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C.H. Robinson Acquires Milgram & Company Ltd., Expands Global Forwarding Network

“Today, we are bringing one of Canada’s most respected forwarding companies into C.H. Robinson,” said John Wiehoff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of C.H. Robinson.

“This acquisition continues our global expansion and marks our third Global Forwarding acquisition in the past five years.”

“We are extremely proud of the progress we have made in bringing these companies into C.H. Robinson, and Milgram & Company Ltd. (“Milgram”) provides another unique opportunity to strengthen our global forwarding and customs brokerage offerings in Canada.”

“We look forward to working with Milgram’s customers to offer our full suite of logistics services to help improve their supply chains.”

John Wiehoff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of C.H. Robinson

“This acquisition continues our global expansion and marks our third Global Forwarding acquisition in the past five years”John Wiehoff, Chairman and CEO of C.H. Robinson

Milgram is a leading provider of customs brokerage and freight forwarding, in addition to providing surface transportation and warehousing services, to 3,500 active customers.

Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Milgram employs approximately 330 employees and has six offices in Canada and one office in the United States.

Milgram is a gold standard winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies®. For the fiscal year ending May 31, 2017, Milgram had approximately $155.3 million CAD (approximately $124 million USD) in gross revenues.

C.H. Robinson purchased Milgram & Company Ltd. for approximately $62 million CAD (approximately $50 million USD) in cash. The acquisition is expected to be approximately neutral to earnings in 2017 and slightly accretive in 2018 and will be financed through cash and funds drawn from C.H. Robinson’s existing revolving credit facility.

“We are excited to build on our success providing supply chain expertise and execution, refining processes, and being an integral part of our customers’ businesses,” said Jay Goldman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Milgram & Company Ltd.

“We now look forward to collaborating with C.H. Robinson to grow our presence and provide our customers with the opportunity to leverage C.H. Robinson’s worldwide network and world-class service offerings.”

C.H. Robinson’s Global Forwarding business currently serves five continents and 31 countries, with over 4,000 employees and 125 offices worldwide, and is the #1 non-vessel operator (NVO) from China to the United States. Global Forwarding customers leverage C.H. Robinson’s considerable freight volumes to access available capacity at competitive rates.

“This acquisition strengthens our ability to continue to serve the world’s shippers and help them meet their global supply chain goals,” said Mike Short, President of C.H. Robinson’s Global Forwarding division.

“Milgram has built a successful business doing things the right way, serving customers, and exceeding their expectations. We look forward to bringing their talented team to C.H. Robinson.”

C.H. Robinson will integrate Milgram into its Global Forwarding division and single global technology platform, Navisphere®.

Related SC24/7 Article: Freight Forwarders Face ‘Significant Change from New E-Business Models’

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Kuebix Partners with SimpliShip to Expand Global Transportation Management Solution

Kuebix, creator of a transportation management system that delivers true shipping intelligence, and international freight marketplace SimpliShip have partnered to integrate the SimpliShip International Freight Rate API with Kuebix TMS.

In an interview with Logistics ManagementKuebix President Dan Clark says the relationship will help U.S. shippers penetrate the international marketplace with more ease.

“There’s been some anxiety about the risk involved in going global,” he says.

“But the cloud-based platform we provide should address those concerns.”

“Our partnership with SimpliShip is a great addition to the Kuebix ecosystem as we continue to expand our global network of providers to maximize visibility and efficiency for domestic and international shippers”

Dan Clark, President & Founder, Kuebix

“Our partnership with SimpliShip is a great addition to the Kuebix ecosystem as we continue to expand our global network of providers to maximize visibility and efficiency for domestic and international shippers”Dan Clark, President & Founder, Kuebix

With Kuebix TMS, logistics managers may be enabled to enhance rating, booking, and managing of their LTL, TL, parcel, rail, ocean and air freight.

For more complex supply chains, Kuebix can be configured with Premier Applications and Integrationsdesigned to meet the needs of a larger enterprise.

According to analysts at Gartner, Kuebix is among the industry’s fastest growing TMS players in today’s marketplace.

