How the Bakken Oil Boom Impacts U.S. Supply Chains

CH Robinson Transportfolio

For those of you on the coasts (all three of them—East, West, and Gulf) you may be vaguely aware of the Bakken oil boom in North Dakota. For those of us in neighboring states, North Dakota is the source of a clichéd “giant sucking sound,” the likes of which this generation has never experienced. They recently calculated that North Dakota just topped an average output of 1 million barrels of oil per day.

Driverless Trucks: Heading Somewhere or Nowhere Quickly?

Talking Logistics

Today, there are 8 states in the country, including Nevada, California, Michigan, Florida, North Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Arizona that are allowing the testing of self-driving vehicles on certain roadways.”. Will there be a future for driverless trucks in logistics? Will that future arrive soon or many years from now, if ever?


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Mastering Menards Delivery through Retail Specialized Logistics

Zipline Logistics

Menards services 12 distribution centers throughout its territory with facilities in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Michigan, Missouri, and South Dakota.

A Global Shift for Manufacturers: Industries with Increased Demand

USC Consulting Group

Data can be highly valuable for hackers and the current 4 million-person shortage in the field of cybersecurity, according to the University of North Dakota , makes for a dangerous landscape for supply chains.

What is Supply Chain Compliance and Why is it Important?


North Carolina. North Dakota. South Dakota. When you hear the word compliance , what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Here is a good question to help you understand what compliance should look like in your organization. What are your customer, partner, regulatory, and vendor expectations?”. Are you meeting those expectations? The great news about supply chain compliance is that AB&R® makes it a breeze.

The Politics of Global Oil

Supply Chain View from the Field

Jason Schenker from Prestige Economics, spoke at our SCRC meeting, and pointed out that OPEC members really don’t see smaller drillers in North Dakota as a threat. Oil prices continued to plummet last week to below $60, and experts predict that it could continue to drop. All of a sudden, what seemed like a boost to the global economy has caused consternation and worry among economists, as the recognition that the oil supports jobs across a number of important sectors.

Transportation Network Planning: Public and Private Common Ground

Supply Chain View from the Field

One of the major game changers in this state is the development of “fracking sands”, that are being used in oil exploration for directional drilling in North Dakota, Western Canada, and the Canadian Maritimes. I spent the day in Washington DC listening to a variety of really intelligent people talk about transportation planning models. This may not sound like everybody’s idea of fun, but I found the discussion compelling and fascinating.

The Definitive Guide on Produce Season Transportation Impacts

Zipline Logistics

The largest impacts start in the South and move their way up the US latitudinally – think Florida to Georgia to North Carolina, and Texas to California to Washington to Oregon. North Carolina. North Carolina produces the most tobacco in the United States by a substantial margin.

Outbound Tender Rejections Increase for the First Time Since March Peak

Zipline Logistics

North Carolina. Shippers should not expect difficulty in North Carolina. North Dakota. North Dakota has lifted public health restrictions on businesses. South Dakota.

Low unemployment is great for everyone, right? (Not so much in logistics…)


percent, followed by North Dakota, 2.5 Unemployment levels are at an all time low. Economists are trumpeting about the economy, and how great this is for everyone. Employers added 228,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate remained at a 17-year low of 4.1%, the government reported in December. The report also showed that on average weekly paychecks increased by 3.1% over the last 12-months, the first time that reading has topped 3% in nearly seven years.

Freight Volume Rebounds to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Zipline Logistics

North Carolina ? . Shippers should not expect difficulty in North Carolina.?? . North Dakota ? . North Dakota has lifted public health restrictions on businesses.?? . South Dakota ? .

2 capacity-finding tools you may not know you have

DAT Solutions

For example, say you need a flatbed load delivered to Bismarck, North Dakota. Capacity has been especially tight this year, as evidenced in DAT's load-to-truck ratios that have surged to record highs this summer. If you're a freight broker using the DAT Power load board, you may have capacity-finding tools that you aren't even aware of. Here are two of them: 1. DAT LaneMakers. Normally, posting your load on DAT is enough to get your phone ringing.

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Justice Department, CP and KCS spar over rail merger process

The Supply Chain Journal

DOJ’s comment does not address the key public interest fact here: without a voting trust, there will be no CP/KCS transaction, and thus no chance at a once-in-a lifetime injection of new competition into north-south trade flows …. Byron Dorgan, D-North Dakota. The U.S.

