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By Jeff Berman · April 14, 2017
It is well known that retail sales represent somewhere around two-thirds of all economic activity, and that U.S. retail sales contribute around 14 percent, or $2.6 trillion, to U.S. GDP. That is a major number and clearly cannot be overlooked, especially when looking at how closely connected retail and consumer activity is tied to the freight transportation and logistics sectors on so many fronts, including trucking, intermodal, parcel, ocean, air, and e-commerce.
By MMH Staff · April 11, 2017
Traceability and connectivity are critical for the digital transformation, even as the physical supply chain footprint continues to expand.
By Bob Trebilcock · April 7, 2017
Innovation, new business models and new alliances were on display at Promat. It’s a whole new world.
By Patrick Burnson · April 7, 2017
The recently concluded “Cargo Connections Conference” organized and sponsored by the Port of New Orleans, outlined a rather bleak picture for those concerned about ocean carrier solvency as new alliances get under way
By Jeff Berman · April 5, 2017
How many times can high-powered transportation executives make the case to Congress that increasing infrastructure investment is vital to our nation’s economic competitiveness? Apparently, that is, and has been, a question without a true answer. But that does not mean the freight transportation and logistics sectors will stop making logical sense in pleading their cases to an ostensibly illogical Congress.
By Mike Levans · April 3, 2017
If the early attendee forecast is any indication, you may have already landed in Chicago for ProMat 2017 (April 3-6), the materials handling industry’s leading trade show and educational conference, sponsored by MHI.
By Mike Levans · March 31, 2017
In case study after case study, interview after interview, and conversation after conversion, we’re learning that the impact of digital commerce and the subsequent challenge of omni-channel fulfillment is now cutting across every manufacturing and distribution market—and it’s putting increased pressure on all the major modes of transportation and the distribution center operations that keep well-managed supply chains fluid in this dynamic, digital world.
By Patrick Burnson · March 30, 2017
Next week’s 9th annual “Cargo Connections Conference” (CCC) will be hosted by the Port of New Orleans, and will examine (among other things) the solvency of ocean cargo carriers and the anticipated impact of shifting carrier alliances.
By Patrick Burnson · March 30, 2017
Preliminary research indicates that the entire logistics industry is on a course of change due to more women entering the workforce.
By John Schulz · March 30, 2017
When Judy McReynolds took over as board chairman last year, she began accelerating ArcBest’s move away from its traditional, unionized LTL operation into a new, more diversified approach to transportation.
By Sara Pearson Specter · March 30, 2017
Because they are manufactured from a renewable carbon source, wood pallets are a sustainable product that reduces the need for non-renewable, petroleum-based materials.
By Peter Moore · March 28, 2017
DOS is seeking a new approach to a single source contract that, at its core, is doing what 3PLs do best: providing customized, reliable services through multiple modes of transportation.
By Patrick Burnson · March 24, 2017
In its monthly “West Coast Trade Report,” the Pacific Maritime Shipping Association alerts shippers to the Fact that the South Coast Air Quality Management District has proposed not one – but two – different container fees to be assessed on containerized imports and exports moving through Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Oakland.
By Jeff Berman · March 22, 2017
For more than a while now, the subject of inventories, specifically those among the high, bloated, or elevated type have been a major theme within supply chain and freight transportation circles.
By Patrick Burnson · March 20, 2017
The world’s largest regional economic cooperation group convened earlier this month in an effort to assure freer Asia-Pacific trade that secures the advantages of globalization while safeguarding the welfare of people hurt by it in the past.

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