We’ve rounded up the top 5 news stories from March that are impacting the transportation industry.
Delays from the Snowy Winter: More than 70% of the nation’s roads are in snowy regions. Winter weather is finally fading, but the snow storms caused major shipping delays.
West Coast Begins to Clear Ports: Congestion at the busiest West Coast seaports began to unwind after a February 20 resolution to a long labor dispute. Officials have declared it will take as long as 3 months to clear the backlog.
Pool Created to Tackle West Coast Shortage: 3 of the largest intermodal chassis owners said they have begun operating a pool at the nation’s 2 largest Western ports to improve trucking operations. While chassis use is being pooled, each of the company’s providing the equipment will set their own rates and terms.
Truck Market is Great, Besides Shortage: Truckload fleets are experiencing a truly great environment; good economy, high rates, low fuel prices. Except there is still a driver shortage, which is affecting everyone.
Smart Containers Coming: The industry’s first smart containers are coming. With this improved technology, a supply chain manager can learn in real-time the containers location, temperature, regulatory status and more.