An eye-opening article via The Loadstar. Over 17% of urban congestion is delivery trucks. The USPS now delivers 5.1 billion packages a year. That is over 10 packages each.
I know I am responsible for a lot more than that.
The source article is below.
Source: Cities seek deliverance from e-commerce boom – The Loadstar
It’s the flip-side to the “retail apocalypse:” A siege of delivery trucks is threatening to choke cities with traffic. But not everyone agrees on what to do about it.
Source: How Cities Are Coping With the Delivery Truck Boom – CityLab
Maersk is one step closer to its proposed merger with Hamburg Sud. It required an agreement for Hamburg Sud to drop out of five other alliances it was a part of when the deal closes, possibly by the end of 2017. Radical reorganization of the alliances is going to play havoc with shippers’ plans, of course, and require new contracts all around. The transaction costs to shippers will be substantial. And no one will defray this burden, unless Maersk and the other alliances cut rates accordingly to help convince shippers to go through the change.
Long term it might benefit shippers. But in the shorter run it’s hard to see how.
There are still four countries that need to approve the deal, so it will be a while before we learn all the fallout from the merger.
Source: EC clears the way for Maersk takeover of Hamburg Süd – The Loadstar
It’s hard, very hard, to improve the infrastructure near a port, especially a large one.
Source: Judge puts plan for BNSF railyard in Los Angeles on hold | News | American Shipper