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UPS Technology to save $75 million per year in 2020

UPS Technology to save $75 million per year in 2020

As part of UPS’s On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation (ORION), delivery drivers will now have increased navigation visibility through the newly implemented UPSNav. This tool not only assists drivers with turn-by-turn directions, but also reduces fuel consumption, miles driven, and carbon emissions. Customers will inevitably benefit as the technology provides a streamlined approach and reduction in wasted resources.

“UPSNav is not a conventional navigation platform like those that guide most drivers in their personal vehicles from the front door of Address A to the front door Address B,” said Juan Perez, UPS Chief Information and Engineering Officer. “UPS drivers make an average of 125 stops each day. They often drive to obscure customer locations that aren’t visible from the main road. UPSNav was built for a heavy and complex UPS workload.”

The decision to implement followed a successful pilot of the tool which is estimated to save UPS up to $75 million a year. The full deployment is currently anticipated for 2020.

“I recently traveled to North Carolina to assist with package deliveries after Hurricane Florence and was assigned to a route I’d never driven before,” said Dylan Addis, a UPS delivery supervisor based near Atlanta. “But UPSNav showed me the way for every stop, and I was able to make deliveries almost as easily as I do back home.”

“This is a major advancement for UPS routing and navigation technology. It’s been very impactful,” said Jack Levis, senior program director at UPS. “The route efficiencies are undeniable, and we’re saving training costs, too. Our drivers will have the best suite of route optimization and navigation technologies in the industry.”

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A. Duie Pyle Expands Emissions-Free Efforts

The New York metro and Long Island regions will soon be serviced by two 100 percent electric FUSO eCanter trucks recently implemented by A. Duie Pyle – premier provider of asset and non-asset transportation and supply chain solutions. The company is one of the first in the United States to operate the world’s first fully electric-powered medium-duty truck.

“We are proud to be partnering with A. Duie Pyle to employ the first few of the FUSO eCanter trucks that are in operation here in the U.S. and other world markets,” said Bill Lyons, Vice President, Sales Operations at Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. “We are aware of Pyle’s significant contribution to sustainable practices, and value partnering with companies who do so. We are excited to see the positive impact these trucks have on not only Pyle’s fleet, but our environment as well.”

This green addition to A. Duie Pyle’s Bronx service center supports the company’s Environmentally Conscious Operation (ECO) Program which aims to incorporate sustainable practices into operations. Additional efforts to support the program include a 1 megawatt, 100 percent solar powered warehouse, paperless dock management and handheld systems, and electric forklifts.

“Sustainability efforts are a key component to Pyle’s continued success as an organization,” said John Luciani, COO of LTL Services at A. Duie Pyle. “Having successfully implemented sustainable practices both small and large across our company, adding electric trucks to our fleet was a much-anticipated goal for the future. We are excited to introduce this groundbreaking technology into our operations.”

Environmentally-Friendly Locomotive to Enhance Quality of Life in Stockton

A new EPA Tier-4 compliant locomotive built by Knoxville Locomotive Works was unveiled today by privately held transportation service company, OmniTRAX and the Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad (STE).

“This new state-of-the-art locomotive is the result of hard work by many individuals from the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Central District, OmniTRAX, KLW and other stakeholders, and will enhance the quality of life in Stockton and nearby communities. The Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad wouldn’t have been able to replace its old locomotive without their determined effort,” said Kevin Shuba, CEO of OmniTRAX.

The new unit’s energy efficiencies support the overall goal of the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Central District’s (UAPCD) Locomotive Program that provided a grant for the purchase. UAPCD’s grant program provides funds for the replacement of older locomotives for newer, environmentally-friendly ones.

“Despite major reductions in emissions, the Valley continues to face difficult challenges in meeting federal air-quality standards,” said Samir Sheikh, the Executive Director / Air Pollution Control Officer of the Valley Air District. “It will be difficult for the Valley to attain the standards for ozone and particulates without these innovative low-emission locomotive projects.”

“This project is a major step in our efforts throughout the Valley to improve public health through financial incentives to reduce pollution.” “Improving the health and quality of life in disadvantaged communities such as around the Port of Stockton is important to me and the Air District,” said Stockton City Councilmember and Valley Air District Governing Board Member Christina Fugazi.

