Hackett Associates

By Jeff Berman · July 12, 2016
While school has not been out of session for all that long, it is not too early to start thinking about later this summers and early fall, when things start back up. That was the main message, especially from an import perspective, in the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Patrick Burnson · June 7, 2016
With the complex economic and global trade environment pushing rates higher and capacity tighter, shippers and their procurement teams are under pressure to nail down the right suppliers and transportation partners—while squeezing as much value as possible out of their transportation network.
By Jeff Berman · March 2, 2016
A mixed global economic outlook based on recent projections both the global and North American economies was evident in the most recent edition of the “Global Trade Pulse” from global maritime and trade consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · January 25, 2016
Various global economic concerns and trends made their presence felt in both North America and Europe, according to the most recent edition of the “Global Trade Pulse” from global maritime and trade consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · January 4, 2016
An ongoing lackluster economic outlook remains intact for Northern Europe, according to the most recent edition of the “Global Port Tracker: North Europe Trade Outlook” by maritime consultancy Hackett Associates and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics.
By Jeff Berman · October 9, 2015
As was the case a month ago, the Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates is calling for annual import cargo volume gains at United States ports, as retailers gear up for the holiday season.
By Jeff Berman · October 7, 2015
As evidenced by the widening gap in the United States trade deficit, which has seen imports far outpacing exports for years on end, the September edition of the “Global Trade Pulse” from global maritime and trade consultancy Hackett Associates paints a similar picture for trade activity in North America, with some overlapping themes apparent in the report’s European data, too.
By Jeff Berman · September 9, 2015
With the holiday season quickly approaching, gains in imports are following, according to the most recent edition of the Global Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · September 1, 2015
Hackett observed in the new report that China’s economy has lost steam, with actual growth falling short of targeted rates, while the United States most recent second quarter GDP reading at 3.7 percent outpaced expected targets, even though it was negatively impacted by gains in manufacturing and retail inventories.
By Jeff Berman · August 3, 2015
Hackett officials described this new offering as a short-term index that offers up “the sentiment for trade at a glance,” akin to other key economic metrics like the PMI and Consumer and Carrier confidence indices, while providing access to specifically see where a group of economic indicators are in relation to trade for the current month, too.
By Jeff Berman · March 10, 2015
While the months-long West Coast port labor dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union reached a cease fire, with the parties coming to terms on a tentative new five-year labor contract late last month, the subsequent cargo backlog at United States West Coast ports is expected to see cargo volumes head up, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · November 11, 2014
On the heels of record-breaking volumes in September and October, the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates expects import cargo volumes at United States-based retail container ports to slow down in November.
By Jeff Berman · August 12, 2014
In echoing what has become a common refrain in recent months, the monthly Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates continues to call for increased import activity at United States-based retail container ports.
By Jeff Berman · May 7, 2014
Growth is anticipated in the coming months at U.S. retail container ports despite some looming challenges along the way, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Patrick Burnson · April 9, 2014
With the Panama canal expansion meeting its deadline in late 2015, shippers are busy determining which gateways would best serve their future needs. But even more strategic complexity has been introduced this year with consolidation of ocean carrier services. Rather than whistling in the dark, the leading ocean cargo gateways are keeping their guard up.

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