The Weekly Freight Report for August 18th, 2022
The Top Headlines in Freight, Transportation, & Logistics from FLS Transport
The FLS Weekly Freight Report covers the week’s top news in logistics, transportation, shipping, and freight. This week’s freight report covers truckers stopping traffic to save a life, increased factory outputs, perfecting food distribution with AI, railroad worker negotiations, and the top 7 supply chain challenges in 2023.
- LIFELINE | Truckers line up to stop traffic to save a life on a Nebraska interstate.
- FACTORY OUTPUTS | FED data shows an increase in production for July.
- PERFECTING FOOD DISTRIBUTION | Food distributors utilize this AI program to keep up with demand.
- WHAT’S NEXT? | What is the next step in preventing a railroad worker strike or lockout?
- 2023 SUPPLY CHALLENGES | Will supply chain managers catch a break in 2023?
LIFELINE | Truckers line up to stop traffic to save a life on a Nebraska interstate.
A row of caring truckers worked with law enforcement officers and paramedics to intervene in a suicide attempt by lining their trucks up side-by-side under an overpass on Interstate 680 in Nebraska.
Their actions not only stopped traffic and created a platform close to the overpass just in case the person decided to jump. Authorities stated the individual was undergoing medical treatment for a mental health issue.
They also reminded everyone that the Suicide and Crisis Prevention Lifeline is available and, “If you ever need someone to listen, help is a phone call away at 988.” Watch the rescue success here.
FACTORY OUTPUTS | FED data shows an increase in production for July.
Federal Reserve data showed that US factories saw an increase in production in July.
The primary driver of the increase was thanks to the pickup in motor vehicle output.
Additionally, other industries saw production increases for the first time in three months.
See all the data here.
PERFECTING FOOD DISTRIBUTION | Food distributors utilize this AI program to keep up with demand.
In the US, approximately 40% of the food supply becomes food waste.
The food distribution industry has many problems to manage in a post-pandemic world, including increased demand as people cook at home, economic pressures impacting food prices, supply chain constraints, longer lead times, warehouse space shortages, and labor shortages.
One company has AI tech that is helping distributors reign in costs and keep up with demand. Want to know who it is and how they do it? Find out here.
WHAT’S NEXT? | What is the next step in preventing a railroad worker strike or lockout?
The 12 unions representing 115,000 railroad workers are fighting for higher wages, improved benefits, and some work-life balance.
The major freight railroads have expressed interest in moving negotiations forward after a presidential report called for a 24% salary raise.
Will both sides come to the table and reach an agreement to prevent a strike or lockout?
Get all the details here.
2023 SUPPLY CHALLENGES | Will supply chain managers catch a break in 2023?
Since 2020, supply chain managers have had one challenge after another… and it looks like they can expect more of the same in 2023.
While many supply chain issues have improved, others will linger, and new challenges will appear.
There are 7 challenges supply chain managers will need to be prepared for as 2023 approaches.
Find out what they are here.
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