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2015-2017 Archives (Please contact us for access)

MAN Truck & Bus, Hochschule Fresenius and DB Schenker Deploy Networked Trucks for First Time in Practical Application

Summary: February 13, 2018 –  The cooperative venture established in May 2017 will test truck convoys over a period of several months as part of DB Schenker’s scheduled operations in real traffic scenarios on the A9 freeway between Munich and Nuremberg. This will also be the first time that professional truck drivers from DB Schenker will replace test drivers at the wheel. The results of the study at the human-machine interface will be fed back directly into developing the technology.

Individual runs of the platoon are planned in April. To begin with, the trucks will be operating without any cargo. Afterwards, there will be weekly, and then daily test runs. Eventually tests will include regular operations with actual cargo during the course of 2018. The platoons will then be deployed up to three times daily between DB Schenker logistics centers in Munich and Nuremberg.

LogisticsTI Take: A growing shortage of drivers combined with potential fuel savings and general road safety, platooning offers a number of possibilities. These tests will quantify findings and potentially put into actual practice platooning between Schenker facilities.


Ryder Expands Cross-Border Network with Logistics Facility in Laredo, Texas

Summary: February 14, 2018 – The new facility is located near the World Trade Bridge and is 109,000 square-foot. It includes 6,400 square feet of office space, 51 dock doors, two ramps, and 114 trailer spaces. The Laredo site will handle shipments on behalf of 19 customers within the auto, industrial, retail, and high tech industries.

 The new facility also complements Ryder’s newly renovated yard in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, which has capacity for up to 400 trailers.

“Our new facility in Laredo, Texas enables Ryder to continue to support its growing customer base in the U.S. and Mexico with industry-leading cross-border solutions,” said Ryder’s Vice President of International Supply Chain Solutions. “For over 24 years, Ryder has supported customers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, where we’ve provided an unparalleled transportation infrastructure and distribution services in the midst of some of the most complex cross-border freight movement challenges.”

LogisticsTI Take: Logistics and transportation providers continue to invest in cross-border services despite political rhetoric. Trade will continue despite what is politically decided and providers are preparing for more volumes.


Canadian Pacific Railway Opens Office in Shanghai, China

Summary: February 1, 2018 – Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) opened an office in Shanghai as it looks to further build its book of business, strengthen existing customer partnerships and continue its pursuit of sustainable, profitable growth.

 According to the President and CEO of CP, “With a third of our existing book of business already touching Asia and exciting opportunities for growth, now is the time for CP to connect with our customers in Shanghai and across the Pacific Rim. We have been working hard to strengthen relationships with our customers in Asia and are thrilled to finally put down roots in a market that is so influential to our business. We believe that providing on-the-ground support to connect with our customers is the best way to continue to enhance the best-in-class service CP has become known for.”

The Shanghai office will serve as CP’s new Asian home base, to complement the company’s existing offices in Beijing and Tokyo.

LogisticsTI Take: The majority of Canadian trade is with the US and with NAFTA hanging by a thread, it is wise to diversify trade partners so that any potential negative impact will be as minimal as possible.