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Industry Updates – May 6, 2020

Posted by Mihlfeld & Associates on May 6, 2020 2:46:22 PM

Non-essential businesses are resuming operations in at least 24 states in May. While the argument remains on whether it is too soon or not, it is none too soon for the trucking industry. April saw historic lows in the Load-to-Truck ratio and with restaurants nationwide not operating fully, or at all, as produce season isn’t bringing the boon many hoped. However, there is opportunity for a small uptick in May, the only question remaining is if some predictive models are correct, does reopening non-essential businesses too early just make things worse further down the road. Even with some economies beginning to reopen, second quarter predictions are still down by double digits with most hoping for a rebound by the end of the 3rd quarter and expecting it by the end of the year. The biggest factor in rebounding the economy is consumer confidence and a vaccine cannot come quickly enough to instill that level of confidence.

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Topics: Insider, Logistics Management, Shipping, COVID-19

Logistics Update April 28, 2020

Posted by Mihlfeld & Associates on Apr 28, 2020 12:05:26 PM

A review of the latest happenings across freight industries as well as a few discussion points about how the economy and industry begins to recover.

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Topics: Insider, Logistics Management, 3PL, COVID-19, Economy

Food Supply Chains Are Beginning to Shut Down April 14, 2020

Posted by Mihlfeld & Associates on Apr 13, 2020 4:22:51 PM

The week ending April 5, 2020 saw a 39% drop in available loads in the spot market. It is hard to quantify exactly what percentage of those were in the food sector, but it is safe to say that COVID-19 is now attacking the food industry full force. While the past few months have seen Global and Domestic Supply Chains bend, crumble, or come to a screeching halt, many felt we would always be able to efficiently move food to where it is needed. This past week has given us an eye-opening look at just how devastating COVID-19 is to even our most critical infrastructure sector. Eating patterns have changed in the face of stay-at-home and social distancing orders. These changes have affected every facet of the food supply chain including the consumer, the grocery store, restaurants, and the actual farm.

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Receiving Packages & Freight During COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Mihlfeld & Associates on Apr 7, 2020 11:30:37 PM

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the country, disinfectants are flying off the shelves and hand-washing remains the most touted method of prevention, but how do we clean our mail? Should we even be cleaning it? Well, rest easy: Preliminary testing suggests that you can't contract COVID-19 from mail or packages. Even if the interior contents had trace amounts of the virus, they are likely to have died by the time a package reaches you.

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Topics: Insider, Continuous Improvement, Shipping

Carrier & Industry Updates April 6, 2020

Posted by Mihlfeld & Associates on Apr 5, 2020 7:38:38 PM

The updates below reflect new information received within the past few days and over the weekend regarding some specific carriers and industry information. Load-to-truck ratios in March tell an interesting story as well – have we already witnessed the spot-market peak?

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Topics: Insider, Logistics Management, 3PL, Shipping

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