Domestic

Possible Delays After Winter Weather Impacts Midwestern United States

A snowstorm arrived in the Midwest on April 12, burying several states in snow and creating dangerous travel conditions. Winter weather road conditions could create delays along critical Interstates throughout the Midwest. See more here.

Six Facts To Help You With Your Next Seasonal Shipment

Now that spring is here, seasonal shipments such as nursery goods and produce are in high demand. Shippers who transport goods from the Southern United States to the Midwestern and Northeastern United States will want to make sure their seasonal shipping knowledge continues to blossom. See more here.

International

Port Of Oakland Reports Positive Results For Q1 2019

The Port of Oakland reported a positive first quarter in its cargo volume. The volume of Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units that passed through the port increased 4.2 percent year-over-year to 612,151 TEUs in Q1 2019. See more here.

Port Of Los Angeles Volumes Increase 12.7 Percent

The Port of Los Angeles’ TEU volume increased 12.7 percent year-over-year to 650,977 TEUs in March 2019. Q1 2019 port volumes increased 4.6 percent year-over-year. See more here.

CBP Uses Predictive Analytics To Improve Accuracy For Catching Policy Violations

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continues to use data and artificial intelligence to improve accuracy in capturing policy violations that could occur during the import process. CBP’s Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs) have adopted this technology to become better informed about where potential violations may occur. See more here

Retail Consolidation

Walmart Unveils Plans To Upgrade Stores In 2019

Walmart recently announced the expansion of grocery pickup lanes and in-store pickup services as part of a comprehensive $11 billion plan for 2019. Walmart has not shared details related to product assortment for in-store grocery departments and whether those products will be refreshed. See more here.

Forecasting A Major Concern For Big-Box Retailers

According to Retail Dive, 87 percent of retailers consider mismanaged inventory to be a larger factor in revenue loss than theft. Fortunately, Walmart offers forecasting tools to suppliers. See more here.

Statistic of the Week

$5,047 Billion

US Retail Trade Sales for entire retail trade sector, according to the US Census Bureau. Click here to access more stats.

Links of the Week

AAR Reports Annual Declines In US Rail And Intermodal Volumes For Week Of April 6

Ace Hardware Adds “Deliver From Store” Options

Five Heavy Haul Questions & Answers From Our Specialized Shipping Team

Class 8 Sales Surpass 22,000 In March

Upcoming Events

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

2019 PPAI EXPO EAST
Atlantic City, NJ – June 3-5, 2019

2019 3PL AND SUPPLY CHAIN SUMMIT
Atlanta, GA – June 10-12, 2019

International Holiday Calendar

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