Forbes Recognizes Hub Group in 2019 List of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers

Leading supply chain solutions provider Hub Group has made the Forbes List of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers for the second time in a row, placing at number 18 out of 500 companies in the Transportation and Logistics category.

This list highlights companies that support a culture that makes employees feel secure, understood, needed and inspired. Hub Group placed number 22 overall in 2018.

An anonymous employment recommendation and satisfaction survey conducted on over 30,000 employees determines which companies make the final list. The consecutive recognition reiterates the company’s focus on employee wellness and growth through mentorship and career advancement training, and rewarding its top talent.

The company currently has 4,377 employees and is the only transportation and logistics company listed within the first 50 in the overall list. Landstar System and USA Truck are the only other companies that made it within the first 50 placements with the same category.

“We believe the employees of Hub Group are our most valuable asset. We are continuously evaluating and improving our strategy for employee engagement through training, professional development programs and internal growth. Our goal is to encourage a corporate culture that is collaborative, empowering and inclusive,” said David Yeager, Hub Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are honored to be recognized by Forbes two years in a row.”

Transplace Earns Challenger Position by Gartner Inc.

Gartner Inc. confirmed the inclusion of leading logistics solutions provider, Transplace as a Challenger for the 2019 “Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems.” The company’s robust portfolio offers top grade technology solutions for companies both large and small, creating streamlined operations with a strategic approach.

“Companies are constantly seeking new ways to improve supply chain performance and reduce costs while maintaining high levels of service to increasingly demanding customers, and today’s technology solutions that give them greater visibility, predictability and control over their logistics operations than ever before,” said Jim French, CTO, Transplace.

“We believe our positioning in the Challengers quadrant by Gartner continues to validate Transplace’s commitment to provide innovative transportation management solutions that enable shippers to better manage their transportation networks, improve financial performance and deliver outstanding service to their customers.”

Transplace’s transportation management services are credited for supporting businesses in manufacturing, retail, automotive, chemical, distribution and more, ultimately increasing visibility while improving efficiencies.

“As the supply chain continues to become faster and more complex, shippers need technology and logistics platforms that enable them to more effectively plan and execute a strategic, data-driven logistics strategy,”
Transplace CEO Frank McGuigan said. “Transplace continues to invest in its logistics solutions and services, including integrating machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive analytics, to achieve greater supply chain automation, optimization, predictability and visibility.”


Generations of experts provide education and hands-on experiences that help shape key logistics leaders before they step into the complex and competitive industry. In North America, the matter is not about the number of programs available but which ones encompass the highest levels of post-grad employment, company networking opportunities, and competitive knowledge.

Global Trade magazine vetted the nation’s top programs the next generation of logistics leaders are leveraging and listed the main reasons they are the five leading MBA logistics programs of 2019.

Michigan State Broad College of Business

Coming in with a reputation as one of the top-ranked programs in the world, as well as the No. 1 supply-chain school, Michigan State’s Broad College of Business breaks new ground through the use of real-world learning approaches and hands-on experiences with the program’s notable IBM On-Demand Supply Chain Laboratory. This program prepares students for global industries relating to procurement, manufacturing, inventory management, warehousing, logistics and transportation.

The Department of Supply Chain Management (SCM) at Michigan State boasts a unique Supply Chain Management Council aimed at supporting teaching, research and business of the faculty and student body. With around 40 council members, the member body consists of executives from leading companies such as Boeing, Ford, Intel, Union Pacific, General Motors and more.

At the onset of the MBA program, students are paired with a second-year MBA coach who walks them through real-life experiences, preparing for situations through resume and cover-letter reviews, elevator-pitch practice, mock interviews and workshops. The aim of the program is to not only prepare students for career success but to make professional goals a reality sooner than later. A reported 85 percent of students were accepted by employers three months after graduation.

Penn State Smeal College of Business

Globally ranked at No. 7 by The Economist in 2018 and No. 10 for academic excellence, the Penn State MBA program takes students through a rigorous two-year educational experience that shapes and prepares them to step into the competitive world of logistics one step ahead of the rest with extensive knowledge and an impressive resume. The program is led by a team of award-winning teachers, researchers, and authors who will guide, support and highlight the elements of experiential learning.

