Warehouse Operators Look to Automation to Boost Capabilities, Ease Shortage of Labor

An Intelligrated Palletizer in action A robotic palletizer can work many times faster than humans to assemble products for shipment. (Intelligrated Inc.)

Warehouse operators are looking for ways to automate their operations to meet increasing demands for e-commerce fulfillment services and to compensate for what appears to be a growing shortage of workers.

Daniel P. Bearth | Transport Topics Senior Features Writer
November 13, 2017
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

How Many Warehouse Robots Does It Take to Fill a Grocery Order?


The U.K.’s biggest online grocer hit a milestone this year: Ocado Group put together an order of 50 items, including produce, meat and dairy, in five minutes.

Jing Cao | Bloomberg News
November 6, 2017
Business, Logistics

CenterPoint Properties Purchases 14-Acre Distribution Center in New Jersey

CenterPoint Properties announced it purchased a 14-acre distribution center in northern New Jersey that is fully leased to a large delivery company serving North America.

Transport Topics
October 20, 2017
Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon Is Testing Its Own Delivery Service to Rival FedEx and UPS


Amazon.com Inc. is experimenting with a new delivery service intended to make more products available for free two-day delivery and relieve overcrowding in its warehouses, according to two people familiar with the plan, which will push the online retailer deeper into functions handled by longtime partners UPS Inc. and FedEx Corp

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
October 5, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics

Pennsylvania Proposes 6% Warehouse Tax


Pennsylvania is floating a tax on warehouse services as a way to help close the budget gap, a move critics say could threaten the fastest-growing sector of the Lehigh Valley economy and force customers of third-party logistics providers to relocate to neighboring states.

Jon Harris and Steve Esack | The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)
October 3, 2017
Business, Logistics, TCA

Missouri Town Plans $5.84 Million Tax Break to Lure Big FedEx Center

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

St. Peters, Mo., could offer a property tax break of $5.84 million over 10 years to lure a large FedEx complex to the levee-protected Premier 370 business park in the city’s Mississippi River flood plain.

Mark Schlinkmann | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 26, 2017
Business, Logistics

UPS to Open Kansas Package Facility, Hire More Than 2,100 Locally

John Sommers II for TT

UPS will open a new package-handling facility in Edgerton, Kan., in November and will hire more than 2,100 seasonal and permanent workers in the area, the company announced Sept. 20.

Matt Campbell | The Kansas City Star
September 22, 2017
Business, Logistics, TCA

FedEx Celebrates New Baltimore Distribution Center

Photo by @LarryHogan

FedEx has been shipping and sorting packages at its new Sparrows Point center in Baltimore for two months, but celebrated the facility’s opening by having officials cut a ceremonial orange ribbon on Sept. 20

Pamela Wood | The Baltimore Sun
September 22, 2017
Business, Logistics, TCA

Illinois County Hears Proposal for $1.2 Billion Warehouse Development

Will County officials recently got a peek at the proposed 2,200-acre business park in Jackson Township, Ill., with its developers’ promises of pumping revenue into the Elwood and Manhattan areas, while keeping trucks off residential roads.

Susan DeMar Lafferty | The Daily Southtown (Tinley Park, Ill.)
September 13, 2017

Averitt Express Expands LTL Service in Illinois, Wisconsin

Averett Express trucks Averitt Express Inc.

Averitt Express Inc. will begin to offer direct service throughout Illinois and expand its network deeper into Wisconsin, the less-than-truckload carrier announced Sept. 11.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
September 11, 2017