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Maine Pointe In The News

Are Australian road trains the solution to the US driver shortage?


Originally published in Supply Chain Dive

North Dakota approved legislation to pilot the freight method as a way to deal with increased demand for drivers amid high turnover rates. Mike Notarangeli discusses the challenges of "road trains" saying, "There are advantages of road trains — increased capacity, improved efficiency, better driver utilization — but there are downsides as well, including increased maintenance on equipment, increased safety risk and limited access.”

 

Topics: Logistics Transportation Total Value Optimization supply chain optimization Maine Pointe TVO strategic sourcing road transportation

Tips To Tackle The Coming Transportation Crisis

Orginally published in Chief Executive Magazine

Hundreds of challenges face American CEOs every day, but the most pressing challenge is the one that is least talked about and most misunderstood. This crisis is in a chronic shortage of long-haul truck and rail transportation which is already pushing up costs, and resulting in uncertain delivery times, shrinking margins, and profit warnings.

Topics: Logistics Transportation Total Value Optimization global supply chain Tariffs ceos shipping

Epa Permits Loophole for 'Super Polluting' Diesel Trucks

Originally posted in Supply Chain Dive

Green energy and technological streamlining are the future, and many companies along the supply chain with robust R&D departments and capital are pursuing various green energy options and tech advancements with gusto. Third party logistics providers (3PL) are investing in fully electric trucks or hydrogen-electric trucks, and the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate intends to reduce paper waste in the trucking industry by digitizing internal operations.

Topics: Transportation

Increased Value Lies in the Evolving 3PL

Originally posted in Supply & Demand Chain Executive

The Amazon Effect, technology, the internet and consumer expectations are driving collaboration between shippers and 3PLs.

The advent of technology, along with pressures from the globe’s largest online retailer, has forced 3PLs and 4PLs to stand up, take notice and change. 

Topics: Transportation

Truckin’ for a Greener Environment

Originally posted in Food Logistics

To see the story featured in the magazine’s print issue click here

It’s not easy, but 3PLs and transportation providers are working toward sustainable fuels.

All those trucks you see on the road? They’re carrying almost 71 percent of the freight tonnage moved in the United States. According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), that’s 10.5 billion tons of freight annually, requiring more than 3.6 million heavy-duty Class 8 trucks and over 3.5 million truck drivers. And, the ATA reports, it also takes 39 billion gallons of diesel fuel to move all of that freight. 

Topics: Transportation Sustainability

Why Trucks Fall Victim To Cargo Theft

Originally posted in Supply Chain Dive

Everyone’s heard the sad tale of someone who left their car unlocked with the key in the ignition just to run into the store "for a minute." When he or she comes out, either the car or its contents —or both — were gone.

The same thing happens in cargo trucks, even when the vehicle is locked.

Topics: Transportation

Tips To Tackle The Coming Transportation Crisis

Originally posted in Chief Executive

Hundreds of challenges face American CEOs every day, but the most pressing challenge is the one that is least talked about and most misunderstood. This crisis is in a chronic shortage of long-haul truck and rail transportation which is already pushing up costs, and resulting in uncertain delivery times, shrinking margins, and profit warnings.

The transportation crisis will only become more intense as fallout from new tariffs and trade wars cause manufacturers to re-think their supply chains. Not addressing this challenge could affect a corporation’s earnings, customer service, and even its very survival.

Topics: Transportation

ELD Compliance Rates Jump 10 Points As April 1 Deadline Approaches

Originally posted in Supply Chain Dive

Dive Brief:

  • CarrierLists just updated its ongoing electronic logging device (ELD) compliance rate survey, finding compliance rates rose 10 percentage points to 92% this week, as the April 1 enforcement deadline looms.
  • Long haul vans, reefers and flatbeds are currently in the high 90s, while short haul and small fleets are in the mid 80s.
  • The reason for tracking compliance, according to CarrierLists, is because drivers who have not implemented the ELD by April 1 will experience a 10-hour service outage penalty and could face further penalties if they still refuse to comply.
Topics: Transportation