Bart de Munyck – a prominent analyst with the consultancy – recently wrote about the company in a TMS market study last spring.

“Kuebix is the industry’s fastest growing transportation management system that saves businesses of every size time and money by providing shipping intelligence across the supply chain.”

Clark told Logistics Management that the new partnership will help Kuebix in its “consultative” role in the future…especially with perishable commodities.

“High-value goods are growing in demand,” he says.

“And shippers need much more guidance and advice when ramping up their services.”

This partnership with SimpliShip will connect Kuebix users to a large network of freight forwarders and NVOCCs for instant and spot market air and ocean freight pricing.

SimpliShip Chief Executive Officer Cory Margand called the integration the “first step in unlocking the true potential for APIs in international logistics.”

“The days of having to access multiple platforms to manage domestic and international shipments are over.”

Related Article: Why is Big Data, and Managing it, Such a Big Deal?

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Tesla’s Electric Semi-Truck Will Be Able To Drive Itself and Travel in Platoons

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been teasing an electric semi truck for a while now, ahead of an official unveiling this fall.

But a report in Reuters adds a new, if somewhat unsurprising, wrinkle to the mix: the Tesla big rig is probably going to have self-driving capabilities.

Reuters has seen emails between Tesla and the Nevada DMV where the two sides discussed “potential road tests” of the truck’s self-driving capabilities.

The information also apparently describes Tesla’s desire to create long-haul electric semis that can drive themselves in platoons,” potentially following behind a lead truck piloted by a human driver.

Read: $5 million for Truck Platooning Study

The idea that Tesla is working on incorporating self-driving technology into its upcoming semi truck falls in line with how aggressive the company has been at building the same tech into its consumer cars.

Tesla offers semi-autonomous features on all of its current models in the form of Autopilot, which costs an additional $5,000 at the time of purchase. It also offers a $3,000 full “self-driving” option, which the company says will be activated once the software is ready. (Tesla claims that all of its cars are already equipped with the hardware necessary for full autonomy.)

What is surprising is that Tesla appears ready to test this technology.

The state of Nevada is a likely partner, as it’s one of the few in the country that actually gives out licenses for autonomous vehicle testing. It was also the first state to allow self-driving big rigs to test in 2015 when Daimler acquired two AV licensesfor its own Freightliner Inspiration Truck. Volvo is working on adding autonomous capabilities to its own trucking fleet, too.

Autonomy is also a common theme for the Silicon Valley companies that have dipped into the trucking world. In 2016, Uber acquired self-driving truck company Otto, which was led by a former high-profile employee of Google’s own self-driving project. (That employee is now currently at the center of a legal battle between Google’s parent company and Uber.) And Waymo, the company that blossomed out of Google’s self-driving car project, is working on its own self-driving truck program.

Tesla is planning an official reveal of the semi truck in September, so that’s when we’ll likely learn just how far the company wants to push this new part of its self-driving ambitions.

Autonomous Trucks Will Mean Big Savings For Freight Companies
Autonomous driving technologies are determining the future of the trucking industry. While the first tests for self-driving trucks under real conditions are underway, the entire absence of the driver is still far in the future.

Using data from the specialist magazine Lastauto Omnibus, a study by PwCsuggests that by 2025, fleet owners could reduce their total costs by 15 percent compared to 2016 and even 28 percent beyond that year (considering the current annual operating costs of €115,600 for an average long-haul truck).

While fixed costs (such as gasoline) and variable costs (including tax, rates for cleaning, communication and testing costs) would be reduced by a mere 7 percent respectively, the highest potential for saving lies with the cost of a driver.

Accordingly, autonomous driving technologies are likely to reduce annual costs of a driver by staggering 30 percent by 2025 – an incentive that makes self-driving trucks a hot prospect for freight companies.

However, from the perspective of drivers employed at freight companies, this is bad news: Goldman Sachs estimated that the new technology could eliminate 25,000 driver jobs a month or 300,000 per year about 25 years from now.

