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Italy's Datatex Group to present its fiber, textile blockchain platform Now 4.0 Textile ERP at Techtextil in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 21-24; software tracks, verifies authenticity across entire supply chain from raw materials, fibers to finished items

DHL Express opens two 2,200-cubic-ft, 100% off-the-grid, solar-powered mobile DHL ServicePoints in Las Vegas to address growing consumer demand for local, international shipping options; bubble wrap, packing tape and DHL-branded boxes are offered at units

Stellantis appoints Marlo Vitous as Sr. VP, North America Purchasing and Supply Chain, replacing Martin Horneck who is retiring; Vitous will oversee strategy to invest US$35B on electrification, software development by 2025

Domtar charters its own ocean freighter to transport 43 dryer cans, other equipment from China to South Carolina port to avoid monthslong delay of its Kingsport, Tennessee, mill conversion project; mill will produce recycled linerboard, corrugating medium

Nokia, Mobile Industrial Robots to showcase real-time robot fleet management using private 5G wireless at LogiMat show; MiR will leverage Nokia Digital Automation Cloud solution, and its robots will be connected via Nokia Industrial dongles with SIM cards

Kuehne+Nagel to build 130,000-sq-m. automated, omnichannel Adidas fulfillment site with a capacity of 18,000 packages/hour in Mantova, Italy, by 2024; site to run on 100% renewable energy and is company's largest CO2-neutral facility, will create 700 jobs

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March 15, 2022


Supply Chain/Logistics Disruption

Medical supply transport delays drop from 37 days to 27 days since December 2021, yet are still 440% longer than before pandemic; volume of medical supply containers awaiting delivery increases 13% in past three months: HIDA
Health Industry Distributors Assn. (HIDA) (03/14)

The Week in Chemistry: US spot PE, PP trend upward once again amid Russia-Ukraine conflict, Russia polymer producers turn to China for polymer exports amid sanctions across the globe; soaring energy prices lead Yara to cut fertilizer production rates
Industry Intelligence Inc. (03/11)

UK food suppliers warn of price rises of up to 50% on staples such as bread, potatoes and pasta in response to inflation and supply pressure
The Mirror (03/11)

Paper Excellence thanks Government of Saskatchewan for its support regarding Canadian National's lack of rail service at its pulp mill in Meadow Lake; company says provincial government advocated issue to Canadian government, Minister of Transport
Paper Excellence (03/11)

Burger King suspends all of its corporate support for the Russian market--including operations, marketing and supply chain in addition to refusing approvals for investment and expansion--amid country's conflict with Ukraine
Restaurant Brands International Inc. (03/11)

Geopolitical Change/Disruption

Greif continues to operate nine facilities in Russia while condemning Russian government's invasion of Ukraine, says CEO, according to a transcript; Greif also has temporarily closed its flexibles JV plant in Ukraine, is working to divest its 50% stake
NBC - 4 WCMH (03/14)

Greenpeace urges EU to to ban imports of fossil fuels from Russia to weaken country's war efforts; at least 148 oil and gas tankers have left Russia since Feb. 24, with 69 tankers headed to Europe, according to group's new Russian Tanker Tracker
Targeted News Service (Press Releases) (03/14)

Labor Disruption/Strike

Truck drivers, delivery drivers and cab drivers protest in Cologne, Germany, over rising gas prices; several associations have also called on European government to intervene with fuel tax reductions and introduction of a business fuel
CE Noticias Financieras (03/14)


Supply Chain/Logistics Software

Norfolk Southern launches next-gen carbon calculator to help supply chain customers account for, measure and mitigate carbon emissions; tool generates a rail fuel efficiency factor for 18 rail car types and 30 commodities as well as intermodal
PR Newswire (03/14)

Marine intelligence company Windward launches Russia sanctions compliance solution as part of its Maritime AI platform to allow users to minimize risk exposure; companies and vessels connected to Russia will be flagged in the platform as moderate risk
PR Newswire (03/14)


Trucking/Van Delivery

North America-based Transport Investments announces acquisition of Kansas-based freight brokerage SmartWay Transportation; Transport handles annual volume of over 500,000 loads through its network of terminals, owner-operators and third-party carriers.
PR Newswire (03/14)

XPO announces Tamar Jimenez, Emily Phillips and Stacey Woods have been named on the Women In Trucking Assn's Top Women to Watch in Transportation; Jimenez is an LTL service center manager, Phillips is advanced solutions VP and Woods is human resources SVP
GlobeNewswire (03/14)

