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31st Annual Study of Logistics and Transportation Trends

Sun, 27 Nov 2022 09:55:52 -0500

Broken, stressed, strained, and out of sync. All have been featured in recent headlines describing the condition of logistics and supply chain operations.

Most recent batch of railroad labor votes see mixed results

Sun, 27 Nov 2022 09:55:52 -0500

NCC said that BLET, a railroad labor union representing engineers and trainmen, has ratified its collective bargaining agreement with U.S. freight railroads, concluding bargaining for more than 20,000 rail employees. And it added that voting results for SMART-TD were split up, with its first contract, covering roughly 28,000 employees—comprised of conductor, brakemen, engine service, and yardmen groups (with around two-thirds of membership participating)—not ratifying its contract, coming up less than 1% short. NCCC said that the second agreement, which covers around 1,300 yardmasters, was ratified.

Cass Freight Index points to annual October gains

Sun, 27 Nov 2022 09:55:52 -0500

October’s shipment reading—at 1.224—saw a 2.9% annual gain, falling short of the September’s 4.8% annual increase and was also below August’s 1.278 reading, which marked the highest level for shipments since May 2018. On the expenditures side, the report said that October’s 4.399 reading marked an 11.1% annual increase, and rose 52.4% on a two-year stacked change basis

8 ways to reinforce safe lift truck operating practices

Sun, 27 Nov 2022 09:55:52 -0500

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IANA data points to declining volume in October

Sun, 27 Nov 2022 09:55:52 -0500

Total October volume—at 1,552,029 units—was down 0.8% annually. Trailers—at 68,747—fell 30.1%, for the steepest decline, and topping September’s 28.6% annual decline. Domestic containers—at 700,512—were down 0.9%. And all domestic equipment, which is comprised of trailers and domestic containers, fell 4.4%, to 769,259. ISO, or international containers, were the lone segment to see an annual gain, rising 3.2%, to 752,770.

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index falls for the first time in three months

Sun, 27 Nov 2022 09:55:52 -0500

For September, the most recent month for which data is available, the SCI reading was -3.1, following readings of 4.5 and 5.0, for July and August, respectively. Both of these readings fared much better than June’s -4.0 and May’s -6.2.

A railroad strike remains a possibility in the days leading up to the end of ‘cooling off’ periods

Sun, 27 Nov 2022 09:55:52 -0500

What happens from here remains to be seen, of course. But let’s hope, as Yogi Berra noted, that it is not already getting late too early and that freight is able to keep rolling down the tracks without a strike getting in the way.

October truck tonnage readings are mixed, reports ATA

Sun, 27 Nov 2022 09:55:52 -0500

The ATA’s advanced Seasonally Adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index, for October, came in at 116.3 (2015=100), down 2.3% compared to September’s 119.1, which was upwardly revised from an original reading of 118.8. The October SA reading rose 2.8% annually, marking its 14th consecutive annual monthly gain, albeit its smallest gain going back to April. This annual gain was below September’s 5.7% annual gain, and on a year-to-date basis through October, SA tonnage is up 3.9%.

How Did Your Distribution Center Measure Up in 2022?

Sun, 27 Nov 2022 09:55:52 -0500

Compare your distribution center (DC) throughput metrics to similar facilities and industries to see how your operations are measuring up in our 2022 Throughput Benchmark Guide.

Port of Long Beach opens first-in-nation EV charging station for heavy trucks

Sun, 27 Nov 2022 09:55:52 -0500

The Port of Long Beach, the nation’s second-busiest seaport, is first in the nation to open a publicly accessible charging station for heavy-duty electric trucks. The service is provided by the port in partnership with EV Connect, a provider of charge-management solutions for electric vehicles. The station, located in the Port’s Harbor District, has two charging units.

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