In an interview with www.supplychainbrain.com, Kelly Abney, the retailer’s vice president of corporate transportation, said 60 percent of Wal-Mart’s non-grocery freight deliveries were controlled by manufacturers, while grocery suppliers managed 80 percent of deliveries. Currently, Wal-Mart directly transports supplies from its distribution centers to its 4,000 stores. “Visibility of in-bound transportation is really what it’s all about,” Abney said. “You can’t manage, you can’t optimize, control, what you can’t see.”
The Arkansas-based chain will increasingly contract with owner-operators directly and make more pickups with its own private fleet of 8,000 drivers and 7,000 trucks.
On Feb. 1, the retailer began charging a reimbursement charge of 3 percent of the cost of goods sold to each case not delivered and recorded in its system within the required delivery time.
— Jill Dunn
Roadside Medical opening new clinics
Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab and Pilot Travel Centers plan to open medical clinics at Pilot locations in East St. Louis, Ill., and Waco, Texas, this month.
A Oklahoma City location was to open in June, joining existing facilities at three Pilot centers. Roadside Medical plans to open six more sites this year.
The clinics provide U.S. DOT physicals and compliance services, wellness programs, sleep apnea screening, testing and treatment, and nutritional products.
— Staff reports
TRADE USING surface transportation between the United States and Canada and Mexico was 37 percent higher in March than a year earlier, reaching $69.9 billion, according to U.S. Department of Transportation. The increase is the largest year-over-year rise on record, but freight value in March remained 1.2 percent less than the value in March 2008.
FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION Services Index rose 0.3 percent in April from March, increasing for the third consecutive month, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported June 9. BTS reported the Freight TSI index has risen 4.9 percent over the last 11 months. The index has increased in nine of the last 11 months.
AN INDEPENDENT PANEL is reviewing the Columbia River Crossing Project that would connect Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash. A final report will go to the states’ governors by July 31. The proposed bridge would accommodate vehicles, light rail and bike traffic and cost as much as $4 billion.
TO ANSWER QUESTIONS whether current hours-of-service regulations have hurt safety, the American Transportation Research Institute released a report concluding that trucking safety has improved since 2004. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s first major rewrite of hours rules took effect on Jan. 4, 2004. ATRI’s analysis of data shows that the total collision rate dropped 11.7 percent from 2004 to 2009. Preventable collisions declined 30.6 percent, ATRI said.