US Freight Transportation Services Index up 1.2% to 138.9 in January from 137.3 in December due to rise in water, pipeline, trucking, while air freight, rail carloads, rail intermodal fell; index up 1.7% year-over-year from 136.6: Dept. of Transportation
U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) (03/11)

Rail Cargo/Shipping

RBC Capital: December's WWPA softwood lumber stats show North American production down 8.8% year-over-year on rail, pandemic challenges; British Columbia flooding impact now showing in data as November/December curtailments drop BC's operating rate to 56%
RBC Capital Markets LLC (03/14)

Union Pacific to finish phasing out its Tier 0 locomotives in favor of more environmentally efficient Tier 0+ or Tier 2 units over the next few months; Tier 0+ locomotives reduce emissions of NOx by 16% and of PM2.5 by 63% as compared to Tier 0 units
Salt Lake Tribune (03/14)

Maine governor announces US$12,960,000 for Maine Northern Rail improvements was approved by House and Senate; funds to support upgrading the Presque Isle and Houlton lines and mainline from Millinocket to Scopan Township to allow for 25 mph speeds
Targeted News Service (Press Releases) (03/14)

Ocean Cargo/Shipping

Massachusetts Port Authority announces Port of Boston to be on international shipping line Zim's trade route connecting southeast Asia to northeast US, with stops in Baltimore and New York; port can handle ships with a capacity of 12,000 to 14,000 TEUs
Global Data Point (03/14)

Maersk's APM Terminals seeks to divest its 37.5% stake in Russia's terminal operator Global Ports; operator moved 1.6 million TEU in 2021 and runs six terminals in Russia, including the St. Petersburg container terminal, as well as terminals in Finland
The Maritime-Executive (03/11)


Mexico to build T-MEXPARK, a 3,000,000-sq-meter logistics center located near new Felipe Angeles International Airport with a handling capacity of 3,000 tons/day, which will generate 65,000 jobs by project completion; site expected to be operating by 2023
CE Noticias Financieras (03/14)



Barcelona bans opening of new supermarket dark stores and other such warehouses in the city, while also imposing new conditions on home-delivered meals, citing the 'neighborhood nuisance' generated by delivery drivers
CE Noticias Financieras (03/11)


Report shows 90% of health systems use prime vendor distributors for medical-surgical supplies, with 40% of systems to increase role of medical-surgical distribution; number of products purchased through distribution expected to grow: HIDA
Health Industry Distributors Assn. (HIDA) (03/14)

Supplier Management

Aldi Ireland signs five-year contract extension with Kilkenny-based Iverk Produce to supply 150 stores with potatoes; €100M deal will see Iverk supply 24,000 tonnes of locally grown potatoes to Aldi annually
Irish Times (03/11)


Order Fulfillment & Delivery

Hamburg, Germany-based package delivery company Hermes to rebrand to Evri with a national TV campaign, following poor customer service and package mishandling allegations; company also to auto-enroll its 20,000 workers into new £7 million pension plan
Evening Standard (Online) (03/14)

Industrial Packaging

Bus manufacturer Heuliez Bus replaces wooden packaging with returnable folding Tecnipack by DS Smith Tecnicarton; Tecnipack includes a metal base and eyebolts so that it can be lifted with slings and hooks, reduces handling of parts on the assembly line
DS Smith PLC (03/14)

Mail/Parcel/Courier Services

USPS First-Class Mail was delivered 86.9% on time for Jan. 1 - March 4 period, down 2.3 percentage points from Q1, Marketing Mail down 0.5 pp to 91.7% on time, periodicals down 0.4 pp to 80.5% on time; average time for mail delivery was 2.7 days
U.S. Postal Service (USPS) (03/11)

 Stock Report

Latest: Mar, 15 2022

Latest Value Prev Chg Volume YOY Chg
Fedex (FDX) 211.13 213.16 -0.96% 2,180,731 -21.86%
Hunt J B Transport Services (JBHT) 195.35 198.30 -1.51% 773,060 19.97%
Kansas City Southern (KSU) 293.59 298.55 -1.69% NA 36.21%
Norfolk Southern (NSC) 266.09 267.34 -0.47% 944,480 1.78%
Ryder System (R) 77.48 79.15 -2.16% 668,397 0.12%
United Parcel Service (UPS) 204.30 203.89 0.20% 2,237,446 21.83%