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It’s often said that things come in threes: The Three Stooges, The Three Little Pigs, the Big 3 and, of course, the P3.
2013’s Revenue Busters
Michael D. Scheid
The rapid deceleration in revenue growth evident among the world’s 50 largest transportation and logistics companies last year is still with us in 2013, with a few fluctuations and twists.
Same Day? No Way
Does the sudden renewed interest in same-day delivery of online orders reveal a genuine underlying opportunity, or will these services fail spectacularly the way Kozmo.com, Webvan, Home Grocer and others did when the dot-com bubble burst more than a decade ago?
Looking Back to Look Forward
As the end of 2013 nears, many of us are being asked to forecast what will happen in 2014 as we prepare our budgets. What does global trade growth look like? What about individual trades? Where are carrier rates going?
With the exception of the high-flying airline industry, it’s rare for surface freight transportation to be on the cover of a magazine. So it was with some surprise that I noted two leading business periodicals featuring freight transportation on September covers.
Fact and Fiction at LA-Long Beach
Despite what some trucking interests say, the Southern California ports have made tremendous strides in accelerating container movement into and out of the marine terminals.
Driving Under the Influence — of Religion
A motor carrier questions the impact of an EEOC lawsuit concerning Islamic drivers fired for refusing to haul loads of alcoholic beverages because it violated their religion.
Lessons in Liability
Susan Kohn Ross
Two recent court cases should prompt all companies, and especially small and medium-sized importers and exporters, to review their business practices with an eye toward reducing potential liability. One dealt with the outcome when one company purchases the assets of another, and the second dealt with determining when U.S. Customs and Border Protection is permitted to seek personal liability from corporate officers in a penalty setting.
Incoterms and Conditions
An auditor questions a carrier’s billing of a shipper when Incoterm notations indicate otherwise. So how should Incoterms and a bill of lading interact?
Minnesota has the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul), Washington has the Tri-Cities (Pasco, Kennewick and Richland), and Iowa-Illinois have the Quad Cities (Moline and Rock Island, Ill., and Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa). To many, this information is probably worth a hill of beans.
Could Crude Oil Put the Jones Act Into Play?
To the credit of those who support the Jones Act, the U.S. law requiring vessels operating in the domestic trade to be built, owned and crewed by Americans, they take little for granted. An unapologetically protectionist law in a world of free trade agreements, the Jones Act is the citadel of the U.S. maritime industry, ferociously guarded by a coalition of shipyards, maritime unions and domestic carriers.
In DC, It’s Time for Shippers to Step Up
The recent partial shutdown of the federal government and debt ceiling scare suggests that for shippers and transportation providers, the failure of Washington, D.C., isn’t any longer about Democrats vs. Republicans. Instead, it’s increasingly about those who want to provide some economic certainty versus those willing to endanger a modest economic recovery to pursue specific ideological and political goals.
Carriers’ Liability: Rooted in Tradition
Why is it “tradition” for motor carrier shippers not to buy their own cargo insurance, but “tradition” for rail and ocean shippers to do so?
As Real as It Gets, Even When Fake
A November 2011 report from the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center predicts counterfeiting will be a potential $1.7 trillion issue by 2015, growing despite many efforts. No industry escapes its grasp.
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