Monthly Archives: September 2016

ABF Freight Recognized by Inbound Logistics as Top 100 Trucker for 2016

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  • The ArcBest Corporation® company appears in the magazine’s September issue

FORT SMITH, Arkansas, September 30, 2016 — ABF Freight®, an ArcBestsm company (Nasdaq: ARCB), has been recognized as a Top 100 Motor Freight Carrier by Inbound Logistics magazine, whose September issue features a list of 100 trucking leaders that offer the diverse operational capabilities and experience to meet its readers’ unique supply chain and logistics needs.

“Inbound Logistics provides the Top 100 Trucker list as a service to its readers, and we are proud that ABF Freight was once again selected by the editorial team,” said ABF Freight President Tim Thorne. “I want to commend the skilled and dedicated employees of ABF Freight for their efforts in providing outstanding service to our valued customers.”

Inbound Logistics is a leading monthly trade magazine targeted toward business logistics and supply chain professionals. Each year, Inbound Logistics selects the leading transportation providers by carefully evaluating submitted information, conducting personal interviews and online research, and comparing that data to their readers’ motor freight and logistics challenges.

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Retailers Getting Faster At Delivering Online Items

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Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 8:49AM – If you’re moving as fast as Amazon is, then you would understand that today’s online retail is emerging to become a staple business within e-commerce. Online retail is expected to reach $500 billion by 2018, and Amazon is leading way, capturing 33% of sales online a year ago. One of the e-retail giant’s core value-added services is its’ ability to optimally perform two-day delivery, as well as Same-Day Delivery. This has given Amazon a tremendous advantage over other retailers, yet a new report shows that they are beginning to fight back and speed up their delivery times.

Internet Retailer recently reported how several top e-retailers in the US have begun to deliver their online items. It’s new “Click, Ship & Return: Fulfillment Report” showed that retailers were making delivery time improvements within the last three years. The study was based on 30 retailers, tracking KPI’s such as shipping speed, order processing times and returns. The report found that the average delivery time was four days.

The four-day time frames is a big difference from what it use to be. Based on a Slice Intelligence tracking of 238 online retailers, in January 2014 the average delivery time was 8.3 days. By April 2016, that average has decreased to 5.1 days. Therefore, there was a vast improvement within a two-year span. Consumers have become more comfortable with shopping online, coupled with the convenience of technology, the demand for faster delivery has increased. The retailer that can provide the same product, yet have the ability to get it into the hands of shoppers reliably faster, will be the one that gains a loyal customer.

In comparison with Amazon, the e-retail holds an impressive average between one and two days to deliver. This is no surprise with the level of distribution and fulfillment center operation that Amazon has. Now, it even has the reach to provide two-hour delivery via Prime Now in major US cities. Earlier this year, Amazon’s expanded its’ free Same-Day Delivery program to a total 27 cities, including San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Diego, Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Washington DC, Chicago, Richmond, Atlanta, Orlando, and more. Soon Amazon will be nationwide.

Other retailers are beginning to adopt Amazon’s strategy. E-commerce analytic company, Slice Intelligence, performed a study and found one way retailers are successfully delivering quicker is by building more distribution centers to fulfill online orders, and these facilities are storing merchandise close to many heavily populated areas. This is resulting in faster turnaround delivery times. They are also utilizing their brick-and-mortar stores to pick up and delivery online orders. A company like Wal-Mart for example, has thousands of locations nationwide, which would enable it to easily fulfill online orders.

Instead of perform the deliveries themselves, many retailers partner with a Same-Day Courier like A-1 Express to develop an optimal same-day delivery solution throughout the US. The Phoenix Courier has a national footprint and the expertise to exceed any company’s expectations. We understand courier same-day delivery, offering route deliveries, long-distance services, return delivery services, one-hour services, and more. A-1 Express can help get retailers’ delivery time decreased, resulting in being able to truly compete with Amazon.

Reference: 9.9.16, www.internetretailer.com, Kat Fay, Top e-retailers deliver the goods faster

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Daylight Transport Announces a General Rate Adjustment

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September 29, 2016 – Daylight Transport has announced a general rate adjustment of 4.9%, effective on October 3rd, 2016.  In addition to the general adjustment there will be lane specific adjustments made to accommodate a changing transportation landscape.

Daylight Transport is committed to providing world-class expedited LTL service.  We will continue to invest in infrastructure, technology and our people in an effort to remain the expedited LTL leader.