Read the Article: While No Cure-All, Possibility of Driverless Trucks Offers Hope for Truck Driver Crisis

Autonomous Truck: Big Savings For Freight Companies?
Average annual operating costs per long-haul truck (in thousand euros)

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Uber Freight Introduces Personalized Load Matching

Ever since Uber launched Uber Freight with a large focus on operations in Texas, Uber’s team has been looking for new and innovative ways to make the day-to-day lives of truck drivers better.

They’ve helped carriers and their drivers haul everything from oranges to furniture, and we’ve been blown away by the community’s feedback.

According to Uber, carriers and their drivers love Uber Freight’s transparency and fast payment.

As more and more motor carriers begin to incorporate Uber Freight into their businesses, Uber’s goal is to continue to put them first.

To do that, they’re constantly learning – which routes they like to drive, what loads they prefer, and where they want to go – and taking that information to build a better product.

Recently Uber announced two updates that they believe will bring a better freight experience to tens of thousands of drivers: they’re expanding their focus into new markets across the country and introducing personalized load matching.

New Markets
In the last few months, Uber has heard from drivers that they want more loads in more places.

They have a lot of active drivers in Texas (Their first launch market), and they are excited to expand their focus around the country to major metros across California, Arizona, the Chicago-Midwest region, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

These new areas represent where drivers like to run, which makes sense: these regions including Texas cover over a quarter of the country’s drivers and freight.

Unlocking this geography allows more carriers and their drivers to grow their businesses with Uber Freight’s instant load booking and quick payment.

While today Uber still has most of their loads in Texas, over the coming months drivers can expect to see an ever-increasing number of loads available on the app in these new markets.

Read: Armstrong Highlights the Inaccuracy of the Term “Uber for Trucking”

Personalized Load Matching
Uber Freight has also heard from drivers that they have specific types of freight they like to haul and that they don’t want to miss out on great loads while they are driving.

Uber has built a suite of features that make the app a completely personalized experience.

The app will now automatically learn drivers’ preferences based on their past loads, their location, their home base, and more.

When a new load is available that matches these preferences, the app will notify the driver so they don’t miss out.

Additionally, over the coming weeks, the app will start showing new packs of loads for drivers who prefer local, short haul, or long haul routes.

Finally, the ‘For You’ pack will show all of our personalized recommendations. Uber’s recommendations are constantly getting smarter, so drivers will see improvements over time.

The enthusiasm Uber has seen from drivers and shippers alike keeps them focused on innovating in ways that put drivers first. They’ve still got a lot of work to do, but are more excited than ever to deliver on the promise of leveling the playing field for America’s truck drivers.

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Secure Transportation for Urgent High Value Products

When the core of your business is focused on having the right products on the right shelves at the right time, you need a transportation solution that is consistent.

And when those products are high-value, you need a transportation carrier with secure facilities, trustworthy employees and visibility into your supply chain.

When volumes increase during the busy holiday season, special projects, and other promotions, this national cosmetics chain needed a reliable carrier who could make the commitment to providing the appropriate equipment levels and staff.

PITT OHIO built a strong, reliable reputation with the cosmetic chain with a daily LTL move from Maryland to Michigan, the only carrier to offer next-day service on a consistent basis.

When PITT OHIO exceeded expectations with this differentiator, the cosmetics company looked to PITT OHIO when they needed volume commitments, secure facilities and trustworthy drivers during their busy holiday season, special projects and other product promotions for their inbound loads from New Jersey, Eastern PA, Ohio and Michigan.

In addition to its award-winning Less-than-Truckload service, PITT OHIO is a solution-based, problem solving transportation provider. After collaborating with the customer on their needs, PITT OHIO developed a crossmode solution equipped to handle high value/timesensitive freight.

PITT OHIO was able to deliver this cross-mode solution through its asset-based TRUCKLOAD service provided by ECM TRANSPORT. PITT OHIO solved the problem by committing truck capacity, whether LTL or TRUCKLOAD, during the cosmetics chains’ busy holiday season, special projects and other product promotions.

The national cosmetics chain also had concerns around theft and needed to work with a transportation provider who had reliable drivers and vehicles and secure facilities to protect their high value products.

