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

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


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








Guest: Yatish Desai of KPMG on preparing for holiday peaks: The Biden administration tackles port congestion; Will freight rates stabilize in Q4?

In this episode, our guest is Yatish Desai, a principal at KPMG Supply Chain and Operations. As the holiday season approaches, shippers and carriers both are preparing for a season of disruption building upon the current chaos within supply chains. Desai talks about how shippers can prepare for increased delays and how modeling and planning can smooth the rough parts of their supply chains. This week the Biden administration met with representatives from the Ports of LA and Long Beach to...


Guest: Attorney Steve Bell discusses the legalities of vaccine mandates; Consumers show little patience for supply chain disruptions; A report from the MHI Annual Conference

In this episode, our guest is Steve Bell, an attorney for the law firm of Dorsey and Whitney LLC. Steve specializes in labor and employment practice and is here to discuss the ramifications of the Biden administration's new Covid-19 vaccination mandates for federal employees and companies with more the 100 workers. What are the requirements and when are they expected to go into effect? Will these mandates survive the many legal challenges they will face? Steve is here to give us his insights...


Guest: Doug Schrier of Transflo on automating non-driving trucking tasks; Are supply chain disruptions here to stay?; Solutions for handling returns.

In this episode, our guest is Doug Schrier, senior vice president of strategy at Transflo. While we know that automated trucks are coming someday, many may not be aware of the behind-the-scenes automation available today to keep the trucking industry moving forward. Artificial intelligence and machine learning help companies automate many of the industry's non-driving tasks. Consumers are all too aware of the shortages and supply chain problems we have all experienced and many are feeling...


Guest: Ellen Voie of Women in Trucking discusses the roles of women in the trucking industry; Tight freight capacity will be with us for some time; More opportunities for women in supply chain positions

In this episode, our guest is Ellen Voie, President, CEO, and Founder of Women in Trucking. She discusses how her organization works to attract women into the trucking industry. She shares what barriers remain and how the industry can help to overcome them to open their truck doors to more women drivers. As any shipper knows, tight capacity remains in the freight markets — and it looks like this situation will be with us for quite some time to come. What are some of the creative things...


Guest: Gary Master, DC Velocity publisher, on the current state of our supply chains; Seasonal peaks are coming without the labor needed to fill them; It's time to thank a trucker

In this episode, our guest is DC Velocity Publisher Gary Master. Supply chains everywhere are experiencing disruptions. It really is a mess out there. Gary talks about the current state of supply chains and identifies some of the trouble spots. He also discusses the CSCMP EDGE conference coming up this week in Atlanta which will provide professionals with a perfect opportunity to address many of these supply chain challenges. Labor continues to be tight right now with many job openings...


Guest: Steve Denton of Ware2Go on rising freight costs; The LMI index shows strong logistics sector growth; The continuing effects of Hurricane Ida

In this episode, our guest is Steve Denton, CEO of Ware2Go, a UPS company. All businesses have been affected by Covid-19 during the past year and a half, but merchants and retailers have experienced more ups and downs than many. One of the more challenging problems is the rising cost of transportation for their goods. With peak season approaching, how will merchants be able to deliver products in a timely manner while meeting other demands and challenging consumer expectations? The latest...


Guest Brad Wright on warehouse space for smaller distributors; Commercial real estate is seeing rebound; Ports are digitalizing their operations

In this episode, our guest is Brad Wright, CEO of Chunker. Many small to medium sized businesses feel that they are being squeezed out of available warehouse space by much larger players. Tight capacity in industrial space is to blame. What are the alternatives for these smaller distributors to find the warehouse space they need to move their businesses forward without huge financial risk or a long-term lease? Keeping on the real estate theme, a new report out shows that commercial real...


Guest: Dr. Emily Tucker on our vulnerable pharmaceutical supply chains; A new carbon-neutral cargo ship is unveiled; We discuss the current state of logistics.

In this episode, our guest is Dr. Emily Tucker, assistant professor at Clemson University's Department of Industrial Engineering. Most of the medicines we rely on every day come from just two key trading partners overseas. That has created shortages and vulnerabilities in our medical supply chains and has limited our abilities to assure that we have medicines when we need them. Dr. Tucker explains why we have this problem and what can be done to solve it. Ocean going vessels make up a...


Guest: Scott Cornell of Travelers on cargo theft; Ports set record volumes in July; A new type of truck insurance

In this episode, our guest is Scott Cornell, transportation lead and crime and theft specialist at Travelers. Cargo theft is on the rise compared to pre-pandemic levels. Cornell talks about where cargo is stolen and what types of products are most desirable to thieves. He also discusses ways that supply chain professionals can better safeguard their cargo. Because of strong consumer demand, U.S. ports have been setting records all year long. July was no different, as ports continued to see...


Guest: Kathy Fulton of ALAN on preparing for hurricane season; Reactions to the Senate vote on infrastructure; A new report on supply chain sustainability initiatives

In this episode, our guest is Kathy Fulton, executive director of ALAN, the American Logistics Aid Network. Hurricanes can leave in their wake many supply chain disruptions, even for those not in the direct path of the storm. We are about to enter the heart of hurricane season. Kathy shares how companies can prepare their supply chains for when hurricanes impact the movement of goods and services. And what can be done to help others recover when a hurricane hits them directly? The U.S....


