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 17, 2017

The annual celebration of all things Irish is with us once again, but did you ever stop to think just how much planning goes into St. Pat’s? As well as providing a great reason to wear green, the supply chain behind St. Patrick’s Day is big business for retailers, tourism, and many other sectors.

Before you head out into the evening to drink a pint of the black stuff and dye your local waterway green, consider the various economic influences of St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S. and what it means for American businesses. Continue reading The Supply Chain Behind St. Patrick’s Day

January 11, 2017

Attention was naturally drawn to holiday plans and New Year celebrations during December, but that doesn’t mean the world of fulfillment took a breather. In fact, it’s by far the busiest month for some parts of the supply chain!

If you missed any of the major headlines while enjoying the various festivities, Capacity has you covered. Below you’ll find our usual round-up of news, views, and supply chain analysis. Continue reading Order Fulfillment in Review: December 2016

November 22, 2016

As every Mom and Dad knows, Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday that just happens. It takes weeks – maybe months – of preparation, taking in food, football, family, friends, and how to bring all of those elements together for a successful feast.

Much like any successful event, there’s an extensive operation making it happen behind-the-scenes, as these ten stats about the Thanksgiving supply chain demonstrate. Continue reading 10 Tasty Stats About the Thanksgiving Supply Chain

November 5, 2016

As we enter the final few months of the year, it’s almost peak season for retailers and the domestic supply chain gears up accordingly.

If you’re impacted by our industry, there’s every chance that we’ve reached your busiest time of year as well. Time is short and shipments are about to start flying out of the door (we hope!), leaving little time to read and digest the latest industry analysis.

That’s what we’re here for, with our monthly round-up of all the recent news and views. Continue reading Order Fulfillment Review: October 2016