November 14, 2016

The market for warehouse space is looking up. Literally, in fact, as companies seeking storage facilities closer to cities are hoping to get more for their money by building multi-story facilities.

Following a concept that is already popular in Asia and Europe, Prologis announced last week that it would bring its first multi-level warehouse to the U.S. Located near Seattle, the facility will have three floors and a square footage of 580,000.

All that space will be needed, as market forces combine to stretch the supply of commercial real estate and add another fulfillment challenge for brands.
Continue reading Warehouse Operators Look to the Skies for Additional Storage

March 23, 2015
An eastbound BNSF train at Prairie du Chien, W...
An eastbound BNSF train at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Even if you don’t spend much time thinking about the locomotives and loaded trailers that traverse American railroads each and every day, there are those in other countries who consider it a priority.

As a Marketplace report today suggests, the model of US rail freight is appreciated and influential around the world. Continue reading The Global Influence of US Rail Freight

March 5, 2015

Another storm has swept through the southern states and is currently impacting the East coast. Much as Octavia did two weeks ago, Thor came in the night and left commuters and delivery companies alike to deal with its mess.

Reaching for the shovels again, we’ve marched outside to look Thor square in the eye (of the storm) and tell him in no uncertain terms, “we’re open!”

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Digging out of Thor at our NJ facility

 

The snow has forced many companies to call off operations for the day, however, as winter advisory warnings go up around the Northeast and New Jersey has declared a state of emergency. Capacity is up and running despite this latest dump of the white stuff, while carriers are shutting down in some areas, struggling to stay on top of the deluge.

UPS issued the following bulletin to make customers aware that scheduled deliveries will be disrupted:

Severe weather in Louisville, KY caused a significant disruption to operations at Worldport®, UPS’s main hub in the United States. As a result, some shipments may experience unavoidable delays.

UPS is working to move shipments to their final destinations as quickly as possible.

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Trailers line up at Capacity’s NJ loading bays

 

One bright spot of this particular storm is that some believe it’s the last one for this winter. Whether or not you believe the weather men and women, two things are for sure: the clocks go forward for spring this weekend and the seasons officially change in two weeks time.

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We’re no softies when it comes to snow, but everyone will be cracking a smile as the sun starts to shine again and temperatures rise to melt all this white stuff. Until then, keep on truckin’!

 

February 5, 2015
English: Logo of Target, US-based retail chain
Logo of Target, US-based retail chain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For those of us in the U.S., Target’s announcement that it would be shutting up shop in Canada came as something of a surprise. Supply chain lessons from the company’s expansion should have been a positive example to follow, rather than a model of what not to do.

The big box retailer experiences big bucks success here in its homeland, and with Canadians extremely receptive to having the brand open its doors north of the border, the 133 stores that appeared should have been set for a bright future. Continue reading Supply Chain Lessons from Target’s Calamity in Canada

February 3, 2015

January flew by after an equally hectic holiday season, so there’s every chance that you missed certain logistics industry updates and supply chain reading as the year got underway.

However, we’ve gathered together some of the more important headlines from the first four weeks of the year to bring you back up to speed. Continue reading Logistics Industry Review: January 2015