Today’s Freight Capacity Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here?

Talking Logistics

More than a year into a freight capacity crisis that shows little sign of weakening, it’s time for all parties involved in logistics and freight transportation to meet this issue head on. Freight Capacity Crisis: How Did We Get Here So Quickly? It took years for freight volumes to build back up and fleets were far more cautious in adding capacity to manage it. And then freight volumes took off, which has left everyone struggling to keep up.

Emergency Freight: What Harvey Tells Us About Irma

DAT Solutions

Less than ten days after Hurricane Harvey, trucks are already moving freight out of Houston, with almost the same volume as before the storm. Harvey hit Houston on Friday evening, August 25, and hung over the metro area for days, dumping more than 50 inches of rain on Southeastern Texas and Southwestern Louisiana. Houston Rates Remain Elevated, Due to Disruption and Pent-Up Demand. Flood waters cover a Houston highway during Hurricane Harvey.

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The Current State of the Shipping Capacity Crunch

Cerasis

The damage from the overly active storms damaged both freight containers and trucks, and in Houston, the trucking industry is barely back to life. Strong Projections in Manufacturing Will Tighten Shipping Capacity Further. As the stock market continues to climb, the likelihood of increased manufacturing in the U.S. Meanwhile, manufacturers have already started to ramp up production in advance of the 2017 holiday shopping season, and U.S.

Capacity Crunch Factors: What Causes a Capacity Crunch?

Cerasis

Sudden growth in the stock market means increases in manufacturing and commerce across the country, and as a result, shippers will have more product to move. This puts a strain on the existing transportation resources, and if mother nature wipes out the infrastructure in coastal areas, such as Houston, the Port of Miami or even shipments between Puerto Rico and the mainland, capacity tightens faster than anyone expects. Capacity Crunch Freight

The History of the Shipping Container

Freightos

For centuries the expense, risk, and frustration with ocean freight held back expansion of the international economy, despite the invention of the steam invention. First use of a modern container for ocean freight. Did You Know That … It wasn’t just about freight. to Houston, where the shipping containers are loaded onto trucks. Export manufacturing starts moving away from ports. Get instant freight quotes for container shipping.

The Current State of the Shipping Capacity Crunch!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The damage from the overly active storms damaged both freight containers and trucks, and in Houston, the trucking industry is barely back to life. Strong Projections in Manufacturing Will Tighten Shipping Capacity Further. As the stock market continues to climb, the likelihood of increased manufacturing in the U.S. Meanwhile, manufacturers have already started to ramp up production in advance of the 2017 holiday shopping season, and U.S. Subscribe Here!

Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

The recent announcement by Google-owned Motorola Mobility that all new Moto X smartphones sold in the US will be manufactured in Texas, highlights the continued importance of the global supply chain and role of freight forwarders and logistics services providers (LSPs) in successful local sourcing strategies.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Supply Chain Update

Transplace

With the estimated average ocean freight of $1000 per TEU, ocean carrier revenue loss adds up to $1.9b. Carmakers and electronic manufacturers in South Korea and Japan are reporting production line shutdowns. The Port of Houston is experiencing equipment shortages. Coronavirus COVID-19 Supply Chain Update. With the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), vulnerabilities in supply chains continue to be exposed.

Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update

Transplace

The major lanes between Houston/LA (I-10 Corridor), Chicago/Ohio, NJ/Eastern PA, and Atlanta remains the same with ample capacity however lead times have shortened. Spot market rates are increasing for freight going from Mexico to the California, Washington, and Oregon areas. Carmakers and electronic manufacturers in South Korea and Japan are reporting production line shutdowns. Port of Houston is experiencing equipment shortages.

Harvey’s Impact on the Global Supply Chain: The Role of Analytics

NC State SCRC

Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast and Houston with driving rains that left many businesses struggling with flooding, with little advance warning. An interview I had today with a senior executive at a major global contract manufacturer helped to shape some ideas on this question of preparation for risks such as Hurricane Harvey, which is making a big mess in Houston. In one case, a supplier to the contract manufacturer was supplying a critical part.

Heavy Haul, Oversize Freight Transportation – Case Studies

Freightera

Goal : Freightera was tasked to move 8 heavy, oversize refinery units from Houston, Texas to Toledo, Ohio, USA (over 1250 miles) and 10 flat-bed loads. Once 2 units were delivered, drivers would drive back to Houston and load the next 2 units and go back and forth. It could take up to 10 days for 2 refinery units from Houston to Toledo, while the flat-bed loads would do it within one or 2 days maximum through the highway. Customer : Leading US manufacturer of soft drinks.

The Story Continues…. Let’s Don’t Sugar Coat the Real Issue

Supply Chain Shaman

The people on the ground–my contacts in the 3PL, freight forwarding and transportation industry–know that the labor strife is only a part of the larger story. I don’t think that the ports are up to the challenge of moving the high-levels of freight with larger ships without rethinking unloading space, equipment and flows. There is a need to re-shore where possible, and relocate manufacturing and supplier relationships.

Billion Dollar Port Plan Brings Mega-Retailer To Mexico

Elementum

The country’s underdeveloped intermodal freight transportation system is consistently outperformed by its faster and better integrated U.S. The move may be risky, but the mega retailer’s play may also be indicative of an emerging trend in North American maritime freight. Walmart’s goods start their nine day journey through Mexico to Houston’s major intermodal transit hub at the Lorenzo Cardenas Port. freight imports anytime soon. Walmart Explores Mexico’s Supply Chain.

