Business trends and thought-leadership from BTX. Stay current on what's happening in the shipping, delivery and logistics industry. Here you'll find a mix of in-house and sourced articles that will keep you informed of the latest news and insights from around the globe.

5 Predictions for Retail Supply Chains in 2021

January 21, 2021

Article by: Andrew Cox
Source: FreightWaves

Rather than recapping 2020, I’d rather look onward. There have been a ton of retail supply chain changes this past year. Some will last, others will not. Let’s collectively lick our wounds and look forward. Here’s 5 predictions for the retail supply chain in 2021.

Cross-Border Logistics Trends to Expect in 2021

December 28, 2020

Article by: Deepak Chhugani
Source: Material Handling & Logistics

The transportation and logistics industry faced plenty of changes this past year due to new customs/border regulations as well as a pandemic. Following are some observations for 2021 that will be critical to manufacturers, shippers and customers moving into the new year.

Pfizer's Ultra-Cold Vaccine, a 'Very Complex' Distribution Plan

November 13, 2020

Article by: Elizabeth Cohen, John Bonifield and Sierra Jenkins, CNN
Source: CNN

Pfizer's vaccine needs to be stored at about minus 75 degrees Celsius, which is about 50 degrees colder than any vaccine currently used in the United States. Doctors' offices, pharmacies and state labs don't have freezers that go nearly that low.

Latest Logistics Manager’s Index Report Reveals Growth in Inventory and Warehousing Prices

October 27, 2020

Article by: Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
Source: Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Growth rates in the logistics industry are roaring. Continuing its swift recovery from April’s all-time low overall score of 51.3, the Logistics Manager’s Index (LMI) registered at 70.5 in September, its first entry in the 70s since October 2018.

What Trucks Need to Know About the New HOS Rules

September 28, 2020

Article by: John Fisher
Source: American Trucker


New federal hours of service (HOS) rules — designed to give commercial drivers more flexibility — take effect across the U.S. at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Ground Transportation: FMCSA Reveals Final Hours of Service Rule

May 18, 2020

Article by: Cristina Commendatore
Source: American Trucker

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the publication of its long-awaited final rule on changes to the hours of service (HOS) regulations.

How the CARES Act will Affect Supply Chains

April 8, 2020

Editorial by Morgan Forde, Supply Chain Dive
Source:
Supply Chain Dive

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion economic stimulus package, provides emergency funding for individual Americans, businesses and industries as the economy grapples with COVID-19 response efforts and disruptions to daily life.

First the Trade War, Now Coronavirus: Keeping Your Supply Chain Moving for the Next 90 Days

March 13, 2020

Editorial by Lauren Pittelli, IndustryWeek
Source: IndustryWeek

On the heels of last year’s difficult trade war, supply chains now face an additional disruption caused by the coronavirus. The virus’s impact on international supply chains is spreading beyond China and creating knock-on effects in other parts of the globe. Here’s an update on the situation overseas and what businesses can do now and over the next 90 days to manage the disruption.

Shippers Need A Plan to Navigate Next ELD Phase

December 17, 2019

Editorial by William B. Cassidy, JOC
Many shippers were caught by surprise when the ELD mandate helped tighten capacity in 2017. Are shippers ready for the next phase of the US electronic logging device (ELD) mandate? They should be, but if past history is any guide, they may not be the case. Those shipping freight across the United States need to plan, even at the last minute, for potential disruption, even if that disruption is minor.

International Shipping: U.S. Customs Bond Insufficiency in a Trade War

November 7, 2019

Editorial by Richard Fisher, BTX Global Logistics Boston (BTX-BOS)
From a sales perspective, most of us are used to asking questions to determine where and how we can match our benefits to our client's needs. Asking the right questions go a long way in establishing a longstanding relationship of trust with customers and in gaining additional business from them. In a climate where trade wars and tariff changes are a consistent reality, asking importer clients about U.S. Customs Bond is key.

Regulation Prohibits the Transport of Lithium Batteries As Cargo on Passenger Aircrafts

March 6, 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) on Feb. 27, 2019 to enhance air safety by revising the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) for lithium ion cells or batteries transported by aircraft.

Congress Passed FAA Reauthorization Bill: How will it affect freight-forwarders?

October 8, 2018

Congress passed H.R. 302, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. This bill is of particular importance to our industry as a whole and the Airforwarders Association has worked closely with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to ensure that the interests of freight-forwarders were heard and incorporated into the legislation.  The FAA Reauthorization Act is a comprehensive piece of legislation that includes provisions for many aspects of Aviation. 
 

Ground Transportation: Be Prepared for Transit Delays June 5-7, 2018

June 5, 2018

Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducts tens of thousands of commercial motor vehicle inspections during its annual International Roadcheck. This year’s CVSA International Roadcheck starts today, June 5, and ends on June 7, 2018. During this 72-hour inspection blitz, everyone should be prepared for transit delays.

Ground Shipping: Deliveries Restricted, Banned in Key Areas of NYC

March 27, 2018

It all started in 2008 when New York City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) released the agency’s “Sustainable Streets” strategic plan to reduce traffic congestion and increase street safety for pedestrians and drivers in the City’s busiest areas. Since then, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan has been implemented phase-by-phase throughout the years. Among the City’s many initiatives are new curbside regulations and restrictions that will affect deliveries being made to designated areas in NYC beginning in 2018.

Planning to Protect Customers from Service Delays in Cargo Delivery

February 12, 2018

Last year, we saw an incredible paradigm shift in capacity with regards to global supply chains. In the United States, e-commerce traffic took our normal capacity away in November and December due to record level volumes. Severe backlogs with our core vendors forced BTX Global Logistics and others in our industry to look elsewhere to move cargo just about anywhere.