Friday, December 14, 2012

Stocking Stuffers:

Transportation tidbits and supply chain short takes so ‘Yule’ be informed.

Natural Green Trucks – After the American Trucking Association’s recent Natural Gas Summit in Arlington, Va., a consensus has emerged that natural gas trucks will become a major part of the heavy-duty trucking fleet – eventually. The major obstacle is equipment cost, with Class 8 natural gas tractors costing $40,000 to $50,000 more than their diesel counterparts, although the green rigs do return fuel savings of $10-12,000 each year for their operators.

Port Whine – With the L.A.-Long Beach ports back in operation and working through their backlogs, attention turns to East Coast and Gulf Coast ports, and the looming possibility of a Maine to Texas port shutdown to begin the new year. That possibility grew more likely on Monday, when the International Longshoremen’s Association negotiating committee voted unanimously to authorize a strike if the current impasse in talks isn’t resolved before the union’s contract expires on Dec. 29.

Unfriendly Skies – The European Union’s attempt to fix the crazy quilt of air traffic control jurisdictions took a hit when a majority of EU countries failed to meet the Dec. 4 deadline to shrink 27 national airspace sectors into nine blocs. The EU’s transport commissioner threatened legal action and fines. The current system, with 650 airspace sections operated by 60 air traffic control systems, is estimated to cost airlines an additional five billion euros ($6.5 billion) each year.

Cleaning House – Sustainability in new warehouse construction is gaining increased attention as the economic recovery continues. Features of green warehouses include reflective roofs, energy-efficient lighting including skylights, low-flow water systems and parking lots designed to capture runoff. Plummeting costs and improved recycling of construction materials have helped power the trend. Developer Trammell Crow currently has 6.2 million square feet of green warehouse space under development nationwide.

Hope everything you want is delivered under your tree this holiday season – on time, intact, and at a great rate.

Kirk Shearer
800-989-0054 x103

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