Why Branch Put Down Roots in Minneapolis


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This Week in Logistics News (January 20 – 26)

Logistics Viewpoints

They will meet the Philadelphia Eagles, who crushed the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC title game, a week from Sunday in Minneapolis, MN. In yet another impressive comeback, the New England Patriots topped the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC title game to move on to their 10th Super Bowl, and 8th in the Belichick – Brady era. Logistically, hosting the Super Bowl is no easy feat, given everything that goes into it. The […].

Target Hires Walmart Supply Chain Executive

Supply Chain 24/7

to help the Minneapolis-based retailer improve its own supply chain Shekar Natarajan, who has been overseeing a project at Wal-Mart testing drones in its warehouses, is joining Target Corp.

Do People Skills Matter in the World of Logistics?

The Logistics of Logistics

www.Annholm.net is located in Minneapolis/St. How you develop your sales team has a big impact on your logistics business.

Van and Reefer Rates Start September on a High Note

DAT Solutions

VAN TriHaul: Minneapolis - Chicago - Des Moines - Minneapolis (or vice versa). Chicago to Minneapolis is one of those lanes that can flip directions in the fall, when you make more money heading from Minneapolis to Chicago. Good news, everyone!

The Panama Canal Expansion: The Impact on Logistics Strategies and Operations

Talking Logistics

Robinson, and Jennifer Bratton, partner and managing director in the Minneapolis office of The Boston Consulting Group — will address those questions and more in this timely and important episode you don’t want to miss! Live Episode: June 30, 2015 at 12:00 ET. When the Panama Canal expansion is completed in early 2016, it will effectively double the capacity of the canal and allow post-Panamax vessels to cross it.

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Have Van Rates Hit Their Peak?

DAT Solutions

Temperatures on the round trip between Chicago and Minneapolis have been extra frigid, but rates were hot last week in both directions: Van rates on Chicago to Minneapolis were up 39¢ to an average of $3.06/mile.

CatMan 2.0…Now What?

Supply Chain Nation

Delivery Tour on February 8, 2017 at the CMA’s office in Minneapolis. As we start the new year, change is inevitable. We have a new President of the United States, new challenges in the world, and customers who continue to engage with us through greater use of technology.

Spot Market Freight Rates Soar After Hurricane Harvey

DAT Solutions

In the other direction, Chicago to Minneapolis jumped up 33¢ to $2.60 Van rates rose all across the country last week, following Hurricane Harvey. The national average van rate jumped up 12¢ to $1.90

Reefer Rates Respond to New Regulations and Pre-Holiday Urgency

DAT Solutions

Green Bay to Minneapolis dropped 18¢, to $2.96/mile. Last week was a short week, as most carriers needed to get drivers home in time for the Christmas weekend.

Freight Availability Remains High, Despite Declines

DAT Solutions

TriHaul: Minneapolis - Denver - Rapid City. Freight availability increased in several Midwestern markets last week, including Minneapolis, and outbound rates are well above average.

September Van and Reefer Trends Stay Strong After Labor Day

DAT Solutions

Chicago to Minneapolis dropped 18¢ to $1.93/mile, but you can make more money right going the other direction. Minneapolis to Chicago rates were up to $2.01/mile. Volumes and rates got a boost heading into the Labor Day weekend, and those prices mostly held steady last week.

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Is Your Global Labeling Strategy Within Reach?


A hot, muggy Minneapolis didn’t slow down an energized group of industry professionals who gathered for last week’s 4 th Annual Medical Device Global Labeling Strategies conference.

Upcoming Event Urges Medical Device Labelers to Act Globally


And that’s exactly what we’ll be doing next week in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the 4 th Annual Medical Device Global Labeling Strategies conference on Aug 9 - 11. Here in the U.S.,

Booming Oil Industry Boosts Flatbed Demand

DAT Solutions

Rock Island, IL, to Minneapolis rose at an average of $3.71/mile. The energy sector heated up in January, which contributed to higher flatbed load counts for the month.

Supply Chain Management


According to an article by Mark Craig for the Minneapolis Star Tribune (Dec. 4 Secrets to Supply Chain Management Project Success. link]. In the ever-popular NFL, fans are greeted year after year with an increasing rate of coaching and general-management turnover.

Flatbed Volume and Rates Gain Traction in June

DAT Solutions

Rock Island, IL to Minneapolis was down to $2.47 Flatbed freight volume and rates gained some traction in June, after a couple of slow months. Texas had the biggest rebound last week, partly due to a surge of loads leaving Houston, the biggest flatbed freight market in the country by far.

Reefer Capacity Gets Tighter Ahead of Thanksgiving

DAT Solutions

Chicago to Minneapolis also climbed 21¢ to $2.76/mile. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so trucks are still in high demand to move refrigerated freight.

Reefer Rates Continue to Cool

DAT Solutions

Elsewhere, Green Bay to Minneapolis was down 39¢ to $2.56/mile, and the cross-country haul from Twin Falls to Baltimore paid 34¢ less on average at $2.48/mile.

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Signs of Spring in Flatbed Markets

DAT Solutions

Rock Island to Minneapolis rose 54¢ to $2.76/mile. 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.

