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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

Blurred Lines: E-commerce and Traditional Retailers

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By Matt Dickerson
Senior Vice President
Jones Lang LaSalle Indianapolis

In yet another example of the increasingly blurred lines between traditional bricks-and-mortar retailers and e-commerce retailers, Macy’s has begun to offer same-day delivery service to its customers in major U.S. cities.

Macy’s joins Bloomingdale’s, Target and several other traditional retailers that have announced similar programs in select… 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

Post-Mortem: The 2013 Holiday Shipping Meltdown

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By Matt Dickerson
Senior Vice President
JLL Indianapolis

The experts now have had more than two months to examine the aftermath of the well-publicized tailspin of FedEx and UPS during the 2013 holiday season, and it’s now becoming clear that the problem was found upstream.

The main catalyst for the shipping issues was with the retailers, led… Read More

Improvements Continue to Arrive for Indiana’s Roadway System

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By Matt Dickerson
Jones Lang LaSalle

As recently announced, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is moving forward on three major projects that will follow the completion of several other recent upgrades to Indiana roads.

These projects will continue to improve safety and ease congestion on the roadways and will allow for faster movement of goods and services… 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