Logistics News

  • Cass Freight Index points to ongoing strength in freight economy

    Nov 19, 2018 — October shipments, at 1.224, were up 6.2% annually and down 1.4% compared to September, and October expenditures, at 2.919, were up 12% compared to October 2017 and down 2.4% compared to September.
  • Revitalised Panama Canal Eyes Expansion of Port and Logistics Capacity

    Nov 15, 2018 — Following a strong year in terms of growth in vessel transits, the Panama Canal Authority is once more turning its attention to building port capacity as well as new zones for increased logistics activity. Authority administrator and chief executive Jorge Quijano said that, while vessel transits were its primary business barometer, ports activity had become increasingly important to the country as a whole.
  • Logistics must attract a more diverse workforce, or lose out on 'good minds'

    Nov 8, 2018 — Calls are increasing for the logistics sector to catch up with other industries in diversifying its workforce or face losing out on “good minds”.
  • Uber for empty containers could solve repositioning challenges

    Nov 1, 2018 — Technology startups are focusing on reducing the empty container problem, a challenge that costs the container shipping industry about $20 billion per year. At any given time, about one-third of the ocean containers in circulation are empty, and the average container spends nearly half its life idle.
  • Shipping from China to U.S. West Coast is not so cheap anymore

    Nov 1, 2018 — Peak season 2018 broke a new threshold in terms of ocean freight spot rates: It is now as expensive to transport a product from China to North America's West Coast as it was to ship to the East Coast during last year's peak season.
  • Forwarders must act smarter to prevent peak cargo congestion, says Heathrow

    Oct 23, 2018 — Heathrow Airport has defended its peak season plans – but warned forwarders, hauliers and handlers to change their behaviour to ensure there are no congestion problems. Airport data indicates that volumes will be as strong, or stronger, than last year, when congestion became a major issue.
  • An Internet of Logistics could make it easier to share supply chain data

    Oct 19, 2018 — Container ports should spearhead an “Internet of Logistics” to tackle inefficiencies in global container supply chains. According to PSA International chief executive Tan Chong Meng, a “connected community” beyond the scope of Internet of Things (IoT) technology is needed to improve data sharing.
  • Hurricane Florence And Hurricane Michael U.S. Gulf Coast And U.S. East Coast: Latest information and how to help

    Oct 19, 2018 — The images of Hurricane Michael’s debris and devastation are heartbreaking, especially when they are combined with what we have already been seeing come out of the Carolinas as a result of Hurricane Florence. And there is no sugar-coating how long and difficult the path to recovery will be. There’s so much to do that it’s difficult to know where to start.
  • Freight-Related Startups, Tech Firms Continue to Attract Investment

    Oct 18, 2018 — Interest in freight-related startups and technology continues to grow, as evidenced by several recent investment deals as well as a first-of-its-kind Founders Camp whereby representatives from 20 startup firms met with trucking executives and shippers in Chattanooga, Tenn., to exchange ideas for new products and services.
  • Forwarders must meet digital disrupters head on and adapt, or sink

    Oct 18, 2018 — Forwarders have the power to keep wannabe disrupters at bay and create advantages for themselves – but they must act now, and as an industry.
  • Economy Puts New Demands on Logistics Firms, Surveys Find

    Oct 12, 2018 — A robust economy is placing new demands on third-party logistics service providers, based on survey results from two long-running university-sponsored studies released at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals annual conference in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Ports need to think outside the box to make their terminals more cost-effective

    Oct 8, 2018 — Pressure is mounting on container ports to improve efficiency in terminal operations, as wholesale change in the shipping industry continues to increase competition and drive down revenue per box.
  • Warehouse Hiring Soars in a Growing Rush for Logistics Workers

    Oct 8, 2018 — U.S. logistics hiring surged in September at the fastest pace in a year, as warehousing and transportation companies ramping up for peak season added 23,800 jobs.
  • New Owners to Redevelop Former Avondale Shipyard Site Into Logistics Hub

    Oct 6, 2018 — Huntington Ingalls Industries has announced the closing of the sale of the former Avondale Shipyards site to Avondale Marine, a joint venture between T. Parker Host and Hilco Redevelopment Partners, which has to redevelop the New Orleans-area property into a global logistics hub.
  • Rising demand paves the way for new intermodal networks across SE Asia

    Oct 5, 2018 — Increased freight demand across South-east Asia has given rise to a new breed of intermodal networks, driven by cross-border trucking. According to Gursimran Singh, regional business development manager at China-ASEAN road freight specialist Kart Asia, more and more large 3PLs are choosing Bangkok as their regional logistics hub and are relying on cross-border trucking networks for air and sea connections.
  • Container shipping not under threat from a digital disruptor

    Oct 4, 2018 — APL chief Nicolas Sartini does not believe that container shipping faces a major threat from a digital disruptor such as Uber.
  • Angry forwarders hit out as handlers and airlines push up charges

    Oct 2, 2018 — The start of October marked the start of more expensive air freight in the UK, as a series of handlers and airlines increased their charges, in some cases significantly.
  • Port Workers Plan Strike in L.A. to Challenge Logistics Firms

    Sep 28, 2018 — Warehouse workers and truck drivers at Los Angeles ports are planning to launch a three-day strike Monday, aiming to put pressure on logistics companies they claim owe them back wages.