Logistics News April 27, 2016

Hanjin to give up control in restructuring

Cargo Business News

Troubled Hanjin Shipping has asked creditors to assist with debt restructuring. Its application has included transfer of control over the shipping unit and will begin selling assets.



US trucking feeling the rate pinch in a down market


Trucking companies are facing similar pricing pressures as their ocean-going cousins, while customers reach for cost savings. The result can be strained relationships between the parties.



Conference Board expects 4% increase in furniture sales for 2017

Furniture Today

A slight rise in consumer confidence and continued low mortgage rates fuel a prediction that sales would grow similarly to 2016.



DC operations changing quickly, with technology leading the way

Wall Street Journal

E-commerce is complicating distribution networks, according to Zebra Technologies. More, smaller warehouses and faster, more accurate systems are some of the resulting trends.



Room Place DC destroyed by fire

Chicago Tribune

The retailer’s Woodridge, Il facility caught fire the afternoon of April 21. No one was injured. Management is looking for a temporary warehousing solution while seeking to fill customer orders.

Logistics News October 15, 2015

New Muenchens store in Cincinnati – A new 57,000 square foot retail operation has opened in the local Cincinnati area. Muenchens Furniture replaced a smaller location with the new construction. See more here. (Furniture Today)


ATA shows driver shortage worsening – According to the American Trucking Association, 45% of new hires are to replace retirees, much more than are needed for business growth. Read more here. (Transport Topics)


Fuel rebounding, but still $1.14 lower than 2014 -  See the current average regional and national diesel prices here. (US EIA)


September imports shrink 9.4% at Los Angeles –TEU’s imported at the US’s largest port shrunk 9.4 percent from August to September. The 124,286 TEU total was 17.4% lower than the same month last year. Port officials say September 2014 volume was near-record, which tempers analysis of the new number. Read details here. (Wall Street Journal)


Long Beach imports only down 1.9% for September - There seems to be a divergence of paths in Southern California. LA’s sister port, Long Beach, is reporting much better month-to-month performance. Read the details here. (LA Business Journal)


Ikea coming to JAX in 2017 – Ikea is planning a nearly 300,000 square foot store in Jacksonville, its first in northern Florida. The franchise is awaiting permits to begin construction. See more here. (Furniture Today)


UTi Worldwide to be acquired by Danish firm – DSV, a Danish supply chain company, has reached an agreement to acquire UTi Worldwide. The deal is expected to close in Q1 of 2016. More details here. (Transport Topics)


Federal labor board rules against ILWU in Portland – ICTSI Oregons celebrated after the NLRB rulled the ILWU violated federal labor laws by engaging in slowdowns and encouraging workers to interfere with lawful work assignments. Additional details here. (Portland Business Journal)



Logistics News Sept. 12, 2015

As ships get larger, traffic at smaller ports gets slower – The Port of Portland, Oregon exemplifies a side-effect of the dramatic increase in vessel size that’s occurred in the last several years. Fear of becoming irrelevant is driving billions of dollars in spending to enlarge and improve ports around the country. Read more here. (Wall Street Journal)


Seattle and Tacoma agree to joint port management – A joint port development authority will manage a large part of operations at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. Read the story here. (Seattle Times)


COSCO, China Shipping merger talks to begin – The merger, which has been considered by many as inevitable, seems likely now that Beijing has ordered the two state owned ocean carriers to begin discussions. See the story here. (South China Morning Post)


US Diesel average $2.53 – The downward pressure on fuel prices continues. See here. (US EIA)


Fidelitone last-mile operation moves to Charlotte – The furniture logistics provider has completed the move, which increases warehouse square footage by half. See more here. (Furniture Today)

Ashley opens first Russian store – The first Ashley Home Store has opened in Russia. The home furnishings giant plans additional outlets in the former Soviet Union. See more here. (Furniture Today)


Bob’s Discount continues expansion with new PA location – The chain’s 63rd location has opened in Wyomissing, PA. Read the story here. (Furniture Today)


Port of Long Beach setting import records – It seems confidence in the port is high, or shippers see no alternative. Either way, August saw the highest number of containers transit the Southern California port in its history- a whopping 703, 652 TEUs. See details here. (AJOT)


Logistics News Aug. 9, 2015

Trucking companies should look at cabs from the driver’s viewpoint – There are many reasons so many drivers are leaving the profession so quickly. One place trucking companies may be able to give them a reason to stay is in the cab. Read the story here. (Heavy Duty Trucking)


