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Mike Weindel named president of Dupré Logistics

Dupré Logistics recently announced that Mike Weindel has assumed the new role of president of the Lafayette, Lousiana-based company. Reggie Dupré, chief executive of the company, said he will continue to work closely with the entire executive team. “I have tremendous respect for Mike Weindel,” Dupré said in a release. “He is being promoted to …

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Container rate increases are expected on the Trans-Pacific Eastbound

FreightWaves’ SONAR chart of the week (June 16, 2019 – June 22, 2019) Chart of the Week: Drewry World Container Index – Shanghai to Los Angeles and Shanghai to New York (SONAR : WCI.SHALAX, WCI.SHANYC ) If you are involved in the movement of containerized ocean freight, you are undoubtedly familiar with the beast known …

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Supply chain focus paying off for “Shipper of Choice” Home Depot

A commitment in late 2017 to invest over $1 billion into its supply chain network is allowing The Home Depot [NYSE: HD ] to expand into same- and next-day delivery while bolstering its standing as a favored company among carriers and drivers. That distinction for the Atlanta-based home improvement retailer comes in the form of …

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Single-use plastics bans: a risk for the petchem industry

The growing movement to end plastic pollution and ban single-use plastics poses a significant risk to the petroleum and petrochemical industries. The International Energy Agency estimates that the petrochemical industry will account for one third of global oil demand growth to 2030, about 3.2 million barrels per day. Last Monday, June 10, Canadian Prime Minister …

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North Carolina logistics company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization

A Durham, North Carolina-based logistics company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on June 13. C. Brent Smith, owner of Crystal Transportation Services of NC, doing business as Guardian Logistics Services, cited two major hurricanes that hit the Eastern and Coastal areas in 2018 as having a “big impact on its operation,” according to a …

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Pilot files civil lawsuit against shuttered Falcon Transport over $800,000 in unpaid fuel bills

Pilot Flying J has filed a civil lawsuit against Falcon Transport of Youngstown, Ohio, and its private equity owners, alleging the now-defunct carrier owes the truck stop chain nearly $800,000 in unpaid fuel bills. Pilot alleges that Falcon failed to pay its weekly fuel bill from April 11 to April 25 in the amount of …

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Collaborative spirit nets Conagra Brands “Shipper of Choice” award

FreightWaves and Convoy recently teamed up to present the first annual Shipper of Choice Award to a top-notch manufacturer, distributor or retailer. Conagra Brands (NYSE: CAG ) ranked number 4 out of 25 award winners. The first-of-its-kind award was created to recognize shippers committed to eliminating inefficiencies from the supply chain and aiming to be …

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Nikola secures Gold and Silver Project of the Year award

Area Development magazine has named trucking startup Nikola Motor one of its Gold & Silver Shovel 2019 projects of the year. The annual awards recognize states for their achievements in attracting investment projects that will create a significant number of new jobs in their communities. Five high-value projects were also recognized. Nikola’s headquarters facility opens …

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Laredo Motor Carriers Association aims to unite local trucking industry along the border

In June 2016, a leading group of Laredo carrier companies decided to band together and launch a new association focused on promoting and furthering Laredo as the “trucking capital” of the United States. From their efforts, the Laredo Motor Carriers Association (LMCA) was formed. LMCA recently celebrated its three-year anniversary by adding its 200th member. …

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USPS changes parcel pricing strategy; shipper impact unclear

On June 23, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) implements a pricing change that subjects more parcels to rates pegged to their dimensions instead of their actual weight. What impact, if any, this has on the USPS shipper universe won’t be known for months. Under the new policy, USPS will, for the first time, price parcels …

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