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Transportation Market Update

Schneider publishes this regular transportation market update to keep you informed of freight market conditions, supply and demand influencers, and disruptions that may impact your supply chain. 

This report is developed by leveraging data and analytics from multiple transportation industry resources.

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July 23, 2021 - Transportation Market Report

Outbound Tender Volumes Decrease Slightly Week Over Week

Compared to the Outbound Tender Volume Index levels during this time in the previous two years, the current OTVI is 22.81% higher than 2020 and 53.79% higher than 2019.

As the market continues to evolve, we are here to help. Contact a logistics expert today and read the full July 23, 2021 transportation market update report here:

Storm season is here -- Understand the impact on transportation

Tropical Storm Elsa has officially kicked off this year’s storm season.

​When powerful storms are at play, inbound shipment delays and other ripple effects are experienced across the nation – even in areas where weather may not be an issue.

Schneider carefully monitors weather across North America and works with our customers to communicate impacts and continue to keep freight moving as quickly and safely as possible. Bookmark this page for timely weather updates from Schneider.

In the news: Pandemic hasn't slowed supply chain sustainability goals as anticipated

Experts anticipated that among the disruption brought on by COVID 19, companies would put their sustainability efforts aside. According to the “2021 State of Supply Chain Sustainability” report released by MIT and CSCMP the opposite seems to be true. 

More than 80% of those surveyed indicated “their companies’ commitment to supply chain sustainability (SCS) had increased or stayed the same since 2019.”

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In the news: Driver shortage isn't limited to U.S. -- Mexico sees shortages, too

Mexico, like many countries, is struggling to attract new drivers because of a variety of factors including COVID, an aging driver population and challenging working conditions, among other factors.

“The International Road Transport Union (IRU), based in Geneva, released a survey in March that said Mexico’s truck driver shortage could increase by 18% by the end of 2021.”

In the news: Schneider to build new innovation center in Northeast Wisconsin

Schneider recently announced plans to build ‘The Grove’, an innovation center, on the company’s main campus in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin.

The 20,000+ square foot building will house the newest collaboration and visualization technologies allowing Schneider associates to leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation and user experience technologies and drive forward new business processes to transform the company. 

Construction begins this fall, with the facility opening in late 2022. 

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration National Emergency Declaration

The Emergency Declaration was issued following the declaration of a national emergency by the President in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Regulatory relief is provided for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19. 

The Emergency Declaration has been extended multiple times. The February update shall remain in effect until August 31, 2021, or until the revocation of the Presidentially declared COVID-19 national emergency, whichever is sooner. 

The Emergency Declaration is limited to transportation of: 

  1. Livestock and livestock feed. 
  2. Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19. 
  3. Vaccines, constituent products, and medical supplies and equipment including ancillary supplies/kits for the administration of vaccines, related to the prevention of COVID-19. 
  4. Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants. 
  5. Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores. 

Direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of this emergency declaration. 

See the full Emergency Declaration, Restrictions, and Limitations on the FMCSA website. 

Schneider is committed to following the FMCSA Emergency Declaration while maintaining our #1 Core Value of safety among our drivers and associates.

COVID-19 – Actions to maintain safety among drivers and customers

We continue to closely monitor information related to the COVID-19 outbreak and – as always – our priority is to protect the health and safety of our associates, our drivers, our customers, and the general public. Our crisis management team is continually monitoring the situation and is taking steps to ensure the wellness and safety of our associates.

Recognizing that our drivers are the backbone of our business, we are in regular communication through our driver support teams to ensure that they are well informed as to the environment they are operating in. Their safety and wellness are a top priority.

Your business is very important to us and we are happy to answer more questions related to specific worksites or regions should you have them.

For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

Our associates and transportation experts are available to help with supply chain strategy and shipping needs to respond to the pandemic. You can count on Schneider to provide your business with the same exceptional service and timely support we’ve provided shippers for 85+ years.

Published July 2021

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