Spending on roads declines as % of GDP worldwide – The US isn’t going it alone when it comes to avoiding investing in roadways. Spending is the same as 20 years ago for most of the developed world. See more here. (Wall Street Journal)


“Second Suez” trial successful. Expansion allows more and larger vessels – A second lane has been added to the Suez Canal, allowing two-way traffic. Expectations are high for increased revenues for Egypt. Read more here. (BBC)


National diesel average below $2.70 – reduced demand and increased production keep oil prices dropping, pushing fuel costs down further. See this week’s regional and nation fuel costs here. (US EIA)


BNSF shortening dwell times at IM terminals – decreased free time and increased storage charges are meant to increase traffic flow through the whole week, which the railroad claims will increase efficiencies for customers. See the story here. (JOC)


Wisconsin retailer Steinhafels plane DC expansion – Steinhafels Furniture has announced a two-phase plan to add 100,000 square feet and 650 employees. Read more here. (Lake Country Reporter)


Port productivity reporting pulled from transportation bill – Ports and labor unions successfully lobbied for removal of a requirement for monthly port productivity reporting. See more here. (JOC)


Dredging at Savannah begins in September – Originally planned for December, the start of the long awaited deepening of Savannah’s harbor is now scheduled to begin in September. Read the story here. (Cargo Business News)



Logistics News July 23, 2015

LA truckers join Teamsters – 88 truckers from a fourth trucking company in LA voted to become members of the Teamsters. See more here. (Wall Street Journal)


Ashley pulls back from outside investment – After exploring the possibility of bringing outside money to the company, Ashley’s management has decided it’s best to leave well enough alone. Read the story here. (Furniture Today)


Commerce shows home furnishings sales down in June – The US Dept. of Commerce reported on disappointing retail sales for June. Furniture sales were down 1.6%. See details here. (Reuters)


Is Ethan Allen ripe for takeover? – The suggestion was made by hedge fund head Tom Sandell, sparking a short-term rise in the home furnishings giant share price. Read more here. (Bloomberg)


Diesel down slightly – The national average price for diesel fuel dropped three cents this week. See regional details here. (US EIA)


Hourly driver pay part of proposed legislation – The Truck Safety Act, introduced by New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker, would require changes to insurance minimum, collision-avoidance system, hourly driver pay, and speed limiters. Read details here. (Heavy Duty Trucking)


Vietnam plans southern port project – The Vietnamese government has approved a 5-year plan to spend $2.5 billion in the southern province of Ca Mau. The plan is to accommodate some of the largest ships on the water. Read more here. (Cargo Business News)



Logistics News July 13, 2015

Comment period begins for CSA program changes – The FMCSA has proposed changes to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program. The possible changes are numerous, with a public comment period that expires July 29, 2015. Read details here. (Heavy Duty Trucking)


“PLUS Act” would define longshore slowdowns as unfair labor practice – A bill has been introduced to the US Senate which would result in civil damages and court injunctions for longshore unions engaging in intentional work slowdowns. Read more here. (Cargo Business News)


Diesel prices up a little, but still .80 below last year – The national average price for diesel fuel came up 4 cents to $2.83 this week. See the weekly report here. (USEIA)


Ashley backs away from sale talk – The mammoth manufacturer says it will continue under current management. Read the story here. (Furniture Today)


Oil prices to fall before going up in 2016 – Next year the International Energy Agency predicts production growth for non-OPEC petroleum will cease, resulting in a tightening of the global oil market. Before that, however, surplus supply will drive prices down. Read more about the IEA’s forecast here. (Transport Topics)


Maersk Line returns to Baltimore – After 20 years away, Maersk announced new services for transpacific and transatlantic cargo to be discharged at Baltimore. The mid-Atlantic port has been dredged to 50 feet, well in advance of other US East Coast ports. Read more here. (Transport Topics)




Logistics News June 18, 2015

Amazon mulls Uber-type package delivery strategy – Amazon.com, seeing a 31% increase in shipping costs, is reportedly considering package deliveries by “regular folk” as opposed to standard carriers like UPS. The service would be called “On My Way,” and would involved rented storage space and average people delivering with their own vehicles. It’s not a sure thing, however. Read the story here. (Transport Topics)


 Intermodal share gains slowing – A survey of shippers shows service issues and rate volatility have shippers slowing down the conversion of truck freight to rail. Two straight quarters show the reverse: cargo shifting from rail to truck. Read more here. (JOC)


