Logs By Mistro

A Crossroads and a Streetlight
While other industries are hiring, trucking companies face an average driver turnover rate of more than 100 percent annually. This means that they have to hire twice as many drivers as they need just to replace those who leave due to retirement or other reasons. The lack...
June 16, 2022
Ship Happens…Slowly?
The transportation sector continued to expand in May, but at a slightly slower pace than in recent months. LMI's Transportation Index fell nearly seven points (to 60.9) after two straight months of increases The downward shift over the past two months may signal a return to...
June 16, 2022
Revamping Shipping
The bill, which passed Congress last week, is designed to make it easier for shippers to move goods around the world. It would allow carriers to be more flexible with routes, reduce fees and speed up customs inspections. But it may take months before these changes take effect...
June 16, 2022
A truck that runs on air?
The first application of this technology will be a platooning system that allows trucks to automatically follow each other at close distances while maintaining a safe distance between them. In addition to its all-electric zero-emission truck, Volvo Trucks plans to offer a hybrid version...
June 16, 2022
A Net-Zero Future?
The company is focused on revolutionizing freight procurement by building a more transparent industrywide network of shippers and logistics service providers. When asked about how the company approaches social, environmental and financial (triple-bottom-line) sustainability, Pope said...
May 17, 2022
Free Courses Here to Stay
The new curriculum is being offered as a pilot program by state officials who hope to expand it statewide if it proves successful. According to Buck, there is currently no standardized training program for truck driving licenses in Maine. The state has been working with local...
May 17, 2022
Bonus for the Empties
CMA CGM launched an “early return incentive program” to encourage shippers to bring empty shipping containers back to port facilities more quickly, saying the move will support U.S. exporters and expedite the flow of goods. The program will run from May 16 to July 15, with the goal...
May 17, 2022
The Northeast Needs Diesel, Too
The Northeast is facing a diesel shortage, and trucking companies are feeling the pinch. The sharp increase of diesel prices has been a major stressor in America’s $800 billion trucking industry since the beginning of 2022. When relief is coming isn’t yet clear, and experts say...
May 17, 2022
Port Growth Continues
The Port of Mobile is one of the fastest-growing ports in the country, with container volumes up nearly 50 percent in the past five years. The growth follows a string of investments that have been made to modernize and expand operations at Mobile World Congress over the last decade. In 2008...
May 17, 2022
Shipping’s Reality Check
It’s worth noting that the majority of the extra capacity that was added to meet demand during the holidays has now been removed, or will be taken out of service over the next...
April 26, 2022
COVID Changed the Game
The launch of the first standalone loop in the Pacific by Maersk Line and MSC reflects a growing trend by the two largest container carriers to expand capacity that’s not covered...
April 26, 2022
Time Hit Workers the Hardest
A “white list” has been announced, containing companies which are important producers of key components for the automotive and electronics industries, as well as a vital...
April 26, 2022
CSX’s Spring Layout
CSX announced it will continue the previously implemented hourly wage increases for all non-union employees and maintain the current management and professional pay until...
April 26, 2022
We Knew About Inflation - What’s It Causing?
The coming labor shortage isn’t just about the economy or demographics. It’s more about the immediate need to keep trucks on the road and continuing to serve customers in an industry...
April 26, 2022
Container Prices Dropping
Container prices are finally going down. Price averages have dropped 20% - this is because empties are piling up at the ports. There seems to be a shift from the price increase we spoke of back in March...
April 20, 2022
Crews to remove 5,000 containers from cargo ships stuck in Chesapeake Bay
Remember the Suez Canal incident from last year? Well its happening, again. While its not the 1B/ day burn that the Suez experienced, a ship in the Chesapeake Bay has been stuck...
April 11, 2022
The shipping container backlogs at East Cost ports are now bigger than those on the West Coast
New east vs west coast rivalry underway - not like how you think. While ports on the west coast are still busier than east coast ports, it seems like east coast ports are experiencing more backlogs...
April 11, 2022
Will the bullwhip do the Fed’s job on inflation?
Orders larger than sales? Call it a bullwhip. Basically more orders are coming in to help with future sales (which makes sense, you may want to have inventory on hand and go through...
April 11, 2022
# Shanghai lockdown: lines divert reefer containers, services
Shanghai is seeing massive lock downs due to new COVID restrictions. They’re so strict that truckers have to show a negative PCR test just to get into the port. Think about the time it takes to wait in line...
April 11, 2022
Shipping Giant Maersk is Launching An Airline
It looks like Maersk is making moves to tackle the ever growing logistics problem we have on our hands. By acquiring a shipping and air freight forwarder, this gives them the leeway to...
April 11, 2022
Commercial Driver's License Driving Academy aims to put dent in truck driver shortage
The academy is ready to do numbers! The CDL academy that is. Yellow Corp is looking to aid in the trucker recruitment...
April 5, 2022
About that “driver shortage”
Maybe there isn’t a driver shortage like we thought? Or we’re looking at the problem the wrong way - the industry may have enough drivers...
