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Three weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the island remains devastated, with the vast majority of residents without electricity, and many without access to clean drinking water, medicine, or food. The situation has brought several logistical issues to the forefront of public consciousness, as Americans struggle to understand why the United States […]
2017’s punishing (and still unfinished) hurricane season is tightening freight capacity and driving up spot rates throughout the US, altering the shipping landscape in ways that are likely to last as long as the massive rebuilding effort from Harvey and Irma. The far-ranging impact of the storms, combined with the looming ELD mandate and high […]
A truck skids on a patch of ice. A container ship jettisons cargo during a storm. Dock workers in a far-distant port go on strike. Even in the most well-managed supply chain, events like these are sometimes unavoidable, but cargo insurance is what determines whether they are minor setbacks or major catastrophes. Unfortunately, misconceptions and […]
The United States is reeling from a particularly brutal hurricane season, with Harvey and Irma predicted to costs hundreds of billions of dollars in reconstruction and the loss of life is incalculable. But while many have called these storms “historic” or “once-in-a-lifetime,” the reality is that extreme weather events are becoming all too common, as […]
This month, Bangladesh’s finance minister announced plans to construct a floating terminal to alleviate the congestion that is crippling Chittagong, the country’s largest port. The concept is one of several bold steps the Bangladeshi government, private sector, and regional allies are considering to eliminate the bottleneck that is threatening Bangladesh’s burgeoning economy and costing shippers […]
Relationships are the foundation of a well-functioning supply chain, but when it comes to relationships between shippers and carriers, there is often room for improvement. For years, friction between carriers and shippers has simply been the status quo, but major changes to the logistics landscape mean that it’s more important than ever that both parties […]
Wal-Mart is launching its “On-Time, In-Full” (OTIF) initiative this month, putting the squeeze on shippers and truckers and likely starting an industry-wide push towards tighter delivery windows. OTIF demands that truckload deliveries arrive with 100 percent of the promised cargo, and be delivered on the “must-arrive-by” date 75 percent of the time (95 percent by […]
On July 1, China’s state-owned Cosco Shipping Holdings announced a bid to purchase a controlling share of Orient Overseas (International) Ltd. (OOIL) for a staggering $6.3 billion. Cosco’s acquisition of OOIL marks the latest (and possibly the last) in a wave of carrier consolidation that is reshaping the international shipping industry, which has struggled to […]
Last month, the Journal of Commerce/IHS Markit published a white paper titled Port Productivity: Finding New Efficiencies Through Collaboration, which confirmed what many in the industry already knew: relationships between terminals and carriers are fundamentally broken. The report strongly calls for increased communication between ports and investment in data technologies that could benefit the entire […]
“How do I optimize my freight budget?” This is one of the first questions every business owner asks a logistics professional, and the first step is educating yourself about your specific needs in the current freight environment. All too often, businesses treat their transportation budgets as a chore or an afterthought, but they can be ripe […]