PITT OHIO was able to provide this peace of mind because it owns all of its own vehicles, conducts extensive background checks on all of its company employed drivers and has 24/7 security at all of its facilities.

PITT OHIO and its TRUCKLOAD division, ECM TRANSPORT, provided strong and clear communication and exceeded expectations with proactive status updates through its customer service team.

  • Consistent 98%+ on-time service within strict appointment schedule
  • Availability of trucks when needed, even in times of urgency
  • Peace of mind resulting from clear visibility into supply chain
  • Respectful staff and drivers
  • Strong and clear communication channel
  • 0 reports of theft or burglary

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Million Mile Safe Driver Wins Landstar All-Star Truck

Landstar gave away a brand new rig in the Landstar All-Star Truck Giveaway powered by Comdata and Western Star.

Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver Dickie Penrod was the lucky winner of the 2017 Western Star 5700XE tractor with a proprietary Detroit powertrain and a 68” High Roof Stratosphere sleeper.

The random drawing and giveaway was the highlight of the 6th Annual Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration held July 6 – 8 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The giveaway truck, a red pearl 2017 Western Star 5700XE, was exclusively reserved for a Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver or Landstar Roadstar, the company’s highest honor for business capacity owners (BCOs).

BCO is Landstar’s term for the independent owner-operators who provide the company with transportation capacity under exclusive lease arrangements.

“Landstar is very proud of the safety-first professionals who make up Landstar’s unique system of independent owner-operators, sales agents and customers,” said Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni.

“We’re pleased to have the contributing support of companies like Western Star and Comdata as Landstar rewards positive driver behavior with a chance to win such a grand prize.”

“Landstar is a valued partner of Western Star Trucks and we are excited to support them in their quest of driver safety,” said Western Star Trucks’ On-Highway Marketing Manager Mike Guarino.

The winner, Dickie Penrod of Fayetteville, North Carolina was one of eight semi-finalists drawn by random computerized name generators. Penrod leased on to Landstar in 1999 and was named a One Million Mile Safe Driver in 2008.

“It is an honor to help an owner-operator. Watching his reaction when he won the truck is extra special and rewarding. We love the partnership and ability to continue to bring value-added solutions to Landstar and its BCO and agent base,” said Comdata Chief Operations Officer Randy Morgan.

About Landstar:
Landstar System, Inc. is a worldwide asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation services to a broad range of customers utilizing a network of agents, third-party capacity owners and employees. All Landstar transportation services companies are certified to ISO 9001:2008 quality management system standards and RC14001:2013 environmental, health, safety and security management system standards. Landstar System, Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Its common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market® under the symbol LSTR.

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Western Star Sales Trucks, Inc., headquartered in Portland, Ore., produces tough custom trucks for highway and vocational applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 5-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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Why Less-than-Truckload Rates Are Changing

If you’ve been in transportation or logistics for any length of time, you already know that nothing stays the same for long.

Recent less than truckload (LTL) rates and capacity levels have been below the historical levels we saw from 2005-2010.

But that’s about to change – and it’s already started.

Most general rate increases (GRIs) happened late last fall.

They’re typically on an annual cycle, so we expected to see them come this fall.

But they’re here already.

The increases aren’t any larger than expected, but because they’re happening earlier in the year, they still add up.

And it’s possible – in fact it’s happened before – that we could see two GRIs in a twelve-month cycle.

This is similar to the way ocean rates rise; if the demand exists, rates may rise multiple times.

LTL Shipping Changes Don’t Exist In a Vacuum
While the autumnal GRI may be here sooner than usual, the shift isn’t exactly coming out of left field.

Other aspects of the transportation industry face similar changes and challenges.

Transactional truckload rates are also up rather substantially, and the upcoming ELD mandate may affect truckload efficiency later this year.

These types of changes promote a lot of movement between LTL and truckload service.

Top 5 Reasons Why LTL Rates Are Increasing
There are probably an infinite number of reasons why we’re seeing LTL pricing changes, but we’ll focus on the top five – the reasons large enough to tip the scales for everyone, not just a specific company or industry.

