Industry News

3PLs Essential in Peak Candy Season

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- At the start of COVID-19, consumers were relying on comfort food such as candy to relieve stress. Today, Americans are still on a candy craze. Candy remains at the top of consumer’s purchasing habits, especially with the holiday season approaching.    August through September is Peak candy season for retail outlets preparing for the holiday season. Candy is being delivered even earlier this year to big retail chains, resulting in increased demand for 3PL (third-party logistics) companies.            Candy sales reached $36.7 billion in 2020, according […]

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High Transportation Demand, Limited Labor Supply

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- The pandemic left various challenges for industries across the country, especially for logistics and transportation. There has been an evolving cycle of supply and material shortages, limiting the ability to manufacture trucks and transfer goods. Not only is the labor shortage affecting the industry, but another prominent issue is the lack of drivers to transport freight.   Causes   Limited Components for Manufacturing  Labor Supply Shortages  Staffing Operation Shortages  Rising Freight Rates    Limited […]

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Nursery Industry Acts on 2021 Demand 

The nursery industry expects high demand in 2021, and growers advise that consumers order early and stay flexible. Although the industry has greatly benefitted from the effects of stay-at-home orders, inventory is low, and demand is high.   Heightened Demand  According to IBISWorld research, being at home regularly influenced many consumers to look to make “aesthetic upgrades to their homes and yards.” New and experienced gardeners were encouraged to buy plants to beautify their […]

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Logistics and Transportation: 21 Reasons for Optimism in 2021 

Industry leaders are optimistic that 2021 will be a transformational year for the transportation industry. Experts predict growth in a variety of areas that include those related to hiring trends, distribution demands, and COVID-19 products. 2021 is anticipated to be a successful year in transportation for 21 reasons.  The U.S. economy is relying heavily on truckers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  There is a […]

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E-Commerce Surge & Capacity Constraints Await Retail Peak Season

COVID-19 has drastically impacted consumers and altered their spending behaviors, causing a significant increase in global e-commerce. According to Transport Topics, “global e-commerce sales are expected to exceed $4 trillion this year compared with $3 trillion in 2019,” as detailed in a logistics trend report.  Shoppers have shown hesitation to go into crowded stores, and as a result, online shopping and pursuing pick–up orders have become their tendency. According to Hartford and Reed on Talk Business […]

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