The program is known for attracting leading companies such as Amazon, Johnson & Johnson and IBM through the program’s recruitment management system that works to connect students with the best internship and post-grad opportunities. Statistics hosted on the school’s website report that 94 percent of students hold one or more offers within three months of graduating.

“Our mission is to make it as easy as possible for leading companies to connect with Penn State Smeal MBAs,” states Paul Poissant, director of Employer Relations, on the program’s website. “Because of the size of our program, we have the ability to work with individual companies in highly tailored ways, providing an environment where organizations are to get what they need and students are ideally positioned to stand out.”

Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management

Shaping managers for globally leading supply chain companies, Purdue’s Krannert School of Management offers an opportunity to tap into emerging technology markets that spark an advantageous head start on career success with its Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management (MSGSCM). Through the STEM certified program, robust curriculum challenges students with global complexities, preparing them to develop strategies to overcome real-world challenges and roadblocks in the logistics and supply chain industries.

Additionally,  Caterpillar, Kimberly Clark and Cummins Inc. are among the major employers that connect with students upon completion of the strategic program. This special program was specifically designed for students looking to develop a robust career in global procurement, global operations, logistics, supply chains, transportation and more.

Students of the program are also given study abroad opportunities, project courses and international internship experience.

Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey Department of Supply Chain Management

Bragging a consistent national top five ranking by U.S. News & World Report, the W.P. Carey School of Business is known for its leading, globally recognized faculty and attracting companies such as Apple, Amazon and Facebook for post-graduate career opportunities.

Additionally, the program’s faculty members’ work can be found in media outlets like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, USA Today, CNN and NPR.

The STEM certified program features a small classroom setting, promoting closer relationships among peers and professors with a focus on quantitative analysis, data and modeling, and lead data-driven analyses. This program promotes the development of a multifaceted approach to global supply chain management while teaching the importance of accurately managing complex data.

University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business

Making the top 10 list for nationally recognized supply chain management programs, Haslam’s MBA program grants students the opportunity to work within the supply-chain concentration in their second semester.

The program hosts a prestigious Scholars of Distinction that honors top-performing supply chain management majors. Participation in the Scholars of Distinction unlocks a plethora of opportunities for students to network and experience hands-on development sessions to prepare them for the real world of supply-chain management. The program also prides itself in its dedicated recruiting team that helps facilitate student placements while also providing Scholars of Distinction exclusive recruiting opportunities with leading companies.

The program’s Global Supply Chain Institute is another huge advantage of the Haslam’s program as it provides leading research initiatives to globally recognized companies in an effort to maximize the industry’s strategies. This institute serves as a two-way opportunity for the industry and students as the program aims to educate and inform of the best ways to approach, maintain and create leading initiatives in supply-chain management by taking the lessons and research outside of the classroom and into the minds of leading professionals that can foster growth in new and innovative ways across the spectrum.

South Carolina Confirmed for DHL Commerce Park

Q1 2020 is the official completion date set for one of the three buildings to make up the DHL Commerce Park in Dorchester County, South Carolina. The company confirmed last week the $100 million investment will comprise of three buildings making up the entirety of DHL Commerce Park, creating a massive warehouse and distribution park spanning 1.7 million square feet to support efforts focused on port-related logistics.

“We have seen significant growth in this area of the country and customers are even asking us to evaluate opportunities in South Carolina specifically,” said Steve Hess, Vice President, Real Estate Development, DHL Supply Chain. “With that in mind, we got ahead of the curve to offer premier facilities in one of the hottest emerging markets in the country.”

An estimated 450 jobs are projected to come from the investment as the completion and opening of DHL Commerce Park will be done in phases. DHL Real Estate Solutions is a standalone product directly involved in the production of the project by providing specific real estate solutions.

“South Carolina Ports Authority is seeing significant distribution center and warehousing activity in our region, driven by port users who rely on our marine and inland facilities to handle growing import volumes bound for consumers across the Southeast,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “DHL Supply Chain will play an important role in supporting the logistics needs of multiple port-related business segments, and we look forward to the opening of their new facility.”

“With a favorable geographic location and robust port and infrastructure assets, South Carolina offers unparalleled global connectivity,” said Bobby Hitt, South Carolina Secretary of Commerce. “This $100 million investment by DHL Supply Chain is a testament to our unique ability to move products around the world, and I congratulate this great company on this tremendous announcement.”

