Transportation TIP List: Week of August 12th, 2018
The pre-winter peak shipping season is quickly approaching! While supply chains across North America are gearing up for the seasonal rush, this week’s TIP List includes a serious haul of news, such as the latest on transportation capacity and retail’s use of advanced technology. Get prepared with the stories below:
- Strong Peak Season to Test Mexican Container Capacity: With China imports up by 11% in the first half and expectation of a strong peak season for Asia imports, shippers are questioning whether Mexican ports and inland networks are ready for the pre-winter holiday shipping season and the broader, long-term rise of containerized volume.
- How Retail Is Utilizing Technology to Keep Up With E-Commerce: A major transition for established brick-and-mortar retailers and CPG companies is underway. The transition has to do with the fact that digital transformation and software are permeating every level of business, from warehouse management systems to the supply chain on the blockchain.
- Rails Increasingly in Sweet Spot as Trucking Capacity Crisis Hits Peak Season: Railroads are capitalizing on the acute shortage of drivers in the trucking industry as capacity constraints limit truckers’ ability to compete on some long-haul deferred bulk freight.
- Trucking’s Tight Capacity Squeezes U.S. Businesses: With shipping costs rising and freight volumes outpacing the supply of available trucks, many companies are resetting their supply chains for what some believe is a new, more expensive era in freight transport.
- U.S. Chem Sector Jockeys for Trucking Capacity: U.S. trucking has become increasingly scarce. With the system maxing out, shipping costs have shot up.
How are you preparing your operations for peak shipping season?