Spectra Energy Supplier Forum: Driving Collaborative Project Management

Supply Chain View from the Field

These executives provided an overview of the incredible growth in the natural gas pipeline structure that is being driven by the massive shale gas reserves in North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Ohio that are driving the need for gas and LNG distribution lines. I had the pleasure and honor of attending the 2nd annual Supplier Forum, hosted by Union Gas & Spectra Energy in Hamilton, Ontario at the end of April.

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

Talking Logistics

Con-way Truckload and Con-way Multimodal Join Forces to Launch New Intermodal Service for North America. CombineNet and Transplace Extend Partnership in Delivering Advanced Transportation Procurement Solution to North America. There are still plenty of problems to fix, but our roads and bridges aren’t crumbling,” said David Hartgen, lead author of the Reason Foundation report and emeritus professor of transportation at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Navy Awards Two Shipbuilding Contracts for New Submarines

Operations and Supply Chain Management

The track record suffered a blow earlier this month when the Navy revealed that the commissioning of the North Dakota would be delayed because of design issues and problems with parts from an outside supplier. Discussion Questions: Read the following article carefully. What are the details of the contracts that that the Navy struck with General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls? Would not it have been better if the Navy had only awarded one contract?

Hot Flatbed Segment Shows Signs of Cooling

DAT Solutions

Last week every state except North Dakota, New Hampshire and New Jersey had a load-to-truck ratio above 18 loads per truck. Demand for flatbeds has been red hot for months, and so are rates. It seems like every week we set a new record for flatbed rates or load-to-truck ratios, or both. Flatbed volumes in June are 32% higher than they were one year ago in our top 78 flatbed lanes, and rates in those lanes are 26% higher than last year at this time.

How the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement Affects Ecommerce Shops


North Dakota in 1992) that opined state and local sales tax compliance was too complicated to inflict on out-of-state businesses; and the emergence of ecommerce. South Dakota v. In June 2018, however , the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the state in South Dakota v. In the opinion, the Court highlighted the following three aspects of South Dakota’s sales tax system that appeared designed to prevent undue burdens on interstate commerce.

The Cautionary Tale of the Missing Land O’Lakes Maiden

Enterra Insights

North Dakota state Rep. Organizations are generally more aware nowadays to being politically correct and taking ethnic sensitivities into consideration. For years, Native Americans have insisted they deserve more respect in the way they are publicly portrayed. For example, the Washington Redskins continue to draw fire for not changing their name and the Atlanta Braves are criticized for the tomahawk chop.

The Benefits of Combining Virtual Card Systems with JAGGAER


A JP Morgan SUA has been set up recently as part of a JAGGAER implementation at the University of North Dakota, bringing benefits such as prompt payment discounts.

Logistics Market Stays Flat as May Begins

Zipline Logistics

North Carolina . It would be prudent to check with partners in the state before doing business in North Carolina. . North Dakota . South Dakota . South Dakota has not issued any stay-at-home guidance nor has restricted any business in the state. .

Pacific Northwest Heats Up for Vans and Reefers

DAT Solutions

There is also strong load volume available in the Dakotas. Load-to-truck ratios were also high in North Dakota and New Mexico, as indicated by the dark blue areas on this Hot States Map for the week of September 6 - 12, but there were not enough loads available to make the trip worthwhile. The Pacific Northwest is heating up , with high demand for vans and reefers, and not enough trucks to haul the seasonal freight. If you want to average $2.00

Van and Reefer Operators Give Thanks for Rate Increases

DAT Solutions

Look for loads of trees leaving Oregon, and potatoes out of Idaho or North Dakota. Those other dark red areas on the Hot States map, in Montana and South Dakota, signal a shortage of trucks without a lot of available loads. Thanks in part to seasonal food items, rates are finally trending back up for vans and reefers. Late harvests are beginning the journey to your Thanksgiving table, via food processing plants and distribution centers.

