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The editors of DC VELOCITY magazine bring you weekly updates on logistics, material handling, and supply chain news.

Logistics Matters with DC VELOCITY AGiLE Business Media

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The editors of DC VELOCITY magazine bring you weekly updates on logistics, material handling, and supply chain news.

    Guest: Tom Nightingale of AFS Logistics on freight markets in Q3; Changes at the Postal Service; Inflation continues to nag at supply chains

    Guest: Tom Nightingale of AFS Logistics on freight markets in Q3; Changes at the Postal Service; Inflation continues to nag at supply chains

    Our guest on this week's episode is  Tom Nightingale, CEO at AFS Logistics. He addresses how inflation, fuel surcharges, and other economic pressures are affecting freight markets. He offers perspective on Q3 performance and what to expect for freight as we head into peak season.

    The recent changes at the U.S. Postal Service are reflected in its latest earnings report. One of the new changes just announced this week is a new rate increase. What do the numbers show and how do they reflect the overall economy?

    Inflation continues to irritate our supply chains. It is the number one concern of procurement professionals. What strategies are they using to deal with higher costs?


    DC Velocity's sister publication CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly  offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane.  It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The second season has now launched and focuses on supply chain digitalization.  Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe.


    Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:
    AFS LogisticsPostal Service Quarterly loss increases due to pandemic trends and price inflationProcurement pros say inflation is top concernVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Visit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastSend feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by:  Schneider
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    • 21 min
    Guest: Kenny Vieth of ACT Research on the looming recession and freight markets; 5G gets a boost with logistics; New research on ERP implementations

    Guest: Kenny Vieth of ACT Research on the looming recession and freight markets; 5G gets a boost with logistics; New research on ERP implementations

    Our guest on this week's episode is  Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst at Americas Commercial Transportation Research Company - better known as ACT Research. He discusses his company's predictions of an economic recession in the first half of 2023 and how the trucking industry is already teetering on recession. What does this mean for freight markets, and what can companies do to survive and then prepare to thrive once the recession ends?

    Logistics firms are adopting 5G technology, but in a different way than consumers. Instead, they are  implementing private 5G networks that cover only their facility or port area. These secure networks provide fast data processing throughout the property.

    New research reveals how many companies are looking at their ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems and what they want and expect from ERP vendors. Findings show it is very important to find a strategic long-term partner to help with implementation and ongoing support.


    DC Velocity's sister publication CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly  offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane.  It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The second season has now launched and focuses on supply chain digitalization.  Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe.


    Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:
    Profit.coTrade groups applaud executive order on rail talksNearly nine out of 10 online shoppers will abandon their virtual shopping carts if they see poor delivery termsVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Visit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastSend feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by:  Schneider
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    • 20 min
    Guest: Chris Shimoda of the California Trucking Association on AB5; The FRA rules on train crew size; Supply chain disruptions might have been worse than we thought

    Guest: Chris Shimoda of the California Trucking Association on AB5; The FRA rules on train crew size; Supply chain disruptions might have been worse than we thought

    Our guest on this week's episode is  Chris Shimoda, vice president of government affairs for the California Trucking Association. He is here to discuss California's Assembly Bill #5, better known as AB5. Until just a couple of weeks ago, the law had been tied up in appeals since it was passed in 2019, but it could soon go into enforcement. Essentially, it redefines contract workers' status in California. The problem for supply chains is that it forces many independent drivers to be considered employees of the companies they service - whether they want to be or not. Most of the opposition in the industry has been from owner-operators who want to remain independent to run their own trucks. Shimoda also discusses the potential impacts of proposed environmental regulations in California that would force  trucks with  internal combustion engines off the state's roads as early as 2024.  He speaks with Senior Editor Victoria Kickham.

    The Federal Railroad Administration has proposed a regulation to require a minimum of two operators in each railroad locomotive cab. It's a controversial regulation, as with today's safety systems many railroad operators feel it is redundant to have a second operator in the cab. The government says it is intended to further secure safety on the rails.

    This past year was marked by supply chain disruptions. A new study now shows that those disruptions, year over year, may have actually been worse than we thought. The study examined 400 different types of disruptions across more than 100 million sources of information. It revealed a huge increase in disruptions during the first half of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. We reveal what types of disruptions were most common.

    DC Velocity's sister publication CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly  offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane.  It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The second season has now launched and focuses on supply chain digitalization.  Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe.


    Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:
    California Trucking AssociationFRA revives crew redundancy requirement for train staffingSupply chain disruptions up 46% year over yearVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Visit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastSend feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by: Honeywell Intelligrated
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    • 26 min
    Guest: Senthil Rajagopalan of Profit.co on the bullwhip effect of supply chains; Executive action taken to resolve rail labor disputes; Research shows good last-mile delivery builds customer loyalty

    Guest: Senthil Rajagopalan of Profit.co on the bullwhip effect of supply chains; Executive action taken to resolve rail labor disputes; Research shows good last-mile delivery builds customer loyalty

    Our guest on this week's episode is  Senthil Rajagopalan, president and COO of Profit.co.
    When consumer demand goes up sharply, manufacturers ramp up production to meet that demand. But it does not all happen at once. Often, they produce more than is needed and not always with the right timing. That creates a bullwhip effect for our supply chains. Rajagopalan discusses the impacts of the bullwhip effect with Senior News Editor Ben Ames.

