Supply Chain Cartoon Caption Winners for July 11, 2016 Contest

Supply Chain Digest

Robert Hurley of Bayer and Roger Mancion of Fort Worth, TX Take Home the Prize

All Roads Lead to Dallas

Supply Chain Link

Famously known for the barbecue, the Cowboys, and the State Fair of Texas, Dallas ranks as the ninth largest city in the United States with the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metropolitan area ranking fourth. As the fourth largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in 2016, Dallas has been among the United States’ economic growth leaders and. Read More. Distribution Supply Chain Transportation

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Countdown to Black Friday: Are You an Easy Target for Cargo Theft?

Talking Logistics

Be especially mindful in traditionally active cargo theft areas like Southern California, the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Miami, and Atlanta. With Black Friday on the horizon, consumer goods of all kinds are making their way from manufacturers to distribution centers and retail locations across the country.

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Organized Retail Crime is Growing, Losses up 7% from Last Year

Material Handling and Logistics

Philadelphia, and Arlington/Dallas/Fort Worth, tied; and 10) Fort Lauderdale and Seattle, tied. A National Retail Federation report found that 92% of companies surveyed had been a victim of organized retail crime in the past year. Organized retail crime is on the rise, with nearly three-quarters of retailers surveyed reporting an increase in the past year, according to the 14th annual ORC study released recently by the National Retail Federation.

Ryan Cunningham

Saddle Creek Logistic Services

For Ryan Cunningham, a Supervisor at Saddle Creek Logistics Services in Fort Worth, Texas, a supportive work environment was crucial. What makes you want to join a new company? That was the primary reason he joined the company’s Management Trainee Program (MTP) in 2019. “I I received other offers, but, ultimately, I chose Saddle Creek because I felt I would be valued as an associate,” Ryan explains.

Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2017

Talking Logistics

Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) Conference , April 30 – May 3, Fort Worth, TX. Editor’s Note: This is one of the most popular posts we publish every year: our list of supply chain and logistics events to attend in the coming year. Most of the conferences on our list are in the U.S., although some are in Europe, South America, and Asia. Many of the leading ERP and supply chain software vendors have customer events in various countries around the world.;

Seasonal Lull Continues for Flatbeds, But Bright Spots Emerge

DAT Solutions

per mile last week, as declining rates in Birmingham, Harrisburg and Baltimore offset increases in Tampa, Pittsburgh and Fort Worth. Look for a load from Lubbock to Fort Worth, which is paying $1.86/mile this week. In Fort Worth, you should have no problem finding a second load to take you back to Houston – or deadhead a few miles to Dallas and find a load there.

Warehouses are the next HOT investment triggered by the digital transformation of the supply chain


Those being purchased by BREIT are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Chicago, central Pennsylvania, Atlanta and south and central Florida, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. A recent article in Bloomberg suggests that warehouses are now becoming one of the hottest investments in the market, based on recent moves by the Blackstone Group LP, who are betting $18.7 billion on the shift towards e-commerce.

This Week in Logistics News (April 4-8, 2016)

Talking Logistics

On Wednesday Amazon announced “the expansion of Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery to even more metro areas including Charlotte, Cincinnati, Fresno, Louisville, Milwaukee, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Stockton, and Tucson, plus new areas in Central New Jersey, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, and San Diego.” Back in December, we welcomed two new members to our family: Milo and Otis, guinea pig brothers we adopted.

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What Happens To Your Freight During A Natural Disaster?

Freight Center

Air shipments were re-routed through surrounding hubs—Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas/Fort Worth. 2017 went down on record as one of the costliest years for natural disasters in the United States, standing at $306 billion in damages. Last year, Hurricane Michael had a devastating effect on coastal towns, disrupting the supply chain and leaving close to total destruction. Together, Florida and Texas represent nearly 15% of the U.S. economy.

Why is a Data Center Like a Supply Chain?


Facebook announced today that it is moving forward with building a fifth data center , with plans to build in Fort Worth, Texas. They don’t seem too similar, but data centers could benefit from supply chain management. This will be the second of five data centers built for Facebook that runs completely on renewable energy sources – it’s not hard to imagine how much power the information of 1.4 billion users might require, and renewable options cut costs in the long-term.

This Week in Logistics News (May 7-11, 2018)

Talking Logistics

At its research facility at the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, NASA will use the data supplied by Uber to simulate a small passenger-carrying aircraft as it flies through DFW airspace during peak scheduled air traffic. Reaching that critical mass will be a challenge,” I said last October, “but it’s a challenge worth pursuing if you believe in the power of networks and communities.”.