1. There’s More Ecommerce, and It’s Changing the Game
With the advent of “free shipping,” consumers no longer hold their online order until they can justify the shipping costs. Since products sold online ship directly to consumers’ homes rather than to brick and mortar stores, there’s more emphasis on the final mile than ever. And all of these small shipments are adding demand in the LTL space and potentially lessening the demand for full truckloads.

2. Manufacturing is Growing Too
According to the ISM index, the manufacturing sector shows nine consecutive months of expansion. That means more transportation, for both the raw materials used in the manufacturing process as well as for the finished product that’s being moved to distribution centers (DCs) and customers.

3. Carriers Are Using Technology to Price Better
Just as shippers use historical shipping data to improve their supply chains, LTL carriers are adopting technology that helps them be more efficient and better understand what freight is profitable and what freight isn’t.

Dimensionalizers are just one example of the latest technology that carriers are using. Dimensioning machines can accurately calculate the amount of space a shipment needs within a trailer rather than rely on the national motor freight classifications (NMFC). These tools lead carriers to be more accurate in allocating cube and weight, which can affect shared capacity pricing.

4. Driver Shortage
It’s summer time. The season when everyone wants to be outside – including drivers. People like taking their vacations during nice weather, and enough drivers taking summer vacations can throw off a carrier’s coverage. Even more pressing is the number of drivers that leave their driving jobs for construction jobs every summer. Combined, these situations are adding a great deal of pressure to the availability of drivers.

5. Operations Changes
While new LTL carriers rarely come on the scene, we do see acquisitions and consolidations among existing LTL carriers. This can cause capacity that was once readily available to leave the market entirely.

In addition, several regional LTL carriers are adjusting their service areas, adding stress in the areas most affected by changing service boundaries.


How You Can Ease the Burden of an LTL Price Increase
It’s safe to say that rate increases are inevitable and oftentimes unavoidable. That’s not to say that it’s impossible to soften the blow.

If changes to your LTL rates are significant, consider finding a third party logistics provider (3PL) to work with.

Often, their knowledge, combined with a consultative approach, can help you uncover other ways to affect your supply chain – from modal optimizations to consolidation strategies.

They’ll be able to help you determine if small parcel, consolidation, LTL, or multi-stop truck is your smartest move.

Pool Distribution: The Forgotten Mode?
Defined as the consolidation of freight going into a region, and then using a local delivery company to handle the final delivery, pool distribution fulfills a need in an era where shipments can be as small as a single package or as large as a full truckload.

Somewhere in between those two endpoints lies a gap that most shippers fill by using LTL freight options. Once those LTL shipments reach a certain level of volume and frequency, it makes sense to explore other, more affordable options. That’s where pool distribution enters the picture.

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Logistics and the Sharing Economy

Seven years after launching its car ride services, Uber is spreading into carrying freight – a sign of the major changes shaking up the logistics sector.

After a soft launch in Texas a few months ago, Uber Freight is now rolling out in other parts of the U.S.

It offers attractive seven-day payment terms to drivers as well as the use of an app which could enable them to carry a full load all the time, rather than making empty return journeys.

In theory, this should increase the capacity of trucks – even though these vehicles already carry 70 per cent of goods transported in the U.S., according to the American Trucking Association.

Read the Article: Uberization? It’s About Connecting, Not Delivering

But Dr Walter Kemmsies, Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist for JLL’s U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group, sees the Uber Freight move as a symptom of an overhaul in logistics rather than as being the catalyst for revolution by itself.

Dr. Walter Kemmsies, Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist

“The e-commerce pick-up is increasingly being seen as part of a bigger story”Dr. Walter Kemmsies, MD, Economist and Chief Strategist

“Its entry into the market is part of the e-commerce boom we are seeing in industrial real estate, but it may find, that unlike cars, truck freight movement is subject to very difficult regulations under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act which limits hours of service.”

Kemmsies predicts that e-commerce will double from around 10 per cent of U.S. retail sales to over 20 per cent within the next decade. However, even the e-commerce pick-up is increasingly being seen as part of a bigger story.