Guest: Andrew Viteritti of the Economist Intelligence Unit on the likelihood of reshoring; Economic news shows continued growth in supply chains; Will companies require vaccinations for employees to return to offices?

In this episode, we discuss the whether reshoring will take hold as one way of mitigating the many supply chain disruptions we have experienced this year. Our guest, Andrew Viteritti, commerce and regulation lead at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), shares research on the likelihood that U.S. companies will bring production back to North America. Is it a feasible solution? New economic news shows that logistics activity continues to be very strong, with solid projections moving...


Guest: Darren Epps of Ryder on electrifying fleets; Returning office workers want parcel lockers for e-com deliveries; The main priorities of chief supply chain officers

In this episode, Darren Epps, senior director of advanced vehicle technology at Ryder, shares what it will take for freight companies to transition to electric fleets. It is more than just buying electric trucks. It involves decisions on infrastructure for charging them and determining which loads are best suited for currently available technologies. Many workers spent the last year working remotely and ordering many, many things online. Now they are returning to offices. But what will they...


Guest: Spencer Shute of Proxima discusses the impact Pres. Biden's executive order on competition will have on logistics; Uber's big acquisition of Transplace; Sustainability remains a priority with supply chain companies

In this episode, Spencer Shute, a consultant with the supply chain and procurement consulting firm Proxima, discusses the recent executive order from President Biden designed to encourage more competition between American companies. The goal is to increase competition to better serve consumers, but what impact will these orders have on the supply chains that we currently know and how will it affect freight markets in particular? Merger and acquisitions continue throughout our industry, as...


Guest: Thomas Evans of Honeywell on automating for small businesses; How 5G will influence IoT adoption; Consumer pandemic shopping habits will continue

In this episode, Dr. Thomas Evans, chief robotics technology officer at Honeywell, discusses how automation can help small to medium-sized distributors compete with the big guys on the block. 5G cell technology is rolling out across the nation, but it will take a while for the infrastructure to be in fully in place to make an impact. How will it eventually affect the growth of devices using Internet of Things technology? During the pandemic, consumers stopped shopping in person and turned...


Guest: Gary Master, DC Velocity publisher, on "whack a mole" supply chains; Truckers are facing more unexpected breakdowns on our nation's roads; Freight capacity will remain tight for the rest of the year

In this episode, Gary Master, president, COO, and group publisher at Agile Business Media, discusses the current state of supply chains. He explains that new challenges arise each day - almost like playing the arcade game Whac-A-Mole. Once one problem is addressed, another comes up to challenge supply chain managers. Product and component shortages, freight bottlenecks, labor issues, tight capacity, and growing complexities are just some of the major concerns we face each day in getting...


Guest: Mark Manduca of GXO on the new XPO spinoff; Warehouse space is in critical demand; New investments in logistics companies underscore importance of supply chains

In this episode, Mark Manduca, the newly appointed chief investment officer of GXO Logistics, discusses the new company and its role in the logistics industry. GXO is the result of a split in the logistics and warehousing segments of the large worldwide company, XPO Logistics. GXO has been created to assume the contract warehousing business. At its launch in a few weeks, it will become the second-largest firm of its kind in the world. Manduca shares about GXO's industry role and company...


Guest: Richard Sinkoff of the Port of Oakland on environmental initiatives; Women are increasing their roles and influence in supply chain jobs; B2B buying habits are accelerating digital transformation.

In this episode, Richard Sinkoff, the director of environmental programs and planning at the Port of Oakland, is our guest. He discusses a new initiative to have California fund $2.25 billion improvements in ports and infrastructure to create a zero-emissions distribution network. The network would aim for zero-emissions handling, including trucks that come into and out of the state's ports. It also would provide electric charging stations along heavily traveled freight corridors to reduce...


Guest: Dan Gilmore of Softeon on how WMS systems are ready for complex automation: The White House releases a report on America's supply chains; National Forklift Safety Day emphasizes safe forklift operations; Funding for Mississippi River transportation

In this episode, guest Dan Gilmore, chief marketing officer at warehouse software company Softeon, discusses how today's warehouse management software systems are being developed to handle the huge surge in robotics and other warehouse automation systems. Today's WMS and WES systems must monitor and direct many warehouse functions in real time to keep products flowing. They also must be easy to integrate with all of the technology placed into DCs today. Are these software systems up to the...


Guest: Mark Stanton of PowerFleet on preparing supply chains for hurricane season; A major player changes hiring policies for warehouse workers; Logistics continues to see strong growth

In this episode, guest Mark Stanton, general manager for PowerFleet for Supply Chain, discusses the upcoming hurricane season and how we can prepare our supply chains to better handle disruptions. We all know that hurricanes are likely to happen; we just don't know where or when they will occur. But, companies can prepare their supply chains now using technology tools and collaboration to monitor their assets and direct products and people away from areas of disruption. Amazon is changing...


Guest: Alex Wakefield of Longbow Advantage on supply chain visibility; New research initiatives for the trucking industry; Top supply chain priorities

In this episode, guest Alex Wakefield, CEO of supply chain technology firm Longbow Advantage, discusses the need for better supply chain visibility. He suggests that improvements in visibility for warehouse operations can actually provide better insights into bottlenecks and challenges in the transportation of goods to and from facilities. The American Transportation Research Institute, better known as ATRI, has released a report on the most important issues facing the trucking sector....