October Flatbed Rates Were Highest of the Year

DAT Solutions

Flatbed rates were down out of a handful of Sunbelt markets: Atlanta, Savannah, Fort Worth, and Phoenix. The national flatbed rate for October was the highest of the year, boosted at least in part by rebuilding efforts in Florida and the Gulf Coast after the storms from a couple months ago. Volumes were up and down over the course of the month, though, as markets adjusted to constantly changing demand.

Which States are Making the Grade in Logistics?

Material Handling and Logistics

The state also is home to the Fort Worth Alliance Airport, which is a public-use airport located 14 miles north of downtown Fort Worth, Texas. The 2018 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card , conducted by Conexus Indiana for the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research, rates U.S.

Flatbed Markets Continue to Boom

DAT Solutions

Last week, flatbed volumes surged 10% higher, led by Houston, Fort Worth and Cleveland. The oil industry has also fueled the Texas markets: Rates were higher last week out of Dallas and Fort Worth , while Houston held firm. While the van markets might be showing signs of heating up, flatbed has been hot all winter long, and getting hotter. The national average flatbed rate for April was $2.65/mile, the highest it's ever been in DAT Trendlines.

2019 – The Year of Amazon Air

Logistics Trends and Insights

Regional Air Hub at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport opens. In what was an overall dismal global air cargo market, I’m declaring 2019 the year of Amazon Air. What a year this group had. Amazon’s air cargo group literally took off as the overall company went from 2-day free delivery for Prime members to next-day free deliveries for its members.

Nicole Lee

Saddle Creek Logistic Services

Today, she serves as Director of Fulfillment, based in Fort Worth, T.X., In just a few short years, Nicole Lee has established a remarkable track record at Saddle Creek Logistics Services. She joined the company as part of the Management Trainee Program back in 2010 and has earned frequent promotions, contributing to the company in four different locations. and oversees several order fulfillment operations in multiple U.S. markets.

Busy Being Busy

Supply Chain Nation

But, several months ago when I received an invitation from AWESOME’s Nancy Nix to join other women from the Dallas-Fort Worth area for lunch I accepted, thinking that if I was too busy when the day rolled around I could send my regrets. Two lunches and a chance meeting in the Home Depot parking lot recently have me thinking about how I spend my time. And how I answer when someone asks, “How are you?” Surprisingly, they’re both related. First, the lunches.

Flatbed Freight Continues to Gain Momentum

DAT Solutions

Roanoke, VA , saw the biggest increases, but prices also rose out of Dallas, Fort Worth, Baltimore and Birmingham. February has been a strong month for flatbed freight. That's not something you hear all that often, but the national average flatbed rate has increased each week this month, while rates trended in the opposite direction for vans and reefers. Overall, flatbed volumes are 20% higher than they were a year ago, while rates are 22% higher compared to the same period in 2017.

Signs of Spring in Flatbed Markets

DAT Solutions

Other big declines were in Phoenix and Fort Worth, TX , but both markets had rising volumes that could reverse pricing trends. Flatbed trends have been mostly neutral overall so far in February. There are signs of spring, with higher volumes in many markets over the course of the past three weeks. That’s been offset by a slump in volumes out of Houston , though.

Rebuilding Efforts Fuel Flatbed Demand

DAT Solutions

In Texas : Dallas outbound rates have been kept in check because of the high number of inbound loads, but… Fort Worth rates rose 15% last month. The immediate impacts from Harvey and Irma first showed up in van freight, then reefers. Now it's looking like flatbed’s turn. 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.

Top 5 Markets for Dynamic Warehousing Demand


4 Dallas, TX: The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area is high on our demand list partly because of its prime location for access to major interstate highways and its air cargo infrastructure. Many retailers and wholesalers are recognizing the need to expand their warehouse networks, so they can locate products closer to customers, compete with Amazon and establish more competitive omni-channel strategies.

Top 5 Markets for Dynamic Warehousing Demand


</p> <p><strong>#4 </strong><strong>Dallas, TX: </strong></p> <p>The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area is high on our demand list partly because of its prime location for access to major interstate highways and its air cargo infrastructure.

REPOST: Why Chattanooga is the Silicon Valley of Trucking with Craig Fuller

The Logistics of Logistics

FreightWaves started in Fort Worth, Texas, but we moved here. Why Chattanooga is the Silicon Valley of Trucking with Craig Fuller. Craig Fuller and Joe Lynch discuss why Chattanooga is the Silicon Valley of trucking.