“The real trend is omni-channel rather than e-commerce,” he says. Under omni-channel customers buy goods and services through a range of means including mobile phones, visiting stores, fast home delivery and click-and-collect.

Rising Consumer Expectations
The real estate implications of these changes are numerous – particularly as consumers get used to almost instant delivery and as tastes change. For retailers it means developing fulfillment centers that can respond quickly to orders placed through different channels while also being able to re-stock stores at high speed.

Smaller retailers will increasingly pool their distribution and order fulfillment efforts and work more closely with the logistics sector – in order to cut costs, according to Kemmsies. And Uber Freight and similar organizations are expected to play a significant role at the small truck end of the market (under 1.5 tonnes) with a more muted effect for larger, more heavily regulated vehicles.

These changes are all taking place against a background of fast evolving technology. Aaron Ahlburn, Managing Director, Industrial Research at JLL, points to trends like emerging technology around freight APIs (Application Program Interfaces) and efficiency gains in freight brokerage through better matching of drivers and routes. They are also occurring across many modes of transport – not only trucking, but ocean, rail and air freight as well.

This is the kind of software which Uber Freight is using to help drivers avoid traveling without a full load. Various other companies are also operating in this space – including C.H. Robinsonproject44CargomaticConvoy and Traansmission in the U.S. (recently acquired by ShipLync), TimoCom and Teleroute in Europe and the newly-launched LoadMe in the UAE.

Self-Driving Trucks Take to the Roads
Achieving greater efficiency in the trucks sector is a matter of urgency, according to the American Trucking Association which predicts a growing shortage of drivers. This problem is one reason why so much interest is being shown – by Uber and many other logistics organizations – in self-driving trucks. Kemmsies expects to see fairly rapid developments as the concept gains traction but only in some parts of the U.S.

“In less than 5 years, maybe as little as three years, I expect to see autonomous trucks operating on high frequency, predictable routes where good weather prevails during much of the year and where there is a pro-autonomous trucking state regulatory agency – in Iowa, for example,” he says. Progress will be slower on mountain roads, for instances, and in congested locations.

With demand for ever faster delivery increasing, the pace of change is rising too amid advancing technology, new business models and new partnerships. Kemmsies predicts a huge amount of activity, with more logistics players innovating in the way that Uber is.

“The disruption comes from shifting consumer preferences,” he says. “Logistics providers are simply following the instructions of retailers who in turn are following consumer buyer preference trends. As a result, the global logistics industry of tomorrow will look rather different to today.”

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MIT Supply Chain Management Master’s Program Ranked No. 1 in the World

The MIT masters program in supply chain management has been ranked as the world’s No. 1 graduate business program in supply chain and logistics by Eduniversal, the Paris-based global rating agency for higher education.

This is the second time the MIT master’s program has been ranked No. 1 by Eduniversal.

The 10-month master’s in supply chain management program at MIT has been educating supply chain professionals for almost 20 years, and is the model for graduate programs in centers across MIT’s Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network.

The program is currently offered at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics in the United States, the Zaragoza Logistics Centerin Spain, and the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation in Malaysia.

“Our MIT master’s in supply chain management program is providing the supply chain talent that companies need to thrive in today’s highly demanding commercial environment”Yossi Sheffi, the Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT and director of the MIT Global SCALE Network

A variant certification, the graduate certificate in logistics and supply chain management, is offered in Latin America.

Graduate programs in the newest SCALE centers – Luxembourg Center for Logistics and Ningbo Supply Chain Institute in China – will commence this fall.

Business professionals from around the globe enroll in the top-ranked program to hone their supply chain expertise and advance their careers.

They learn the latest supply chain management methods, engage in cutting-edge research, and interact with industry through site visits, lectures from C-level executive speakers, and dozens of recruiting opportunities.

MIT SCALE graduates are in high demand in a wide range of industries.

This year’s graduates have already accepted positions with leading firms such as AppleAmazonGeneral MillsGeneral MotorsThe Boston Consulting GroupMcKinsey and CompanyConverseDeloitte, and more.