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How to Weather the Hurricanes of 2017 (and more) with a Heavy-Duty TMS Platform

Supply Chain Collaborator

All shippers are affected by this – fuel being integral to everything from agricultural production to actual freight movement. Houston, one of the top six freight transportation hubs in the US is still struggling to recover and this affects the distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables from the Rio Grande Valley. These disruptions impact industries as diverse as food production to manufacturing to retail and many others.

[INFOGRAPHIC] The History of Shipping Containers

Cerasis

The Freightos System is SaaS for freight contract management, automatic price quotations, and business intelligence. Although our core focus is not on freight forwarding services, we still love to connect the community to providers and technology of value to shippers who are in the pursuit of efficiencies and resource reduction in order to remain competitive. First use of a modern container for ocean freight. It wasn’t just about freight.

Conducting Business in India? Chances Are that You Could Be by 2025

CH Robinson Transportfolio

The only reliable mechanism to create lots of jobs is large scale manufacturing, which is driven by exports. There are three countries that conduct in excess of 500 billion dollars of bilateral trade with the United States. Only one of them is outside North America: China. But there is another country that’s making a strong case to join that elite group.

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How to Expand Your Global Shipping to Meet Growing Indian Markets

CH Robinson Logistics

The only reliable mechanism to create lots of jobs is large scale manufacturing, which is driven by exports. A TMS can also keep track of Indian regulations, which may change as markets grow, so that shippers can ensure their freight is compliant. There are three countries that conduct in excess of 500 billion dollars of bilateral trade with the United States. Only one of them is outside North America: China.

Global Vendor Management: What It Is & Why It’s Essential for Your Shipping Strategy

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Consider this: global sourcing, manufacturing, and sales are advancing rapidly, leaving technology providers in the tough position of playing catch up. Imagine you are at your desk in Houston and you need to determine whether a completed order left the warehouse in China. Reroute freight to account for increased demand or last minute outages within the supply chain. Have the service provider clear their dock daily and bring freight to a consolidation point for shipment.

New Panama Canal Options: Running the Numbers with a TMS

TMC

These enterprises are no longer reliant on the Suez Canal route for shipping freight on Post-Panamax container vessels to the United States. The trade-offs are especially critical for destinations in a “battleground” region that stretches from Detroit in the north to Houston in the south. The expanded Panama Canal has added many variables to freight transportation equations. New Panama Canal Options: Running the Numbers with a TMS.Connect by TMC.

Van Rates Sag, Flatbeds Add 2¢, Before Q1 Closes

DAT Solutions

It's common for shippers to hustle freight out the door before the quarter ends, and this is the deadline. DAT provides the largest and most trusted digital freight marketplace in the trucking industry, with more than 179 million loads and trucks posted annually, plus insights into current spot market and contract rates based on $45 billion in real transactions. HOT MARKETS : Houston keeps humming, and rates are up 9% on major outbound lanes.

26 logistics professionals reveal the biggest trends in logistics technology

6 River Systems

“Tightening capacity requires a more ‘connected’ broker…” While freight growth is forecast to slow in 2019, truckload capacity will remain tight, largely driven by a tight labor market, new regulations and other factors. “Data science can bring great gains for…” Logistics efforts of retailers and manufacturers. Charles Marrale is the COO of Exfreight Zeta , an international freight forwarder headquartered in Lake Worth, Florida.

Signs of Spring in Flatbed Markets

DAT Solutions

That’s been offset by a slump in volumes out of Houston , though. Looking to move flatbed freight? DAT has the largest digital freight marketplace in the trucking industry, with more loads posted daily than any other load board. John Deere, Olympic Steel, and other manufacturers have a strong footprint in that market. Memphis to Houston nose-dived 54¢ to $2.74/mile after a surge in the week before.

2017 in Review: Disruptions Drive Rates Up

DAT Solutions

2017 was a wild year, as freight transportation faced one disruption after another. Those four factors added up to extraordinary pressure on spot market truck capacity, driving rates up as high as we’ve seen them since at least 2010, when we established the freight rates database that forms the foundation of DAT RateView. This period of elevated rates is only the beginning of a "new normal" era in freight transportation.

Load Volume and Rates Move in Opposite Directions

DAT Solutions

FREIGHT RATES. Along with our standalone freight rates tool DAT RateView, all DAT load board packages include broker spot market rates on the lanes you're searching. The economy seems relatively stable, even though some types of manufacturing are lagging now. The focus is shifting northward for vans and reefers, however, so the increased freight availability could show up in regions and markets that were not as active in the summer.

Flatbed Demand Skyrockets. Why?

DAT Solutions

The map below shows where the largest parts of wind turbines are manufactured. As you can see, Texas is a hotbed of activity for wind energy manufacturing. It’s no surprise that Texas has the top three markets for spot market flatbed freight in the country: Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth. Manufacturing locations for the largest components of wind turbines: blades, towers, and turbine assemblies that turn the blades.

This Week in Logistics News (August 28 – September 1, 2017)

Talking Logistics

Freight Companies Scramble to Reroute Goods in Wake of Harvey (WSJ – sub. Port Houston Container Terminals to Resume Operations Friday (WSJ – sub. The rains and winds of Tropical Storm Harvey are over, but the impact of the storm on the residents of Houston and the surrounding areas will continue for some time. The real-time freight visibility space has been heating up in recent years, with MacroPoint leading the way, along with FourKites and 10-4 Systems.