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Ascent Global Logistics News Update

Top Logistics Headlines This Week

Domestic Freight Management

Driver Shortage is the Trucking Industry's Largest Concern 

Driver hiring and retention continues to be a challenge for trucking companies, even though the freight market is growing. ATA's Bob Costello discusses more here.


Uber Self-Driving Trucks Make Arizona Deliveries

Uber announced that it has been utilizing self-driving trucks and making deliveries in Arizona since November. Uber Freight launched an app in 2017 that matches shipper with loads, similar to Uber's ride-hailing app. See more here.

International Freight Forwarding
Tariffs & Quotas Proposed on Imported Steel & Aluminum Products

Potential Tariff Increases for Steel and Aluminum Imports

The White House announced that it is moving closer to imposing additional tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, as early as this week. Current proposals include a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum. Read here for the detail provided from the Dept of Commerce.


South Carolina Ports Prep for Larger Vessels

South Carolina Ports Authority gained 1.8 percent in container volume growth during the first half of its 2018 FY. In addition to deepening the harbor, the Port announced the arrival of two new cranes to join existing Neopanamax-capable cranes. Click here to read more.

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U.S. Oil Exports Expected to Double by 2023

The IEA predicts that the U.S. will become the largest oil producer by 2023, putting pressure to expand exporting capacity, including port terminals and shipping. Wall Street Journal reports in depth here.

Retail Consolidation


Walmart Expands Meal Kit Availability

Walmart continues to jockey with Amazon by expanding pre-portioned meal kits from 250 current locations to over 2000 stores in 2018. Investor's Business Daily reports here.

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Warehouse and Inventory Management Trends

The proliferaiton of warehouse demands, including ecommerce, home deliveries and parcel shipments, is pushing the industry to increase warehouse efficiency. Particular strategies include the incorporation of personalized WMS software and robotics. See here for six particular trends.

Statistic of the Week

$5.9 billion

The predicted spend for Americans to celebrate St. Patrick's Day for 2018, up 11. percent from last year's previous record of $5.3 billion, according to the National Retail Federation

Upcoming Events

Catch up with the Ascent Global Logistics team at the below upcoming event: 

TPM (Transpacific Maritime) Annual Conference 
Long Beach, CA - March 4-7, 2018 

International Holiday Calendar

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