Yossi Sheffi, the Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT and director of the MIT Global SCALE Network, stated;

“A company’s ability to efficiently manage its supply chain has become a key competitive differentiator across the globe. Our MIT master’s in supply chain management program, which is consistently ranked as a world leader, is providing the supply chain talent that companies need to thrive in today’s highly demanding commercial environment”

In addition to this 10-month program, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics also offers a MicroMasters credential in supply chain management (watch video above).

Through five online courses and a capstone exam learners get access to an advanced, professional, graduate-level foundation in supply chain management comparable to one semester’s worth of coursework at MIT with the same faculty members.

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Toyota Puts Zero Emission Fuel-Cell Semi Truck to Test at The Port of Los Angeles

April 21, 2017

Today Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA) revealed “Project Portal” – a hydrogen fuel cell system designed for heavy duty truck use at the Port of Los Angeles.

Announced at a press conference with Port officials and representatives from California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Energy Commission (CEC), the zero-emission truck proof of concept will take part in a feasibility study examining the potential of fuel cell technology in heavy duty applications.

The study will begin this summer and contribute to the Port’s Clean Air Action Plan, which has dramatically reduced harmful emissions from operations at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles since 2005.

“As they did with the Prius and the Mirai, Toyota is taking a leap into the future of technology. By bringing this heavy duty, zero emission hydrogen fuel cell proof of concept truck to the Port, Toyota has planted a flag that we hope many others will follow,” said Mary D. Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board (CARB).

TMNA Executive Vice President Bob Carter

“Toyota believes that hydrogen fuel cell technology has tremendous potential to become the powertrain of the future”Bob Carter, EVP Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
“CARB will be following the progress of this feasibility study with interest, as we look to develop the best mix of regulations and incentives to rapidly expand the market for the cleanest, most efficient big trucks to meet the need for dramatic change in the freight sector.”

Project Portal is the next step in Toyota’s effort to broaden the application of zero-emission fuel cell technology that can serve a range of industries.

It is a fully functioning heavy duty truck with the power and torque capacity to conduct port drayage operations while emitting nothing but water vapor.

Heavy duty vehicles make up a significant percentage of the annual emissions output at the Port of Los Angeles, and the Portal feasibility study may provide another path to further reduce emissions.

“Toyota believes that hydrogen fuel cell technology has tremendous potential to become the powertrain of the future,” said TMNA Executive Vice President Bob Carter.

“From creating one of the world’s first mass market fuel cell vehicles, to introducing fuel cell buses in Japan, Toyota is a leader in expanding the use of versatile and scalable zero-emission technology. With Project Portal, we’re proud to help explore the societal benefits of a true zero emission heavy-duty truck platform.”

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The Project Portal platform is designed to provide the target performance required to support port drayage operations. The truck generates more than 670 horsepower and 1325 pound feet of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery, a relatively small battery to support class 8 load operations.

The concept’s gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 lbs., and its estimated driving range is more than 200 miles per fill, under normal drayage operation.

Janea A. Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

“Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles play a role in California’s efforts to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals”Janea A. Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
“The Port of Los Angeles is excited to collaborate with Toyota to explore the feasibility of fuel cell technology for port drayage operations,” said Tony Gioiello, Deputy Executive Director of Port Development, Port of Los Angeles.

“Our port and industry stakeholders have demonstrated their leadership in reducing pollution from port-related operations, and we see the potential of Toyota’s zero-emission heavy-duty truck technology as another solution to meet the long-term goals of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan.”

Project Portal is just one part of Toyota’s ongoing commitment to fuel cell technology and the potential of a hydrogen society.

It follows on the company’s continued work to expand California’s hydrogen refueling infrastructure, including the recently announced partnership with Shell to increase the number of hydrogen refueling stations in the state.

“Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles play a role in California’s efforts to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, improve air quality, and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Janea A. Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission.

“That’s why the California Energy Commission is investing in the refueling infrastructure needed to support adoption of these vehicles. The Commission applauds Toyota for putting this cutting edge technology to use in a heavy-duty freight proof of concept.”

“This demo will show how fuel cells can help support the heavy-duty sector’s efforts to increase efficiency, transition to zero-emission technologies, and increase competitiveness.”

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