Trending Transportation News: February 2016

PLS Logistics

In January, PLS opened its 12 th branch office in Charlotte, North Carolina. Both offices opened to better support the company’s shipping and carrier partners. Non-Manufacturing Grows for 72 nd Straight Month. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that non-manufacturing activity continues to point towards growth.

Truckload vs LTL: The Right Mode for your Load

Aborn and Co.

Are you doing all you can to ensure efficient shipping over the road? Full truckload shipping typically means that one trailer is contracted to a single customer, shipper, or consignee. If you’ve already heard that one, here’s a new one for you: Which costs more to ship via LTL?


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Advantages of Basing Your Distribution Center in North Carolina

Kanban Logistics

There are four ports in the state : the Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, as well as two inland facilities in Charlotte and Greensboro. These cranes enable the port to handle vessels that carry up to 14,000 TEUs and have the ability to unload two ships at the same time. The announcement of new partnerships with major container company alliances, and new partnerships with large shippers like ZIM Integrated Shipping, Ltd. North Carolina, the Tar Heel State.

Spot Market Van Rates Soared in September

DAT Solutions

Columbus is a key distribution point for the Midwest and the Northeast, and it shipped more to the Southeast after the storms. Lots of Florida-bound freight also comes from Charlotte , and rates on the Charlotte-to-Lakeland lane also dropped 20¢ to $2.88/mile. The national average van rate rose for the fifth week in a row. At $1.97 per mile , the average rate in September was 18¢ higher than the August average, and 35¢ higher than September 2016.

The Future of Commercial Real Estate 2020

3PL Insights

strategically placed to meet the demand of same-day shipping for online retailers. Because supply chain growth requires more facilities to meet demand for storage space and shipping speed, secondary markets have become ideal locations for investment.

Will sub-zero temps stall trucking operations?

DAT Solutions

Most LTL operations won’t pick up freezables, and shippers may be forced to ship products on temperature-controlled trailers that can provide heat. Areas of the Midwest and Northeast were buried for weeks, and even the Southeast got hit with snow and ice, including places like Birmingham, Atlanta, Nashville and Charlotte. Any and all of these factors have the potential to shift winter shipping patterns. Large swaths of the U.S.

How rate transparency grows SMBs: Introducing the FBA Index


Among the over 10,000 small businesses on , the world’s largest digital freight marketplace, many are small eCommerce businesses who use to ship directly to Amazon FBA warehouses and other fulfillment solutions. 2020 was a critical year for small importers.

How Hurricane Florence affects freight

DAT Solutions

Many of the destinations are in inland North Carolina markets, including Charlotte, and those lane rates are rising now. DAT connects carriers with brokers and shippers who have urgent shipping needs, including FEMA loads. When disaster strikes, trucks are needed to get emergency supplies where they're needed most.

2 Signs That the Freight Recession Really Is Over

DAT Solutions

The biggest spike was on the lane from Charlotte to Buffalo , which jumped up 44¢ to an average of $2.74/mile. Projections for Central California produce are still strong for June, so we’re keeping an eye on the Fresno market, but those shipping gaps meant that rates didn’t continue their upward trend on many of the top reefer lanes. Beef and other meats shipping out of Dallas pushed rates up 20¢ on the lane to Columbus.

Post-Hurricane Floods Boost Rates in Southeast for Vans, Not Flatbeds

DAT Solutions

Rates were up in both Atlanta and Memphis , and prices surged out of Charlotte. Load volume doubled on the lane from Charlotte to the Lakeland , FL market area, boosting that rate by 38¢, to $2.65 One flatbed lane that did get more active after the storm was from Savannah to Charlotte , which jumped up 18¢ to $2.40 That could be related to the arrival of ships at the Port of Savannah.

This Week in Logistics News (February 18-22, 2013)

Talking Logistics

FedEx Helps Small Businesses Streamline Shipping with Integration Manager. Meanwhile, Con-way Truckload and Con-way Multimodal announced the launch of a new North American intermodal product “that integrates the strengths and capabilities of both organizations to deliver a high-value, high-reliability offering for intermodal shipping” with an emphasis on U.S.-Mexico

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Spot Rates Begin Seasonal Slide, but From Higher Peak

DAT Solutions

Charlotte and Los Angeles continue to have the highest outbound van rates, while Atlanta remains number one for load volume. And in the Southeast, Atlanta to Charlotte lost 20¢ to $2.47 Apple harvests are getting underway, and the early varieties have been shipping. A couple examples of falling Florida prices: Lakeland to Charlotte was down 28¢ to just $1.13 For example, loads from Charlotte to Philadelphia averaged $2.75

Van Ratios and Rates Hit Record Highs at End of Quarter

DAT Solutions

One additional source of rate pressure looms, however: Amazon's Prime Day, with special deals on merchandise and shipping, is coming up on Tuesday. Atlanta and Charlotte prices were also up by double-digit percentage points. Atlanta to Charlotte was a strong regional lane, up 16¢ to $2.85 Friday was the end of the second quarter, and also the start of the July 4th holiday weekend.

