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Friday, September 9, 2022

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Yellow Corporation Expands Registered Apprenticeship Program to Train American Workers for New Skilled Labor Careers

Yellow Corporation Press Release September 8, 2022

At the White House, Yellow Corporation announced plans to expand its Registered Apprenticeship program to include new training initiatives for dockworkers and diesel mechanics. Nationwide and across industries, there is significant demand for these jobs, which are essential in delivering freight and sustaining U.S. supply chains.
On Sept. 1, Yellow CEO Darren Hawkins announced that the company plans to launch apprenticeship training programs for professional dockworkers and mechanics. In a briefing led by U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, and attended by industry and trade leaders, Hawkins said, “The focus the Administration has placed on Apprenticeship Programs through the White House Trucking Action Plan is yielding important results, not only for Yellow, but other large and small carriers alike. We have reason to be optimistic about our efforts. Earlier this year we set a goal to train 1,000 new professional truck drivers at our Driving Academies in 2022, and we are well on our way to reaching that goal. We are excited to offer similar professional training programs for dock workers and mechanics, too,” Hawkins added. “I’m confident that by working with the DOL and industry partners, we can train the professionals America needs while offering men and women a path to a well-paid, reputable career.”
Related: The White House Biden-⁠Harris Administration Launches the Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative to Create Equitable, Debt-Free Pathways to High-Paying Jobs

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US Xpress reorganizes, emphasizing contract business

The Journal Of Commerce William B. Cassidy September 8, 2022

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Truckload carrier US Xpress Enterprises is taking a sharp turn that it hopes will lead it back to profitability. After suffering four consecutive quarterly losses, US Xpress said Thursday it is “realigning” its asset and nonasset trucking operations by cutting staff and selling noncore real estate.
Shifting from spot to contract
US Xpress wants more contract business, and wants to resist any rollback in contract rates, Fuller said. “I think we’re at the bottom or bouncing along the bottom” of the current spot market, he said. “I think this [spot truckload] market is starting to correct itself but I’m not sure how long that takes.”

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Shippers/3PLs

Retailers hope to handle peak season surge through more diverse fulfillment channels

DC Velocity September 8, 2022

In response, retailers will seek to match the burst of holiday demand through blended fulfillment channels, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based Radial said. The conclusion comes from a consumer study which surveyed 1,000 adults across the U.S. to gather insights around their plans and expectations for the 2022 peak season.
“The retail sector has undergone significant unpredictability and digital acceleration over the last two years. Supply chain disruptions and evolving consumer behaviors have shifted a formularized market, into a dynamic one. The impact of inflation introduces a new variable for brands to plan and strategize around this year,” Laura Ritchey, Chief Operating Officer and EVP at Radial, said in a release. “To ensure peak operations run smoothly, it is essential that brands focus on inventory management and measure against consumer demand. The need for sound omnichannel offerings will ensure customers get a great experience regardless of the channel from which their order is fulfilled.”

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New Inventory Problems Expose Old Supply Chain Weaknesses

LinkedIn Yossi Sheffi September 8, 2022

Companies are trying all manner of ways to rid themselves of bloated inventories at a time when they typically build inventory for the end-of-year holiday season. How did they find themselves in such a mess?
Several factors caused these problems:
• Delays in fulfillment from Asian factories due to congestion in ports and other parts of the transportation system meant that many retailers got stuck with items that could not be sold because they missed their selling season.
• As supply chains became more volatile and uncertain, companies ordered more of everything “just to be sure.” This practice is a variation of the consumer hoarding habits that became evident during the height of the pandemic. As a result, when deliveries arrived, inventories ballooned.
• Consumers changed their preferences. In the face of rising inflation and the fear of a coming recession, consumers started buying less branded products and focused on value instead. Since this shift was unexpected at the time orders were placed, it landed companies with the wrong inventory.

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Government/Safety/Sustainability

Companies Are Buying Large Numbers of Carbon Offsets That Don’t Cut Emissions

The Wall Street Journal Shane Shifflett September 8, 2022

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Last year, Delta Air Lines Inc. bought nearly 300,000 credits from Tuppadahalli for an undisclosed price, representing about 300,000 metric tons of carbon output that would have been added to India’s air pollution had the wind farm’s energy production come instead from traditional power generation. This allowed Delta to get closer to its pledge to curb its own emissions without taking drastic actions to overhaul its existing operations, such as switching away from jet fuel or grounding planes.
Transactions like this undercut the basic concept behind carbon offsets—that they should fund green projects that wouldn’t be possible without the additional cash they bring.

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Hydrogen Rises as Alternative Fuel, but Check the Feedstock

Transport Topics Roger Gilroy September 8, 2022

It’s important to understand the full story of the fuel, he said, and how much carbon was put in the atmosphere in the creation of any type of fuel.
“It’s not obvious what the right solution is there for how we talk about it and track it,” he added. “I think it would be nice for the industry to come up with just a carbon-intensity measure.”
But Cummins believes the choice on using a hydrogen fuel with any of the various carbon intensities in its history is up to the end user.
“They put the fuel in. It’s the same hydrogen. It’s just how was it created. And that’s really going to be up to the fuel companies, and what they are delivering to the pump. We would like to see green,” Nebergall said.
Related: Transport Topics Industry Shows Interest in Cummins’ Hydrogen Engines

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What to Know About the Advanced Clean Fleets Proposal

Truckinginfo.com Vesna Brajkovi September 8, 2022

The California Air Resources Board will conduct a public hearing on Oct. 27 to consider a proposed regulation that would require all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales in the state to be zero-emission vehicles starting in 2040.
CARB’s proposed Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) regulation — not to be confused with the Advanced Clean Trucks rule, which targets manufacturers — would require fleets to replace gasoline, diesel and natural gas, and other ICE vehicles, with battery-electric or hydrogen-fuel-cell electric trucks.
It supports existing policies and regulations through a phased-in fleet transition of medium-, heavy-, and light-duty package delivery vehicles to ZEVs from 2024 through 2042. It would also set a clear end date for combustion-powered new vehicle sales in California by requiring all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles purchased by fleets to be ZEVs starting in 2040.

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Climate Change Could Worsen Supply Chain Turmoil

The New York Times Ana Swanson And Keith Bradsher September 8, 2022

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Chinese factories were shuttered again in late August, a frequent occurrence in a country that has imposed intermittent lockdowns to fight the coronavirus. But this time, the culprit was not the pandemic. Instead, a record-setting drought crippled economic activity across southwestern China, freezing international supply chains for automobiles, electronics and other goods that have been routinely disrupted over the past three years.
Such interruptions could soon become more frequent for companies that source parts and products from around the world as climate change, and the extreme weather events that accompany it, continue to disrupt the global delivery system for goods in highly unpredictable ways, economists and trade experts warn.

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Port of LA receives $20M to improve truck access

Transport Dive Colin Campbell September 6, 2022

The grant from the bipartisan infrastructure law passed in 2021 will fund the construction of a four-lane, rail-roadway grade separation to improve truck access to a container terminal support facility on Terminal Island, at the center of the San Pedro Bay Port Complex.
Improving access to the 80-acre marine terminal support facility, which was repurposed last year to store chassis and empty containers, is an example of the government’s investment in shoring up supply chains battered by COVID-19 and other woes in recent years, Buttigieg said during a news conference aboard the USS Iowa.

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