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By Jeff Berman · January 18, 2018
With a focus on providing more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade through the usage of blockchain technology, ocean cargo giant A.P. Moller-Maersk and technology powerhouse IBM announced plans this week for a joint venture (JV). IBM and Maersk said that the objective of this JV is to provide a jointly developed global trade digitization platform that is built on open standards and designed for use by the entire global shipping ecosystem
By Kevin Zweier · January 18, 2018
The transportation industry is focused on competition from the likes of Uber Eats, DoorDash, Roadie and Zifty, but we should be paying close attention to what’s occurring in the electric vehicle sphere.
By LM Staff · January 17, 2018
Compared to the same week a year ago, diesel’s average is up 44.3 cents. What’s more, this week’s price is the highest in three years, going back to the week of January 12, 2015, when it came in at $3.053 per gallon.
By MMH Staff · January 17, 2018
JDA's annual customer conference to host symposium by the leading organization focused on women’s leadership in supply chain.
By MMH Staff · January 17, 2018
New CEO believes material handling and logistics particularly susceptible to approaching "automation revolution."
By MMH Staff · January 17, 2018
Industrial Pack has announced the latest exhibitors to sign up to the trade show taking place on April 4 – 5, 2018 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. As the very first dedicated industrial packaging event in North America, Industrial Pack will offer a platform for manufacturers, reconditioners and distributors of drums, pails, IBCs, sacks, pallets, crates and protective packaging.
By Jeff Berman · January 16, 2018
Chicago-based project44 said it kicked off what it called an expanded integration into cloud-based transportation management systems (TMS) provider MercuryGate International Inc.’s TMS.
By Jeff Berman · January 15, 2018
December shipments––at 965,917––were up 3.8% annually and down 2.0 percent compared to November’s 979,797. The busiest month of 2017 was August, which came in at 1,068,521 for an all-time record. December also marked the 17th time in the last 18 months that shipments were up.
By John Schulz · January 15, 2018
Less-than-truckload (LTL) shippers are facing what top trucking executives are calling a “new era” in LTL pricing because of a combination of pent-up demand, surging e-commerce deliveries and a tightening capacity due to increased government regulations and a shortage of qualified drives.
By Jeff Berman · January 12, 2018
Commerce reported that December retail sales saw a 0.4% increase from November to December at $495.4 billion along with a 5.4% annual gain. NRF reported that December retail sales increased 0.4% on a seasonally adjusted basis compared to November and were up 4.6% annually on an unadjusted basis.
By LM Staff · January 12, 2018
With a 0.2% increase from October to November, the Freight TSI hit 130.8, which, BTS said, is a new all-time high.
By LM Staff · January 12, 2018
Carloads dropped 5.2% to 208,646. Intermodal containers and trailers fell 3.9% annually to 207,216.
By Jeff Berman · January 12, 2018
Commerce reports December retail sales up 0.4% from November at $495.4 billion along with a 5.4% annual gain.
By Michael J. Gravier · January 11, 2018
This is a watershed year for the digitization of global supply chains as companies respond to new initiatives enacted by governments and inter-governmental organizations. Those too timid to take the risk of making a mistake will simply lose out.
By John D. Schulz · January 11, 2018
Smaller, niche freight payment companies with emphasis on shipper service and nimble technology are holding fast with industry giants.

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