Why Chattanooga is the Silicon Valley of Trucking with Craig Fuller

The Logistics of Logistics

FreightWaves started in Fort Worth, Texas, but we moved here. [01:04] Tell us a little bit about you and your company. I am Craig Fuller, founder and CEO of FreightWaves, which is based in Chattanooga, TN. I grew up in a trucking family and worked in my dad’s company. FreightWaves is the leading Freight Intel provider, offering current digital intelligence and context to the freight community on a central platform. [03:50] 03:50] Your content at FreightWaves is so insightful.

The Texas Triangle

The Logistics of Logistics

16 Fort Worth – 850 K (part of Texas Triangle). #20 The other day I was talking with my friends, Kevin and Wayne at Loadtex and they kept referring to the “Texas Triangle.” Being a Yankee from the great state of Michigan, I had never heard of the Texas Triangle, so I asked what it was. Even though I hoped the Texas Triangle was a football formation or a cowboy thing, I also mentally prepared myself for it to be some ridiculous, country line dancing thing.

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Spot market demand heats up out West

DAT Solutions

Last week saw strong movements out of Baltimore, Fort Worth, Cleveland and Savannah. The spot market continues to offer a mixed bag. Van volumes got a late-winter boost on the West Coast, which led to higher rates on many high-traffic lanes, but it wasn't enough to lift prices in the interior of the country. As a result, we saw continued decline in the national average rates for vans, reefers and flatbeds.

Freight Surge Expected for Q2 and July 4

DAT Solutions

Rates in Fort Worth are rebounding now, from a downturn earlier in the month. Van freight was a little quiet last week, but a rebound should be underway now, to close the second quarter on a high note. Reefer freight volume should get a boost too, due to last-minute demand for fresh food, ahead of the July 4th weekend. Flatbed traffic has been subdued all year, especially compared to the fracking boom times. This week was no exception.

5 Ways to Ignite Your Employees’ Passions

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Robinson employees, we’re proud of what we do in our roles as general manager of the Fort Worth office and as director, global forwarding admin, out of Grapevine, TX. This post was coauthored by Paul “MO” Moline, general manager, Fort Worth, TX, and Jim Round, director, Global Forwarding Admin, Grapevine, TX. 5 Ways to Ignite Your Employees’ Passions.Transportfolio. As C.H.

4 Reasons We Love the Drivers Who Keep Our World Moving

CH Robinson Transportfolio

– Sharon Varner, supervisor, capacity team, Fort Worth, TX. 4 Reasons We Love the Drivers Who Keep Our World Moving. This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week , a time to show our gratitude to the 3.5 million men and women who keep our lives and businesses moving. Last year we shared obscure truck driving facts , this year I wanted to focus on stories from our people.

Top 10 Freight Markets for Contract and Spot Freight

DAT Solutions

Los Angeles ranks #8 for spot market flatbed loads, behind Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth in Texas; also behind Chicago, Cleveland, and surprising South Bend, IN in the Midwest. Current trends in freight can be explained by looking at the top ten contract markets by percentage of contract-spot mix. For the last six weeks, rates have been sliding on the spot market despite strong volumes for the January-February period.

Storms and Rising Fuel Costs Put Pressure on Flatbed Rates

DAT Solutions

Volumes have bounced back in Fort Worth , but the lane to Houston dropped to $2.27 Flatbed rates haven’t moved much in the past month, but that could change in the coming weeks. Emergency supplies are usually delivered in dry vans or reefers at first, but once rebuilding efforts are underway, construction materials will start moving on flatbeds. Spot market capacity had already tightened in the weeks between Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Van Rates Peak in July, Flatbed Prices Rise in Southeast

DAT Solutions

DAT Flatbed TriHaul of the Week: Houston - Oklahoma City - Ft Worth - Houston. If you have a good roundtrip, say, between Houston and Ft Worth or Houston and Oklahoma City, you don’t want to mess with it, especially if you can do the 900-mile trip in two days, including load and unload times. So, you’re taking a load from Houston to Oklahoma City , and then you haul a second load from Oklahoma City to Fort Worth.

3 Signs that Reefer Rates Could Rise Soon

DAT Solutions

This is a good way into Texas , where you can usually find a load out of Dallas, Fort Worth , and especially Houston. National average rates dropped again last week, but all equipment types could be getting ready for a rebound. Load availability is up in the largest van freight markets, accompanied by a big increase in reefer freight movements compared to the previous week. Flatbed is also gaining strength, especially in the Southeast and South Central regions.

How Natural Gas and Plastics Impact the Truckload Spot Market

DAT Solutions

Hopper cars will carry the plastics to packaging facilities in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. New investments in natural gas and petrochemical production over the past six years have had a noticeable impact on the trucking spot market. Those effects have been more dramatic since August 2016, with the new construction adding to the stronger-than-usual start to the year for flatbed freight.