Rarely in logistics do we encounter something so sensible in theory but so challenging in execution as converting retail space to e-commerce distribution and other industrial uses.
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News & Analysis
12 Mar 2019
Mega-box warehouses of 1 million square feet and larger offer the size and efficiencies that are necessary for efficient e-commerce fulfillment, but finding sites in urban areas large enough to support the sprawling facilities can be problematic.
11 Mar 2019
Warehousing and storage companies increased employment a healthy 7 percent in February, outpacing overall US employment growth of 1.6 percent.
15 Feb 2019
Import demand growth in the region is improving prospects for already strong exports of petrochemical, agricultural, and forest products, which had previously been limited by a shortage of empty containers.
01 Feb 2019
The US-China trade war may be a one-off event, but it highlighted the tenuous balance of warehouse supply and demand in Southern California and New York-New Jersey, where future trade or weather events could result in meltdowns.
22 Jan 2019
The year 2018 was a volatile, challenging year for shippers, and 2019 is showing few signs that it will be any different.
17 Jan 2019
The cause of the extreme gridlock at Los Angeles-Long Beach is manifold.
08 Jan 2019
A space shortage from high tariff-threat-induced volume has prompted shippers and 3PLs to seek alternative, nearby container space.
04 Jan 2019
Even with a US recovery in its 10th year, the transportation and warehouse sectors continue to register strong monthly job growth.
04 Jan 2019
Spot rates in the eastbound Pacific increased for the second straight week.
20 Dec 2018
Can Mexico’s highways, railways, and related systems improve to handle higher trade volumes?
19 Dec 2018
There are just 100 days to go until the UK exits the European Union, with British businesses "watching in horror" as the country lurches towards the worst case scenario — leaving the EU with no deal.
15 Nov 2018
Anti-crime experts, in a 2018 advisory and intelligence report, had a specific point of advice for cargo owners, and it’s a change from an anti-theft stance most likely deployed by many owners.
14 Nov 2018
The rail project is critical for Krishnapatnam's effort to increase transshipment volume, following India's cabotage relaxation for foreign-flag ship operators.
13 Nov 2018
The port's primary facilities at the west terminal sustained relatively minor damage; it was a "mixed bag," the port's executive director said, including lost doors, canopies, and skylights, and some damage to the port's container terminal.
12 Nov 2018
With consumers demanding ever faster delivery times, shippers are looking for space that helps them meet that demand, including nontraditional warehouse space.
09 Nov 2018
Every year, the expectation regarding “free” is that “free” gets faster and faster, and e-commerce players are a major factor. Thus, two-to-three-day click-to-delivery expectations are now the norm. And that’s upping delivery pressure on shippers.
01 Nov 2018
A dynamic, demand-based pricing system similar to those used by airlines and hotels is one part of a broader plan that would affect how freight is shipped in the US LTL market.
31 Oct 2018
Keep this in mind: Every innovation in technology and transportation since the fax machine was invented, that was intended to disrupt or to disintermediate, was adopted and deployed first by 3PLs and carriers. Hence, your action item lies with your 3PLs and their carrier partners.
30 Oct 2018
Strong demand for all classifications of US industrial space will continue in the coming months.
25 Oct 2018
Money can address some factors, but until several key checkpoints in a container’s journey address operational inefficiencies, bottlenecks will persist, consultants and industry executives said at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference this week.
24 Oct 2018
The latest news from the JOC Inland Distribution Conference in Oak Brook, Illinois. Check back with this document frequently for the latest news and insights from key logistics, shipping, and trade decision makers.
08 Oct 2018
End-to-end visibility will make supply chains more efficient, Chicago-based project44’s President Tommy Barnes says, but only if shippers use data received to collaborate with partners.
05 Oct 2018
From warehousing to trucking, US employers are rushing to get workers in place for the peak shipping season — and another, likely substantial, increase in end-of-year e-commerce purchases and deliveries.
03 Oct 2018
XPO Logistics just answered Amazon’s delivery/fulfillment serve with a volley — the deployment of thousands of robotic “cobots.”
01 Oct 2018
The quickened pace of investment in the freight tech space amounts to growing expectations from venture capital investors that one or more of these companies will be able to truly transform a fragmented and often inefficient market.
27 Sep 2018
At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest passenger and 42nd busiest cargo airport, congestion and delays in picking up/dropping off loads are adding wait time surcharges, and in some cases storage expenses, on to already high transport bills.
26 Sep 2018
Digitizing the bedrock shipping document would help less-than-truckload carriers cut costs and optimize freight flows while returning some of those gains to shippers.
25 Sep 2018
Cold chain means much more than storage. The Global Cold Chain Alliance has catalogued more than 75 different value-added services currently offered by cold storage providers. And those services represent a substantial revenue stream that would surprise many.
21 Sep 2018
Notch another business model advance for Amazon. Shippers say CEOs and chief financial officers are aligning goals with supply chain strategies to deliver rich "experiences" customers demand, finally giving logistics a "seat" at the head table.
21 Sep 2018
Making distribution center space available on weekends may mean additional costs, but it also creates much needed capacity and flexibility for truck driver hours. "If you’re worried about your budget, fill your trucks better,” an e-commerce shipper said.
08 Jun 2018
Shippers looking to move cargo to, from, or through Mexico will likely face a challenge finding warehouse and logistics space, as vacancy rates in some areas have hit their lowest levels in six years.
25 Apr 2018
Shippers and logistics providers seeking warehouse space in the Port of New York and New Jersey area amid rising rents and declining vacancy rates are unlikely to see near-term relief, even as more than a dozen projects will add more than 12 million square feet to the market, real estate brokers say.
23 Apr 2018
Beneficial cargo owners looking for industrial space face one of the tightest US real estate markets in years, especially in large seaport and inland cities, as growth in traditional import logistics and e-commerce is creating especially strong demand in large population centers.