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)