Entries by Michelle

Thriving in the omnichannel world: Three steps 3PLs can follow to overcome disruption

The rise of omnichannel retailing has disrupted the market from every angle; causing retailers to rethink their supply chain and logistics processes as they keep up with customer demand. Nowhere has this change been felt more sharply than with third party logistic companies (3PLs). Amazon had 3PLs scratching their heads after taking its logistics operation in-house to […]

What Small Businesses Stand to Lose in a Net Neutrality Rollback

Deep in the golden corn fields of Iowa, technology is transforming life on the farm. For decades, the production of corn has been led by family-based businesses who operate their farms with a time-tested mix of traditional agriculture tools. But now many of them have added something new to their arsenal: a mobile app called […]

E-log mandate: Driving into new territory

The mandatory electronic logging of driver hours may have an effect on costs and capacity in the US trucking sector, but a new, safety-led culture can also bring benefits Bob Poulos, chief executive of V3 Transportation, doesn’t need psychic powers to know what has been on the minds of his customers lately. As the calendar […]

LGBTQ Workers Embraced by Detroit 3 Automakers

The Detroit Three auto companies and their competitors now rank with Silicon Valley tech leaders in their very public embrace of gay employees, a position that Apple CEO Tim Cook has said is essential to recruiting top talent. Apple and Amazon are accompanied by Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, Tesla, Volkswagen and Subaru in earning a perfect score […]

Logistics suffer as wildfires ravage Southern California

Dive Brief: Wildfires are blazing throughout Southern California, prompting the state to suspend hours of service rules for truckers assisting with clearing debris and close parts of State Route 150 and State Route 33, along with many city and county roads, according to various reports. The amount of acreage burned in the California wildfires currently […]

Marchionne suggests Fiat Chrysler could partner with Hyundai on hydrogen fuel cells

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could potentially partner with Hyundai on hydrogen fuel cell technology. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne raised the prospect in comments over the weekend on Alfa Romeo’s return to Formula 1 racing. The Formula 1 announcement, which will involve a partnership with the Swiss Sauber F1 Team, is another step in Fiat Chrysler’s efforts to restore and […]

Industry Pulse: Trucking growth surges through peak season

Dive Brief: Trucking continued strong growth in October following a record couple of months which had been boosted by the hurricane season. Shipments increased 0.5% MoM and 2.9% YoY, while expenditures increased 3.9% MoM and 11.2% YoY. Right around this time in previous years, shipments dropped off, and while 2016 saw more of an uptick, […]

Executive of the Year: E. Hunter Harrison

Look no further than to CSX’s CEO for a story of how a single executive can single-handedly transform a company. PROFILE E. Hunter Harrison, CEO, CSX Corp. (The research said) we could be a pretty good forecaster of trains, and if we could predict that, then we could predict people’s quality of life. —E. Hunter […]

The top 10 supply chain stories of 2017

If 2016 was a year chalk-full of disruptions, 2017 was the year of resilience. By and large, companies sought to reinvent their supply chains this year, tapping their logistics providers, suppliers and internal operations for help. It was also President Donald Trump’s first year in office, which brought about a high degree of business uncertainty […]

US Automotive Industry: A Dominant Link in North American Supply Chains

The notion that the U.S. automotive sector is in terminal decline is belied by the facts. In fact, that share has been remarkably stable since 1980—the long-term average is about 20% and currently,  its global production share stands at 17%, which is an improvement from the 14% reached depths of the Great Recession. Perhaps no sector […]