There are many things needed to be successful in the trucking business, and finding good flatbed loads is one.
Chris Brooks, Journal of Commerce Executive Editor
For shippers, adjusting to the new wave of ocean carrier consolidation comes in degrees, all related to the level of disruption it causes.
Global container shipping will never be the same after this year. The industry many of us have spent a career toiling away within, is gone. Or at least aspects of it are — the names, the companies, the cultures, but, of course, not the tonnage.
Colin Barrett, president, Barret Transportation Consultants
There’s no legal obligation — under either common law or commerce law — on anyone to draw a payer’s attention to an overpayment. So long as the carrier is refunding them on demand, it’s well within the law.
Kwabena Apau-Kese, shipping commentator
Shipping companies ought to venture into unchartered waters and make the market happen.
What do shippers and container lines really want, true collaboration that helps to solve problems, or to pay lip service that sounds good but has no bite?
No one disputes no-show containers are a major industry challenge. The question is, how can it get resolved?
The shipping and steel industries never quite seem able to match supply and demand well enough to ensure steady profitability.
Colin Barrett, president, Barrett Transportation Consultants
The government of the destination country may get pretty inquisitive about exactly where the fruit you’re shipping was grown, and who did the growing, and may even require — as does the United States — that the origin be reflected at any time that the fruit is offered for sale within its borders.
Jonathan Gold, vice president, supply chain and customs policy, National Retail Federation
An early contract extension at West Coast ports would present an opportunity to restore shipper trust and regain cargo they have diverted to the East and Gulf coasts.
Susan Kohn Ross, international trade attorney
Both presidential candidates have excoriated international trade almost to the point of saying it is the source of everything wrong in this country.
Lawrence J. Gross, president, Gross Transportation Consulting
It seems there are two federal transportation departments, the one regulating new highway technology and the one regulating railroads, and they don’t seem to be on the same page.
Mark Szakonyi, JOC.com Executive Editor
Shippers want assurance from ocean carrier alliances that there are emergency plans in place if one of their container lines can’t deliver its own cargo and that of its member partners.
Chris Jones, executive vice president, marketing and services, Descartes
Technology will influence the 2016 retail holiday season in more ways than ever before, and with heightened consumer demand starting to put pressure upon home delivery operations, retail success is increasingly dependent upon advanced home delivery solutions.
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