Logistics Industry Update: August 2014 in Review

As quickly as ever, summer has run its course and we're mere weeks away from plunging (fall-ing?!) headlong into peak season for most supply chain planners. Whether you've wiled away those balmy summer days on the beach or behind a desk planning for the upcoming rush, you can rely on our bite-sized review of what went on last month, including major announcements and significant statistics. [caption id="attachment_1649" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Truck at sunset USA Image Credit: Paul L. Dineen[/caption]

Last Month in Logistics

So, here are the reports and trends that made the media during August:
  • The value of U.S. freight across all forms increased more than 10% over the same period in 2013, according to figures released by RITA late last month. The figures from June show NAFTA freight hitting $103 billion, up $9.5 billion on the same month last year.
  • The country's trucking and railroad industries have something of a face-off on their hands, as representatives of road freight say a rail-aligned study of truck-based fatalities contains "fundamental errors of analysis and evaluation."
  • The length of your supply chain is always important, but when it comes to perishables it's mission critical according to the latest food safety study from Stericycle.
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