The SC Council on Competitiveness honored Deepal Eliatamby at its annual SC Logistics holiday reception, recognizing his service as 2018 Board Chair of the SC Logistics Executive Forum. Eliatamby, president of Alliance Consulting Engineers in Columbia, South Carolina, chaired the organization during a period of expansion and new partnerships for South Carolina’s logistics industry cluster. South Carolina Secretary of Commerce, Bobby Hitt, also attended the reception and thanked Deepal for his service.
First study of South Carolina’s logistics industry finds more than 600 companies, $32.9 billion impact
The logistics industry cluster is one of the largest in South Carolina according to a study released by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness (Council). Authored by Dr. Joseph Von Nessen, the study finds that there are more than 600 logistics companies operating in the state, from transportation, to air freight providers, to warehouse and distribution centers.
“The logistics industry moves raw materials and final products from one company to another company, or to a consumer, via ground, sea or air transportation,” said Suzanne Dickerson, director of logistics industry initiatives for the Council. “Logistics is one of the most important industries in our state, because every company relies on it to conduct business.”
“What we found is that many companies have logistics and supply chain management departments within their operations,” said Von Nessen. “So seen collectively, there are over 113,000 South Carolinians working in the logistics industry cluster. The compensation provided by the logistics industry to its employees totals $5.4 billion annually.”
S.C. Commerce Secretary, Bobby Hitt, knows that businesses locate to areas where they are able to be successful and thrive.
“Our strategic emphasis on logistics has been key to the success we’ve had, especially in attracting advanced manufacturing to South Carolina,” said Hitt. “It’s not enough to be good at making things. You have to be good at moving things, and that is what our logistics industry is all about.”
The strength of South Carolina’s logistics industry is shown in part by export sales. For the seventh consecutive year, South Carolina posted a record for total export sales of $31.3 billion—a $400 million increase over last year. South Carolina’s top export commodities were vehicles, aircraft, machinery, rubber and electrical machinery. And, the state’s top export markets were China, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom and Mexico.
The Council’s study was paid for in part by a grant from the Economic Development Administration. The Council and the S.C. Department of Commerce received the federal grant last year to launch the logistics industry initiative, SC Logistics. The initiative is organized by the Council and operates through an Executive Forum which consists of business leaders from the private sector and critically relevant state agencies such as the Department of Commerce, Department of Transportation and the Ports Authority.
“The new SC Logistics initiative is modeled on the successful template the Council implemented for the state’s aerospace cluster in 2012. This study confirms both the critical role that logistics plays in the state’s economy and our focused effort on growing and supporting this significant economic segment,” said Sue Ann Shannon, CEO of the Council. “From here we will build on the early momentum by continuing to identify opportunities to grow this industry sector to support the state’s economic health.”
Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk announced at an event on Thursday, Nov. 16, that the innovative company will soon offer an electric Semi truck.
The truck has a fully-loaded gross vehicle weight of 80,000 pounds and a 500-mile range per charge when fully loaded. It has a million-mile powertrain guarantee and is able to maintain a speed of 65 mph while traveling up a 5 percent grade.
Musk touted the cost-saving benefits of operating an electric truck over a diesel tractor-trailer in his presentation. The cost of operating an electric version would be $1.26 per mile, as opposed to $1.51 per mile when using diesel, which the company says will translate to thousands of dollars in savings.
The truck’s windshield is made of “thermonuclear explosion-proof glass,” which, according to Musk, will help keep driver’s on the road by preventing windshield cracks.
The Semi can accelerate from zero to 60 in 20 seconds and is called the “safest truck ever” on the company’s website, citing its Enhanced Autopilot, centered driver position, and low center of gravity.
Production is expected to begin in 2019. Reservations are now open and those who order now can expect delivery in two years.
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CHARLESTON, SC – On Wednesday, Nov. 1, SC Logistics, the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness’s logistics industry cluster intiative, welcomed more than 100 industry professionals for an in-depth look at the state’s rapidly growing and evolving logistics industry to its inaugural Tech Talk conference.
The event, which took place at the Charleston Music Hall, boasted a participant lineup of big-name manufacturing, logistics and technology companies across South Carolina and beyond. Participants included the South Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Christy Hall and South Carolina Ports Authority President & CEO Jim Newsome. Some of the companies represented included: AT&T, Boeing, Michelin, North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX), Uber Freight, Volvo Cars America, as well as Transplace, a successful South Carolina startup.
