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By Jeff Berman · November 13, 2018
Data for the Convey survey, entitled “Last Mile Delivery: What Shoppers Want and How to #SaveRetail,” was based on feedback from 1,508 consumers, with questions focusing on delivery expectations and preferences with the goal of understanding what aspects of delivery consumers found most important, according to Convey. This is the third year Convey has conducted this survey.
By Bob Trebilcock · November 13, 2018
The fastest-growing trend in warehousing could be smaller and smaller facilities.
By LM Staff · November 12, 2018
For September, the most recent month for which data is available, the TCI reading was 4.58. This marks a drop-off from August’s 10.24 and July’s 14.04 (a 14-year high, as well as May and June at 11.4 and 11.18, respectively.
By Jeff Berman · November 12, 2018
A new labor agreement between UPS Freight, the less-than-truckload unit of UPS, and the Teamsters Union was reached over the weekend, with UPS Freight Teamsters members approving a new contract over the weekend.
By Jeff Berman · November 9, 2018
United States-bound imports trended down from the pre-holiday peak while still coming in at higher-than-usual levels, with retailers importing merchandise in advance of a coming tariff increase in January, according to the new edition of the Port Tracker report issued today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By LM Staff · November 9, 2018
Rail carloads, at 1,338,037, rose 1%, or 12,598, annually for the month, and intermodal containers and trailers, at 1,443,914, saw a 4.2%, or 58,546 units, annual increase.
By Jeff Berman · November 8, 2018
Under the terms of this agreement, the companies said that Preferred will sell LSO’s services, including same-day, next-day, scheduled, and day-definite guaranteed deliveries up to 150 pounds.
By Jeff Berman · November 8, 2018
Earlier today, global freight and logistics services provider XPO Logistics said it has rolled out four new technology efforts that serve as the “core” of its LTL (less-than-truckload) 2.0 optimization plan.
By Patrick Burnson · November 8, 2018
Industry insider shares a few observations and insights, while providing a brief forecast for supply chain managers preparing for the year ahead.
By Jeff Berman · November 7, 2018
Earlier this week, Chicago-based project44, a technology services provider offering standardized, secure Web service API (application programming interfaces) integrations enabling 3PLs and shippers to connect with carriers in real time, said that its advanced visibility offerings are now available within the Oracle Transportation Management Cloud and Oracle Transportation Management version 6.4.2 or higher.
By LM Staff · November 7, 2018
Falling 1.7 cents, the average price per gallon now stands at $3.338, following last weeks 2.5-cent decline and the previous week’s 1.4-cent drop.
By Jeff Berman · November 6, 2018
FedEx said that rates for FedEx Express are heading up by an average of 4.9% for U.S. domestic, U.S. export, and U.S. import services. And FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery rates are each going up by an average of 4.9%, with FedEx SmartPost rates also rising.
By Patrick Burnson · November 5, 2018
In a world that is becoming increasingly commoditized, brand recognition is particularly important to the third-party logistics (3PL) industry, observes Armstrong & Associates.
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By Derik Andreoli, Principal, Mercator · November 5, 2018
Chinese imports account for nearly half of all container imports moving over U.S. ports, so at first blush, port volumes are seemingly at great risk as increased duties are threatened. But, don’t hit the panic button just yet.
By Jeff Berman · November 5, 2018
The index ISM uses to measure non-manufacturing growth—known as the NMI–dropped 1.3% to 60.3 (a reading above 50 indicates growth), while still growing for the 105th consecutive month. The October NMI is 1.8% above the 12-month average of 58.5.

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