June 30, 2015
If you want your carbon footprint to be as small as possible, and your business to be sustainable, then make sure you are doing business with supply chain partners who feel the same way. Inbound Logistics’ annual 75 Green Supply Chain Partners (G75) focuses on showcasing companies that demonstrate green best practices in their supply chain, logistics, and transportation operations. IL editors examined corporate sustainability initiatives, collaborative customer-driven projects, and participation in public-private partnerships, then ultimately chose the G75 based on four benchmarks: Measurable green results, sustainability innovation, continuous improvement, and industry recognition. The following alphabetical list recognizes the achievments of companies at the head of the pack, who demonstrate their commitment to the environment and the global community, year after year.
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June 30, 2015
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released a fascinating white paper analyzing the age demographics of truck drivers.

I highly recommend the entire paper, but want to comment on some of the key findings.

All of the charts in this post are from the ATRI white paper.

The bottom line is that the U.S. truck driver population is aging and there are not enough young drivers in the labor force to fill the empty seats that will be opened by the upcoming retirement of drivers.

As I think about how to attack the driver shortage problem, I believe the answer is more than higher pay.

In fact, I do not think there is one simple answer but believe there are numerous actions than can have an impact.

I also believe that we have to focus on both increasing the supply of truck drivers and decreasing the growth in demand for drivers as the economy expands.
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June 24, 2015
Chief executives of companies that operate in the highly competitive trucking and logistics space admit they have a real challenge on their hands as they work to provide good service, seek new business and turn profit as operating costs, including truck driver wages, go up.
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June 15, 2015
There were plenty of informative sessions at last month’s Transplace Shipper Symposium 2015 conference, including the panel discussion I led on drones, 3D printing, and driverless trucks (I plan to have the panelists — Dan McCarthy from Solidscape and Brent Hankins from Peterbilt Motors — as my guests on Talking Logistics soon, so stay tuned). I wasn’t able to attend all of the conference sessions, but I’m glad I sat in on the presentation given by William Bierman, senior partner at the law firm of Nowell Amoroso Klein Bierman, P.A., and Pamela Johnston, vice president, legal and risk at Transplace (a Talking Logistics sponsor), on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and its impact on the supply chain.
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June 10, 2015
According to the latest figures compiled by the third-party logistics consultancy Armstrong & Associates, major domestic 3PL players posted double-digit growth in 2014, with more of the same in this year’s forecast.

In the meantime, analysts at research giant Gartner have published their annual Magic Quadrant report that provides market intelligence on its premier list of lead logistics providers.

All in all, it appears to be a good time to be a third-party logistics provider - and according to both Armstrong and Gartner, it looks like the party is going to keep roaring along.
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