The Military’s Logistical Train, Easing Driver Churn Rates and more

May 10, 2019 | NDTAGram

NDTA Headquarters Hail & Farewell

NDTA welcomes COL Craig Hymes, USA (Ret.) to the headquarters family! Craig is joining us at the new Senior Vice President of Operations. If the name sounds familiar to you, it likely is. In addition to his military career, Craig has worked for several of NDTA’s corporate members and has been an individual member of NDTA since 1993. We are excited to have you on board Craig!


NDTA also bids farewell to its current Senior Vice President of Operations, COL Jim Veditz, USA (Ret.) Jim joined the headquarters staff in 2014 and was also a familiar face well before his tenure here. We thank Jim for his time and service to the association, and to our country. But before this farewell gets too sappy, we will tell you a secret – Jim is an NDTA life member. That means he’s stuck with us and we still expect to see him around! Farewell, thank you and enjoy wherever life takes you next Jim.


Government & Military News

Trump to Nominate Shanahan as Defense Secretary
(CNN) President Donald Trump intends to nominate acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to be his permanent pick to replace James Mattis at the Pentagon, according to a tweet from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. READ MORE

The US Military’s Logistical Train is Slowly Snaking Toward China
(Military Times) A failed Venezuela coup, Iranian missiles and Russian hybrid warfare make for interesting side stories, but the center of military policy is increasingly gravitating toward U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, according to U.S. government officials. READ MORE

What Happens if Trade Talks with China Fall Apart
(The New York Times) Trade talks between the United States and China appear to be in serious trouble after China reportedly walked back some of its commitments and President Trump launched a tirade against Chinese negotiators on social media. If these negotiations fail, there is no going back to the status quo and waiting for another day to re-engage. READ MORE

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Approves Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Bill
(Logistics Management) A financial mechanism that would allocate billions of dollars in already-collected fees targeted to maintain United States-based federal ports and harbors, to be put into use, may be seeing some positive movement towards that goal based on legislation recently introduced and approved by a key House committee. READ MORE

A Serious Financial Problem Looms at the Pentagon
(Defense News) Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis listed business reforms at the Department of Defense as one of his top three priorities. Acting Secretary Pat Shanahan has supported this focus on reform, including financial reform. Yet, recent business changes threaten to create a serious financial problem at the DoD. READ MORE

Industry News

FAA to U.S. Airports: Do Not Install Drone Countermeasures On Your Own
(Reuters) There has been rising concern about drones near U.S. airports. Despite that, the Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airports in a letter released this week they could not install drone countermeasures without federal consent. READ MORE

Robots and Lasers Are Bringing Shipbuilding into the Digital Age
(Defense One) When the USS George Washington took shape in the late 1980s, endless paper blueprints guided the welders and shipfitters of Newport News Shipbuilding. Now, with the aircraft carrier back in a drydock for its midlife overhaul, shipyard workers are laser-scanning its spaces and bulkheads. READ MORE

Freight Trains Are Our Future
(Popular Science) One of the simplest and most powerful ways to address transportation’s energy challenges is to reinvest in freight railroads. Freight transport is a much bigger part of the nation’s infrastructure than most people realize…READ MORE

Logistics in the E-Commerce Age
(Forbes) To keep up with increasing demand from e-commerce channels and meet the expectations of consumers, organizations will need to invest in their warehouses and distribution centers and increase the development and implementation of advanced supply chain and logistics processes. READ MORE

Technology and Its Ease of Use Are Key to Reducing Driver Churn Rates
(Freight Waves) Much has been said and debated on the driver shortage issue within the freight industry. However, what would be more relevant today is to explore options on how the industry can stay attractive to the millennial driver population, and how technology can be leveraged to help accomplish that goal. READ MORE

Member Highlights

Government Backlog Reduction
(Deloitte) Backlogs have massive costs for government agencies, citizen satisfaction, and business productivity. Here is a holistic, systematic approach to help governments resolve them. READ MORE

Automating AP and Expense Processes: The Secret to Controlling Stress

(SAP Concur) Running a business is an investment – you need to spend money to make money. But when it comes to managing your spend, there’s no room for error if you’re going to accurately forecast, budget, and invest. That means every expense report needs to be submitted on time and every vendor invoice receipt must be accounted for. READ MORE

Consolidated Shipments Now Faster From China to Europe with Panalpina’s Direct Rail Service

(Panalpina) Panalpina has launched a high-speed rail Less than Container Load (LCL) service direct from Shanghai, China to Duesseldorf, Germany, with weekly guaranteed departure. This is the third line in Panalpina’s rail cargo portfolio, alongside Shanghai-Warsaw, which started in 2016, and Shenzhen-Warsaw, which followed in 2017. READ MORE

Echo Global Logistics Launches EchoDrive, A Carrier App and Web Portal With Access to Echo’s Private Load Board, On New EchoAccelerator Platform

(American Journal of Transportation) Echo Global Logistics, Inc. has announced the launch of EchoDrive, a carrier-facing web portal and mobile app that displays Echo’s available loads for the company’s carrier network to bid on. READ MORE

The Benefits of Using the Right Small Package Shipping Company

(AmeriJet) Finding the right shipping company for your goods can be a hassle for any business, big or small. This is especially true when you need to ship small packages in bulk, which makes it difficult to be efficient when you’re shipping so many packages. Not to mention that you want to be certain that your packages arrive on time and are not lost or damaged. READ MORE

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