EU, US, and Chinese shipping regulators agree to joint monitoring of mega-alliances – At a meeting in Brussels, The Federal Maritime Commission, the EC’s Directorate-General for Competition, and the Chinese Ministry of Transport agreed to keep a closer eye on the major containership alliances that now handle 90 of cargo in major global trade lanes. See the story here. (JOC)


Fuel prices hold steady, slightly down – Diesel prices average about a penny per gallon less than last week, a dollar below last year’s prices. See the update here. (EIA.gov)

COSCO among firms under new scrutiny by Chinese government for corruption – China’s ongoing anti-corruption campaign has resulted in inspections at state-owned businesses, including COSCO. There’s no word of any specific allegations, but the move could be a shot across the bow to keep executives in line. Read more here. (Reuters Canada)







Logistics News June 2, 2015

Drop in trailer orders due to lack of maker capacity – Orders for new trailers are slowing dramatically, but only because manufacturers cannot keep up with demand. Read the story here. (Transport Topics)


ILWU, PMA have both ratified 5-year contract – After much drama and millions spent by shippers held hostage, the long-awaited master contract for West Coast longshore workers was ratified with an 82% approval vote by union members. Read more here. (Cargo Business News)


Changing consumer habits drive supply changes – Customers want free shipping, shopping any time, and near0instant fulfillment. Retailers need to adapt to a changing marketplace to thrive. Read more here. (Wall Street Journal)


Diesel prices holding steady – The national average diesel fuel price has hardly budged in the last few weeks at $2.909. See this week’s report here. (USEIA)


Last Mile Home opens Weekends Only support facility – Home delivery operator Last Mile Home has opened a 15,000 square foot warehouse to service Indianapolis customers of retailer Weekends only. Read the story here. (Furniture Today)



Logistics News May 19, 2015

USITC says no to duties on Chinese-built containers – The US International Trade Commission rejected the claim that 53-foot dry freight containers from China are being “dumped” into the US market. Read the story here. (Journal of Commerce)


Customers of 3 Chinese bedroom makers hit with 45.83% duty – The three factories, Dalian Huafeng, Nanhai Baiyi Woodwork, and Liaobushangdun Huada/Great Rich, were assigned the rate for 2009 shipments after a lengthy and complicated review. Read more here. (Furniture Today)


RH, you know as Restoration Hardware, to open its largest retail outlet in Vegas – RH will be part of a large mixed-used development in the Tivoli Village area of Las Vegas. There is more info here. (Furniture Today)


“Driverless” vehicles make inroads at SoCal ports – Automation slowly continues to creep into US ports. Remote-controlled cranes and vehicles guided by magnets will soon be plying the docks at San Pedro’s Middle Harbor. Read more here. (Transport Topics)


Jump in housing starts, permits – April housing starts were the highest in over 7 years. Home Depot’s Q1 profits beat estimates. These facts should give optimism to furniture sellers. Read the story here. (Bloomberg)


Truckers announce driver pay hikes – Watkins & Shepard and Bay & Bay Trucking announced new pay raises for drivers. Read more here. (Transport Topics)


Diesel up a $.03 from last week – Still down over a dollar from a year ago, the national average for diesel fuel is at $2.90 this week. The stats are here. (US EIA)


Listing of top 20 US import NVOCC’s – In order of TEUs for Q1, here are the NVOCC’s handling the most cargo inbound to the US. (AJOT)

Logistics News April 30, 2015

Joe Cory, Sr. passes away – A major figure in the home delivery business passed away April 28 at the age of 76. Read the story here. (Furniture Today) and here. (Furniture World)


ATA asks DOT for speed-limiter regs – The American Trucking Association is asking the Dept. of Transportation to finally issue a ruling that speed limiters on large trucks be set yo a maximum speed of 65 mph. Read the story here. (Transport Topics)


Draymen strike 4 LA/LB trucking companies – The Teamsters continue attempts to unionize Southern California dray drivers. The union is supporting truckers who claim they are improperly classified as independent contractors. The protests have not had a large impact on port operations so far. Read details here (LA Times) and here. (JOC)


Fuel prices continue steady rise – While still over a dollar a gallon less than a year ago, fuel prices have been climbing fairly steadily. See the data here. (USEIA)


Last gate installed in Panama Canal expansion – The final lock gate is being installed on the Canal’s Pacific side now. The Atlantic gates are all in place, so the next phase of the expansion process will be flooding the gates. Read more here. (AJOT)


Maersk vessel detained by Iranians – In the second such attempt in a week, Iranian naval forces have succeeded in holding a foreign cargo ship. The crew of the Maersk Tigris, which was “escorted” by Iranian ships to Bandar Abbas in Iran, is reportedly in good shape. Concerns mount over the seizing of a merchant vessel in international waters. See a report here.

