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Online booking will bypass freight forwarders using Alibaba's shipping platform, One Touch, the world's largest e-commerce platform, Maersk and CMA CGM have signed letters of understanding to work together with Alibaba, and Amazon China is now a year into their new venture as a freight forwarder, game changing events for sure.
Carloads headed up 3.9 percent to 253,670, and intermodal containers and trailers rose 1.5 percent annually to 264,761. (February 17, 2017)
The South Carolina Ports Authority reported an 8 percent increase in container volume since its fiscal year began in July. (February 16, 2017)
For December, the most recent month for which data is available, the ICI was 6.98, which was ahead of November’s 5.0 and October’s 5.26, with FTR noting that intermodal finished 2016 with decent momentum. And it added that the ICI is expected to see gains in the coming months as a result of what it called a robust rate environment, while cautioning there are also some tailwinds in the form of potential trade policy changes issued by the White House. (February 16, 2017)
Transpacific shippers and other transport stakeholders were given briefings recently by the ports of Oakland and Long Beach to reassure them that they’d be competitive in 2017 and beyond. (February 15, 2017)
Just as it promised at last year’s annual Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle is expanding its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio with four new cloud solutions to help businesses fully utilize the benefits of digital supply chains. (February 14, 2017)
Carloads were up 11.7 percent at 269,994, and intermodal container and trailers rose 3.3 percent annually to 271,480. (February 10, 2017)
While United States-bound retail container volumes trended down in December, the over all outlook for 2017 volumes appears to be solid, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates. (February 09, 2017)
Consistent with trends set last year, exports are on the rise again in 2017 at the Port of Oakland. (February 09, 2017)
NavisWorld -- a bi-annual conference providing port terminal operators with insights to optimize the movement of containers through their facilities with the use of advanced technology and other innovations – will also focus on e-commerce this year. (February 08, 2017)
For December, the most recent month for which data is available, the TCI was 2.9, which is down from November’s 4.38 and October’s 4.58. FTR said this decline correlates to soft conditions that impacted the sector over the second half of 2016. (February 08, 2017)
A recent report released by Resilinc, a California-based cloud provider of supply chain resilience and risk management intelligence and analytics, has special relevance for logistics managers evaluating “near-shoring.” (February 07, 2017)
In a new “manufacturing outlook” report focusing on the automotive and industrial sectors, AlixPartners observes that many of the labor-cost advantages associated with near-shoring may be lost if companies fail to spend more on automation in the future. (February 07, 2017)
A new report released by the London-based think tank, Transport Intelligence (Ti) notes that the logistics industry has undergone a “transformation” with a dramatic shift in service sector domination.
(February 07, 2017)
YRC Freight and YRC Regional, collectively the second- and seventh-largest less-than-truckload carriers in the nation, have made field operational organizational changes for better efficiency and safety oversight, effective Feb. 1.
(February 07, 2017)
Last fall, I was scheduled to serve as a moderator for an industry conference. I always like playing this part, as it is a great networking too, and I usually learn a bunch of stuff, all while getting some good branding in for Logistics Management.
(February 07, 2017)