Business, Technology, Logistics

Chatbots Are Emerging as Powerful Tools for the Transportation Industry

Artificial intelligence-powered chatbots are often not even known as such by the user. Instead, they are often packaged among the automated features of enterprise resource planning systems increasingly used by shipping firms as AI and data science continue to evolve.

B. Cameron Gain | Special to Transport Topics
March 3, 2019
Business, Logistics

JZ Expedited Promotes Chris Sloope to COO

JZ Expedited cargo JZ Expedited Logistics via YouTube

The JZ Expedited Companies, a full-service asset-based 3PL, has announced the promotion of Chris Sloope from vice president of sales and international operations to COO.

January 7, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Ruckit Unveils Platform for Heavy Construction, Bulk Materials Industry

Transportation software service provider Ruckit has announced a collaborative logistics platform for bulk-materials producers, trucking companies and general contractors.

Transport Topics
November 15, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

DeliveryCircle Launches SaaS Platform KrewZen

DeliveryCircle, a same-day delivery solution for shippers, has introduced KrewZen, a Software-as-a-Service platform that gives retailers, third-party logistics companies and distributors the tools to build a local delivery network for same-day, final-mile deliveries.

Transport Topics
October 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

Economy Puts New Demands on Logistics Firms, Surveys Find

Last-mile delivery A study zeroes in on the challenges of final-mile delivery. (XPO Logistics Inc.)

A robust economy is placing new demands on third-party logistics service providers, based on survey results from two long-running university-sponsored studies released at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals annual conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
October 11, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

Intermodal, 3PL Outlook Remains Strong

A container is loaded onto a Road One truck RoadOne

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The intermodal and third-party logistics industries are experiencing growth that is running parallel to the strength of the economy.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 20, 2018

3PLs Enjoy Solid 4Q Revenues

Third-party logistics firms saw total shipments rise in the fourth quarter of 2017, sending revenue and invoice amount-per shipment values jumping, but not enough to improve profits, according to the 3PL Market Report from the Transportation Intermediaries Association.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
April 11, 2018

Sunset Transportation Buys Snowland

St. Louis-based Sunset Transportation purchased Snowland Freight Services, adding Snowland’s branches in Green Bay, Wis., and St. Paul, Minn., to its four locations.

Transport Topics
February 12, 2018
Business, Logistics

Retailers Balance Post-Holiday Returns Between In-Store and 3PL Options

Returns Gunnar Rathbun/AP Images

In November and December, online shoppers surfed their favorite websites and sent holiday gifts to the front doors of homes nationwide. In January, the last-mile supply chain shifts in reverse as Americans return the items they don’t like.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
December 26, 2017
Business, Logistics

Revenues Rise in 3Q for 3PLs as Shipments Jump

The third quarter saw a rise in freight shipments and revenues for logistics brokers compared with the same period a year ago, but profit margins fell 40 basis points due to cost increases in the spot market for trucks, according to the Transportation Intermediaries Association’s quarterly 3PL Market Report.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
December 6, 2017