Transportation TIP List: Week of March 11th, 2018

Posted - March 14, 2018

Daylight saving time started this past Sunday, and our clocks jumped forward one hour to maximize the upcoming summertime sunshine. But even though we lost a precious hour of sleep, this week’s TIP List has a particularly bright outlook, including some of the latest industry trends springing up in transportation. From Uber’s autonomous freight delivery to a closer look at new, innovative approaches to supply chain optimization, leap ahead to all of the brightest industry news below!

  • Uber Freight is Now Hauling Cargo with Self-Driving Trucks: In February, the Uber Freight tool helped transfer a load from the Midwest to its final destination in Southern California – and for 340 miles of the trip, the truck drove itself across Arizona highways. Uber Freight has been coordinating hauls like this since November 2017.
  • Shippers See TMS as Customer Service Tool: Many companies don’t realize their TMS can offer value beyond the baseline utility of cutting freight costs. However, a recent study found that users are exploring new ways to leverage the software to help meet rising customer service demands.
  • U.S. Shippers Face Unprecedented Truck, Intermodal Cost Hikes: For years, North American shippers were warned that a truck capacity crunch was coming, but it never materialized because of the stop-and-go U.S. economic recovery. That crunch finally arrived in 2018, impacting supply chains and shocking shippers who expected a slow Q1.
  • Trade Disputes, Trucking Crunch Threaten U.S. Export Gains: S. exports are on a growth track, but export expansion could be derailed or slowed if the U.S. enters a trade war and/or the current crunch in landside truck and intermodal capacity is not mitigated.
  • Eliminating the “Tunnel Vision” Approach to Supply Chain Optimization: Supply chain and logistics executives have been focused on traditional supply chain strategies for far too long. Approaches such as mechanization, physical distribution, logistics automation and enterprise resource planning systems have relegated the traditional supply chain to a role as a cost center.

What transportation trends are jumping out at you this week?