Entries by Michelle

To Form Successful Habits, Know What Motivates You

Have you ever been driven crazy by a coworker’s persistent questioning of what the team is doing, and why, and whether things could be done more efficiently—or have you been driven crazy by a colleague’s refusal to address those crucial questions? Have you ever worked with someone who met deadlines and followed through for the […]

Rising inventory: Stock lots

Around the world, finished vehicle inventories are creeping up. So is the current trajectory of the industry sustainable? In any retail business, inventory management is a delicate balancing act. Hold too little and frustrated customers will be forced to shop elsewhere; but piling stock on your shelves puts a strain on working capital and if […]

Trucking adds jobs at fastest rate since 2015

Dive Brief: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that total non-farm employment added 313,000 jobs in February, the biggest job gain since mid-2016, and the trucking sector gained a whopping 5,600 jobs, marking the fastest pace of growth for the industry since 2015. The dramatic jump in trucking is likely a direct response to the capacity crunch and […]

Industry Pulse: Trade fears may explain carload decline in February

Dive Brief: The number of U.S. rail carloads declined 0.3% in February 2018 YoY at 1,028,141, while containers and trailers climbed 6.9% YoY at 1,104,001, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR) data. Combined rail carloads and intermodal originations jumped 3.3% YoY to 2,132,142 in February 2018. Vehicle motor parts, steel and agricultural products are […]

Blockchain: 4 ways to experiment

How could blockchain benefit your company? Start exploring Why are a growing number of enterprises diving into blockchain technology? Blockchain is open-source technology used to create a distributed ledger – a shared record of transactions (financial or otherwise). The basic idea: No one can tamper with it because everyone has access to the same information […]

95% of companies don’t see full benefits of digitization

Dive Brief: Of 350 supply chain and operations professionals surveyed, 95% believe they haven’t seen the benefits of digitization, according to a DHL report. Respondents told DHL two big reasons for the lack of results are 1) “New technology is developing so quickly that businesses find it challenging to keep up with innovations and best practices,” […]

How shippers and 3PLs can partner to weather the freight industry

Dive Brief: Trucking shipments and expenditures are at an all-time high, and volumes continue to increase — so much so that rates are expected to rise as a result. Higher rates will put more pressure on shippers — smaller shippers especially — which could spur them to seek better freight brokers to acquire rates. According to a white paper […]

Round 7: All signs point to even longer NAFTA talks

Dive Brief: The seventh round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) kicked off Sunday in Mexico City. Set to last until March 5, the seven days of talks will tackle some of the most contentious issues, as negotiators purportedly race to reach a dealby the end of March. Analysts are hopeful […]