BVL Carolinas Chapter is Launched: More than 100 participants at Volvo in Greensboro.

Supply Chain View from the Field

It is envisioned that the chapter will have meetings held across the Carolinas, including RTP, Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Greenville, SC. The software was intended to improve routing of cargo from ships to trucks to trains, a process known as “intermodal integration” Unfortunately, the system is failing miserably, delaying the delivery of consumer goods needed for all the kiddies going back to school and the associated retail sales.

Prices fall as flooding halts freight

DAT Solutions

As many parts of the Southeast deal with flooding as a result of Hurricane Florence, the transportation industry is re-adjusting to recovery mode, as demand for emergency freight shipped to the area will increase in the coming days. DAT connects carriers with brokers and shippers who have urgent shipping needs, including FEMA loads. Atlanta to Charlotte also jumped up 20¢ to $2.96/mile.

Spot Market Freight Rates Soar After Hurricane Harvey

DAT Solutions

Outbound volumes from Houston also fell 73%, but the rearrangement of supply chains, the difficulty of shipping in the flooded region, and increased seasonal demand in other parts of the country combined to create pockets of tight capacity that put extra pressure on truckload rates. Buffalo to Charlotte lost 13¢ at $1.75 Van rates rose all across the country last week, following Hurricane Harvey. The national average van rate jumped up 12¢ to $1.90

Have Van Rates Turned the Corner?

DAT Solutions

Still, this is the second week in a row with rising volumes, so this could be a strong early start to the spring shipping season. Memphis to Charlotte was up 21¢ to $2.53/mile. Charlotte to Buffalo was down 17¢ at $2.69/mile. We had a turnaround in van trends last week, reversing course from the declines we’ve been seeing since mid-January. Volumes and rates rose nearly across the board.

Looking for a Reefer Load? Try These 5 Markets

DAT Solutions

The recent bad weather in the Carolinas affected load posts in that region last week, but Charlotte has been number 1 in load posts for the past month. In the chart above, you’ll see that Lakeland is the top destination for loads posted in Charlotte, but Lakeland, FL, is no place for outbound reefers right now. That region of New Mexico produces potatoes, onions, and beef that are shipped all over the country, leading to high volume on the load board.

Mid-May Spot Market Has Been a Mixed Bag

DAT Solutions

In the South, volumes were up nearly 9% in Charlotte , but down 3% in Atlanta. Charlotte rates have also been trending upward. Atlanta to Charlotte rose 23¢ to an average of $2.40/mile. That comes despite uneven production out of Florida , shipping gaps in California , and a drop in volumes in markets near the Mexican border. Philadelphia to Miami fell 20¢ to $1.50/mile, but that should snap back with produce starting to ship out of Southern New Jersey.

Here's How Hurricanes Irma and Harvey Have Affected Van Freight

DAT Solutions

Atlanta and Charlotte are the two major van markets that serve Florida, and outbound rates soared in those markets, but volumes were down. Also, some ships may have been re-routed from Houston to East Coast ports, so that will add to the pressure in port cities and regional hubs. Charlotte to Lakeland also spiked 36¢ to $2.89 There was also a lot of activity between Charlotte and Atlanta , and van rates rose in both directions. Atlanta to Charlotte hit $2.61

Apple – carbon

Operations and Supply Chain Management

It’s unclear, however, how far Apple’s commitment will reach into its shipping operations, which rely heavily on air transport to handle its high-value components. Charlotte News & Observer).

Early winter storms could cause freight schedules to slip

DAT Solutions

Over the weekend, Winter Storm Diego blanketed Charlotte, Raleigh and many miles of highway in North Carolina, extending east to Tennessee and north to Virginia. Major e-commerce providers have promised free shipping on all orders, and some of their delivery commitments are pretty aggressive. It’s snowing at the wrong time and in all the wrong places. That means a lot of freight delivery schedules are going to slip.

Reefer Freight Adjusts to Post-Holidays, Post-ELD

DAT Solutions

Nogales, AZ , was the only produce-shipping market to post any big rate increases last week, as many others were down significantly. Lakeland to Charlotte lost 62¢ at $1.81/mile. The demand for refrigerated trailers peaked at year-end, but the extra-cold weather in many parts of the country has kept prices at record-setting levels in many areas, since those trailers are being used to keep freight from freezing.

Rail Competition Takes a Bite Out of Van Rates

DAT Solutions

The exception was Charlotte , which led the pack with a 1% uptick in outbound rates. We probably have at least another week or two of falling prices before trends reverse at the start of the spring shipping season. Charlotte to Chicago was up 8¢ to $1.86/mile, back to where it was a month ago. Spot market rates continue to decline seasonally, as volumes for February are slightly off compared to 2017.