“Businesses locate where they know they can be profitable and have success. One of the key factors in determining whether a company can be successful is its ability to quickly and efficiently transport goods to market,” said S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “By bringing logistics leaders together through events like this inaugural Tech Talk, we can ensure that our state is able to embrace all of the latest advances within the industry and, as a result, remain a global leader in economic development for years to come.”
The event provided a platform for discussion on industry trends, including how advances in technology can impact the logistics industry nationwide and specifically South Carolina.
“Obviously, Charleston in itself is an epicenter of commerce from a manufacturing standpoint, as the 9th largest port,” said Uber Freight Enterprise Solutions General Manager Kris Glotzbach. “From our vantage point with Uber Freight, we’re really looking to build out our solutions here in the Carolinas.”
Tech Talk connected thought leaders and decision makers from transportation, distribution and logistics companies. According to Susie Shannon, President & CEO of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, the state’s logistics sector employs more than 113,000 people and contributes approximately $32 billion to the state’s economy.
“Sometimes in logistics, technology seems to be the last thing on people’s minds,” said Maritime Association of South Carolina President Heather Holmquest. “We should have this conversation on an ongoing basis, to help get our heads out of our day-to-day work, and [thinkabout] how we can innovate, how we can move faster, how we can use technology solutions to be more efficient.”
Presenters highlighted multiple industry topics, including freight trends, fuel efficiency, sustainability and reducing carbon footprints, the impacts of Big Data and cloud technology.
“Focusing on new business models and trends that are changing and shaping the future of logistics is key to ensuring the success of our state in the future,” SC Logistics Director Suzanne Dickerson. “We are fortunate to have a robust logistics industry in South Carolina and I am very excited to be able to bring so many leaders from the logistics industry to South Carolina for this technology-focused event and am already looking forward to next year.”
About SC Logistics
SC Logistics is a collaborative effort to strengthen our state’s economy, create jobs, attract investment and become a global leader in transportation, distribution and logistics. This effort is conducted through the SC Executive Forum, which consists of business leaders from the private sector and critically relevant state agencies, such as the SC Department of Commerce, the SC Department of Transportation and the SC Ports Authority.
The Council’s Director of Logistics Industry Initiatives Suzanne Dickerson will chair a panel discussion on tech and logistics on Thursday, Oct. 12 at the inaugural Automotive Packaging Summit (AutoPack) in Greenville.
Additional speakers engaging in the conversation with Dickerson include:
- Klaus Lysdal of I-Containers;
- Tanner Fogle of Clemson Transport Package Testing Lab;
- Ben Nguku from Sealed Air; and
- William Wappler of Surgere
The inaugural AutoPack Summit will bring together subject matter experts and industry leaders to to discuss the critical link, inherent value and resulting opportunities of packaging in the automotive supply chain, SKD and aftermarket process. OEMs and Tier 1 part suppliers will discuss, collaborate and unveil innovations within the packaging value chain while packaging providers will showcase the latest in packaging technologies.
Click here to learn more about the AutoPack Summit and register now.
SC Logistics, an industry cluster initiative supported by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, is a sponsor of the Automotive Packaging Summit.
This past May, Uber set out to ease a few of the pain points truckers and logistics providers were facing. SC Logistics Director Suzanne Dickerson discusses this new player in the logistics marketplace, ahead of Uber Freight’s presentation at this fall’s inaugural SC Logistics Tech Talk.
Issues like the hours of back-and-forth negotiation over the job and the costs and waiting for payment are just a couple of things that slow down moving freight. With the launch of Uber Freight, Uber aims to streamline the entire process for both carriers and shippers.
“Uber believes that by focusing on drivers’ pain points they can solve the industry’s biggest challenges,” Dickerson said. “The company describes it in this way ‘Happy drivers means happy shippers, and ultimately everyone benefits, including the end consumers of the goods.’ A platform like this addresses the issue of empty truckloads and optimizes capacity utilization by piggybacking on loads already in transit and delivering goods at a considerably lower price.”
By downloading the app and connecting with Uber via email, shippers can get a quote for a load and quickly list it for pick-up. Shippers can plan weeks in advance for cargo transport or find someone day-of to move freight. Carriers can book the loads that work best for them, no matter the hour, clearly see the price for the transport, get instant confirmation and quick payment within seven days.
While the Uber Freight model is similar to the supply and demand pricing model of its passenger app, Dickerson says there are differences as well.