Logistics News April 6, 2015

Southern Motion to expand Baldwyn facility – The Mississippi upholstery maker will expand it its Baldwyn factory, adding 60 jobs. Read more here. (Furniture Today)


Walker Edison expanding warehouse, offices – The Utah-based RTA manufacturer cites double-digit growth as the need to enlarge its footprint. Read the story here. (Furniture Today)


Current fuel prices – the downward slide for gas and diesel prices continues. See this week’s numbers here. (eia.gov)


Truckload driver turnover remains high – At both large and small carriers, the driver shortage remains critical. Turnover for 2014 ranged between 90-95% on the truckload sector. Read more here. (AJOT)


Port of Oakland says the backlog is gone – Ships are going to berth, and cargo is loading and unloading normally at Oakland, for now. Once ships stuck in Southern California are serviced and can continue northward, there may be temporary container linebackups could occur. Read the story here. (AJOT)


Increased container traffic at Georgia Ports is affecting Southern truckload rates – The Port of Savannah saw a 14% increase in container traffic in February. If the volumes in the first two months of the year are any indication, 2015 will see Savannah come close to its intended capacity. This has truckers from around the Southeast coming to town to move freight, as cargo availability continues to climb. Read about the regional effects here. (Cargo Business News)

Port of Long Beach adds daily vessel report to web site – There is a new “Vessels at a Glance” feature in the port’s site at www.polb.com/vesselsataglance. It’s part of an effort to inform cargo interests of exactly which ships are doe, the berth location, ETA, ETD, and dwelt time. Read about it here. (AJOT)


Last major container service to Portland in jeopardy – Hapag Lloyd has no calls on Portland, Oregon in its current vessel schedules. Since Hanjin made its last call at Portland, Hapag Lloyd remained the last container line calling on the port. The lack of schedule is raising concerns that there will be no container service at Portland. Read details here. (JOC)


TRAC Intermodal forming chassis pool – TRAC Intermodal has announced it will form its own chassis pool, but will also join the “pool of pools” created at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach last month. Read about it here. (JOC)


New West Coast discussion group formed to alleviate congestion issues – The FMC has received the proposal for the formation of the Pacific Ports Operation Improvements Agreement. The discussion group would be composed of terminal operators and equipment managers in a format that would let them work with truckers, railroads, and ocean lines to increase cargo availability and velocity through the system. The filing specifically states there will be no negotiation of transportation rates. Read more here. (JOC)

Logistics News March 19, 2015

Hancock & Moore to be sold – RHF Investments will purchase Hancock & Moore and many of its assets.  However, the Councill plants in Denton, NC, will cease operations. Hancock & Moore will share ownership with Century Furniture. Read more here. (Furniture Today)


DOC postpones ruling on melamine imports – The Department of Commerce is delaying a ruling on whether foreign shipments of laminate surfaces to June 10. Read about it here. (Furniture Today)


Current Fuel Prices – Overall, fuel prices continue to decline, despite an upward bump in the March 9 report. See current numbers here. (Dept. of Energy)


Congress moves to allow hair testing for drugs – Bipartisan sponsors have introduced bills in both the House and Senate to allow trucking companies to test hair for substance abuse in drivers. See the story here. (Transport Topics)


Bill would create excise tax to fund infrastructure – H.R. 1308 is the second attempt by Rep. Alan Lowenthal to create a trust fund for the nation’s transportation infrastructure. The bill would create a 1% excise tax on ground transportation. Read more here. (Transport Topics) Read the text of the bill here. (Congress.gov)


Port of Virginia experiencing major congestion woes – The Virginia Port Authority has been unable to recuperate from issues that started with closures for weather in February. Despite countermeasures, including reopening the Portsmouth Marine Terminal to handle export cargo, trucks are sitting in line for hours to pick up containers. Read the story here. (JOC)

Job Opening March 12, 2015

Interested applicants, email Peter Ross  pross@zgallerie.com

Job purpose

 Transportation Manager is responsible for coordinating and managing all domestic shipments, third party deliveries, as well as, assist with international shipments.  Optimizing our logistics network will be a vital focus for this position, giving Z Gallerie a timely, cost effective edge in the market place.

