Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!



Retailers will find a way

Communication – whether it be technological or interpersonal – is the key to advancing every port’s agenda
By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
August 06, 2013

The technological problems that have caused the disruptions in container operations at the Port of New York and New Jersey, have been well documented in LM and the mainstream business press of late.

Newly-installed computer systems apparently don’t communicate with a legacy network, thereby leaving machines unable to communicate with one another.

The upside, is that labor and management are working to together to resolve the issue, and shippers are cooperating with their trade associations to find alternative solutions.

Jon Gold, Vice President-Supply Chain, National Retail Federation, put it in even greater perspective by telling us that a valuable lesson can be learned here.

“The important news is that everyone is on the same page in trying to expedite shipping. Other transport modes may be used, or other routes and gateways selected, but in the end…retailers will find a way.”

Gold is now on his way the U.S. West Coast where his mission will be a bit less stressful. He will be giving a presentation on “The Trade Policy View from DC” to business leaders in Seattle, Washington at the annual WCIT Summer Trade Luncheon.

“The Pacific Rim ports are not without their problems, either,” he said. “But we see more open dialogues among industry stakeholders that might not have taken place in the past.”

Communication – whether it be technological or interpersonal – is the key to advancing every port’s agenda.

About the Author

image
Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

For the fourth quarter of 2014, UPS said it anticipates adjusted diluted earnings per share of roughly $1.25, with full-year 2014 adjusted diluted earnings per share at $4.75, which represents a 3.9 percent annual gain over 2013’s adjusted earnings per share of $4.57, with full-year 2014 diluted earnings pegged at around $3.28 per share, which is 28.9 percent below 2013’s $4.61.

In recently issued research and data, JLL pointed out that its market data indicates rents are on the rise, with companies on the hunt for warehouse and distribution space.

U.S. Carloads were up 0.3 percent annually at 290,963, and intermodal at 260,893 containers and trailers dropped 2.4 percent compared to the same week last year.

Researchers say the ships are operating in international waters with a "worrying lack" of regulation, adding that they could pose a threat to regional peace and stability.

Compared to November, spot market freight volume was up 3.0 percent, according to the DAT North American Freight Index.

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2013 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA