Here is your dose of “The Daily Dispatch”, a list of what I’m reading or diving into.
What I’m reading —
GlobalTranz Continues to Accelerate Growth with Third Acquisition this Year by GTZ. GlobalTranz announced on October 17th the acquisition of Chicago-based Global Freight Solutions, a leading freight brokerage and logistics company. This marks the third acquisition for GlobalTranz in 2019 as the company expands its market share and drives continued profitable growth through the second half of the year and into 2020.
Shippers and 3PL Industry —
Logistics sector growth holds steady in September
DC Velocity, @DCVelocity
Industry growth continues its slow pace, but activity is down considerably from a year ago, according to latest Logistics Manager’s Index. Economic activity in the logistics sector continued its slow pace of growth in September, according to the latest Logistics Manager’s Index (LMI) report, released this week.
Van markets still wait for holiday rush
Normally this is when we start to see a bump in spot market freight, with the holiday retail season approaching. That didn’t materialize last week, as load counts were slightly lower than the previous week. The sharpest drops were on lanes coming out of Chicago and Los Angeles, which are typically strong during the fall shipping season. Still, spot volumes are 15% higher than they were at this time last year.
Technology and Innovation—
Patent Pending: Amazon plans to automate unloading, Walmart envisions lasers for inventory
Packages received from a carrier at a distribution center or other shipment facility are unloaded manually. The process is complicated and requires an amount of dexterity that is considered beyond the ability of current automation. But Amazon sees a future where that is no longer the case.
Government, Safety, & Labor—
Drawn by the Salary, Women Flock to Trucking
Last year, Rebekah Koon left her job as an assistant manager of a gas station in Fort Bragg, N.C., to train as a truck driver, inspired by watching her uncle hit the road as a long-haul trucker when she was growing up.
What I’m listening to —
The Joe Rogan Experience #1361: Cmdr. David Fravor & Jeremy Corbell The truth is out there!
Quote I’m pondering —
“I feel that sin and evil are the negative part of you, and I think it’s like a battery; you’ve got to have the negative and the positive.
— Dolly Parton
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Have a wonderful day, all!
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