a massive 1.3 million square feet in the Oaks Logistics Center in Livermore, Calif., just 20 miles northeast of the Fremont factory. The deal is being billed as the largest industrial lease signed in San Francisco East Bay history. The deal […]

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ATA Searching for Trucking’s Greatest Advocates

American Trucking Associations started its search to find and honor trucking’s greatest industry advocates with this year’s Mike Russell Trucking Image Award. “The trucking industry has seen increasing respect in Washington in recent months, but we still have work to do on improving the image of our industry throughout North America,” said ATA President and […]

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Commentary: Are ELD’s All That Bad?

By December 2017, The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) will require every motor carrier to implement an electronic logging device (ELD). The ELD connects directly to the engine’s electronic control module and records vehicle data including ignition status, geographic location, mileage, and current speed. ELD technology will replace the manual logging of Hours of […]

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Future-Proof Your Warehouse: 6 Tips for Split Case Picking

The rise of eCommerce has precipitated a sea change in logistics that has massive implications for 3PL warehouses. Global online retail spending reached nearly $2 trillion USD in 2016 and is expected to double by 2020, putting tremendous pressure on warehouses and Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). Like me, you’re probably doing more online shopping than […]

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Commentary: Will the Panama Canal Correct Problems?

Larger ships, known as Neopanamax, were expected to visit ports on the Eastern Seaboard this year, bringing shipping containers from Asia through an expanded Panama Canal. But due to insufficient operational resources within the Panama Canal, far fewer ships than expected have made the passage.   The $9.4 billion investment by the Panama Canal Authority in a […]

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Commentary: 8 Sustainable Freight Trends Smart Supply Chains Need to Embrace

Sustainability in the freight industry has sometimes been treated as a necessary evil: something to be balanced against profit margins and industrial growth. However, the most sustainable solutions offer efficiency from both an operational and environmental perspective. Those are the ideas that save money, increase performance, and steward environmental resources most effectively. The following eight […]

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7 Solutions to Mitigate Global Supply Chain Risks

In a globalized economy where finalized products have components manufactured all over the world, effective management of supply chains is critical. Each party in the supply chain is dependent upon the other parties performing their responsibilities. If one party fails to perform its responsibilities the consequences can cascade both up and down the supply chain, […]

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Global Air Freight Demand Sees Fastest Pace of Growth Since 2010

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released March 2017 demand growth results for global air freight markets are showing a 14% expansion measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) compared to the same period last year. This was the fastest pace of growth recorded since October 2010. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), […]

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Embracing the Circular Economy in the Supply Chain

Thanks to digital technologies like IoT, analytics, and sensors, adoption of circular economy business models has accelerated, moving from a specialized concept to a more mainstream business strategy. But according to a recent set of insights from Accenture Strategy, too often programs remain “skin deep.” Too few companies are embracing the “full circle” approach to […]

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Bayonne Bridge Project Will Wrap Up Six Months Early

Governor Chris Christie announced the $1.6 billion raising of the Bayonne Bridge roadway will complete by June 30 – six months ahead of schedule. The raised bridge allows the world’s ultra-large, environmentally friendly container vessels to pass beneath the span, gaining access to the Ports of Newark, Elizabeth, and Staten Island. “The ‘Raise the Roadway’ […]

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Commentary: New Alliances Unlikely to Increase NAFTA Ocean Freight Competitiveness

The new shipping alliances that came into effect a month ago are unlikely to increase ocean freight competitiveness between the United States and its NAFTA partners, according to iContainers, an online freight forwarder. According to data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the dollar value of U.S.-NAFTA goods shipped by […]

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New Packaging Innovation Center

New Packaging Innovation Center

UPS and Sealed Air Corporation announced the opening of a Packaging Innovation Center in Louisville, Ky. The center will help solve the packaging and shipping challenges of e-commerce retailers by maximizing efficiency, minimizing waste, and reducing shipping costs.   “One of the biggest challenges UPS customers have with e-commerce, and across other industry segments, is […]

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Maersk Line Deploys Its First Second Generation Triple-E

On April 27, 2017, Madrid Maersk, a 20,568 TEU container vessel and the first second generation Triple-E, made its maiden voyage. Its first call was the Port of Tianjin in China. Maersk Line has deployed Madrid Maersk in its Asia – Europe service network.  Madrid Maersk is the first in a series of 11 second […]

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Supply Chain Talent: Increasingly Challenging to Find

Organizations looking to optimize their supply chain and logistics functions should be on the lookout: There will be shifting demand for supply chain and logistics talent within the next decade. Finding, training, and retaining supply chain and logistics talent is becoming increasingly difficult. In today’s competitive business environment it is crucial to team up with […]

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Upcoming Events

MAY 4, 2017 Los Angeles, Calif. Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce 91st Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast worldtradeweek.com AUDIENCE: Supply chain stakeholders FOCUS: The importance and benefits of global trade on the local and national economy; key technology trends; advanced mapping and analytics MAY 16-17, 2017 Atlanta, Ga. Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics […]

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Commentary: 5 Ways to Reduce Materials Handling Costs

Many behaviors and approaches you can support and reinforce in the workplace can help your business drive down materials handling costs. Space management and damage prevention are two examples of tactics you can take to minimize losses from your budget and drive the bottom line. Here are five ways to reduce the materials handling costs […]

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Transportation & Services Update

Transportation & Services Update

Services • Maersk Container Industry expanded its reefer container system for the ocean transport of high-value fresh produce. By controlling the ripening process, the new Star Cool CA+ system keeps sensitive low-respiring perishables such as blueberries and lychee in optimal condition so they don’t over-ripen or decay in transit. Compared to high-respiring perishables such as […]

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