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The Holiday Shipping Logistics Crush of 2017

We are now in the thick of the holiday season. Lots of folks out there are spending quite a bit online to buy gifts for friends and loved ones, and this is where logistics come in. Without the right channels and people in the right places, those gifts will never reach their owners in time. Logistics refers to the complex operation between the point of origin of a product and its point of consumption. It is a highly specialized process that makes sure every item ordered is released from the manufacturer in top condition and gets all the way to the consumer unscathed.

What are the logistics of this holiday season?

We are past the middle of December, and this is a rather hectic time for consumers. While 25% of consumers already shopped in the month of November, the expectation is that 43% are still in the midst of their holiday shopping as the middle of December passes, and the statistics indicate that they are ready to splurge on gifts, with an estimated one third of household budgets going to gifts this month. The average family is going to spend a little over $1,200 on gifts, so logistics providers need to be ready to handle this kind of volume.

In order to understand how the 2017 season is stacking up from a logistical standpoint, we need to look at what happened in 2016. Omni-channel trades for that year’s holiday season amounted to $1 trillion. This year, experts project a 4.2% increase, which is saying something. E-commerce sales in particular totaled $110 billion, and there are excited murmurs about that rising 15.8% this year. Within the total e-commerce number, mobile commerce is also going to be a big deal this year, with an incredible 45% surge projected over 2016’s $22.7 billion in business.

It gets even better

Last year was “the year of massive parcels volumes,” as the holiday statistics would suggest.

  • The United States Postal Services delivered 750 million packages.
  • United Parcel Service did 700 million.
  • FedEx did 357 million.

In 2016, retailers hired 738,800 temporary employees to manage the surge in gifts being transported across the country.

So, 2016 was a massive year for holiday season logistics. If preliminary figures are anything to go by, 2017 is going to be far bigger. Now more than ever, retailers, both online and bricks-and-mortar, need to really stay focused on prompt and accurate order fulfillment.

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Tips & Tricks for Intermodal Success

If you have not yet joined the intermodal bandwagon, then this is the best time to do so. Currently, the capacity is well balanced while the rates have remained positive and steady in addition to a smooth service. As you can see, nothing should hold you back from joining the intermodal industry, as long as it fits into your shipping organization. However, there are various things to familiarize yourself with, if you want to integrate intermodal into your freight strategy successfully. Continue reading

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Tips on How to Improve Your Transloading Operations

Companies have to be smart about logistics to improve their bottom line. To reach the customer on time, the company needs to come up with a fast and flexible supply chain. Transloading is one way to improve logistics, especially when the shipment involves bulk items. The right method of transportation allows the company to move faster and spur growth. However, as a company, you need the right strategy to ensure you get the best out of your transloading process. Here are some tips that will help you turn the process into a seamless operation; Continue reading

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5 Healthy Truck Driving Habits

Long-haul, or over-the-road truckers are synonymous with long-distance travel. On these trips, weeks or even months are spent on the road. Understandably, many find this to be a rigorous job. In fact, this duty can even lead to the development of an unhealthy lifestyle. Being on the go, most truckers develop a heavy reliance on junk food and caffeine to accumulate energy, wakefulness, and pass the time. This is of grave concern, since staying healthy doesn’t just contribute to your well-being, but also plays a huge role in your future career success. These 5 healthy habits should be adopted by every truck driver to keep energized and prevent burnout. Continue reading

Feds Announce 5 year Plan for Connected Vehicle Requirements

Intermodal and Trucking News, Dec 2016:

Federal 5 year Plan for Connected Vehicle Requirements

The Department of Transportation recently introduced guidelines to enhance connected vehicle technology. According to federal officials, this technology can reduce up to 80% of crashes that happen on U.S. highways. The rule requires the vehicle industry to begin implementation of vehicle-to-vehicle communications, with a delivery time of two years. According to the new framework, state agencies will continue handling the human aspect of vehicle operation such as vehicle registration and licensing as well as regulating insurance and liability questions. Continue reading

Everything You Should Know About Electronic Logging Devices

Bay Area Trucking Services Company Discusses the Coming Changes in Electronic Logging

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An electronic logging device (ELD) is an electronic solution designed to enable commercial motor carriers and professional truck drivers, an easy means of tracking their Hours of Service (HOS) Compliance. This compliance was brought forward by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in a bid to curb driver cheating, which was highly prevalent in the old system of paper logging. By 17th December 2017, all drivers affected by this rule are expected to have fully complied.

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Women in Trucking: Easing the Labor Shortfall and More

Oakland Logistics Experts Discuss the Increasing Number of Female Truckers

Your local logistics company may be experiencing a new type of employee. Remember the stereotypical Hollywood depiction we see of the 6’1’’ man with a peppered beard, colored bandana, sun-leathered skin, dark shades, and rounded belly? Transportation companies are experiencing a rise in female truck drivers, and these women are breaking stereotypes and outperforming their male counterparts.
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Ongoing Trend: Transportation and Logistics Mergers

Should There Be Concern About Mergers & Acquisitions in the Trucking Market?

As mergers and acquisitions (M&A) dominate the transportation logistics industry, buyers are speculative about the intended effects. The Journal of Commerce reports that 54 M&A deals were struck in the first quarter of 2015 alone, equaling a total value of $27.2 billion. Many of these acquisitions happen between large companies who are interested in gaining more prominence in the market.

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Tips for Truck Drivers: How to Avoid Drowsy Driving

Alertness Tips for Truckers from a Bay Area Logistics Services Firm

Drunk driving has long been outlawed as a dangerous and irresponsible act, but did you know that drowsy driving can be just as detrimental? Studies about “drowsy driving” have revealed startling facts. Apparently, remaining awake for 18 hours without sleep is mentally equivalent to driving drunk; it is equal to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%. In this sense, driving drunk and driving drowsy are equally harmful because both will impair reflexes, cloud judgment, and increase the likelihood of serious accidents in regular and intermodal transportation alike.

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Tips for Summer Truck Driving

Expert Oakland Logistics Company Advises on Trucking in the Summertime

Packing a survival kit is a necessity during the cold and bitter months of winter. But did you know that a summer survival kit is just as necessary? Unprepared truck drivers involved in transportation logistics are just as susceptible to harm in the sunny days of summer as they are in the cold weather. Taking a few simple precautions can ensure that you, as a trucker driver, enjoy good health all year around. Follow these simple tricks to stay in good health and avoid harm:

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