The Friday Report Blog: May 19th, 2023

Quick wrap up of a few hot topic newsworthy stories in the supply chain logistics industry

Georgia Ports Authority Gets Approval to Build Rail Hub

Georgia Ports Authority recently announced the construction of the Northeast Georgia Inland Port in Gainesville, Georgia. The inland rail terminal will be able to handle 60,000 containers per year, which will lessen truck traffic on Georgia highways. Construction on the Northeast Georgia Inland Port is expected to start in January 2024 and be completed by July 2026.

The port authority also has plans to construct two other rail hubs as well as provide direct pathways from popular trade lanes to the Port of Savannah and the Mason Mega Rail. This will enable cargo to be staged closer to the consumer population.

The Mason Mega Rail, which became fully operational in 2021, has added 1 million containers per year of rail capacity.

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Dollar General to Expand Their Supply Chain in the U.S.

Dollar General (DG) will expand their supply chain operations in the United States by opening a distribution center in Blair, Nebraska. The company will also construct two regional facilities in Newman, Georgia and Fort Worth, Texas and will develop two existing facilities in Jonesville, South Carolina and Amsterdam, New York.

The Nebraska-based distribution center is expected to open in summer 2023 and contribute up to 400 new jobs, while the facilities in Georgia and Texas will create 200 new jobs. Construction on the New York-based regional facility will begin in 2024.

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Roadie Introduces Same-Day Delivery Service for Large Items

United Parcel Service-owned company Roadie has launched RoadieXL, a same-day delivery service specifically for items weighing over 60 pounds.

With RoadieXL, the company’s technology will connect retailers with local drivers who have the proper vehicle and equipment, such as a cargo van or a large pickup truck with dollies and cushions.

Roadie currently has more than 200,000 drivers on its nationwide platform and reaches over 20,000 zip codes. The company hopes that RoadieXL will provide drivers with large trucks more opportunities to participate with their platform.

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