With true signs of momentum for a new, and badly needed, federal transportation infrastructure bill seemingly forever stuck in neutral, it is refreshing to see the nation’s top trucking [...]
NRF said 2019 retail sales are expected to come in between 3.8%-to-4.4% to more than $3.8 trillion. $3.82 trillion. While that falls short of the NRF’s call for a minimum increase of 4.5% [...]
The theme regarding the economy a year ago at this time may very well have been “Happy days are hear again, given solid GDP growth, buoyed by high levels of consumer confidence, [...]
While reading newspapers and watching television news, the topic of the shutdown is always above the fold and the lead story of the program. How can it not be, right? That got me thinking what it [...]
While driver turnover and the ongoing driver shortage tend to go hand in hand and, more often than not, with a typically negative connotation, data issued by the American Trucking Associations [...]
For the first three weeks of the holiday shipping season, ShipMatrix data shows that the on-time delivery performance of FedEx, UPS, and USPS is strong, coming in at 95.1%, 97.6%, and 97.8%, [...]
At this point, it fair to say that the strength of the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) Shipping and Package business, especially the parcel component, can be viewed as “the [...]
With the election now concluded, it is time for members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to truly roll up their sleeves and make some inroads on the transportation infrastructure front.
Research issued by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the research arm of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) in its most recent “Cost of Congestion” analysis [...]
While much of today’s mainstream news, as it relates to the supply chain, is focused on topical trade-related things like tariffs and the future of NAFTA, one constant that remains intact, [...]
The heightened and somewhat frenetic pace of tariff activity is ostensibly full-throttle all the time these days, and this week’s events are clearly no exception. Where to begin? Well, for [...]
The time for holiday hiring has arrived, with three of the biggest households in the freight transportation and logistics sectors-UPS, FedEx, and XPO Logistics, each making announcements to that [...]
This has been the year that freight barged into the boardroom. It’s what happens when freight budgets are completely out of line with actual spending.
For more than a while now, there has been a general sense of confusion, when it comes to the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). There are many reasons for that premise, to [...]
Based on the feedback we’ve received, the theme of our recent “Note to CEOs” blog posts appears to be resonating with shippers who are under the gun because of escalating [...]
t’s that time when transportation professionals begin preparing their freight budgets for the upcoming year. With all that’s occurred in 2018, I’ve had some very interesting [...]
The clothing retailer has laid out a strong supply chain sustainability strategy that can serve as a blueprint for other shippers to follow.
There is a lot to like about the current strength of the freight transportation and logistics economy.
In case you missed my transportation notes to CEOs Part 1 (Don’t fail to plan!) and Part 2 (Your people need you!), let me set the stage: Since the beginning of 2018, the Wall Street [...]
Given all the recent back and forth tariff activity going on between the U.S. and China, it is worth noting that on Friday, July 6 the U.S. began imposing tariffs of 25% on around $34 billion [...]
While it may not be a tremendous game changer, last week’s news that Amazon is taking steps to step up its plans to increase its package delivery and logistics services capabilities through [...]
The ATA reported this week in its quarterly Trucking Activity Report that the annualized turnover rate for large truckload carriers or fleets with more than $30 million in annual revenue, [...]
In a move that may augur a new global strategy for third party logistics (3PLs) parties, CEVA Global Logistics, LLC (CEVA) and IMS Worldwide, Inc. (IMSW) recently announced that they have entered [...]
Everywhere you look, the last mile delivery market seems to be heating up. And a report published by Reuters yesterday could be labeled as the latest example of that. The report indicated that [...]
If you are in the trucking business, things are going pretty well of late, it seems, right? A few key monthly reports issued this week-FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI), and the Cass [...]
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If United States Senate Democrats were to get their way, then the recently-enacted tax reform cuts recently signed into law by President Trump would be short-lived. But before anyone gets too [...]
Saying that President Trump’s announcement yesterday calling for 25% tariffs on steel imports and 10% on aluminum imports was surprising and that can probably be viewed as an understatement [...]
Retail sales projections are as key of an economic indicator as any other in today’s logistics world
NRF expects 2018 retail sales to head up 3.8%-to-4.4%. For 2017, retail sales saw a 3.9% annual gain over 2016 to $3.53 trillion, based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s preliminary estimate. NRF [...]
Former DOT Secretary James Burnley shared his perspective on President Trump's comments during last night's State of the Union speech regarding United States infrastructure planning.
I began to refer to what was coming down the pike in the transportation marketplace as “The Perfect Storm” in early 2017. But I’ve realized that term may have become so common [...]
For more than a while, we have seen slow and steady economic improvements that have manifested themselves in many ways through things like improving retail sales, United States-bound imports, [...]
While the 2017 holidays are in the rear view mirror, that does not mean that it has gotten up and gone away. How? Well, in the supply chain management world we live in, it really comes down to [...]
A new delivery service offering from Amazon, entitled Seller Flex, that received a lot of attention when various reports were published about it in early October could prove to be a major [...]
When it comes to assessing the current state of manufacturing, it is hard to find better data than the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Manufacturing Report on Business. The most [...]
GAO report examines various facets of ways DOT can improve selection of freight and highway projects
Even though the Trump administration talked a pretty good game about implementing a national infrastructure plan to the tune of $1 trillion dollars, signs of actual action on this front have not [...]
CBRE explained that this trend is being paced by online sales essentially creating instant, short-term demand for warehouse and distribution center space, something it also labeled as a potential [...]
Shippers need to get in front of what is coming, when it comes to 2018 truckload contract rate increases.