Consumer Goods Boost Van Rates in Northeast

DAT Solutions

Lanes shipping into the Northeast were also up: Rates on the lane from Charlotte to Buffalo rose 21¢ to $2.92/mile. Since the 4th of July landed on a Tuesday this year, a lot of people also took Monday off. That led to a quieter week on DAT load boards in terms of load and truck posts. But even though van volumes were down, rates went up in Northeast, spurred by retail trade and consumer goods moving into place for Amazon’s Prime Day sales.

Planning and managing the critical aspects of a full merchandising season

RELEX Solutions

You can set exceptions for items as you track them to ensure they’re ordered, shipped, landed, warehoused and shelved on time. Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski. Author: Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski, Partner at Columbus Consulting. Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski. Planning and managing the critical aspects of a full merchandising season. Insights » Whitepapers. Read PDF version. Foreword. Author: Mikko Kärkkäinen, Group CEO at RELEX Solutions, D.Sc. Tech.).

Van Rates Rise Ahead of Roadcheck Inspections

DAT Solutions

Normally during a four-day shipping week, we'd expect load posts and truck posts to be down around 20%. Atlanta saw only a slight dip in volumes despite one less shipping day. Buffalo to Charlotte dropped 17¢ to $2.02/mile. The annual Roadcheck inspection blitz is taking place June 5 - 7. This is the first Roadcheck event since the implementation of the ELD mandate , and this year the inspections will focus on hours-of-service compliance.

How Does Atlanta's I-85 Bridge Collapse Affect Truckloads?

DAT Solutions

Traffic jams will slow freight entering and leaving the Atlanta market for the next few months, but the impact on truckload freight is likely to be limited to freight going to and from Charlotte and the Carolinas and other points north. 2) Warehouses on the south side of Atlanta will be impacted the least or not at all, since their focus is on shipping to Florida.

How Will Hurricane Harvey Affect Freight Rates?

DAT Solutions

For example, you can expect to see a lot more than the usual number of westbound loads on DAT load boards out of Atlanta, Charlotte and Greenville , SC in the next week or two. We expect to see rates climb in the Southeast in the coming weeks as cargo ships will be diverted from Houston's deep water port to places like Miami, Savannah, and Charleston, and then transferred to other freight hubs in the region, including Memphis, Atlanta, and Greenville , SC.

Rebuilding Efforts Fuel Flatbed Demand

DAT Solutions

Load counts are up on DAT load boards , with more flatbed freight shipping to support the rebuilding and recovery efforts in areas affected by the storms. The lane from Baltimore to Charlotte jumped up 60¢ last week to $2.22/mile, but volumes are trending back down now. Volumes and rates have been climbing out of Rock Island, IL , which ships mostly on regional Midwest lanes. The immediate impacts from Harvey and Irma first showed up in van freight, then reefers.

Truckload Rates Finally Catch Up to Freight Volumes

DAT Solutions

The backhaul lane from Philadelphia to Charlotte added 15¢ to $1.46/mile, which could be a reaction to the conditions in Charlotte -- more on that below. That may have caused reefer trucks to spill over into van capacity out in Charlotte , with the extra competition driving down outbound van rates. Miami continued to ship lots of reefer roads, while Lakeland in the central part of the state joined the Florida parade.

Truckload Rates Finally Catch Up to Freight Volumes

DAT Solutions

The backhaul lane from Philadelphia to Charlotte added 15¢ to $1.46/mile, which could be a reaction to the conditions in Charlotte -- more on that below. That may have caused reefer trucks to spill over into van capacity out in Charlotte , with the extra competition driving down outbound van rates. Miami continued to ship lots of reefer roads, while Lakeland in the central part of the state joined the Florida parade.

Hurricane Matthew Affects Spot Rates and Freight Volumes

DAT Solutions

due to the fallout from the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy. Reefer load posts spiked in Charlotte last week ahead of Hurricane Matthew. Spot market rates were up last week, but volumes fell. Hurricane Matthew likely played a role in both of those factors. Shippers paid more to move freight ahead of the storm, and then load posts dropped when the affected markets locked down at the end of the week. Inbound rates could rise in hard-hit areas like North Carolina this week.

How to Survive the Retail Purge


Popular stores like Gap, Chico’s, and Charlotte Ruse are closing a large number of their brick-and-mortar stores based on consumer changes. Unexpected delivery times are no longer a problem along with shipping fees, one of the top reasons customers abandon their carts. Automation can help your business perform tasks faster, making accelerated shipping and in-store pickup possible for your customers.

Spot market demand heats up out West

DAT Solutions

The West Coast is starting to see the freight that shipped from China after the Chinese New Year celebrations ended. port for those ships, and that freight was already being loaded onto trucks last week. Back East (and not a seaport) Buffalo to Charlotte bumped up 10¢ to $2.25/mi. The spot market continues to offer a mixed bag.