Where’s the trust?

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
January 28, 2011 - SCMR Editorial

Following President Obama’s State of the Union Address earlier this week, the International Warehouse Logistics Association said it welcomes a national discussion on the need for America’s infrastructure renewal.

“The attention given to the woeful state of America’s infrastructure of public highways, bridges, airports and waterways is a welcome change from the pork-barrel earmarks of spending by political influence,” said President and CEO Joel D. Anderson of IWLA, which represents the nation’s commercial warehouse and third-party logistics providers.?

However, Anderson said that America’s commercial warehouse operators, who are the users and payers of these systems, have two basic questions as we move forward with this national conversation:

Will the projects be merit-based, emphasizing the high priority of targeting freight corridors to alleviate congestion, improve freight velocity and support the creation of sustainable jobs in the supply chain, manufacturing and retail industries??

Will the process be transparent versus the historic practice of secret, backroom negotiations leading to earmarks for legislators’ pet projects and boondoggles, most of which offer no positive long-term economic benefit?

“Our national infrastructure trust funds like the Highway Trust Fund literally center on the word ‘trust,’” Anderson said. “We are committed to the renewal of our crumbling infrastructure and as users we are willing to help pay for these projects. Unfortunately, recent history informs us that we should hold our applause until we see that this process is transparent and includes projects that actually improve trade and commerce instead of offering political bridges to nowhere.”



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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).

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Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
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