April 5, 2022
A trade port in the San Joaquin Valley means 100K new jobs, cleaner air, better shipping
Bipartisan issues seem to be rare these days, which makes the California Inland Port project a rarity in itself. With 99% of the funding coming from the private sector, this port project has the chance to make waves. With the inclusion of rail, electric and hydrogen-powered trucks...
April 5, 2022
Antitrust authorities block merger of container handling giants
A merger between two huge container equipment companies were cancelled this week. If the merger happened, it could’ve threatened free and fair markets, resulting in down stream effects to consumers. Container equipment is huge for ports across the nation as they’re customized...
April 5, 2022
Full Senate passes Ocean Shipping Reform Act
Although the measure has momentum, it remains unclear if there is enough time left in this Congress to complete action on the bill before lawmakers leave town at the end of next week to campaign for reelection. The House has already passed its version of the legislation by voice...
April 5, 2022
New supply chain risk: 22,000 dockworkers who could go on strike Copy
The negotiations are taking place as the pandemic has hammered U.S. imports, exacerbating tensions between labor and management...
March 29, 2022
DOT seeks staff increases to help issue new trucking regulations
According to FMCSA’s FY23 budget request, the agency plans to issue a notice of advanced rulemaking on unique identification for trucks and trailers. The plan is...
March 29, 2022
Trucking industry works to get drivers on the road again
The legislation does not mandate that carriers use apprenticeship programs, but rather allows companies to create their...
March 29, 2022
Higher shipping costs are fueling surge in inflation, IMF says
The World Bank noted that even though demand for container shipping has stabilized, it is not likely to surpass pre-pandemic levels...
March 29, 2022
Global Supply Lines Brace for Economic Storm to Widen
The Institute for Supply Management’s factory index dropped to 59.3 last month from 64.7 in January. While readings above 50...
March 29, 2022
Global shipping container bottlenecks and bunching set continue for 2022
One key factor is oil prices, which is a major commodity traded across borders. The sanctions have affected oil operations in Russia. This has resulted in disruption in...
March 29, 2022
Digital driver’s licenses and state IDs have landed, but only at Arizona airport
The announcement comes at a time when many businesses are either shutting down or operating at reduced capacity because of the coronavirus pandemic. With fewer people traveling and going out to eat, both Apple and Arizona could see an increase in digital ID usage as more people work from home. Digital documents are anything but new...
March 29, 2022
As fleets seek future drivers, TCA backs federal apprenticeship program
The program, announced in March, is aimed at training young drivers, who are currently barred by federal regulations from driving commercial trucks across state lines...
March 22, 2022
Meet a 25-year-old trucker who says there's 'not a trucker shortage, it's a pay shortage'
There's a growing shortage of drivers in the trucking industry and it could mean unpleasant side effects for you. The story is similar for many other industries that rely on truck transportation...
March 22, 2022
Ports of Long Beach and Los Angelas to Collect Clean Truck Fund fee Starting April
A $20 fee on round trips and 20-foot containers will be imposed if it's approved during public hearings this summer. But the Port of Long Beach will wait until the implementation of the surcharge at Los Angeles...
March 22, 2022
Can a governmnet-brokered supply chain exchange succeed?
The project is being led by the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Future of Privacy Forum. They are looking at creating an industry-wide standard that would give consumers a way to control their data in an easy manner. Right now the most obvious way consumers...
March 21, 2022
McKinsey: shippers could get creative as congestion continues
For carriers to be more proactive, shippers will have to provide them with more information about their cargo. Shippers can be reluctant to share commercial details with carriers, but in a world where the first company to market...
March 16, 2022
An oil price rally is bad. A diesel crisis is worse
As the fuel of transportation, the price rally will hit everyone, adding to inflationary pressures that are already running at a multi-decade high. Global oil demand hasn't yet reached its pre-pandemic level, but diesel consumption has hit a record...
March 16, 2022
National Trend: Construction Industry Adds 60,000 Jobs, Wages Up 6%
Construction jobs in the US has increased by 60K in the last month! Hourly employees are seeing higher wages on average, falling in line with...
March 13, 2022
Russia's war on Ukraine could triple ocean shipping rates to $30,000 per container
In addition to rocketing oil prices, be ready for the increase in container prices. We all know that prices went up during the pandemic...
March 8, 2022
Port of Vancouver opens temporary 40-acre container storage facility
Ever need a 40-acre container storage facility? The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority created just that. As Canada’s largest port...
March 8, 2022
Port Authority hoists revenue to Bt15.6 billion in 2021
Thailand has increased earnings in their state-run Port Authority, with record setting revenues of 15.613 billion...
March 8, 2022
Survey reveals top global risks for construction
As the pandemic continues supply chains hiccups are still globally present. Sourcing materials is still a challenging feet due...
March 8, 2022
Digital ecosystems: Improving efficiency in the construction industry
Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering has developed a new platform that aids in infrastructure projects. The point of emphasis is geared towards...
March 7, 2022
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