Where's the Freight? 5 Markets with Lots of Van Loads

DAT Solutions

MINNEAPOLIS: The Upper Midwest has been strong for van freight thanks to fall harvests. Minneapolis ranks in the top 10 for spot market volume so far this month, and the backhaul lane to Chicago has averaged $1.70/mile. The national average van rate rose 1¢ last week.

Van Rates Still Feeling Pressure for the ELD Mandate

DAT Solutions

Chicago to Buffalo came back down 29¢ to $3.55/mile – rates in the opposite direction also fell 29¢ The Super Bowl has led to higher demand for freight heading into Minneapolis , so outbound prices are down.


Supply Chain Shaman

As I sit in seat 16C on a packed plane winging my way to Minneapolis, I just wanted to raise my glass and applaud the innovators. Last week, I wrote about the evolution of supply chain planning. In my blog post, I commented on HOW little supply chain planning has changed in its twenty-year evolution. As I worked with clients this week, I had a long and hard talk with myself. I am part of the problem. I, like other analysts, are stuck in the traditional software APS paradigm.

Reefer Rates: Shorthaul Up,Longhaul Down

DAT Solutions

Chicago to Minneapolis also added 26¢ to $2.45/mile. Reefer volumes were down during the first week in July, but that was to be expected. But load counts didn’t slip as much as vans during the short 4th of July week, with strong demand on shorter hauls.

Ripped from the Headlines: More Supply Chain Trends in the News

Talking Logistics

Lingerie maker Victoria’s Secret looks to uncover supply chain issues (Reuters) and Target invests in Minneapolis start-up that helps retailers monitor supply chains (StarTribune).

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Holiday Sales Demonstrated Necessity of Omnichannel Strategies

Enterra Insights

After a weak holiday performance last year, the Minneapolis-based company embarked on a multibillion-dollar spending plan to improve its stores and digital capabilities. Amid all the talk of a retail apocalypse, some retailers demonstrated they still have life. Khadeeja Safdar ( @khadeeja_safdar ) and Imani Moise ( @MoiseNoise ) report, “Retailers had their best holiday sales since 2011, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which tracks payments in stores and online.”[1]

Grocery continues to grow and evolve

Supply Chain Nation

The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based chain said Monday that Jeff Burt will assume the title of senior vice president, grocery, fresh food and beverage on April 10. Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date. This week: “Free from” groceries are changing the landscape; Martha Stewart launches meal delivery; and you’ll soon be able to shop Costco groceries from home. Clean eating is changing how we shop.

Spot Freight Volumes Get Welcomed Boost

DAT Solutions

The highest outbound average last week was Green Bay , but the lane to Minneapolis dropped 49¢ to $2.27/mile a more normal price for this time of year. We got a welcomed surge of spot market freight to close out July.

Upheaval in Retail Changes the Scene for Suppliers


It turns out that the Minneapolis retailer has been secretly reinventing itself by developing omni- channel capacities and adopting new brand strategy. Following Amazon’s announcement of buying Whole Foods, Amazon’s stock rose 3% while Whole Foods shares skyrocketed 28%.

Tens of Thousands of New Jobs, and One Worry: Robots

Supply Chain Nation

It was only for residents of Minneapolis, Denver, Houston, San Diego and St. Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date.

Omni-channel inventory management like the customer matters

RELEX Solutions

In fact, according to his system, there’s only one available in all The Giant Office Chain’s stores in the whole of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, and that one is thirty miles away.

How Did Truckers Find Loads 40 Years Ago?

DAT Solutions

The driver would call us and say there's a load going from here to Minneapolis. Gene Schultz has been in the trucking business for nearly 60 years. Ask him what technological advances have made his job easier over the years and three things come to mind: Computers. Satellite trailer tracking.

Major Freight Markets Saw Biggest Rate Surge of the Year

DAT Solutions

Green Bay to Minneapolis slipped 20¢ to $1.99/mile, but prices were up on other major lanes leaving that market. Rates on the top 100 van lanes showed the strongest surge of the year.

Reefer Rates Add 1¢, as Apples Start Rolling Out

DAT Solutions

Minneapolis was another ripe market for reefers. Rates edges up 1¢ per mile last week, as reefer freight availability added another 4% on the spot market last week, and truck posts were mostly stable (up 0.3%) on DAT Load Boards.

Get Ready for La Niña, With Snowy Winter in the Northern U.S.

DAT Solutions

This year’s weather may not be as severe, but truckers will need to be aware of road conditions on Interstates 80 and 90 through those states, and there could be delays in and around Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis.

Spot Rates Begin Seasonal Slide, but From Higher Peak

DAT Solutions

Green Bay to Minneapolis spiked 57¢ to $3.12 It’s normal for spot market rates and volumes to slip this time of year, but loads posted to DAT load boards were only down 3% last week. Truck posts edged up 2%, so load-to-truck ratios fell, but spot market demand is still strong.

Is the Freight Recession Really Over?

DAT Solutions

A lot of lanes have been up-and-down, depending on weather changes: The lane from Rock Island, IL, to Minneapolis went from 70 degrees to snow storms late in the week -- on average, rates rose 39¢ to $2.55/mile.