Wednesday, July 15, 2015
In a development certain to resonate with logistics managers, the Federal Maritime Commission has just released a report entitled U.S. Container Port Congestion & Related International Supply Chain Issues: Causes, Consequences & Challenges.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) yesterday introduced the Highway Transportation and Funding Act of 2015. This bill would reauthorize surface transportation programs through December 18, 2015 and be paid with roughly $8 billion in common sense reforms, according to Ryan and Shuster.
Posted on 07/14 at 01:03 PM
Thursday, July 09, 2015
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York determined that the West Coast port labor disruption probably slowed Q1 real export growth by 1.5 percent, and in terms of the contribution to net exports to real GDP growth it would equate to a 0.2 percent decline in GDP.
Monday, July 06, 2015
Regardless of the date or year, one thing is beyond consistent when it comes to key themes in freight transportation logistics: the state of United States highways and related transportation infrastructure is in an eternal state of chaos and disrepair.
Posted on 07/06 at 09:45 AM
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Key sanctions are unlikely to be fully removed until Congress lifts the U.S. embargo on Cuba – something unlikely to take place before 2018 when incumbent president Raúl Castro is expected to step down
Posted on 07/01 at 04:58 PM
Monday, June 29, 2015
The American Trucking Associations last week praised Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) for her bill that takes some positive steps towards alleviating the current environment regarding the truck driver shortage.
Posted on 06/29 at 09:10 AM
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
At the eyefortransport 3PL Summit held in Chicago last week, a wide variety of topics were covered and addressed, including 3PL consolidation, the slow-to-develop role of Uber as a logistics delivery provider, and, of course, the increasing role e-commerce is playing in seemingly nearly all facets of logistics and supply chain management these days. While all these topics, as well as many others, were interesting and relevant to be sure, the final session on the middle day of the event offered some perspective on a topic that was not a part of the 3PL Summit’s itinerary. That topic was nearshoring.
Posted on 06/23 at 02:27 AM
Friday, June 19, 2015
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) routinely produces a white paper on key trends and developments related to trade and investment in the world’s most dynamic marketplace. It’s most recent study is titled “Do Free Trade Agreements Matter?”
Thursday, June 18, 2015
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has been championing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), joins other shippers in praising the House passage of this important legislation.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Last week’s U.S. House of Representatives rejection of Trade Promotion Authority is likely to mean that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will not be part of Obama’s leadership legacies.
Posted on 06/15 at 09:52 AM
Friday, June 12, 2015
While many shippers may be on the fence in regard to Trade Promotion Authority, the nation’s major manufacturing lobby is adamantly championing it.
Posted on 06/12 at 08:32 AM
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
While physical threats to international sea and air cargo gateways have been top of mind ever since the events of 9/11, security analysts say more attention should be given to reduce exposure to internet penetration and hacking attacks. Should existing cyber security processes be compromised, they add, a cascading effect might be created, thereby disrupting huge segments of any given supply chain.
Thursday, June 04, 2015
For a while there, it “sort of” felt like the economic recovery we had all told ourselves was happening was in fact, you know, really, happening. But as it turns out, we may have gotten a bit ahead of ourselves with that thought.
Posted on 06/04 at 08:59 AM
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Various reports published in recent months have focused on what e-commerce bellwether Amazon is up to these days in regards to its concept for a retail store. This store is not a typical one in which you enter through the front door, pick out what you want, pay for them, and then leave. A terrific article in the online technology publication Re/code discusses the store, which is based on a patent Amazon filed.
Posted on 06/03 at 01:44 PM
Monday, June 01, 2015
The Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) is among those organizations that have been most strident about seaport reform. When their annual meeting takes place in San Francisco later this month, that mission may become even more urgent…thanks the recent bad faith actions of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) at the Port of Oakland.
Posted on 06/01 at 01:51 PM