 Duties and responsibilities

Domestic Transportation

Coordinates day-to-day logistics activities and transportation needs coast to coast (Truckload, Intermodal, LTL, Consolidations, Courier)

·Understands current freight classifications (NMFC) and applicable tariffs

·Reviews freight options for timely and cost effective shipment protocols

·Responsible for reducing empty miles and increasing space utilization on Inbound Domestic trailers (includes new Merchandise and furniture returns)

Maintains database on routes, ZIP codes, rates and services provided by Carriers

 Third Party Deliveries (Residential Deliveries)

·         Develop a National Home Delivery network as company expands to new markets

·         Negotiate contracts to ensure consistent services and rates

·         Ensure timely delivery of merchandise shipments to third parties and to our customer

Assist Customer Service team in resolving home delivery issues

 Import Transportation

·         Assists in the negotiation of rates and services for the Ocean Transportation of our Imports

·         Establish service contracts with ocean carriers (MQC) and freight forwarders and Custom Brokerage services

·         Reviews ocean freight payments, duties and associated fees

·         Measures timeliness of ocean shipments (ETD/ETA)

·         Participates in Quarterly Business Reviews with ocean carriers including corrective actions



  • Minimum of five years experience in freight & transportation industry
  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent work related experience will be considered

 Qualifications include:

·         Knowledgeable of import regulations, domestic inter-modal movements, OTR TL and LTL shipments and direct to consumer deliveries (courier, freight and White Glove deliveries)

·         Solid management and organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects, tactical and strategic planner and solutions focused

·         Strong communication skills; verbal, written and the ability to clearly present thoughts and ideas

·         Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications

·         Six Sigma experience a plus

Working conditions

 Some weekends, holiday and travel required

 Direct reports

 Transportation Clerk

Announcement from Transportation & Logistics Executives

Looking for Final Mile / White Glove Sales Talent AE to VP of Sales

James Tolan, Sr Partner at Transgistics Talent Acquisition, 3PL, LTL, TL, Air, Warehousing

We have a large national client that is looking for sales talent for final mile / white glove delivery. They are looking from the Account Executive level up to an including a VP of Sales. This is a client handling deliveries in this market segment across the US with significant reach in major and minor markets. We are looking for individuals with a skill set in selling a final mile solution with the VP of Sales role requiring a minimum of 10+ years of sales and sales leadership experience. Compensation includes competitive base and uncapped variable plus typical perks. Contact us directly at 407-876-3364 or jtolan@transgisticstalent.com with interest and or referrals.

Logistics News March 3, 2015

Broad River Furniture to build new DC in S. Carolina – Broad River Furniture is planning a new corporate headquarters and DC in Fort Mill, SC. The Ashley dealer expects the facility to open in November. Read more here. (Furniture Today)


Fuel prices continue upward creep – The national average diesel fuel price is up 14 cents from last week, but it’s still a dollar less per gallon than a year ago. See details here. (Dept. of Energy)


LA, Long Beach ports claim they’ll be back to normal in 3 months – At this week’s TPM conference the directors of both ports say they will work together to get cargo flowing properly through the facilities. Read the story here. (JOC)


Congress looks to set standards for hiring truckers – CSA scores are at the forefront of a bill introduced in the US House that would require brokers, shippers, forwarders, and consignees to verify that truckers they hire don’t have a bad safety rating. Read more here. (JOC)

Logistics News Feb. 16, 2015

Canadian rail strike ends in 2nd day – The Canadian Pacific Railway and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference negotiators agreed to binding arbitration, ending a strike that started Feb. 15. Read more here. (JOC)


Annual review for Chinese bedroom producers – The Dept. of Commerce will begin its administrative review of 2013 shipments from 16 manufacturers. See details here. (Furniture Today)


RC Willey expands Sacramento presence – The retailer plans a 160,000 square foot store, its second in the Sacramento, California area. See the story here. (Furniture Today)


Fuel inches up, still a bargain compared to last year – See the latest national gas and diesel average prices here. (D.O.E.)


FMSCA forms committee on driver training – The 26-member committee will meet publicly Feb. 26-27in Arlington, VA. The group’s goal is updating both classroom and practical training requirements for professional bus and truck drivers. Read more here. (FMSCA)


USWC terminal operators halt ship operations over holiday weekend – The finger-pointing and name-calling continued as the Pacific Maritime Association refused to call longshoremen to work for premium wages over the long President’s Day weekend. Work is scheduled to resume Tuesday, Feb. 17. Read the story here (AJOT) and here. (JOC)


Dialog over USWC contract degrades as ILWU head urges members to ignore the PMA’s “bull___t.” – Robert McEllrath, president of the ILWU, told his members to stand their ground and stay united in the face of reduced earnings as weekend and holiday work is withheld by terminal operators. Watch his message here. (YouTube)


Secretary of Labor dispatched to LA in bid to defuse USWC labor situation – US Labor Secretary Tom Perez is headed to California in an attempt to avoid a full-blown shutdown of US West Coast ports. Although he has no specific authority to end the impasse, he no doubt brings a message from the White House. There is speculation that the ILWU will be told to accept a good contract offer. Read more here.