Van and Reefer Load Volumes Rise, as Flatbeds Falter

DAT Solutions

VAN TRENDS: Oregon and North Dakota are showing as dark red on the Hot States map above, due to a relative shortage of trucks, but there aren't necessarily a lot of loads available in either state. Rates are based on DAT RateView , with $28 billion in lane rates, updated daily, for 65,000 point-to-point lanes across North America. Van and reefer volume increased last week, although rates were unchanged as a national average. Flatbed volume and rates continued to drift down.

How Natural Gas and Plastics Impact the Truckload Spot Market

DAT Solutions

Natural gas is a by-product of the fracking / oil production process in the Bakken oilfields of North Dakota and the Permian Basin of West Texas, as well as lesser fields, and a primary product in the Marcellus Shale. While the recently completed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP) and proposed XL Pipeline northern extension have garnered the headlines, there are construction projects for refineries and supporting infrastructure ongoing throughout the U.S.

Rhode Island Named Bottom State for Infrastructure and Transportation as US Underinvestment Takes Toll


North Dakota. #13. North Dakota. North Carolina. North Carolina. #25. South Dakota. #36. South Dakota. Primary Event: The 20th Annual Logistics CIO Forum: North America Précis: Rhode Island has come out bottom of two separate reports into the state of the US’ infrastructure quality, both of which find much in need of improvement across the country.

Van Horne Institute Considers Alaska Transport Route, and Weighs Trump’s Plans for Keystone XL


The Van Horne Institute is recognized both within Canada and internationally as one of North America’s leading research institutes focused on transportation, supply chain and logistics, regulatory affairs and information and communications, as measured through its contributions to the strategic decision-making and implementation processes in the public and private sectors. This leaves one option open: Go North.

Do Freight Shipping Prices Vary by State?

Freight Center

Main hubs include Anchorage (south), Fairbanks (central), Prudhoe Bay (north) and Skagway (southeast). North Carolina. North Carolina’s lumber industry causes outbound freight shipments to be more expensive during fall months. North Dakota. South Dakota. Rural areas in South Dakota tend to experience higher shipping rates. Short Answer: Yes.

Do Freight Shipping Prices Vary by State?

Freight Center

Main hubs include Anchorage (south), Fairbanks (central), Prudhoe Bay (north) and Skagway (southeast). North Carolina. North Carolina’s lumber industry causes outbound freight shipments to be more expensive during fall months. North Dakota. South Dakota. Rural areas in South Dakota tend to experience higher shipping rates. Short Answer: Yes.

Do Freight Shipping Prices Vary by State?

Freight Center

Main hubs include Anchorage (south), Fairbanks (central), Prudhoe Bay (north) and Skagway (southeast). North Carolina. North Carolina’s lumber industry causes outbound freight shipments to be more expensive during fall months. North Dakota. South Dakota. Rural areas in South Dakota tend to experience higher shipping rates. Short Answer: Yes.

American Idle


Okay, up is Gerry O’Keefe of Bismarck North Dakota with his 2010 Mack truck. American Idle Welcome to the 4th season of American Idle, Ladies & Gentlemen. My name is Ryan SeatRest and I am going to be your emcee for this afternoon show. And here are our 3 fantastic judges who are going to rate the driving skills of our three drivers. Let’s give it up for Simon Scowl, Paula Abdrool and Randy TireJackson! <insert

Why Branch Put Down Roots in Minneapolis


From the Short North in Columbus to the Northeast in Minneapolis, entire neighborhoods are being revamped into tech meccas outfitted with the amenities, housing, and features that are drawing entrepreneurs and startups to call the refurbished brick warehouses home. From Iowa to Nebraska, and North Dakota to Wisconsin, the connections we made with Target employees was essential to our product development.

Trucking Market Update and 2020 Q1 Freight Outlook

Zipline Logistics

The end of the month brought some intense weather with it “dumping snow and ice on the Midwest and Northeast, knocking out power lines and closing roads – including interstate highways in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota”.

Online Retailers Can Be Forced to Collect Tax, High Court Rules

Material Handling and Logistics

The ruling is a victory for South Dakota, whose law requires retailers with more than $100,000 in sales or 200 transactions annually in the state to pay a 4.5% Although the court left open the possibility that other arguments could be pressed against the South Dakota law, Kennedy’s majority opinion strongly suggested the measure was constitutional, in part because it has the $100,000 threshold and doesn’t try to impose retroactive taxation.