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Trending Transportation Updates: June 2019

There were many new and exciting updates in the shipping industry last month. Check out some of the top stories and transportation updates in June!

Transportation Updates: June

Roadcheck 2019 Reveals Violations

The International Roadcheck 2019 is the largest inspection on the commercial motor vehicles in North America. This year, a 72-hour truck review took place from June 4th to June 6th. The theme of inspection is steering and suspension systems. According to the recent news, hundreds of drivers and trucks are now out of service due to uncovered violations. Despite the inspection, many drivers were understanding and thankful for safety efforts. Read more here.

US Supreme Court declines to accept the challenge to steel tariffs

After President Trump approved the new steel tariffs, the representatives brought the challenge to the Supreme Court because of the tariffs being ‘unconstitutional’. For now, the Court refused to accept the challenge. “It is rare for the Supreme Court to agree to hear a case before a ruling by the Court of Appeals, and our appeal will now be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit,” Alan Morrison, the counsel of record for the case, told Supply Chain Dive in an email. “We continue to believe that we have a strong legal case that Section 232 is unconstitutional”-, said Tim Meyer, the law professor at Vanderbilt University and counsel for the petitioners. Read more here.

H&M will be the first company to test Maersk’s carbon neutral biofuel

Over the recent year, Maersk has been working on the development of the carbon-neutral biofuel to reduce carbon footprint. It was announced that H&M is the first company to participate. The tested biofuel consists of used cooking oil and heavy oil, and according to Maersk, reduces emissions by 85 percent compared to regular bunker fuel. Read more here.

The US declares tariffs on all imports from Mexico effective June 10

According to a statement from President Donald Trump, the U.S. will force tariffs of 5% on all goods imported from Mexico starting June 10. The decision is meant to address an immigrational issue or ‘an emergency at the Southern Border’. President Trump stated that is Mexico will not reduce the number of immigrants entering the States, the tariffs will rise by 25 percent by October. Read more here.

3PL Trends That Are Shaping the Logistics Industry

Third-party logistics providers already make a big impact on the transportation industry today. According to surveys, the amount of 3PLs users is growing and has reached 81 percent for domestic transportation in 2018. There is no surprise that fast and convenient shipping is a must for a company’s success. Demands for delivery rates and customer service rise every day. Therefore, efficient transportation management and awareness of 3PL trends become crucial to stay in the game.

There is a boiling competition between 3PL providers to stay ahead of trends on the market and in the industry. As big players like Amazon set the shipping standards higher and higher, third-party logistics services must apply smart technologies and follow the trends to keep moving forward.

Here are the main 3PL trends that companies should focus on in order to enhance their service and capabilities:

Value-added services and transparency

One of the most influential and enduring trends in 3PLs’ future is effective communication with clients. No business today survives only on a good product or technology — customer service is vital for building brand identity and obtaining loyal partners.

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Unorganized and complicated transportation management is reasonably outdated, so transparency and value-added services will become more prevalent in the upcoming years. Free audits, forecasts, list of available services, and freight visibility will increase customers’ confidence level, giving you a primary advantage over the competitors.

Analytics and automation

Year after year, it becomes more relevant and needed, and 3PLs need to invest in new technologies to keep an eye on insights and have more accountability and information for boosting sales. New technology helps bring more consistency to the supply chain, and automation is essential for operating the logistics process. The decrease of labor-intensive tasks and cut of manual work involvement causes faster and more efficient production. 3PLs should utilize technologies that will fill in the current gaps in the chain, from transportation management systems to self-driven vehicles.

Investing in last-mile delivery

We all have to confess that shipping giants like UPS and Amazon are setting the trends for the industry. At this point, they have already developed specialized services for quick and reliable delivery directly to the customer. Last-mile delivery is the final element of the shipping process that leaves a certain impression about the shipping provider in the customer’s mind. Even if someone else failed, you are responsible for the consequences and customers’ experience. Investing in better service and technology to improve the last step of shipping is vital.

There is no doubt that 3PLs are in demand, but this also means an increase in the competition. Technology continues to advance. This means companies integrate their shipping process and supply chains. Ultimately, new trends will come into focus throughout 2019 and into the future.

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