Commentary

Technology is catching up with the transportation world, as ideas considered far-fetched or futuristic a few years ago move off the drawing board and toward the mainstream.
Delays and mounting frustration lead to a dispute over claims in excess of $25,000.
Shippers must embrace the opportunity to go green because there is a direct relationship between environmental sustainability and financial success.
Hints that capacity might tighten at the top global operators, but not at those that want to be among them, come as other industry analysts warn that the gap between supply and demand will widen.
What options are there for a transporter when their client goes bankrupt?
The media tends to view every piece of shipping news as “unprecedented” or “unexpected,” but either is rarely the case.
It’s important for the future of the largest North American port complex — Southern California’s Los Angeles-Long Beach — and the shippers that depend on it that the accomplishments of the PierPass extended gates program aren’t undermined by hasty or ill-considered alterations.    
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.