Entries by Michelle

Carriers cling to used trucks amid capacity crunch

Dive Brief: Fewer used trucks are entering the market because transporters are trying to maintain and add to all the trucks they have to handle the capacity crunch, FreightWaves reports. Studies from J.D. Power Valuation Services and FTR, as cited by FreightWaves, say fleets are keeping older trucks, even as they purchase new ones. Meanwhile, demand for trailers […]

CSX Plans to Sell 650 Miles of ‘Non-Core’ Rail Segments

CSX’s decision to market these non-core properties, six additional rail segments totaling approximately 650 miles, follows a detailed evaluation of each line and its potential to be operated more efficiently by a highly qualified third party. Jacksonville, Fla.-based Class I railroad carrier CSX has announced that it is soliciting bids on six rail segments, which it said […]

The Perfect Storm for the Manufacturing Workforce

If the manufacturing sector hopes to sustain its growth in the coming decade, it must come together to address three critical workforce challenges. Just as American manufacturing seems to be hitting its stride, the sector now faces the perfect storm when it comes to finding and developing the workforce of the future: Baby boomers are […]

Global ports on edge amid threats of full-blown trade war

Dive Brief: Six major ports in Northern Europe achieved 12.1% growth in container volume from February through March, according to the Hackett Associates’ North Europe Global Tracker report. At that pace, annual growth would reach 4.6%. Imports to the U.S. and Canada are forecast to rise by about 4.5% this year over 2017, while exports increase a […]

Industry Pulse: Rail rates may rise after the Fed’s interest rate hike

Dive Brief: U.S. rail carloads increased 3.2% YoY in May to 1,319,420, while combined carloads and intermodal originations jumped 4.9% to 2,717,623 over the same time period, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Containers and trailers were up 6.6% year over year at 86,010 in May, and “intermodal volume in May was the second highest for any month in […]

Driving value into the supply chain

Better communication and smarter use of technology will be needed in inbound and aftermarket logistics networks for the new automotive landscape, delegates at The Supply Chain Conference in Atlanta were told. Better communication is needed in the automotive supply chain, including between OEMs, suppliers, logistics providers and IT experts providing digital supply chain services. Digital […]

Carload traffic moves ahead but trade concerns remain

Freight traffic on U.S. Class I railroads totaled 1,319,420 carloads in May, up 3.2% from the same month a year ago. The Association of American Railroads said U.S. railroads originated 1,398,203 containers and trailers, up 6.6%. Combined carload and intermodal originations in May were 2,717,623, up 4.9% from May 2017. Fifteen of the 20 carload […]

Being Pragmatic about tracking

As supply chain visibility becomes ever more important, a new technology is emerging with potential uses in inbound logistics, inventory management and the aftermarket Assigning materials and components an individual identity that can be tracked easily and reliably from the goods-inward stage through production to delivery to the customer, and even throughout their lifespan, is […]

Emergency fuel surcharges create a ‘crisis point’

Dive Brief: The imposition of “emergency fuel surcharges” by ocean carriers has created a crisis point in the industry, as shippers decry “cartel era” policies and carriers defend their right to mitigate costs, Drewry Maritime Consultants wrote in their latest Container Insight Weekly. Chris Welsh, secretary general of the Global Shippers Forum, said in the […]