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7 Last Mile Logistics Delivery & Ecommerce Trends You Don’t Want to Overlook
The quarter's eCommerce performance was more muted as Amazon Prime Day dollars shifted to Q3 this year, and the increase in digital sales outpaced that of stores for the first time since early 2021, and more than 20% of consumer spending from April-June occurred online.

How a 3PL Ran Smarter, High-Quality Bid Events with SMC3’s Transportation Procurement Solution
Bid$ense allowed IL2000 to manage all bid responses through a single integrated dashboard, giving them the ability to process bids faster, manage the increasing scope of bids, and get more out of each procurement event.

Kimberly-Clark turns to EARL to manage order bunching
The CPG giant is applying AI to optimize transportation from its plants to its DCs.

Q&A: Michael Farlekas, CEO, e2open
Logistics Management Group News Editor Jeff Berman recently spoke with Michael Farlekas, CEO of Austin, Texas-based connected supply chain software platform services provider e2open. Farlekas provided Berman with an overview of various topics, including: a return to supply chain normalcy; inventory management, and sourcing options for shippers, among others.

6 River Systems rolls out mobile fulfillment app to extend picking options outside of its AMRs
The company said the new mobile app is a major part of its software roadmap.

February intermodal volumes see annual declines, reports IANA
Total February volume—at 1,248,569 units—fell 7.3% annually. Trailers—at 61,211—saw a 27.6% annual decline, and domestic containers—at 611,460—were down 4.3%. All domestic equipment, which is comprised of trailers and domestic containers, were down 7.0%, to 672,671. ISO, or international, containers—at 575,898—dropped 7.6%.

Q&A: Adam Satterfield, CFO, Old Dominion Freight Line
Logistics Management Group News Editor Jeff Berman recently spoke with Adam Satterfield, CFO of Thomasville, North Carolina-based national less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers Old Dominion Freight Line about various industry trends and themes, including: the current state of the LTL market, the freight economy, rates and pricing, and supply chain shifts, among others.

DSV announces acquisitions of S&M Moving Systems West and Global Diversity Logistics
DSV said that the objective of these acquisitions are three-fold: to augment its position within the semiconductor industry; align with its new Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport operations; and support its growing cross-border services into Latin America. It added that these acquisitions are expected to be made official next month.

ATA reports February truck tonnage increase
The ATA’s advanced Seasonally Adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index, for February, came in at 118.4 (2015=100), for a 1.2% increase, over January’s 117 reading.

Biggest gets bigger: Knight-Swift buying USX for $808 million in huge TL deal
Phoenix-based Knight-Swift Transportation, already the biggest player in the TL market at $4.5 billion revenue last year, is buying Chattanooga, Tenn.-based U.S. Xpress, which ranked ninth in TL revenue last year at $2.2 billion. The deal is valued at $808 million, including assumption of $484 million of debt.

ATA has ‘grave concerns’ that EPA may allow California-type air quality rules on heavy trucks
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) expressed what it called its “grave concerns” about media reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may be on the verge of granting the state of California waivers to implement potentially harmful and unrealistic emissions rules on the industry. Under California rules, new Class 8 heavy truck models would be zero-emission next year. Diesel and gasoline-powered drayage trucks must retire after 18 years to guarantee that they meet a zero-emission requirement by 2035.

National diesel average falls 6.2 cents, to $4.185, reports EIA
The national average decreased 6.2 cents, to $4.185, following a 3.5-cent decline, to $4.247, for the week of March 13.

POLA and POLB report February volume declines
The Port of Los Angeles reported that February volume—at 487,846 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units)—were down 43% compared to February 2022. The Port of Long Beach reported that total February volume—at 543,675 TEU—dropped 31.7% annually

FTR Trucking Conditions Index shows solid sequential improvement, to start 2023
For January, the most recent month for which data is available, the TCI came in at -1.71, a significant improvement over December’s -6.1 and November’s -7.94. That was preceded by October’s -11.25, its lowest level since the April 2020 all-time low, at -28.66. The September TCI reading came in at -2.35.

U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are down for the week ending March 11, reports AAR
Rail carloads—at 229,246—fell 1.5% annually, and intermodal containers and trailers—at 229,383—fell 13.0%.


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