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Driver Shortage Continues to Loom

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By Matt Dickerson
Senior Vice President
JLL Indianapolis

The ongoing driver shortage remains a looming threat to the national supply chain. In the aftermath of the much published West Coast Port work stoppage (http://www.dcvelocity.com/articles/20150413-transportation-logistics-leaders-to-brainstorm-ideas-to-clear-congested-ports/) the nations shipping lines are still dealing with a growing driver shortage. The ongoing driver shortage can be measured by updated data on… Read More

Shippers, E-Retailers Preparing for the ‘Christmas Crunch’

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By Matt Dickerson
Senior Vice President
JLL Indianapolis

With the holiday shopping season looming, e-retailers and their shipping partners are gearing up to prevent a repeat of last season’s epic delivery fail.

While the vast majority of online purchases “guaranteed” to arrive by Christmas Eve were indeed delivered on time, those many successes were largely overshadowed by the… Read More

Diversifying Container Shipments off West Coast Seaports

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By Chip Barnes
Senior Vice President
Jones Lang LaSalle Indianapolis

JLL recently released our 2014 Seaport Outlook with what appears to be some interesting trends on U.S. inbound cargo freight.

2013 data on TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) volume suggests a shift away from West Coast seaports.  Even with the Panama Canal being 76% finished and not expected to… Read More

Cargo Volumes Increase Again

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By Matt Dickerson
Senior Vice President
JLL Indianapolis

As the end of summer approaches, another sign of the accelerating economy is the continued growth of freight traffic across the country.

One direct indicator of this is the increase in net semi-trailer orders. Net trailer orders increased as much as 50 percent year over year for the month of May… Read More

E-Commerce Shipping Update

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By Matt Dickerson
Senior Vice President
JLL Indianapolis

As the post-mortem continues on the 2013 holiday shipping debacle with Amazon and other e-commerce retailers, several larger players feverishly work to replace the “last mile” of package delivery.

In several cities, Amazon executives continue to roll out multiple delivery options with both private contractors and Amazon-employed vehicles. The… Read More

Retail and Fulfillment Distribution in Indianapolis

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By Brian Seitz
Senior Vice President
Jones Lang LaSalle

In the video above, JLL’s Director of U.S. Research, Aaron Ahlburn, explains what is currently driving industrial demand across the country.

Retail, and specifically e-commerce fulfillment, is leading the charge from coast to coast.  In Indianapolis, the impact of expanding retail is even more noticeable. Nearly all new deal activity in 2013 (both closed and active deals) are either store fulfillment, e-commerce/DTC fulfillment or… Read More

Battling the Driver Shortage

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By Matt Dickerson
Senior Vice President
Jones Lang LaSalle

Indianapolis-based Celadon Trucking will open a new state-of-the-art training center here in 2013 — the latest effort to stem the tide of the growing shortage of commercial truck drivers.

Celadon broke ground late last month on the $5 million facility, which will include classroom space, a cafeteria… Read More