“This time Uber isn’t the first player in the game,” Dickerson explained. “A number of online freight marketplaces have launched in the past three years, including companies like Cargomatic, Overhaul, Coyote, Truckstop.com, Transfix and others. This new virtual broker/online freight marketplace provides a load-board platform where shippers can place the freight they need transported and drivers can choose cargo from the convenience of their smartphones.”
Uber Freight’s Senior Product Manager Eric Berdinis believes that there’s an opportunity to differentiate their service from those already in the marketplace.
“We’re technically a brokerage and we do that so we can take ownership of the freight and pay our drivers and carriers quickly,” Berdinis said.
While it’s not entirely a new concept, Uber Freight will make the existing marketplace more convenient for everyone involved. In the process, it could change the way freight transportation is approached and regulated.
“The freight transportation business is much more regulated than passenger transportation, which could complicate the market environment,” Dickerson said. “This new trending model of the ‘shared economy’ could potentially challenge established regulations, though.”
While the company originally only offered the new service in Texas, Uber Freight announced in August that it plans to expand into new territories, including South Carolina, and that more personalized load matching features will be added, which should help it to deliver on its promise to improve the playing field for truck drivers.
“Uber Freight looks like a promising new business model for South Carolina,” Dickerson said. “We will need to use every tool in our toolbox in order to extend the life of our physical infrastructure and optimize our next generation freight transportation systems.”
Uber Freight will present on Nov. 1 as part of SC Logistics’s speaker lineup for its inaugural Tech Talk in Charleston. Learn more about the program and purchase your tickets here>>
SC Logistics will host its inaugural Tech Talk event on Nov. 1 at the historic Charleston Music Hall. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m., immediately following the South Carolina International Trade Conference.
The program is designed for thought leaders and decision makers from the transportation, distribution and logistics economies. We’ll discuss the cutting-edge technologies that are driving South Carolina into the future and how the logistics industry can harness these innovations and capitalize on the opportunities.
Our speakers will discuss the latest trends and developments in logistics technology. Sessions will be presented by NYSHEX CEO Gordon Downes, NACFE Executive Director Mike Roeth and SC Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall.
- Steve Warner, CRDA
- Suzanne Dickerson, SC Logistics
Opening remarks by:
- Christy Hall, SC DOT Secretary
Program presentations by:
- Mike Roeth, North American Council for Freight Efficiency
- Ben Cubitt, Transplace
- Kristopher Glotzbach, Uber Freight
Other speakers include:
- Pam Lackey, AT&T
- George Briggs, Boeing
- Steve Warner, CRDA
- Greg Benson, Michelin
- Walter Ludwig, MB Vans
Reception: 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Upstairs at Rue.
- Jim Newsome, CEO & President of the SC Ports Authority
Participants will include decision makers and thought leaders from the transportation, distribution and logistics economy. We’ll also have logistics executives, from manufacturing companies based in SC, join us for the afternoon of presentations and discussions.
The 2017 Tech Talk is sponsored by the South Carolina Ports Authority.
This event will take place immediately following the 44th Annual South Carolina International Trade Conference. The 2017 I.T.C. will feature many exciting speakers and panelists – for more information about the conference, visit their website.
SC Logistics Director Suzanne Dickerson will moderate a panel discussion at this year’s South Carolina Automotive Council and Automotive Industry Action Group Supply Chain & Quality Conference. The panel will focus on data-driven automotive supply chain management and will take place at 1:50 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24 in Charleston.
Joining Suzanne for the discussion will be:
- Peter Goldstein, vice president of global sales, C.H. Robinson
- Yash Bhatia, president, Datos Consulting
- Mike Silvio, vice president, logistics innovation, Surgere
The South Carolina Trucking Association has elected Keith Johnson, owner of H & J Trucking in Charleston, to serve as its 2017-2018 chairman of the Board of Directors.
H & J Trucking is an intermodal drayage and logistics trucking company and was among the early haulers of intermodal shipping containers out of the Port of Charleston.
The South Carolina Trucking Association is a trade organization representing all segments of the trucking industry since 1932. It serves the transportation industry by providing educational opportunities, compiling and distributing essential information and conducting aggressive programs of advocacy.
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Governor Henry McMaster has appointed Tony K. Cox interim commissioner of the SC Department of Transportation, following the resignation of former commissioner Mike Wooten.
Cox, a Myrtle Beach businessman, will represent the seventh congressional district. He currently serves as the executive vice president at Burroughs and Chapin Co., Inc. in Myrtle Beach and has 35 years of real estate experience.Cox has previously served on the South Carolina Real Estate Commission, Horry County Planning Commission and the Myrtle Beach Air Base Redevelopment Authority.
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