DC VELOCITY - For parcel shippers and carriers alike, the holiday season is a grueling stress test. Many retailers ship the majority of their orders in the last two months of the year, ramping up daily volumes and straining carriers' capacity. Order volumes spike and backlogs develop, causing Aunt Nelly's sweater or Timmy's chemistry kit to arrive sometime after Christmas. By...

INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL - The rise of e-commerce, technology and big data has brought big changes to the retail industry—and big opportunities for Carmel-based software and consulting company enVista LLC. The privately held enVista, founded in 2002 by Jim Barnes and John Stitz, started as a two-person operation with first-year revenue of $1.4 million. Through organic growth, enVista now has some 535...

Freight Waves - The 2019 rate increases announced earlier this week by shipping and logistics giant FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX) contains a stark message for shippers: Easily conveyed packages will see relatively modest increases. Heavier, outsized and less conveyor-friendly shipments, by contrast, will not. The headline numbers show a 4.9 percent increase for shipments moving via FedEx Express and...

Talking Logistics - By Geoff Milsom - Why do transportation management systems (TMS) implementations get off track? When the implementation team doesn’t know what they don’t know. A TMS can be implemented successfully, on-time and within budget, but it takes a lot of planning and subject matter expertise, not just around the software, but around the business case, transportation operations, upstream and downstream business...

PARCEL - By Kaitlyn Parsons - As everyone knows, the price of fuel has been, and will likely continue to be, on the rise. The increases/fluctuations in jet fuel and highway diesel prices contribute to more than just carriers’ fuel tables. Back in February 2017, the fuel table calculations were changed from monthly to weekly. This allowed for fluctuations in surcharges...

Food Logistics - By LARA L. SOWINSKI - Despite the disparate levels of sophistication between cold chains in developed markets versus those in emerging ones, the common goals are generally the same: maintain food safety standards and protect brand reputation, reduce operating costs, and keep pace with changing consumer demands, which includes online grocery shopping and home delivery. The cold storage sector is tasked...

Modern Materials Handling - When Luxottica Group S.p.A. decided to build a new 713,000-square-foot distribution center in McDonough, Ga., the Italian manufacturer and retailer of eyewear, accessories and fashion had three primary goals, according to Massimo Sapone, the senior vice president of logistics and planning for North America. The first was to consolidate locations in Georgia, Ohio and California into one North...

Transport Topics - The head of Daimler Trucks has questioned, but not completely written off, the business case for heavy-duty truck platooning in light of other emerging technologies and fuel gains from new combination vehicles operating independently. Tests using combinations of the latest aerodynamic tractors and trailers showed the gains in miles per gallon were “not as high as expected,” said...