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Amazon to Sublease Warehouses as Online Shopping Slows

Amazon A truck arrives at the Amazon warehouse facility on Staten Island, New York. (Associated Press Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, File)

Amazon is planning to sublease some of its warehouse space now that the pandemic-fueled surge in online shopping, which helped the e-commerce giant rake in soaring profits in the past two years, has eased.

May 24, 2022
Business, Equipment, Logistics, For-Hire

Fleets Find Challenges in Rising Maintenance Costs, Parts Shortages

JLE truck Many carriers are focusing more on preventative maintenance as rising costs and supply issues remain growing concerns. (JLE Industries)

With a laundry list of hurdles facing many trucking companies, the focus on preventive maintenance becomes clearer as fleets are adding alternative suppliers and providers, and stockpiling inventory to help control costs and reduce downtime.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
May 24, 2022
Business, Logistics

High Rate of Turnover Among Stressed-Out Supply Chain Managers

Shipping containers at the Port of Newark in Newark, N.J. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg News)

Supply chain managers quit their jobs last year at the highest rate since at least 2016 due to a mix of burnout and a desire for fatter paychecks.

Daniela Sirtori-Cortina | Bloomberg News
May 23, 2022
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Ports Maintain High Volumes in April

Containership at Port of Savannah The Port of Savannah reported record 495,782 containers processed in April compared with 466,633 a year earlier. (Georgia Ports Authority via Twitter)

Imports continue to dominate the cargo at the nation’s ports, and the nation’s busiest — the Port of Los Angeles — reported its second-busiest April in its 115-year-plus history,

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 23, 2022
Business, Logistics

FIATA Focuses on Unfair Shipping Competition, Digital Trade Documents

FIATA press conference at 2022 meeting FIATA officials (from left) Robert Keen, Ivan Petrov, Basil Pietersen and Stéphane Graber. At right is Geneva Press Club Director Pierre Ruetschi. (International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations)

New digitized trade documents and unfair competition from shipping lines infringing on turf for inland cargo are top priorities during a gathering of transportation leaders and government officials convened by the world’s largest freight forwarding association.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
May 19, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

ATA’s Chris Spear Touts Efforts to Address Parking, Training at Mid-Year Session

Spear Spear speaks at the event. (SunJae Smith/ATA)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear said the group’s recently completed Mid-Year Management Session tackled key issues facing the industry, but stressed that much work remains to address the biggest challenges confronting motor carriers.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 19, 2022
Business, Fuel, Logistics

Spot Market Normalization Signals Uncertain Future

truck at loading dock Getty Images

The spot market has been declining, but with rates and volumes still above historic norms it’s unclear where it will stabilize.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
May 19, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

House Panel Approves Water Bill

Port of Norfolk Steve Helber/AP

Legislation that would approve dozens of projects and studies under the purview of the Army Corps of Engineers was advanced by a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 18.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 19, 2022
Business, Safety, Logistics

Industry Faces Obstacles in Bid to Mitigate Driver Shortage

Panelists Donna Kintop of DDC Group, Andrew Boyle of Boyle Transportation and ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello at 2022 MYMS Panelists (from left) Donna Kintop of DDC Group, Andrew Boyle of Boyle Transportation and ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. (Dan Ronan/Transport Topics)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Accelerated retirements, an aging workforce, a decadeslong declining birthrate and low unemployment rate continue to cause challenges for the trucking industry as it seeks to overcome the 80,000-plus driver shortage.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 18, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Worker Shortages Snarl Shipping Even as Shanghai Lockdown Eases

China The Yangshan Deepwater Port in Shanghai in China. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

China appears to be gradually easing its lockdown of Shanghai, but that won’t bring immediate relief to global supply chain congestion, according to a major shipping company.

Ann Koh and Kyunghee Park | Bloomberg News
May 18, 2022