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Transportation TIP List: Week of December 17th, 2017

Posted - December 20, 2017

With a crisp breeze in the air and Christmas less than a week away, now is a great time to prepare your season’s greetings and plan to ring in the New Year. And our final TIP List of 2017 features some industry news that is sure to bring holiday cheer, including information about a logistics hiring surge and unexpected holiday sales increasing retail imports.

Read on for more, and we’ll see you again in 2018!

  • Vibrant Holiday Sales Spur Late-Season Surge in Imports: Stronger-than-expected holiday sales have spurred a late-season surge in imports, as retailers restock their warehouses to keep up with e-commerce demand. November’s container-cargo imports at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports rose 8.4% from October and were up 10.6% over the same month last year.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions in Logistics: Culture Alignment Matters: For several years now, there has been a steady stream of mergers and acquisitions in the transportation and logistics industry — from big, high-profile, mega deals to very small transactions to everything in between. But what has been driving all of this M&A activity?
  • Consumer Technology Trends that Could Impact Trucking: Many of the technological trends that sweep the trucking industry often get started with consumers. One consumer trend that is gaining steam in the trucking industry is the demand for longer-life batteries, so drivers don’t have to recharge their smartphones, tablet computers and other devices as often.
  • How the Evolution of TMS is Changing the Future of Freight: There’s constant change fueling the evolution of the transportation industry. And when it comes to shipping freight, the future is now, as today’s TMS technology provides benefits such as unlimited rating, booking, tracking and management of shipments across all modes.

What transportation trends are you preparing for in 2018?