The Top 5 Stories in Freight, Transportation, & Logistics
Here’s this week’s Weekly Freight Report:
- Windy winter weather impacts transportation this week.
- FMCSA wants opinions on 18-20 yr olds driving across state lines.
- Vaccine enforcement to cross-border into Canada is set to begin on Friday!
- ArriveCan app is required to cross the Canadian border.
- 2021 holiday shopping data is less than impressive.
1. Windy winter weather impacts transportation this week.
The transportation industry can expect winter weather to impact shipments and slow nationwide transportation starting today. Drivers can expect to encounter icy roads, freezing rain, snow, and wind gusts up to 80 mph in Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Wyoming. Carriers in upstate New York can expect a few more inches of snow to slow them down as they travel on I-90 and Interstate 81. Even Southern California will see high winds with gusts reaching up to 50 mph. To see the exact lanes impacted and the weather conditions, click here.
2. FMCSA wants opinions on 18-20 yr olds driving across state lines.
Are you for or against allowing 18-20-year-olds to drive across state lines? Regardless of your stance, you only had until Wednesday, Jan 12, to add your comments to the FMCSA’s official online record. If you would like to see the details on the apprenticeship program, read more here.
3. Vaccine enforcement to cross-border into Canada is set to begin on Friday!
New COVID-19 vaccine requirements start Jan 15 for drivers wishing to enter Canada. With only 83% of Canadian drivers and 55% of US drivers being fully vaccinated, there could be some disruption to the supply chain for cross-border freight. Approximately 36% of US drivers have said they have no intention of getting the vaccine, which means their decision to leave will decrease capacity for cross-border transportation. Read more here.
4. ArriveCan app is required to cross the Canadian border.
To enter Canada, everyone must submit their vaccine status to the ArriveCan app starting this Friday. Even Canadian drivers looking to re-enter Canada will be held to strict quarantine and testing measures if they are unvaccinated. CBSA said they “will not compromise the health and safety of Canadians for the sake of border wait times.” Drivers can expect delays at border crossings. Shippers and receivers can expect delays in transit times. The supply chain industry can expect capacity to tighten even more as unvaccinated drivers plan to leave the cross-border freight industry. To learn more, click here.
5. 2021 holiday shopping data is less than impressive.
Holiday online shopping experienced the slowest growth rate since 2014, even with consumers spending $204.5 billion online. The dismal 8.6% increase in consumer spending from 2020 is attributed to fewer shoppers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as retailers had less inventory and offered less-than-exciting discounts. Adobe Analytics reported 6 billion out-of-stock messaged during the holiday season, up 30% from 2019. Click here to see more of the data and trends.
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