Commentary

Central Pennsylvania is a US distribution crossroads, and as elsewhere throughout the United States, truck parking has become a problem in the region.
Shippers need to rapidly adjust to getting billed for the correct weight, density, and other characteristics of their shipments. Similarly, the LTL carriers must ensure that the corrections for weight and density are legitimate.  
More than 75 percent of all carriers that I have seen in my 44-plus-year career are gone, failed mostly when their governments decided to remove the life support system — money. 
A 2016 federal appellate court case illustrates the problems employers face when their job classifications do not map onto the statutory definition of “supervisor,” which can open those employees up to unionization.
One of the basic exceptions to the rule of absolute carrier liability for freight in a carrier’s custody is when loss or damage results from some fault of the shipper beyond the carrier’s control, and it fairly clearly seems to be the case here.  
This coming season is unlike any other, in as much as never before have we seen so many alliance changes, such high levels of ocean carrier financial uncertainty, and —so many unanswered questions about how the new US president will affect trade.
The election of Donald Trump may have rattled global markets, at least temporarily, but shippers at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference the day after the election were cautiously optimistic. They were certainly cheered by the president-elect’s promise of $1 trillion in infrastructure spending. 
Recent industry comments suggest carriers are being cautious in ordering new capacity — new ship orders are down substantially versus 2015 — and also will be cautious on capacity as alliances roll out their service networks. This is leading a number of observers to suggest that the container market gradually may be returning to equilibrium.
Anyone paying attention to rail carload data would conclude from the year-over-year losses that it’s a difficult market, but hidden in the figures is a story of improvement.
Without meaning to make light of the outcome of the presidential election, we all need to take a breath and pause. 
It will be interesting to see what concepts come out of the McMillon Family Retail Innovation and Technology Lab, as well as what impact this growing segment of technology — combined with its influence on the shopping behavior of millennials — could have on future logistics and distribution models.  
Contract extension talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association must address productivity issues in a serious way so US West Coast ports get somewhere remotely close to the efficiency at other major ports in the world. 
Section 7 of a bill of lading protects the shipper. A shipper’s execution of it is basically meaningless on a prepaid shipment.
An educated guess on value of imported produce, without reconciliation later being filed to reflect actual sales values, could land fruit and vegetable importers in Customs’ hot seat.