A widespread truck driver shortage is one of the more impactful results of 2020 for supply chain companies. A full 71% of the total freight tonnage handled in the U.S. is moved on the highway system, and while recent investment into intermodal infrastructure has improved opportunities for rail transport, shortfalls in the trucking industry will […]
Trucking keeps our nation moving, and without it the U.S. economy would come to a standstill. We’ve previously talked about how eCommerce continues to thrive despite the presence of a global recession, so it’s safe to say trucking won’t slow down anytime soon. It’s no wonder then that environmentally sustainable transportation of freight is on […]
The trucking industry was already undergoing major structural changes prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to new technology, driver shortages, and changing consumer preferences. Now, operational challenges related to both personnel and public safety are creating conditions that will likely accelerate new technology adoption, and could crown new winners and losers in LTL and last-mile. […]
For decades, retailers have focused on creating leaner supply chains using cost-cutting “just-in-time” approaches. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses in lean supply chains and the just-in-time methodology, and supply chain inflexibility has failed both consumers and retailers.
In early December, the trucking industry was shocked by its largest bankruptcy ever. Just before the holidays, Indianapolis-based trucking company Celadon Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, its former COO and CFO both arrested in connection with alleged accounting fraud.
‘Tis the season to be worried about retail logistics! This year, as many retailers prepare for their busiest weeks, uncertainty abounds. Consumer demands are shifting more rapidly than ever, e-commerce continues to disrupt brick-and-mortar retail in unexpected ways, new pressures are being put on fulfillment, and the trade war with China looms over every sales […]
Technology has transformed the shipping and logistics industry, but software compatibility issues continue to pose significant challenges.
Early this year, analysts predicted a slowdown in the $800 billion trucking industry. Unfortunately, things have turned out even worse than originally predicted — 2019 has found the U.S. in the midst of a freight recession, with significant difficulties in the trucking industry.
While other industries were shifting to digital solutions, many companies on the supply chain operated using the old methods – paper and pen, in many cases. Now that tech innovation is starting has penetrated into warehousing and logistics in a big way, there’s a lot of cybersecurity catch-up to be done.
Both transloading and cross docking are essential in the modern supply chain. While each is used to process and forward freight, they serve very different roles. Here’s what you need to know: