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The Daily Dash: Recent cyberattacks having ripple effects across supply chain

FedEx and UPS receive kudos for early performance transporting vaccines

Forward Air is one of the logistics companies battling through a cyberattack right now. Third party sources have said the attack is causing disruptions to freight moving to and from airports. (Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves)

The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, cyberattacks are causing issues at two industry players. An attack on Forward Air is having supply chain implications, and Central Freight Lines has also acknowledged it was victimized. Plus, FedEx and UPS are receiving plaudits for their early performance in vaccine distribution.  

Cyberattack on Forward Air having ripple effects

The ransomware attack on Forward Air’s (NASDAQ: FRWD) operational and information technology systems has caused shipping delays for customers, especially those that move loads to, from and between airports.

John Kingston, Eric Kulisch and Nate Tabak have more: Forward Air’s cyberattack backing up shipments at key market: airports

Central Freight Lines’ woes grow

Less-than-truckload carrier Central Freight Lines confirmed it fell victim to a cyberattack, which knocked its operating systems and call center offline last week.

Clarissa Hawes has more on the attack: Central Freight Lines falls victim to cyberattack

Holiday shipping

FedEx and UPS are delivering COVID-19 vaccines to many more locations this week as the logistics campaign behind the nationwide immunization program continues to scale up and settle into a predictable rhythm.

Eric Kulisch covers the supply chain success to date: COVID vaccine delivery drivers may be busy Christmas Day

Fulfillment platforms in hot demand

One thing that the pandemic has made clear is that large retailers — not just third-party logistics and transportation providers — will be prolific acquirers of e-commerce fulfillment platforms.

John Paul Hampstead explores this and more impacts: Bankers: COVID brought more buyers to market for e-commerce tech

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Amazon (NASDQ: AMZN) has closed a warehouse in New Jersey until Saturday after an increase in asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 among workers, the company confirmed to CNBC.

Eric Kulisch has more: Amazon shutters NJ warehouse after rise in COVID cases

Hammer down, everyone,

Brian Straight

Managing Editor

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at [email protected]