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Last Mile Distribution News: December 13, 2019

Stord Marketing

Published Date
December 13, 2019



Friday, December 13, 2019

Celadon Group Shuts Down Business Operations

Truckload carrier Celadon Group, whose customers included Lowe’s, Walmart and Proctor & Gamble, filed for bankruptcy this week and shut down all its business operations. Shippers who carried loads with Celadon may experience “short-term dislocations,” but overall trucking capacity is not expected to be affected.

Cold-Storage Industry Starting to Boom

Growing online grocery sales and rising demand for fresh produce is heating up the cold-storage industry — investors bought $1.9B of refrigerated warehouses in the first three quarters of 2019, more than any year in the past decade. Cold-storage warehouses are 3 times more costly to build than ambient warehouses and require additional, specialized staff.

Autonomous Truck Completes Coast-to-Coast Delivery

Trucking company’s autonomous vehicle carried a refrigerated truckload of butter 2,800 miles from Tulare, California to Quakertown, Pennsylvania. It was the company’s first Level 4 autonomous coast-to-coast delivery – a driver and safety engineer were on board at all times, and they complied with hours of service regulations.