BYD Opens San Carlos Service Center

Known as “The Official Sponsor of Mother Nature” and the world’s leading electric vehicle company, Build Your Dreams (BYD), announced the opening of its newest North American service center in San Carlos, California last week. The expansion adds to the more than $250 million the company has already invested in the North American region.

With its double-bay and warehouse center equipped facility spanning 15,600 square feet, the new service center will provide added support for customers seeking quick access to parts, services, and maintenance for its buses and trucks which include the 30-foot K7M, the 35-foot K9S, 40-foot K9M transit buses, the 23-foot C6 coach, the 35-foot C8 coach, and BYD’s 45-foot double-deck bus, C10MS.

Transportation agencies in BYD’s customer portfolio that will benefit from the service center include agencies such as Marin Transit, Napa Valley Vine Transit, Solano County’s Soltrans, Fresno County’s Rural Transit Agency, Tri Delta Transit, and Monterey-Salinas Transit.

Other industries involved within the company’s robust customer portfolio include global tech companies and universities in the Bay Area and Central California regions.

“With more than 100 BYD buses operating in the Bay Area, BYD wants to make sure our customers receive quick, expert care,” said Bobby Hill, BYD Vice President, Coach & Bus. “BYD is committed to top-quality customer care.”

Containerized Shipping of U.S. Soybeans Spikes in Asian Countries

A recent report from the Illinois Soybean Association and the Federal Grain Inspection Service reveal containers shipping soybeans to Asian regions has spiked by 40 percent since 2014-2015.

Primarily led by Indonesian purchases, containerized shipping is experiencing an overall increase in demand for shipping U.S. soybeans to the specified region and shows no signs of slowing down. Additional information noted that container shipments of soybeans are expected to increase by 18 percent through August 31.

“Wider use of containers, thanks to the huge supply of empties in the Chicago area, has resulted in industry investments to increase the visibility and viability of this option,” said Eric Woodie, a trade analyst with the ISA checkoff program.

“There’s a major opportunity to take advantage of empty containers sitting idly in the U.S. and return them to export markets with soybeans. Not only does this help alleviate a significant problem in global trade, but it offers great value to international buyers, soybean exporters and Illinois farmers.”

Countries listed with the highest containerized soybean shipping include Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Indonesia is reported as the top buyer with a total of 1.4 million tons of soybean shipments. This method of shipping provides smaller companies the ability to minimize inventory investments while preventing lengthy delivery times, ultimately supporting added preservation.

Militzer & Münch Continues European Expansion

With continuing efforts towards warehousing in Bulgaria and a new logistics terminal in the near future for its Paris, France branch, global air and sea freight service provider Militzer & Münch shows no signs of slowing down expansion initiatives on the New Silk Road as demand continues to increase, particularly in Southern and Eastern Europe.

“It is important that we adapt to the changing market and position ourselves clearly,” says Guillaume de Laage de Meux, Member of the Board of Directors of M&M Militzer & Münch International Holding AG. “We aim to grow with the change and to further increase our flexibility. This also includes taking into consideration regional features, and positioning the Group sustainably in niche markets as well as in established markets.”

Upon completion of construction for the Bulgarian logistics facility, cross docking, interim storage and faster customizing and distribution will be offered. Additionally, beginning in July of this year, the company’s France location will move to a larger warehouse offering a 60 percent area increase and 25 loading doors, solving the issue of space constraints at the current warehouse.

“We are working on further expanding our logistics services along the Silk Road. Belarus is a major hub between Asia and Europe,” says Guillaume de Laage de Meux. “In Belarus, we handle transport orders with our own truck fleet. We also offer air and sea transports, customs clearance and hazardous goods and heavy lift transports.”

The company has reported additional expansion efforts in regions such as Greece, Turkey and Belarus. In 2018, the Greece branch relocated to a 13,600 square meter distribution area around the same time the Turkey branch rented a new warehouse offering trans-shipping and other various logistics services.

“With the move, the Militzer & Münch Paris branch can assure the smooth handling of all traffics and also has space available for new customer business”, Guillaume de Laage de Meux says. “The additional capacities are to further boost the growth of Militzer & Münch France over the next years.”