August 22, 2018

For all the talk of self-driving vehicles and freight automation, US trucking has a more pressing concern: the record rates being charged for road freight in North America.

According to the Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the country’s spot rates for third-party haulage have jumped 26% this year compared to 2017. This follows 17 straight months of year-over-year growth, something that hasn’t happened for more than three decades.

Naturally, this seemingly unstoppable growth is having an impact on transportation costs, which puts pressure on companies in many sectors to raise prices.

Continue reading US Trucking Costs Hit Record Highs in 2018

March 8, 2017

Every month seems to come and go quickly in an industry as fast-paced as ours, but February flies by faster than the rest. That’s the calendar at work, with only 28 days to squeeze in all the supply chain action.

Now that we’ve entered March and are rushing headlong into spring, we can all be forgiven for wanting to put the winter behind us. Nonetheless, take a little while longer to focus on February, because we have some important stories to share in our monthly round-up! Continue reading Order Fulfillment in Review: February 2017

December 5, 2016

As workers headed off for the Thanksgiving break, fulfillment crews started to shift into high gear for the holiday rush. For the retail sector and those of us who supply them, this really is the business end of peak season.

If you’re in the industry it’s likely you’ve been too busy to think, let alone put your feet up to peruse the supply chain headlines. Whatever you missed in November, we have the monthly round-up that will get you all caught up! Continue reading Order Fulfillment in Review: November 2016

August 9, 2016

We’re more than halfway through the summer and you can be excused for sleeping on some of the supply chain headlines last month. The sunshine season has a similar effect on all of us!

Thankfully, our team of fulfillment-focused analysts stay up to date with the industry’s news and views so that you don’t have to. As usual, here’s our monthly round-up of all the issues and information that caught our eye during July. Continue reading Order Fulfillment in Review: July 2016

March 5, 2016

If you work in or around our industry, February felt like a month dominated by e-commerce fulfillment news.

From the analysis of the 2015 holiday season and the huge role played by online sales to the big brand retailers grappling with their online strategies for the future, last month made it clear that delivering in the digital age is about more than having every product imaginable under one vast roof.

Continue reading Order Fulfillment in Review: February 2016