Strong online sales are driving warehouse rents to record highs in New Jersey, sparking a frenzy in New Jersey’s commercial real estate market. Amazon captured an estimated 45-50% of all e-commerce sales during Black Friday. Meanwhile, Walmart reports that surging online orders are causing delays in its delivery network, but “the vast majority of orders are shipping on time now,” said Walmart spokeswoman Danit Marquardt. Meanwhile, UPS aircraft mechanics are threatening to strike over reductions in their health care benefits.
Mobile revenue grew by 43% over Thanksgiving week from a year ago, confirming the predictions of Tony Zito, CEO of Rakuten Marketing, that consumers will grow more comfortable buying multiple items at once from their phones.
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Warehousing companies added 8,100 jobs in November, responding to robust online sales demand. November’s growth in warehousing jobs was the most in a single month in nearly two years. Distribution centers have added nearly 35,000 jobs in the past year.
“Furthermore, I can't see around trucks in front of me without pulling halfway into another lane. When I need to exchange paperwork with the guard at a terminal, or the police, I can't lean out the window to do so. Speaking of which, I have to believe one of the windows on the Tesla Semi rolls down, but I can't figure out which one. If, as it appears from the renderings, the windows only vent, well... that's unacceptable.”
-Jonathon Ramsey, ex-truck driver, on the Tesla Semi’s central seating position
In other news:
Strong manufacturing and a capacity crunch are keeping freight spends high
U.S. Bank saw an 8.3% jump in its national freight spend index for Q3, the largest quarterly gain since Q4 2014. (Inbound Logistics)
Caterpillar pleads guilty to ripping off rail carriers
Caterpillar pays a $5M fine and $20M in restitution for cheating customers with unnecessary repairs and dumping rail car parts into the ocean. (Transport Topics)
McKinsey issues report on the revitalizing American manufacturing
If the U.S. plays its cards right, it could boost manufacturing GDP to $3T by 2025. (McKinsey)
Matthias Müller comes out against diesel
Volkswagen’s CEO said the German government should phase out diesel subsidies. (The New York Times)
What would the Tesla Semi be like for drivers?
This ex-trucker has some questions about the Tesla Semi. (Engadget)
The Trump administration has indicated that it will unveil its long-delayed $1T infrastructure package in January, betting that voters want massive deficit spending on roads, bridges, and airports even as it opposed by some lawmakers. FreightWaves will continue to cover this story as it unfolds in 2018.
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J.B. Hunt's quarterly earnings call reports strong revenues and earnings, but gets a huge hand from tax reform
Outbound rates from the Great Lakes have held steady at the high prices reached during last September's nationwide spike, but over the past 7 days, they're trending upward again.
Bettina Warburg explains blockchain to a child, a teenager, a college student, and an expert in this video from Wired Magazine.
American Trucking Associations President & CEO Chris Spear took to Medium on Thursday to tout the benefits the trucking industry will see from passage of the new tax law, including noting an ATA survey that says 50% of fleets are planning wage increases or one-time bonuses.
IBM and Maersk have teamed up to build blockchain solutions for the maritime container shipping industry, apparently focusing on automating costly import-export documentation.
Really want to guess where HQ2 will end up? Follow the tech talent pool and logistics network.
NATSO was invited by the House Committee on Homeland Security to discuss the insidious and pervasive issue of human trafficking.
SCLogic, a leading provider of in-building logistics systems, announced today that they have joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA).
South Korea worked feverishly expanding roads and train services in anticipation of thousands of athletes and spectators and millions of items arriving from all over the world. Then North Korea decided it wanted to join the party.
The long-awaited infrastructure plan from the White House is taking shape and could be part of President Trump’s State of the Union speech on Jan. 30, according to Reuters. CNN, however, reports that the plan will not likely be finished by that time due to the president’s travel schedule.