Report: Truck driver turnover rates mixed | Amazon's cadre of economists offers a competitive advantage | How does a competency center improve transportation management?
March 15, 2019
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Report: Truck driver turnover rates mixed
Truck driver turnover at large fleets fell in the fourth quarter and grew with small carriers, according to a report from the American Trucking Associations which also noted markets are still tight overall. The drop could be due to decelerating freight volumes leading to fewer recruitment actions by companies or due to increased pay to drivers, reducing their likeliness to leave.
TruckingInfo (3/13),  DC Velocity online (3/14) 
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Innovation & Efficiency
Amazon's cadre of economists offers a competitive advantage
Amazon employs more than 150 economists to identify risk, forecast market demand and help design better products. "The work that I do has clear value that you can see right away -- it's not just hypothetical," says Daryl Fairweather, who worked at Amazon from 2014 to 2018 and is now Redfin's chief economist.
CNN (3/13) 
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How does a competency center improve transportation management?
A competency center can help with transportation management if it is focused on training, continuous improvement and other forward-looking activities, writes Descartes executive Chris Jones. "The role of the competency center is not focused on day-to-day execution activities but, rather, will have closer interaction with the transportation planning and coordination operations if they are centralized," he writes.
Logistics Viewpoints (3/14) 
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Tyson to track beef back to source using DNA
Tyson to track beef back to source using DNA
(Tyson Foods)
Tyson Foods will track beef sourced for its Open Prairie brand back to the original ranch using DNA samples taken at the time of processing. The new system provides "an assurance of quality," says Tyson Fresh Meats' Kent Harrison.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (3/14) 
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Show employees you don't "have green blood and horns"
Executives can counteract the negative default perceptions about them by connecting personally through work groups, town hall meetings and other gatherings, writes Scott Eblin. He recalls how he once led a book study that prompted an administrative assistant to marvel that "not all vice presidents have green blood and horns."
Eblin Group (3/12) 
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Get creative to manage teams across shifts
Many organizations have people working across all hours, so try to schedule meetings during shift overlaps, place talented people on all shifts and create forums for idea exchanges that don't depend on everyone being physically present, write Karin Hurt and David Dye.
Let's Grow Leaders (3/14) 
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Regulations & Policy
UK lawmakers vote to postpone Brexit
The UK House of Commons has voted 412-202 to postpone Brexit. The delay will be short if lawmakers approve a Brexit agreement by Wednesday but will be longer if Parliament remains undecided.
Reuters (3/15),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/15),  The Guardian (London) (3/14),  Deutsche Welle (Germany)/Agence France-Presse/Reuters/The Associated Press (3/14) 
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Business Update
Demand continues to rise for returnable transport packaging
The worldwide value of returnable transport packaging is expected to increase 4.3% this year, according to a Future Market Insights report that forecasts the industry through 2028.
Packaging World online (3/12) 
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Amazon adds staffed pickup, return desks at Whole Foods
Amazon has opened staffed desks inside some Whole Foods Market stores in Texas where customers can pick up their online purchases and drop off returns. Several stores have Amazon Lockers for package pickup, but only a handful so far have desks staffed by store employees.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (3/14) 
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Kroger picks Houston for Nuro delivery expansion
Kroger picks Houston for Nuro delivery expansion
Kroger will expand its use of Nuro autonomous vehicles to deliver groceries to four ZIP codes in the Houston area, the grocer said. It has been using the vehicles to make thousands of deliveries in Scottsdale, Ariz., since last year.
Winsight Grocery Business (3/14) 
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