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Can Maersk Transform Itself Into an Integrated Service Provider?

Can Maersk Transform Itself Into an Integrated Service Provider?

Philosophies that underlie the management of global container-shipping lines seem to come and go with the tides.[more]


Clear Sailing for Ocean Carriers in 2018 — If They Don’t Blow It

Clear Sailing for Ocean Carriers in 2018 — If They Don’t Blow It

The coming year looks like smooth sailing for container-shipping lines — if they can meet shippers’ increasing demands for service.[more]


Why It's Important to Become Your Carrier's 'Preferred Shipper'

Why It's Important to Become Your Carrier's 'Preferred Shipper'

If you thought the act of purchasing transportation was as simple as paying a carrier to haul your freight - well, think again.[more]


How Shippers Can Protect Themselves Against Another Carrier Bankruptcy

How Shippers Can Protect Themselves Against Another Carrier Bankruptcy

Should shippers and ocean carriers have seen the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. coming?[more]


Are Ocean Carriers and Shippers Focused on Service - Or Just Lip Service?

Are Ocean Carriers and Shippers Focused on Service - Or Just Lip Service?

It's been the same drill for years: Ocean carriers and shippers talking service, then fixating on price. Is this disconnect finally about to be disrupted?[more]


Advice for Shippers Facing Rising Freight Rates in 2017

Advice for Shippers Facing Rising Freight Rates in 2017

A message to shippers who have been paying rock-bottom rates for truck transport over the last couple of years: next year, that ride is likely to come to an end.[more]


The Painful Lessons of the Hanjin Bankruptcy

The Painful Lessons of the Hanjin Bankruptcy

Having weathered numerous downturns in the past, major container lines might have thought they were immune from the laws of supply and demand. Now they know better.[more]


Inventories Shrink in Latest Logistics Report: Is That Good or Bad?

Inventories Shrink in Latest Logistics Report: Is That Good or Bad?

The annual State of Logistics Report has a new author this year - and with it, a marked shift in some key trends.[more]


Around New Container-Weighing Rule, Confusion Reigns

Around New Container-Weighing Rule, Confusion Reigns

Still confused about what shippers must do to comply with that new regulation on the weighing of loaded containers at ports? You've got plenty of company.[more]


Can Ports Keep Up With the Changing Needs of Container Lines?

Can Ports Keep Up With the Changing Needs of Container Lines?

Those idle cranes in the Port of Oakland's Outer Harbor stand as mute testimony to the changes that are roiling container ports and terminals today.[more]


Are Carriers Changing Their Minds on Megaships?

Are Carriers Changing Their Minds on Megaships?

It takes a lot of time and energy to turn around one of those massive new containerships in mid-ocean. The same goes for reversing the assumptions that led to the construction of those behemoths in the first place.[more]


How Technology Is Boosting Risk Levels at Ports and Terminals

How Technology Is Boosting Risk Levels at Ports and Terminals

Without question, technology has been a boon to global trade. But it's also responsible for raising the risk factor at every stage of the supply chain - and especially at ports and terminals.[more]


Container-Weighing Rule: And You Put the Load Right On ... Who?

Container-Weighing Rule: And You Put the Load Right On … Who?

Just who's responsible for weighing that ocean container? After several years of thrashing out a rule to combat the problem of misdeclared weights, regulators and rulemaking bodies still can't seem to agree.[more]


Sharks vs. Jets on the West Coast Waterfront?

Sharks vs. Jets on the West Coast Waterfront?

Here's a question for U.S. exporters who were grievously harmed by the West Coast longshore labor slowdown in late 2014 and early 2015: Would it make you feel any better to learn that you were the victims of "a street brawl"?[more]


A Port With Too Much Container Space? Welcome to the Bizarro World

A Port With Too Much Container Space? Welcome to the Bizarro World

In the Superman comics, the Bizarro World is a planet where normal people and events become strangely inverted. Which, in the world of global trade and supply chain, appears to be happening with increasing regularity.[more]


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