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Update: CBP Announces Updated ACE Transition Timeline

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On September 28, 2016 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) updated the ACE Mandatory Use Dates page on the CBP website, announcing that the dates for the post-release capacity transition has been moved again from October 29, 2016 to tentatively January 2017.

According to the notice, CBP decided, “to allow additional time for our trade stakeholders to transition these capabilities to ACE.” This transition also allows for additional time to receive and review public comments on the capability changes.

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Dicom advances mobile technology through WorkSmart mobile platform

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Dicom files four new patent applications since early 2016.

Dorval, September 28, 2016 – Dicom Transportation Group, a North American leader in integrated transportation services, announced today the launch of a new mobile program leveraging smart phone technology. WorkSmart is a newly developed platform that allows Dicom drivers to use any mobile device to digitally execute the pickup and delivery process.

“This innovation will not only increase our drivers’ productivity and improve our operations, but will also enhance the customer experience by leveraging the latest in smart phone technology,” said Scott Dobak, Dicom’s Chief Executive Officer. “Innovation is more than just a word at Dicom, it’s part of the Dicom culture, which has been delivering results for customers in Canada and the U.S. since 1968.”

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Maersk Line orders 14,800 new reefer containers

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2016 reefer investments to lower average age of reefer fleet to 7.9 year.

Maersk Line has ordered 14,800 reefer containers in 2016. This investment is driving the average age of its reefer container fleet down to 7.9 years – well below industry average. All reefers feature built-in Remote Container Management (RCM) technology – a key component in Maersk Line’s plans to offer its customers enhanced supply chain visibility in 2017.

Bremen 28 September 2016

Maersk Line’s 2016 investments in new reefer container equipment are adding 14,800 reefers to the world’s largest reefer fleet of more than 270,000 containers. While part of the reefers replace older equipment, the investment will expand the reefer fleet and cater for Maersk Line’s future growth in the reefer segment.

Adding to the 30,000 reefers acquired in 2015, the investments lowers the average age of Maersk Line’s reefer fleet to 7.9 years. This is significantly below the industry average of 12 years as recently reported by Drewry.

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Toll partners with Driver Reviver to put a stop to driver fatigue

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Driver Reviver, Australia’s iconic road safety initiative, welcomes Toll Group as its major sponsor, with a shared goal of reducing the number of fatalities on the road due to fatigue.

In NSW, around 20 per cent of fatal road accidents involve driver fatigue. This year, there have been 63 fatigue related fatalities, up by 62 per cent on the same period last year1

Driver Reviver is a national community program that has been operating on roads around Australia for 26 years, dedicated to reducing fatigue and promoting safe driving behaviours, by encouraging motorists to take regular breaks on their journey by visiting Driver Reviver sites. Sites are staffed by volunteers committed to supporting drivers and their families to arrive at their destinations safely.

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ITC Issues MTB Petition Interim Rules

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On September 27, 2016 the International Trade Commission (Commission) posted interim rules on the process for issuing Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) duty suspension and reduction applications. These interim rules were posted on the newly established MTB Information page.

According to the notice, “The new rules identify the types of entities that may file a petition, describe the information that must be included in a petition, provide procedures for public comment, and describe the schedule for filing petitions and public comments.”

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Old Dominion Named Top 100 Trucker by Inbound Logistics

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. (Sep. 27, 2016) – Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. has been named a 2016 Top 100 Trucker by Inbound Logistics.

This year’s winners were selected from more than 200 companies in the trucking industry, and will be featured in the magazine’s September issue. This is the fifth year
Old Dominion has won this award.

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ASDA UK RENEWS REVERSE LOGISTICS CONTRACT WITH XPO

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GREENWICH, Conn. – September 27, 2016 – National British supermarket chain ASDA Stores, Limited has renewed its long-term agreement with XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) for reverse logistics operations. Under the new contract, XPO will continue to manage nine ASDA service centers for the Leeds-based retailer. XPO washes millions of units of returnable transit equipment each year for ASDA and repairs them when necessary.

XPO has worked with ASDA to introduce a wide range of innovations in the service centers, including a “zero waste to landfill” (ZWTL) solution that helps ASDA meet its recycling goals for more than 600 stores in the U.K. Many of the solutions have been custom-developed through this relationship, reducing costs along the supply chain by bringing more logistics functions in-house. Proprietary XPO technology developed with ASDA tracks the assets and manages hundreds of supplier accounts.

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