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    Carriers, shippers grapple with how to cut emissions in airfreight

    The airfreight industry is rolling out environmentally-minded initiatives. Will it be enough for shippers to stick with the emissions-heavy mode?

    Max Garland • May 18, 2022
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    Furniture retailers forge new supply chain practices as backlogs, delays prevail

    Improved inventory management is just one practice — executives are also looking at new sourcing destinations to mitigate risk.

    Ben Unglesbee • April 25, 2022
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    Amazon is slowing down its fulfillment center spend. What's next?

    Heightened demand put Amazon's distribution buildout into overdrive. To speed up delivery and limit costs, it will have to invest more.

    Max Garland • March 16, 2022
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    Retail supply chains were made to be broken. Will brands adapt — or revert?

    The past two years have laid bare vulnerabilities that have long existed in the system, including a lack of capacity and geographic concentration in manufacturing.

    Ben Unglesbee • Feb. 11, 2022
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    Food suppliers wade into logistics as trucking rates soar

    Businesses can't evade the trucking market, but there are strategies they can adopt to lessen the impact of market forces.

    Shefali Kapadia • Feb. 9, 2022
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    Advance Auto Parts has a program to hire people with disabilities at 16 of its 44 distribution centers. Darrin Masters (right), who was hired via the program, poses alongside Jenny Ramos (left), head trainer at Advance Auto Parts' Kutztown distribution center. Advance Auto Parts granted permission to use this image.

    Disability inclusion programs help warehouses hire overlooked talent

    Retail and logistics companies are accelerating their commitments to workers with disabilities as a labor crunch hampers operations. Experts say the programs have sizeable benefits.

    Colin Campbell • Feb. 8, 2022
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    How grocers are managing the twin pressures of supply chain disruption and inflation

    Companies need to be particularly "agile" in 2022, one expert said, as high demand and shortages can make inflation appear quickly.

    Jeff Wells • Jan. 31, 2022
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    Delivery firms deepen restaurant relationships as growth slows

    Major aggregators are rolling out white labels, subscription programs and data tools to retain partners as more diners order from operators directly. 

    Julie Littman • Jan. 31, 2022
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    Grocers are experimenting with delivery fees. Here are 8 key factors to consider.

    Experts said they expect — and encourage — grocers to continue testing strategies for dealing with delivery costs.

    Catherine Douglas Moran • Jan. 18, 2022
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    'Insult to injury': Record rail demurrage adds to shipper costs

    Storage fees skyrocketed in 2021 after an import surge snarled transportation networks. The ballooning revenues have shippers and railroads at odds over who's at fault for congestion.

    Sarah Zimmerman and Edwin Lopez • Jan. 12, 2022
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    CPGs grapple with a murky 2022 outlook as inflation, supply chain weigh on operations

    Uncertainty is making it hard for CEOs to determine whether they should raise prices or take other actions.

    Christopher Doering • Jan. 11, 2022
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    7 charts show Southern California's warehousing crunch

    Easing the chokepoint is a "balancing act" of labor, warehouse space and goods movement, one expert said.

    Max Garland • Dec. 8, 2021
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    Trucking's role in untangling the web of West Coast port congestion

    The driver shortage has become a "scapegoat" for bottlenecks as empty containers, low yard productivity, limited space and unavailable chassis converge.

    Jim Stinson • Nov. 24, 2021
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    Pricing insanity: Material costs escalate, driving contractor desperation

    Amid unprecedented supply chain challenges, firms locked into contracts based on last year's prices are feeling the heat.

    Robyn Griggs Lawrence • Oct. 28, 2021
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    After years of 'Made in China,' supply chains consider alternatives

    The change in tone from U.S.-based supply chains is not a mass exodus from China. Instead, it's an approach that embraces diversification. 

    Shefali Kapadia • Oct. 14, 2021
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    The rise of LTL: How e-commerce changed the middle mile

    Businesses are shipping smaller quantities of freight more frequently, giving logistics professionals more to manage in increasingly complex networks.

    S.L. Fuller • Oct. 6, 2021
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    Aircraft emissions present a roadblock to supply chain sustainability goals

    FedEx's Chief Sustainability Officer says true aviation sustainability "is an intractable problem." Will environmentally conscious shippers move away from airfreight?

    Max Garland • Sept. 8, 2021
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    What 3G's sunset means for tracking, visibility tech

    Companies relying on IoT devices for their supply chains have a relatively tight window to upgrade to 4G.

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • Aug. 31, 2021
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    'You can pay or you can wait': How retailers are navigating a shipping crisis

    Consumer demand came raging back this year. The supply chain wasn't ready for it, and now retailers, brands and consumers are paying the price.

    Ben Unglesbee • Aug. 3, 2021
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    From sapling to pure-play LTL: The story of XPO Logistics under Jacobs

    Bradley Jacobs is a relentless numbers man and a serial entrepreneur. And he's one thing neither XPO nor GXO can replace.

    Jim Stinson • Aug. 2, 2021
  • As PPE demand grew, organizations stepped up to the challenge — and fought fraud along the way

    Bad actors emerged during the pandemic, as a supply-demand imbalance in personal protective equipment left openings and vulnerabilities for fraud and counterfeits.

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • July 15, 2021
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    Last year, the Transpacific was a 'nightmare.' It's only gotten worse.

    One shipper offered a carrier $6,000 for space. It was told $60,000 wouldn't even be enough.

    Matt Leonard • June 24, 2021
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    The misconceptions in the rare earth supply chain

    The problem isn't a shortage of raw materials. The problem is getting them out of the ground — and out of China.

    Emma Penrod • June 17, 2021
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    Photo illustration by Adeline Kon/Supply Chain Dive; photograph by David McNew via Getty Images

    More frequent, severe wildfires threaten California's growing logistics network

    Fires can clog and cut off freight arteries, creating choke points for inventory traveling via truck and rail.

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • June 1, 2021
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    Photo illustration by Adeline Kon/Supply Chain Dive; photograph by Mario Tama via Getty Images

    As storms become more frequent and volatile, some ports plan for the risk — but most do not

    The interconnectedness of ports leave assets such as warehouses, trucking networks and railroads vulnerable to disruptions from climate change and rising sea levels.

    Matt Leonard • Updated June 8, 2021