ECA Past President Carrie Ehlers saw her world through the lens of giving. Giving her time, talents, knowledge, and friendship - always with her passionate approach. In 2008, Carrie’s life was suddenly taken from her family, friends, colleagues, and countless others whom her spirit touched. Those who knew Carrie have found a way to press on with her spirit of giving. The Carrie Ehler’s Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the ECA to honor the memory of its Past President.

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ESG Makes An Impact on Logistics
  In Drive Toward Sustainability With These Three Tactics on the ECA Blog, we explored the benefits of a sustainable action plan in logistics and ways to get started today. In this post, we more closely examine a related topic - Environmental, Social, and Governance criteria (or ESG). ESG criteria are standards for a company’s sustainable operations and are especially relevant for investors who desire to make socially conscious investment decisions.     

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Beneath the Surface of the Driver Shortage
      The American Trucking Association (ATA) estimates our nation’s driver shortage is hitting an historic high of over 80,000 drivers. Demand for drivers is skyrocketing, yet freight transportation providers can’t find enough of them. There are many factors to consider beneath the surface of the driver shortage, the nuances of working conditions, pay, recruiting and retention, and false perceptions are being worked out.       

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    Current forces in the consumer economy are driving significant change and development in reverse logistics. Reverse logistics, as part of an integrated logistics support system, is now considered a vitally essential component of any successful supply chain. A sound reverse logistics strategy can minimize waste and maximize its positive impact.         Does reverse logistics feel like a cost center? How often has it been the last c

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    Flexible omnichannel strategies are vital as retailers scramble to meet consumers’ growing e-commerce demand. As that demand has continued to skyrocket, retail shippers are now making significant investments in growing their logistics capabilities beyond store-based delivery. From small retail shippers to large nationwide chains, the industry has had to rapidly adapt to the increasing demand. while e-commerce has been propelling to an all-time high.  

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Do electric vehicles have a significant future in freight?  Despite a recent study, which demonstrates that current real-world refueling costs for electric vehicles is greater than that of gas vehicles, many experts are convinced that electric freight vehicles and electric light commercial vehicles have a real future in the logistics industry. Some analysts predict that in ten to fifteen years, roughly one-third of all commercial vehicles will have either hybrid or full electric power.

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  Will the logistics industry meaningfully reduce its roughly 7% contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions?  Sustainability has gained traction over the last several decades. Ideas about sustainability and the human impact on the environment that may have been dismissed by the general public decades ago are now commonplace.  Technology and innovation will help the logistics industry and its stakeholders keep driving toward a brighter future.    

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As 2021 churns along its choppy waters many shippers are searching for a logistics solution that positions them at the helm of a well-prepared vessel, steering in the right direction. In a world of increasing uncertainty, what worked prior to COVID-19 is not necessarily optimal now. Many of today’s shippers choose to outsource their logistics needs and nurture a mutually beneficial relationship with a logistics partner who provides flexible logistics solutions to meet their customers&rsquo

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6 Essential Factors to Consider for Successful Peak Planning in 2021    No peak season is the same. Supply chain professionals know this. Whether in sourcing and manufacturing, fulfillment and distribution, or first mile, middle mile, or final mile logistics, we supply chain professionals face uncertainty and difficult decisions with every year. This will almost certainly be the case when planning for peak season 2021, as we discern each riddle and try to solve them one by one.

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  During the past year and beyond, our society has endured the irony of living both connected and disconnected.  Technology allows us more ways than ever to be “connected”; radio, television, phone, the internet, social media.  However, many of us continue to be disconnected physically.  We long for the times when we were together with family, friends, and loved ones.   The same is true of our business and working lives.  Virtual meetings ha

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Wearable technology has been helping people overcome limitations in the world of fiction for years, but the wearable technologies of our imagination are rapidly becoming reality. Nowhere is this truer than in the logistics industry. The latest generation of wearable tech is helping shippers save money and increase fulfillment accuracy by increasing efficiencies throughout the fulfillment process. Shippers should be interested in the latest logistics technology trends because when fulfillment cen

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