Transportation TIP List: Week of December 13th, 2015

Posted - December 16, 2015

Transportation TIP List: Week of December 13th, 2015

With festive holiday decorations adorning offices, stores and homes from coast to coast, we’re thinking about current trends that are brightening the transportation scene. Our final TIP List of 2015 features some industry news that’s bringing cheer this season – including $2 gasoline, new trucking jobs and year-ending high notes for both U.S. ports and retail shipping imports.

Read on for more, and we’ll see you again next year!

  • Get Ready for $2 Gasoline Again: Who would have thought OPEC could bear tidings of seasonal cheer? U.S. gasoline pump prices are poised to drop below $2 a gallon for the first time in more than six years, which is sure to bring comfort and joy to drivers.
  • U.S. Ports to See Modest Growth in 2016: Container cargo volume growth through U.S. ports will slow in 2016 as demand for American exports remains weak and U.S. retailers work through high inventories. Moody’s Investors Service said it expects container volume will rise 3%-4% next year, down from 5% growth this year.
  • Top 9 Packaging Automation Developments of 2015: Robots, cobots, smart sensors, baggers, inspection systems and more topped the list of the most-read machinery and automation articles of the year at Judging by the advancements reported on in 2015, it’s been quite a year in packaging machinery and automation.
  • Retailers See Shipping Imports Ending Year on a High Note: Retailers predict that import volumes at the nation’s major container ports will finish the year on a high note despite weak demand during this year’s traditional peak shipping season. September’s volume of 1.62 million import containers at the nation’s biggest import gateways was up 2.2% from last year.

What’s on your transportation TIP list for 2016?