Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference 2017 and the outlook for contract rates.

BCS Placement is always excited to attend the TPM Conference and discuss the future rates and services as the economy and industry recovers. Import numbers are improving and the forecast for the first half of 2017 shows growth, which, coupled with shipping alliances that go into effect this year, are expected to raise rates for… Read more »

Logistics jobs can help offset manufacturing losses

While the U.S. has suffered greatly over the loss of manufacturing jobs, especially in the Midwest, some of those job losses are offset by the growth seen across the logistics market. Import and export numbers in Illinois help transition joblessness from workers who have been displaced as manufacturing has dwindled. In Illinois, 21% of workers… Read more »

Happy Chinese New Year!

Starting on January 28th, we begin the year of the fire Rooster according to the Chinese lunar calendar. The Rooster is the tenth sign of the Chinese zodiac, falling in 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, and 2005. We at BCS are especially excited for this year as the fire Rooster is known for being… Read more »

US Trucking Employment Reaches 10 Year High

According to data tracked by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, peak season demand over the holidays helped push U.S. for-hire trucking employment to a ten year high this December. As volumes rose 13% over November 2016 and 84% over December 2015, for-hire motor carriers created 1,400 new jobs to bring their total numbers to… Read more »

Workers to strike at O’Hare Int’l Airport

Tomorrow morning, non-union workers at O’Hare International Airport are expected to strike in protest of low wages and a lack of collective bargaining rights, deliberately scheduling their stoppage after the busy Thanksgiving rush to bolster public support and minimize public inconvenience. “It was never their intent to disrupt travel,” said a spokeswoman for the SEIU,… Read more »

Manufacturing championship gear, immediately

One of the brightest moments after a championship game is to see the winning team hoisted in the field, each wearing a new hat that fans haven’t seen, declaring them the world champs of their sport. The Chicago Cubs, after more than a century, became the World Series winners and emerged from the dugout to… Read more »

PwC reports T&L deals are softening.

This week PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) announced that, while still impressive with a solid outlook, a softening of deal activity occurred across a number of sectors, due to economic and political instability from the current US election season, Brexit, and the economic slowing in China. When looking at deals in terms of value, PwC said that third… Read more »

Brandon Fried to speak at IACAC on OCT 18th

“The View from Washington” – Brandon brings his perspective to the IACAC as the AfA’s Executive Director on the activities of the regulatory agencies such as CBP, TSA and others combined with the political climate to give local companies a nationwide perspective on what can and will affect their businesses. Brandon has spoken to our… Read more »

UPS to hire 95,000 for holidays.

Just last week UPS announced they’ll be hiring around 95,000 seasonal employees to assist with the uptick in holiday shipping needs due to the increase in online shopping.  While the company has brought on seasonable help in the past two years, they still maintain a 37% temp-to-perm retention for those associates. Positions include drivers, package… Read more »

Olympic sized logistics in Rio De Janeiro

In order to prepare for the Olympic Games, more than 6,000 containers, holding almost 30 million items needed to arrive in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Among the three categories of cargo bound for the games (event equipment, technology, and furniture) nearly 70% needed to arrive by ocean carrier into a country with an average documentation… Read more »