Shippers need to get in front of what is coming, when it comes to 2018 truckload contract rate increases.
Coming off of last week’s Surface Transportation Board (STB) public listening session focusing on Class I rail carrier CSX’s service issues, CSX was again in the news this week with [...]
When assessing the state of the 3PL (third-party logistics) market, it truly does go without saying there is something for everyone, especially in terms of the needed, and varied, services [...]
Recent data from FTR and the American Trucking Associations provide in-depth insight on motor carrier and shipper market outlooks.
For anyone that thought CSX CEO Hunter Harrison would sit idly while his railroad is dealing with the blowback of service issues that came to light through multiple letters sent to him by the [...]
Trucking industry revenues for 2016 came in at $676.2 billion, which equates into 79.8%, or basically four-fifths of total U.S. freight spend.
In recent days, there have been movements, both pro and con, relating to the December implementation of Electronic Logging Devices (ELD).
Amazon has more than 50,000 jobs available and expects to hire thousands of employees at the nation’s largest job fair
The White House’s budget blueprint, which was released in March, and the House Appropriations Committee’s proposed fiscal year 2018 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development [...]
In the name of too much government intervention or, perhaps restrictive regulations, President Trump made it clear upon taking office that too many regulations are bad for the nation’s [...]
If you ask anyone heavily involved in the less-than-truckload (LTL) sector, what their most pressing need or concern is, there is a good chance that you will be told that five more feet of [...]
Nearly $14 billion deal set to not only shake up the grocery sector but also change the sector's supply chain playbook, too.
The National Retail Federation recently condemned a proposal by House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady to phase in a Border Adjustment Tax over five years.
Maersk Line has introduced a new service for supply chain managers seeking to finance their global trade while optimizing carrier service.
With logistics accounting for nearly 8 percent of total United States GDP at $1.408 trillion, according to the 2016 State of Logistics Report, it is hardly surprising that so many well-known [...]
A Wall Street Journal report last week noted that Amazon intends to “build four massive warehouses to help it deliver bulky appliances and furniture,” as “part of a strategy to [...]
That is why comments made earlier this week by President Trump in which he said he would consider raising the tax got a fair share of attention. The fact that the possibility of the tax being [...]
While I may have been on vacation this past week, that in no way means the rest of the industry was, not in the very least to be sure. And while I was out, there was plenty of stuff going on in [...]
It is well known that retail sales represent somewhere around two-thirds of all economic activity, and that U.S. retail sales contribute around 14 percent, or $2.6 trillion, to U.S. GDP. That is [...]
How many times can high-powered transportation executives make the case to Congress that increasing infrastructure investment is vital to our nation’s economic competitiveness? Apparently, [...]
Next week’s 9th annual “Cargo Connections Conference” (CCC) will be hosted by the Port of New Orleans, and will examine (among other things) the solvency of ocean cargo carriers [...]
The FMC says that the initiative undertaken by THE Alliance carriers to keep the goods moving for shippers and other stakeholders in the event of a carrier member becoming insolvent is a step in [...]
In his address last night, Trump again rang the bell for infrastructure improvements, noting that the United States has spent trillions overseas, while infrastructure at home has crumbled, but he [...]
Regardless of how one comes to a conclusion regarding the state of the economy, specifically, the freight economy, in this case, one thing it seems most everyone can come to some sort of general [...]
In perhaps the most quiet of all President Trump’s Cabinet picks, Elaine Chao overwhelmingly was voted in by the Senate as the next United States Department of Transportation Secretary by a [...]
As reported on this site’s news section yesterday, United States Senate Democrats rolled out what could be viewed as an ambitious ten-year, $1 trillion infrastructure plan. There is a lot [...]
Based on CBRE’s “Industrial Availability Index,” which was issued this month, industrial real estate availability has now fallen for 27 straight quarters, decreasing 8.2 percent [...]
Given the scrutiny and spotlights being focused on nearly all Cabinet nominees made by President-elect Donald Trump, one nominee that will likely skate through her confirmation scheduled for [...]
The topic of driver turnover is always prevalent in trucking, and all of freight transportation and logistics to a larger extent, and it is typically viewed with a bit of apprehension, as the [...]
This report comes a year after Congress made dedicated freight funding a priority, with almost $11 billion in funding for freight mobility in dedicated freight funds as part of the Fixing [...]
The nation’s two biggest ports – LA and Long Beach – are being used as beta models for PMSA’s effort to analyze container dwell time at all 12 international container [...]
As noted in reports generated at the recent annual meeting of the American Association of Port Authorities, there’s been a new effort by many members to establish more [...]
After turning a fiscal third quarter operating profit, or what would have been a profit save for a change in an accounting estimate, financial hardship remains intact for the United States Postal [...]
One of the things President-Elect Donald Trump made clear in his acceptance speech was that a national commitment to infrastructure cannot be ignored or overlooked.
Many things pertaining to both the freight economy and general economy remain consistently inconsistent for lack of a better description. That was spelled out in two very reliable monthly [...]
While the current state of affairs for trucking may be viewed as, say, stagnant, mundane, uneven, or some other less than flattering term, it appears that the mode’s future is actually [...]
Somewhat lost in the shuffle in this Presidential election season perhaps like no other we have witnessed in our lifetimes, for a whole host of reasons, has been the onus, or lack thereof, of [...]
Despite many adversities for the maritime sector over the last year, seaborne perishable reefer trade increased in 2015 - and is forecast to grow further still in 2016.