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ACWI Advance – April 15, 2022

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In this issue of ACWI Advance we take a closer look at these stories:

  • Marijuana is growing among workers in safety sensitive jobs, survey finds.
  • Retailers and wholesalers are driving a trend towards larger big box warehouses.
  • Amazon recently lost its first union election at its biggest New York DC.
  • ATRI seeks fleet input about what it takes to attract younger truck drivers.
  • Confidence in the future of intelligent warehouse robots is at an all-time high.
  • Prism Logistics names Jeremy Van Puffelen President and Jere Van Puffelen Chairman.

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Drug Abuse Rise Tests Employers

Drug usage by Americans in safety sensitive jobs is continuing to rise and expand, probably driven in part by the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic on the nation’s frayed social fabric, and the growing legalization of psychoactive drugs, such as marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms.

The most recent news on the marijuana legalization front came from the U.S. House of Representatives, which voted 216 to 202 to lift federal restrictions on marijuana on April 1 – and it was no April Fools’ joke. either.

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Retail Claims Biggest Boxes


Retailers and wholesalers are driving the trend towards larger big box warehouses, according to the commercial real estate services giant CBRE.

North American “big-box” warehouse transactions (defined as 200,000 square feet or larger) rose dramatically in 2021, intended to accommodate large amounts of merchandise to meet consumer demand and avoid future supply chain disruptions.

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Amazon Loses Union Election

Amazon recently lost its first union election in its long battle to avoid unionization at its Staten Island, NY, distribution facility, seen as a major defeat in its long history of remaining union-free.

Under President Biden, the new board has taken an aggressive stance in openly promoting union interests over employers as its declared agenda.

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ATRI Asks for Trucking Input

A major factor in the supply chain crisis is the truck driver shortage, and methods for attacking it being explored by both the industry and government are allowing younger people to drive professionally and finding ways to attract them to the job.

The American Transportation Research Institute has launched a research effort to help answer some of the questions surrounding this effort.

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Interest High in AI, Survey Finds

Confidence in the future application of intelligent robots used in warehouse automation is at an all-time high among logistics professionals, according to a survey conducted by the intelligent warehouse systems provider Covariant.

Almost half of respondents assert that intelligent robots have become smart enough to reliably run pick-and-place stations. Of that group, one in four say they are already are using AI-powered robotics or are in the process of implementation.

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Prism Makes Leadership Change

Prism Logistics named Jeremy Van Puffelen President, succeeding his father and the company’s co-founder Jere Van Puffelen, who will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board.

“Huge congratulations to the Van Puffelen family on Jeremy Van Puffelen, taking the helm of an industry-leading third-party logistics warehouse company thanks to Jere’s vision and your team leadership,” declared Paul Delp, who is president of American Chain of Warehouses Inc. as well as Lansdale Warehouse Co., based in Lansdale, Pa.

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