FINANCING 3PL 01The industry has seen an increase in the number of acquisitions by 3PL companies. 

By Peter Lewin

The transportation sector is undergoing a dramatic shift. The intersection of a strong economy and the generational turnover of truck drivers, combined with technology mandates from the federal government, has upended assumptions that have shaped the industry for decades. As these changes reverberate through the industry, they are influencing both the demand for financing and the nature of funding that transportation companies are seeking. One area in which these changes are particularly evident is in third-party logistics (3PL).

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES 02Here are some steps that will help in setting the stage for autonomous vehicles. 

By Wally Stegall

From manufacturing plants to fast-food restaurants, automation is making its mark on almost every industry. And trucking is no exception. Earlier this year a Swedish startup unveiled an autonomous, electric-powered truck known as the T-log. 

 DATAMIR TRANSPORTATION 01The use of AI and social media can help your company gain a competitive advantage within the marketplace. 

By Ed Monan

It should come as no surprise that, given the importance of social media as a subset of Big Data, companies are starting to rely heavily on Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a way to make meaningful decisions based on this increasingly essential data set. 

TRUCKER SHORTAGEAs the trucker shortage becomes more intense, companies look for new ways to keep trucks on the road.

By Patrick Owens and Stephen Washkalavitch

Across the country, a significant trucker shortage is causing a ripple effect throughout the economy. It’s projected to only get worse. Currently, according to the American Trucking Associations, there are 51,000 open positions – up from 20,000 in 2013 – and that number is estimated to nearly double to 100,000 job vacancies over the next three years. 

 CHATBOT EVOLUTION 01Automation can do a lot for you, as chatbots have gone more mainstream and are expanding.

By C. Prasanna Venkatesan

Take a guess. How many of your recent online interactions involved a bot? If you were asking routine questions or checking the status of a package, then that number is probably higher than you think. 

 VERIZON CONNECTIt’s smart to get your fleet ready and your drivers prepared for hurricane season.

By Mark Wallin

Fleet industry veterans are hyper aware of the fact that June isn’t just the start of the summer travel season, it is also the beginning of hurricane season. Last year, Hurricane Harvey caused $125 billion in damage and affected nearly 13 million people from numerous states, including Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky. 

 SELF DRIVING FLEETSSelf-driving fleets might help rescue the trucking industry from its current challenges of safety, costs and driver shortages.

By Maryline Daviaud Lewett and Paul Stith

Far from being a threat to the livelihood of the nation’s 3.5 million truckers, self-driving trucks could be a lifesaver in more ways than one for the trucking industry and a benefit to the U.S. economy.

 DATA DRIVEN STRATEGIESData-driven strategies can optimize your supply chain, with benefits such as gaining immediate insight into your shipment status.

By Rob Stevens

In the world of manufacturing, data-driven optimization tools have been commonplace for decades. But when it comes to supply chain, this hasn’t always been the case. A lack of data has made it difficult to apply manufacturing-style optimization to the supply chain. Fortunately, new IoT tools are giving supply chain managers access to new sources of data, enabling companies to apply the same data-driven methods to their supply chains that they have used for decades in their manufacturing processes.

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