Transportation TIP List: Week of November 22nd, 2015
The Thanksgiving Day holiday later this week serves as a great reminder for us to give thanks and appreciate others. It also represents the official start to the holiday season. To help you get into the spirit of the season, we gathered up some holiday-themed TIPs full of bountiful transportation trends to share. Gobble up the latest and greatest happenings the transportation industry is serving up below!
- Tour Truck Returns to Kenworth Plant with U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree: A new Kenworth T680 76-inch mid-roof sleeper that was built just last month by employees at Kenworth’s assembly plant in Chillicothe, Ohio, returned to the plant this week carrying special cargo — the official 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. You can track the tree here!
- 47 Million Americans Are Planning Thanksgiving Travel: Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest holiday travel weekends of the year, and this year is no exception. Nearly 47 million Americans are expected to travel away from home over the long weekend. And due to low gas prices, this holiday could be the biggest travel-by-car event since 2007.
- Turkey, Ham on Tap for Troops’ Thanksgiving: Turkey, ham, beef, eggnog and marshmallows have been pre-positioned to provide a taste of home to U.S. troops on Thanksgiving Day, whether they’re in Afghanistan or aboard a ship in the Indian Ocean. But getting these items to remote outposts in Afghanistan and other areas requires considerable planning!
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade by the Numbers: “It’s probably the only place you’ll see Dolly Parton in a van talking to Kermit the Frog.” So says John Piper, VP of Macy’s Studio, who laid out some mind-blowing logistics of how Macy’s coordinates all those balloons, floats, bands and celebrities along Manhattan’s streets on Thanksgiving Day.
- Christmas Comes Early as Retailers Plan Ahead for Holidays: Import cargo volumes at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to increase 8.3% this month over the same time last year as consumers begin their holiday shopping.
- Sleigh Bells and Supply Chains: Lack of Visibility During the Holidays: When asked what the biggest problem they face during the holiday season, 38% of supply chain executives said they lack proper visibility and communication with their vendors. And 14% say they often overestimate how popular an item will be and end up with either too much or not enough.
- Thanksgiving Weekend Trends: An improving economy and early promotions drew millions of shoppers into stores and online earlier than ever during the 2014 holiday season, shifting how much people spent over the busiest shopping weekend of the year.
What other transportation trends do you think we’ll be seeing this holiday season?