Severe snow storms. Floods. Mudslides. Washouts. We have been plagued with calamity after calamity this winter. The net effect is continual closures on I-80, the truck route between Oakland and the Reno area, have made the roads impassable and have delayed deliveries.
We figure if a picture is worth a thousand words, four pictures are even better. Take a gander.
Flood waters fill the Yolo Causeway.
Mudslide on I-80 resulting in days-long closure.
Washout on exit of I-80.
Donner Summit, the mountain pass between Oakland and Reno.
Autonomous aerial passenger vehicles are here, ladies and gentlemen. That’s right. A vehicle right out of “The Jetsons” cartoon.
Beginning this summer, Dubai will be the first city to allow regular operations of these drones. They can carry one passenger and have a range of about 30 miles. Click on the video link above to see how it works.
Telsa is building a massive battery plant…a “gigaplant”…outside of Reno, NV in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. Upon completion, it will be the largest building in the world. It will have a 5.8M square foot footprint. With three interior levels, the entire plant will be nearly 15M square feet of space.
Here is an interesting tidbit for you: The factory will supply all of its energy needs with solar panels on the roof and tapping into the natural geothermal and wind energy in the area. The plant will likely generate enough power to return some to the grid.
Switch, a global leader in data center design, cloud services and telecommunications, recently opened a data center east of Reno in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. At 1.3M square feet, this data center is the largest in world, and it is the first of several buildings planned for the project.
Switch is committed to using green-energy technologies, and the data center is powered by 100% renewable energy.
The Port of Oakland celebrated its 90th Anniversary last month, but they are not resting on their laurels. They have big plans for 2017 and beyond. The port is investing in a refrigerated cargo facility, expansion of the TraPac terminal and raising cranes at SSA to accommodate mega-ships.
Take a look at the video above. It showcases the past 90 years in 90 seconds.
The port has been around almost as long as Devine. We started in 1923 and are 94 years young.
Last week, the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), which is the labor union representing US east and gulf coast longshoremen, laid the groundwork for a one-day strike to make a call on Washington DC to protest “government interference in our industry.”
The ILA has a long standing disagreement with the Waterfront Commission of New York/New Jersey. The Waterfront Commission was created in 1953 to address the influence of the mob on the waterfront. Today, the Waterfront Commission is responsible for vetting dock workers and businesses as well as conducting criminal investigations.
Industry groups appealed to the union to reconsider this illegal work stoppage. Frankly, we were concerned the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU). which is the union representing west coast dock workers, may participate in the work stoppage in “sympathy” with their eastern counterparts.
It turns out, concern may not be necessary. The ILWU has indicated they will not be participating in any labor action. Furthermore, Harold Dagget, president ILA, urged his members “not to engage in any work stoppage or any other violations of our current master contract.”
The folks at Omnitracs are giving truck drivers their due. They created a video game, Zombie Dispatch, to highlight the contributions of commercial truck drivers. Click on the photo above to play the game.
According to Jim Gardner, vice president of marketing at Omnitracs, “The daily responsibilities of a driver are under appreciated and often unrecognized, and ever more so in emergencies when their job is most difficult and most in demand….Drivers deserve similar recognition [to first responders] for their contribution to our comfort, security and standard of living as well as when helping provide relief and to rebuild after an emergency.”
Pictured l-r: Beth Frisher, Port of Oakland; Susan Ransom, OICT/SSA: Jane Bedard, Expeditors International; Karen Vellutini, Devine Intermodal
A big thank you to Restoration Hardware for giving us a warehouse tour and a company overview. We had a great time and learned a great deal. We walked the entire perimeter of their 1.5M square foot warehouse. If you are curious, according to FitBit, that is about 4500 steps.
Devine is an active member of our industry. We strongly believe in order to ensure the long-term health and vitality of our industry you have to get involved and be a part of the process.
In this vein, we sit on the Port of Oakland’s Port Efficiency Task Force, even chairing the sub-committee on appointment systems. We are active in directing policy and making positive changes within the trucking industry at the California Trucking Association. We participate in the advisory board at the California Maritime Academy with the aim of instilling zest for logistics in the student body. We are a board member of the Nevada Trucking Association to further infrastructure and legislative goals for the benefit of all stakeholders.