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Infrastructure Issue Bridges Gap Between Forwarders, Integrators

A decade-old major highway bridge collapse in Minneapolis still serves as a deadly reminder of the price our nation pays for lack of transportation infrastructure investment. »


Freight and Warehousing Firms Add Jobs in September, Bucking Downturn

The freight transport and warehousing sector defied the national downturn in hiring last month, adding 12,400 jobs as warehouse operators and package-delivery companies boosted payrolls at a rapid pace. »


Amazon Is Testing Its Own Delivery Service to Rival FedEx and UPS

Amazon Is Testing Its Own Delivery Service to Rival FedEx and UPS

Amazon.com Inc. is experimenting with a new delivery service intended to make more products available for free two-day delivery and relieve overcrowding in its warehouses, according to two people familiar with the plan, which will push the online retailer deeper into functions handled by longtime... »


Worldwide Air Cargo Volumes Soared Through August

By all metrics, air cargo enjoyed another great month in August with a 12.9 percent year-over-year increase in volumes for the month alongside even higher direct tonne kilometer (DTK) growth of 14.6 percent, with WorldACD noting the average distance between origin and destination points for... »


Why It's Important to Become Your Carrier's 'Preferred Shipper'

Why It's Important to Become Your Carrier's 'Preferred Shipper'

If you thought the act of purchasing transportation was as simple as paying a carrier to haul your freight - well, think again. »


A Mobile Floating Truck Stop on the St. Lawrence Seaway

Ro-ro ships carry trucks and other road vehicles across the Baltic Sea and also across Cook Strait, providing onboard overnight accommodations as well as food services. There may be scope to adapt that operational precedent to bypass roadway traffic congestion on the St. Lawrence Seaway. »


Freight Startup Flexport Raises $110M, Turns Down $1Bn Valuation

Flexport, the shipping logistics company that launched in San Francisco just four years ago, is set to close a $110m Series C funding round. The investment values the company at $910m post money, says Wesley Chan, managing director at Menlo Park VC firm Felicis Ventures, an early investor in... »


Logistics Sector Cheers May's Support for Brexit Transition Period

The U.K.'s Freight Transport Association (FTA) welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May's call last week for a transition period as a key priority for Brexit negotiations. But, as May's Tories grip on power continues to erode against an ascendant Labor party, the prime minister's pragmatic turn might be... »


Deliv Expands Across U.S., Takes Macy's, Best Buy, Others Along

In a move that it says puts it on equal footing with Prime Now's domestic coverage, crowdsourced same-day delivery provider Deliv has expanded to 1,400 U.S. cities in 33 markets, up from 19 markets previously - allowing retail customers like Macy's and Best Buy to greatly increase the range of... »


Three Ideal Areas for Automation Investment in Retail Distribution Centers

Three Ideal Areas for Automation Investment in Retail Distribution Centers

This white paper explores three areas within a retail order fulfillment operation where automated storage and retrieval systems can make a key impact on an organization’s ability to stock more diverse inventory and remain cost-competitive while meeting customer expectations—regardless of the... »


Three Ways to Cost Justify Investment in Freezer-Automation

Three Ways to Cost Justify Investment in Freezer-Automation

We take it for granted that we can regularly fill our freezers with frozen food. Vegetables, pizza, ice cream — a perfect cold chain ensures high-quality food. The cold chain does not start at the grocery store, however, but much earlier, at the distribution center.  These distribution centers... »


Truckers Are in No Hurry to Have Their Hours Tracked

Truckers Are in No Hurry to Have Their Hours Tracked

Electronic logs are taking fuzzy math out of trucking. »


Opinion: Using Automation to Combat the Impending Labor Shortage

Opinion: Using Automation to Combat the Impending Labor Shortage

Carriers and third-party logistics operators have warned for years of an impending driver shortage, and now it is becoming clearer that this is a symptom of a much broader labor shortage facing the logistics industry that will impact drivers, dispatchers, and warehouse and dock workers. »


Cargo's Crystal Ball: The Power of Machine Learning

Many shippers were caught off-guard last August when the world's seventh-largest container line suddenly went into receivership. An estimated $14bn in cargo was left in limbo after two-thirds of South Korea-based Hanjin's fleet - some 93 vessels - were seized, stranded or denied entry into ports. »


These Truckers Work Alongside the Coders Trying to Eliminate Their Jobs

These Truckers Work Alongside the Coders Trying to Eliminate Their Jobs

Just before Stefan Seltz-Axmacher offers a job to an engineer at Starsky Robotics Inc., a driverless trucking startup in San Francisco, he gives them the talk. »


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