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Cue Empty Calls for Infrastructure Spending After Bridge Collapse
It’s that time again. Time for Washington, D.C., to work itself into a tizzy about the nation’s so-called crumbling infrastructure, following the collapse of a Washington bridge over the Skagit River on Thursday.
Sometimes Good Guys Finish First
John R. McLaurin
With the retirement of Robert Kanter as director of environmental affairs and planning, the Port of Long Beach has some big shoes to fill.
Managing Supply Chain Complexity
As companies pursue global business expansion, their supply chains become more complex and segmented. These companies are looking to expand their business and increase competitiveness by selling and distributing finished goods in new global markets, or may be diversifying their sourcing origins to minimize disruptions to their supply chains.
Q&A: A Harsh Lesson on Due Diligence
A shipper’s arrangement with a broker passing itself off as a forwarder goes horribly wrong, leading to dire consequences.
10 Steps to Improve Discretionary Grant Programs
Paul Lewis and Joshua Schank
The United States needs better and more sustainable discretionary grant programs in order to fund innovative transportation investments across modes. Here are 10 possible improvements to the process.
Q&A: Chilly Outlook in Reefer Dispute
A refrigerated shipper and motor carrier get two different readings on a temperature-controlled product. Now what?
Ocean Carriers’ Internal Battle
The trans-Pacific eastbound trade is taking considerably longer than in the past to settle annual service contracts that will run through next April. Some ocean carriers walked away from large deals, while others are walking into them even at rates that appear to be below costs.
5 Top Trends in Transportation Procurement
More so than at any time in the past decade, forces ranging from macroeconomic trends to technology innovations are demanding transportation procurement practitioners to be part subject matter expert, part diplomat and part visionary to accomplish value creation.
Racing to the Bottom
The alarm bells are ringing. Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou told Lloyd’s List late last month that the industry “is at the risk of a full-fledged rate war unless the industry comes to its senses.” “Where is the bottom for container rates?” Jeffries’ Johnson Leung asked in his most recent weekly update. So what do the carriers need to do now?
Tangled Up in TWIC
The Transportation Worker Identification Credential program is broken and the Department of Homeland Security should halt it until it fully understands if it truly enhances port security.
Taking the High Road in DC?
The two political parties, with all their arguing about taxes and budgets, are consuming Washington. The Democrats advocate investing in our future, while Republicans want to avoid a future that looks like Greece.
Q&A: Contracts vs. Bills: One or the Other
With a new management policy, we have signed one-year “evergreen” contracts with a few motor carriers. I was told to stop preparing bills of lading and to send shipments out just with the manifests we generate from our warehouse. Is this the right thing to do?
Return of the Quackers
A phrase repeated during congressional hearings and bar arguments during the early days of the Reagan administration, "If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a tax," was always a pretty good hint that someone wasn't a fan of the user-fee approach to reducing the federal budget deficit.
Q&A: Crossing Borders Into a Whole New World
A veteran shipper finds that expanding into the international arena provides an entirely new set of transportation challenges.
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