    Supply chains bottlenecks have not only been created by supply shortages, labor situations have also caused major problems. This week, the Biden Administration took action to create a Presidential Emergency Board to help resolve labor disputes between freight railroads and rail labor organizations. We hear how industry groups are reacting. We also discuss other labor situations, including ongoing labor negotiations at  West Coast ports and the fallout from the AB5 labor ruling in California.

    We all know that good  service produces loyal customers. New research points out just how much consumers care about how their last mile deliveries are made and how it those experiences influence their future purchasing behavior.

    DC Velocity's sister publication CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly  offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane.  It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The second season has now launched and focuses on supply chain digitalization.  Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe.


    Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:
    Profit.coTrade groups applaud executive order on rail talksNearly nine out of 10 online shoppers will abandon their virtual shopping carts if they see poor delivery termsVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Visit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastSend feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by: Honeywell Intelligrated
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    About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

    • 25 min
    Guest: Ian Kahn of the Futuracy Group on supply chain jobs of the future; Logistics has changed in Ukraine; East Coast ports report record business

    Guest: Ian Kahn of the Futuracy Group on supply chain jobs of the future; Logistics has changed in Ukraine; East Coast ports report record business

    Our guest on this week's episode is Ian Kahn, writer, futurist, and founder of The Futuracy Group consulting organization. He is also a CNN Technology Futurist, a contributor to Forbes, Business.com, Entrepreneur, and Accounting Web. The importance of supply chains has been shown during the past few months, and it really is the people behind them that make the difference. How will working in supply chains, and work in general, change to meet the challenges of technology and needs? What skills will be required for supply chain jobs of the future?

    The Russian Invasion of Ukraine has certainly affected the movement of goods within Ukraine. Logistics Plus is one American company that is working in Ukraine to keep products flowing and also to transport much needed humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine. We find out what they are doing and the challenges this logistics organization faces in that war-torn nation.

    With uncertainty over the labor situation at West Coast ports, many shippers are diverting cargo to East Coast and Gulf Coast ports. How have these other ports responded to the increasing demand?

    DC Velocity's sister publication CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly  offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane.  It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The second season has now launched and focuses on supply chain digitalization.  Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe.


    Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:
    Contact Ian Kahn and the Futuracy GroupLogistics PlusLogistics Plus acquires Ukrainian freight forwarder to expand footprint in embattled nationContainerPort Group expands trucking capacity with launch of Bristol TransportationTrade shifts East as West Coast ports negotiations continueVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Visit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastSend feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by: Honeywell Intelligrated
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    About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

    • 21 min
    Guest: Chris Tang of UCLA on product and supply shortages; LTL executives share business concerns; California's AB5 labor law may soon go into effect

    Guest: Chris Tang of UCLA on product and supply shortages; LTL executives share business concerns; California's AB5 labor law may soon go into effect

    Our guest on this week's episode is Christopher Tang, the UCLA distinguished professor and Edward W. Carter Chair in Business Administration and also the faculty director of UCLA's Center for Global Management. We have all seen product shortages this summer, including a well-publicized shortage of infant meal formula. Professor Tang discusses what is causing shortages, both from supply chain issues and domestic supply problems, and what steps companies can take to mitigate future risks to their product supplies.

    Attendees at this week's SMC3 Connections conference in San Diego discussed many issues facing transportation companies. Executives of less-than-truckload (LTL) companies pointed out that inflation and labor issues are their biggest concerns. We find out what they had to say and what remedies might work and which probably will not work.

    This week the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear a challenge to California's controversial AB5 law, which was approved in 2019 but has been stuck in appeals courts ever since. The law requires transportation and delivery companies (as well as Uber and Lyft) to treat drivers as employees instead of contract workers. This sets the stage for the law to now take effect. How will this affect trucking firms and will other states adopt similar legislation?

    DC Velocity's sister publication CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly  offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane.  It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The second season has now launched and focuses on supply chain digitalization.  Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe.


    Articles and resources mentioned in this episode:
    UCLA Center for Global ManagementLogistics industry is skeptical of proposed gas tax holidayInflation and labor challenges top LTL business leaders concernsLabor groups cheer Supreme Court decisions to let AB5 standVisit DCVelocity.com for the latest news. Visit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastSend feedback about this podcast to podcast@dcvelocity.com.Podcast sponsored by: Honeywell Intelligrated
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    About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

    • 24 min

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An excellent resource!

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