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

September 8, 2016

The unofficial end of summer is here and, like many of us, you’re probably wondering where the last couple of months went. It always feels like this part of the year flies by, which means the same is true of the news that impacts our industry. 

Knowing this, we keep an eye on the supply chain so that you don’t have to. In a week where everyone is playing catch up, our recap of the news and views from August will get you back up to speed.  Continue reading Order Fulfillment in Review: August 2016

June 24, 2016

It seemed like the day might never arrive, but after multiple delays and several billion dollars in budget overrun, the expanded Panama Canal will finally open this weekend. 

On Sunday, a Chinese container vessel will navigate its way through the expanded locks, in what shippers around the world hope will be the first of many successful passages by today’s larger commercial ships. It’s been a long time coming for shipping lines especially, many of whom have invested heavily in the 14,000 TEU capacity vessels that the expanded waterway is designed for.

However, even this delayed arrival has come too soon for some. Most notably for ourselves – and everyone else bringing in cargo via the East Coast – the expansion has caught the Port Authority of NY/NJ on its heels. Continue reading Panama Canal Expansion Puts a Squeeze on New Jersey’s Infrastructure