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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]


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]


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]


Freight Regulation and Profitability: Can We Strike a Balance?

Freight Regulation and Profitability: Can We Strike a Balance?

Want to get a sense of how new federal regulations will affect transportation tomorrow? Look at California today.[more]


Big Ships, Small Infrastructure: A Recipe for Disaster

Big Ships, Small Infrastructure: A Recipe for Disaster

By the time you read this, the largest containership ever to call a U.S. port will have visited the ports of Los Angeles and Oakland. It won't be the last. But will regulation and environmental pressures prevent carriers from developing the infrastructure needed to handle these seagoing behemoths?[more]


Will Mexico's Growing Ports Pose a Threat to U.S. Gateways?

Will Mexico's Growing Ports Pose a Threat to U.S. Gateways?

Mexico is competing with the U.S. for manufacturing work coming back to the western hemisphere from China and other parts of Asia. Will it pose the same challenge for U.S. ports?[more]


Can West Coast Ports Act to Reverse Their Slide in Market Share?

Can West Coast Ports Act to Reverse Their Slide in Market Share?

Shippers are still steaming over delays caused by West Coast dockworkers during contract negotiations with terminal operators in late 2014 and early 2015. But problems at the region's ports extend well beyond union intransigence.[more]


Searching for a Solution to Chassis Management

Searching for a Solution to Chassis Management

It's been about five years since ocean carriers began selling off their chassis in the U.S., forcing shippers to obtain the equipment elsewhere. But the new regime is anything but settled.[more]


Has Container Shipping Become a Commodity?

Has Container Shipping Become a Commodity?

There was a time when ocean carriers fashioned themselves as providers of premium, door-to-door transportation. Not anymore.[more]


Container Shipping Today: Mega-Ships and Mega-Problems

Container Shipping Today: Mega-Ships and Mega-Problems

If we're to believe the big container lines, ever-larger ships are the remedy for their financial woes. Why, then, are so many of them still losing money?[more]


The 'Single Window' for Trade Filing Is Finally on the Way

The ‘Single Window’ for Trade Filing Is Finally on the Way

It's a government program. It involves technology. And it's a good thing.[more]


Never Mind a Possible Strike. Heres the Real Problem at West Coast Ports

Never Mind a Possible Strike. Here's the Real Problem at West Coast Ports

Importers and exporters were holding their collective breath last week, praying that negotiations for a new West Coast longshore labor contract wouldn't result in a temporary shutdown of the ports. But service providers were just as concerned about what happens if they stay open.[more]


How Logistics Helps Whirlpool Stay Competitive

How Logistics Helps Whirlpool Stay Competitive

We speak incessantly about the impact of "consumer demand" on manufacturers' supply chains. But do we really understand what that term means?[more]


Will Ocean Carriers Scuttle Their Future (Again)?

Will Ocean Carriers Scuttle Their Future (Again)?

It looks as though we're in for a year of continued economic recovery and job growth, however gradual. That should be good news for ocean carriers - assuming they don't undermine their own success by flooding the market with capacity, then engaging in rampant discounting to fill it.[more]


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