The “Real” Uber for Freight Has Arrived

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Uber Technologies yesterday officially launched Uber Freight, a cloud-based, on-demand, full truckload, freight brokerage. They have been piloting the service in Texas with dry vans and refrigerators between Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin, and are now rolling it out nationwide.

The app offers one click sign up for loads and they guarantee payment in seven days. And when everything doesn’t go as planned they also provide accessorial rates: Read more “The “Real” Uber for Freight Has Arrived”

Autonomous Ships Start to Make Waves

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Two Norwegian firms, Kongsberg Maritime, a maritime engineering company and Yara International, a chemical company, announced this week that they are partnering to develop the world’s first fully electric and autonomous container ship. The vessel is named YARA Birkeland and will operate as a manned vessel in 2018, transition to remote operation in 2019 and finally in 2020 be capable of fully autonomous operations. Read more “Autonomous Ships Start to Make Waves”

Is Your Supply Chain Next Generation Yet?

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MHI have just released their 2017 Annual Industry Report – Next Generation Supply Chains: Digital, On-Demand and Always-On. It’s a timely report that looks at innovative technologies which will transform supply chains into next-generation models. It includes identifying barriers to adoption, the top supply chain challenges, strategies for leaders and real-world case studies.

The reason I find this report so useful and fascinating is that it comprises the views of 1100 manufacturing and supply chain industry leaders. It’s the fourth in a series and provides valuable insight that businesses can learn from in building their own supply chains. Read more “Is Your Supply Chain Next Generation Yet?”

The Tesla Semi-Truck – Will Anyone Actually Use It?

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Taking a leaf out of President Trump’s playbook Elon Musk tweeted last week:

“Tesla Semi truck unveil set for September. Team has done an amazing job. Seriously next level.”

In his Master Plan, Part Deux Musk states:

“We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.” Read more “The Tesla Semi-Truck – Will Anyone Actually Use It?”

Not Enough Beer is Being Shipped!

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Or so Big Beer would want us to believe! Representatives of Anheuser-Busch stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday to meet with lawmakers to discuss allowing heavier tractor–trailers on our nation’s roads. 11,000 pounds heavier in fact, increasing the current weight limit of 80,000 pounds to 91,000 pounds.

According to Trucker.com

“James Sembrot”, the company’s senior director of logistics strategy, told POLITICO that it will urge lawmakers to push for creating a pilot program for  “a limited number of states” to allow six axle trucks carrying up to 91,000 pounds on roads in participating states.”

A number of industries, apart from Big Beer, are interested in increasing truck weight limits. Read more “Not Enough Beer is Being Shipped!”

Orlando to Miami in 25 Minutes!

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Just a pipedream or could it be a reality? If Hyperloop One delivers on their promise transit times like this could be here sooner than you think.

Hyperloop One is a Los Angeles-based company founded by Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar and run by former Cisco executive Rob Lloyd, its CEO. The concept originated from Tesla and Space X founder Elon Musk who published his ideas in a white paper called HyperLoop Alpha in 2013. In it he envisaged capsules traveling in near–vacuum tubes at speeds of 700 mph – 800 mph, as fast as a plane, cheaper than any train, and emitting no carbon pollution. Read more “Orlando to Miami in 25 Minutes!”

Amazon’s First US Drone Delivery

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Last week, another “last mile delivery” milestone took place when Amazon Prime Air made its first public U.S. drone delivery. A quadcopter drone delivered a package of sunscreen for the attendees at the Amazon invite-only Machine learning, Automation, Robotics and Space exploration, (MARS) conference in Palm Springs, California. It was completed fully autonomously with Amazon proprietary software, i.e. no operator was involved, in the controlled airspace of the Palm Springs international Airport. The FAA granted a special waiver for the flight. Read more “Amazon’s First US Drone Delivery”

Will the ASCE Report Card Help Kick-Start Trump’s Infrastructure Plan?

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It’s official. We got a D+! That’s the score for our nation’s infrastructure given to us by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in their latest Report Card on America’s Infrastructure. ASCE publishes the report card every four years to identify the performance and capacity of our public works. A worrying trend seen in each of the seven published reports starting from 1988, is the concern that fiscal investment is inadequate to meet the current operational costs and future demands on our infrastructure system.

We received the score D+ from the previous 2013 report card but the significant difference is that 4 years ago the ASCE estimated it would take $3.6 trillion over eight years to fix. This year it would take $4.59 trillion over 10 years to fix.

As logistics professionals we rely on the good health of our infrastructure to move goods around the nation. But Read more “Will the ASCE Report Card Help Kick-Start Trump’s Infrastructure Plan?”