Logistics News Feb. 8, 2015

Bob’s Discount moving into Pittsburgh – Bob’s Discount Furniture continues a westward market push with the announcement of two Pittsburgh areas stores, slated to open in Q2. Read the story here. (Furniture Today)


OSHA proposes hefty fine for Ashley violations – The federal worker safety department cited Ashley for 38 violations at its Arcadia, Wisconsin factory, and is proposing $1.76 million in fines. The company disagrees, and had release a statement in rebuttal. Read the details here. (Furniture Today)


West Coast labor situation gets even worse as weekend shifts are suspended – It appears a lockout or strike at West Coast terminal gets more likely every day. Pacific Maritime Association officials suspended vessel operations over the weekend, to be resumed Monday, with gate, rail, and yard activities continuing. Both sides blame each other for the deepening crisis, while the National Retail Federation says, “Enough is enough.” Read more here. (Cargo Business News)


ILWU wants ability to fire arbitrator – In a shocking move, February 4th, James McKenna, CEO of the Pacific  Maritime Association, said the ILWU has brought a new issue to the already contentious contract talks with the PMA. It wants the right to fire local arbitrators unilaterally. Read reaction to the new demand here. (JOC)


SoCal draymen declare force majeure – Many Southern California trucking firms have notified steamship lines and the Uniform Intermodal Interchange Agreement that they will not be held liable for charges due to late equipment returns. Claiming that the current gridlock at the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach has created circumstances beyond their control, the draymen claim they have the right to refuse payment to the carriers when they cannot return equipment. Read the story here. (JOC)


Does the drop in oil prices mean a shift in trucking? -  While no one is sure that we have reached a “new normal” pattern of energy use and transportation, the drop in oil prices has ramifications for the trucking industry besides fuel surcharges. Read more here. (Cargo Business News)


Weekly fuel price update – Diesel edged up $.02 from last week, but the national average is still $1.22 cheaper than last year at $2.068. See details here. (DOE)


We all pay as ILWU, PMA use labor resources as weapons – The executive director of the Port of Los Angeles says 95-97% of available land is now in use. Employers and longshoremen are using staffing to beat each other into settling the contract negotiations. And cargo interests can only stand back and pay the price. Read more here. (JOC)

 Bassett Furniture to wholly own Zenith – Bassett Furniture Industries has agreed to buy out the remainder of Zenith Global Logistics, making Zenith a subsidiary of the furniture manufacturer. Read the story here. (Furniture Today)

 Clear Destination introduces  “Ship to Home” software Canadian developer Clear Destination has launched a package designed to consolidate home deliveries of furniture and appliances, creating efficiencies by mixing products from multiple retailers. Read more here. (Furniture Today.)

 Latest fuel prices – You can see this week’s average gas and diesel prices here.

 LA Councilman organizes ILWU rally – Los Angeles City councilman Joe Buscaino “begs” the PMA to agree to the longshore unions demands on chassis M&R to end the dispute “before we lose business permanently.” Buscaino organized a union rally and concert in San Pedro, the district he represents. Read the story here.

Logistics News January 6th, 2015

Federal mediation in West Coast longshore negotiation – Both sides have requested assistance from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service “as soon as possible.” Expect to hear very little on the status of contract talks from this point until there is an agreement. Read the story here. (JOC)


Fuel price update – The downward march for gas and diesel prices continue, as crude heads to $50 a gallon. See the update here. (DOE)


Vaughan Furniture closing – After almost a century, the case goods manufacturer will cease operations soon, fulfilling orders as inventory allows. Read more here. (Furniture Today)


Panama Canal fee changes proposed – The Panama Canal Authority is asking for comment from stakeholders and will hold a public hearing in February regarding proposed changes to its fees. Read details here. (AJOT)


Penske Logistics files petition to Supreme Court – Penske is asking the US Supreme Court to rule on whether federal transportation law supercedes state laws regarding rest breaks. The case in question was won