“While the Internet offers unlimited exposure to today’s generation of truck drivers, specialty job sites such as TruckingUnlimited.com immediately capture the niche target audience of truck drivers, rather than general job boards combining thousands of jobs and thousands of applicants into a sea of hit and miss. Trucking employers such as C.R. England recognize these job sites are becoming as essential to recruiting, as good drivers are to their business,” stated C.R. England in a press release.
Port of Miami Gets Cozy with Chilean Produce Shippers
The Port of Miami enjoys a good relationship with Chilean produce shippers who view the Port as a key gateway for their exports, but Port officials see even greater opportunities in the trade lane.
“Expanding agricultural trade with Latin the liner’s current schedule, which includes a Friday sailing from Jacksonville (FL) and a Tuesday sailing from Port Everglades.
According to Crowley, “The new Saturday sailing day will give customers an additional option for the transport of their goods, including groceries, retail merchandise, building materials, refrigerated (reefer) products, and vehicles from Port Everglades to Nassau each week. The Monday vessel arrival in Nassau also aligns well with the logistical needs of the local market.”
Global Foodservice Slows in Q4, But Spending Up
Global foodservice trends reveal a slow-down in the last quarter of 2012, even though spending was up in many countries, according to research firm The NPD Group.
Although China experienced an 8 percent rise in traffic, most countries experienced traffic declines and no country posted an increase in visits greater than 1 percent, reported the firm, which tracked commercial foodservice trends in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the UK and U.S.
At the same time, foodservice spending was up in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, the UK and U.S.
Google Ventures Into Groceries
Internet giant Google is entering the online grocery segment with the launch of a new service called Google Shopping Express, according to a report from the Associated Press.
The service will initially provide same-day delivery of food and other products purchased online for consumers in San Francisco and neighborhoods south of the city.
“We hope this will help users explore the benefits of a local, same-day delivery service, and help us kick the tires on the new service,” Google said in a statement.
The company’s research shows that the more time consumers spend online, the more apt they are to use Google’s search engine or other offerings, like YouTube and Gmail, which in turn increase advertising opportunities.
Online grocery shopping has its challenges, however. Amazon.com and eBay have encountered difficulties on the delivery side, while online grocer Webvan was forced to close down in 2001.
Simply put, consumers are unwilling to wait days for products to arrive once they’re purchased online. Consumers want same-day delivery, especially for grocery items.
In a related development, UK’s Morrison Supermarkets also announced last month that it would launch an online shopping site. The news was significant because Morrison’s has publicly questioned the viability of Internet- based food retailing for years. One of its competitors, Waitrose, reported that its online grocery sales grew by 49 percent last year.