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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: Mike Nervick of Sleek Technologies discusses what the infrastructure bill means for shippers and carriers; The latest holiday shopping trends; The drive for smaller logistics facilities

Our guest in this week's episode is Mike Nervick, founder and CEO of Sleek Technologies. The recent passage of the long-awaited infrastructure bill could impact transportation and the movement of goods for decades to come. Nervick discusses the importance of the bill and how it will affect shippers and carriers. There has been a lot of coverage in the news about supply chain bottlenecks and how they could affect the holiday shopping season. Consumers have been shopping early to avoid being...


Guest: Cristiano Facanha of CALSTART on climate change transportation initiatives; Consumers distrust pharmaceutical supply chains; Tight freight capacity will continue well into 2022

Our guest in this week's episode is Dr. Cristiano Façanaha, global director at environmental advocacy group CALSTART. He is a transportation and environmental engineer and an expert at designing and evaluating sustainable transportation systems. The world just concluded the COP26 climate conference in Scotland. Out of that meeting came several international initiatives and commitments to reduce carbon emissions. A couple of these directly affect the trucking and transportation sectors. Our...


Guest: Joe Ryan of Overhaul Group on the rise of cargo theft; The Postal Service reveals its latest financial report; New research on autonomous trucks

Our guest in this week's episode is Joe Ryan, director of intelligence and response at Overhaul Group. Cargo theft is on the rise, with some fairly significant losses during the past year as more freight moves than ever before. Beyond the loss of the cargo, there are ripple effects which amount to many times the costs of the actual products that are stolen. Ryan provides some insight as to how freight is stolen and what can be done to prevent it. The U.S. Postal Service released its latest...


Guest: Sarah Watt of Gartner on building a sustainable future; Retailers invest in their own delivery networks; Demand for 3PL distribution rises

Our guest in this week's episode is Sarah Watt, a senior director analyst at consulting firm Gartner. With much of the attention this week focused on the COP26 climate summit in Scotland, we discuss how the supply chain industry can become more of the solution rather than the problem when it comes to climate change. Ms. Watt shares how companies can build sustainable futures that meet the goals set by the world leaders in Scotland. With so much attention on the supply chain bottlenecks we...


Guest: Dr. Yossi Sheffi on Covid-19 vaccine development and distribution; Ports take measures to reduce container dwell times; Driver shortages reach all-time highs

In this episode, our guest is Dr. Yossi Sheffi, a professor of engineering systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. Dr. Sheffi has written a new book called A Shot In the Arm: How Science, Engineering, and Supply Chains Converged to Vaccinate the World. He joins us to talk about the development of successful Covid-19 vaccines in record time — including the science behind them and the supply chains that enabled...


Guest: Bryan Palma on what retailers can expect this peak season; The unicorns of supply chain; News from America's ports; Supply Chain Quarterly launches a new podcast on the Top 10 Threats to supply chains

In this episode, our guest is Bryan Palma of Kinaxis. Retailers are in for an uncertain holiday season, as inventories are out of whack and demand is difficult to satisfy. What should retailers and consumers expect from this year's peak season? There are some new unicorns among supply chain startup companies. These are firms that have reached $1 billion in valuation. What makes them so attractive to investors? Maritime ports have all reported near-record levels of cargo passing through,...


Introducing "Top 10 Supply Chain Threats"

Our supply chains are broken. We face many obstacles that will be with us for the coming months, and possibly years. This month, our sister publication CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly will launch “Top 10 Supply Chain Threats,” a new 11-episode podcast that looks at the top 10 threats currently facing supply chains. Links About CSCMP's Supply Chain QuarterlySubscribe to CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly Sign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly


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...