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Q&A: Hours of Service: Putting the Drive Back in Drivers
The hours-of-service rules proposed by the Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be a disaster for the motor carrier industry. We already have enough trouble attracting qualified drivers, and the rules will hammer us further by requiring all kinds of additional “rest” times before drivers can get on the road after a shift.
Consolidation Cooking in European Short Sea Shipping
Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent
Shipping lines on the busy North Sea and Baltic routes are jostling for position ahead of another round of consolidation as the private equity funds and buyout firms that rushed into the market during the boom days of easily available capital and debt finance and strong traffic growth are bowing out.
Maersk Does It Again
You have to hand it to Soren Skou and the company he leads: They know how to command a stage.
ILA Contract: Reporter's Notebook
Notes and comments after a year of covering the wild ride to an International Longshoremen’s Association contract agreeme
Preparing for Disruption
On Sunday, July 31, 2011, Tropical Storm Nok-Ten made landfall in northern Vietnam, and quickly entered northeastern Thailand. The flash flooding that would begin across Thailand’s northern regions soon would spill onto the lower central provinces, fed by weeks of winter monsoon rains.
It’s an amazing thing: After a year of meetings, conference calls, multiple draft panel ideas and draft agendas; after dozens (hundreds?) of speaker recruitment calls around the world; new ideas, old ideas, rejected ideas and a pretty solid group of keepers; through industry ups and downs and an election; and after myriad distractions, errors and omissions, starts and stops, cancellations and last-minute changes, the 13th annual TPM Conference has come and gone, and planning for TPM 2014 is beginning.
A Tale of Two Carriers
Michael D. Scheid
After five years with an operating ratio above 96 percent, Saia was one of three public less-than-truckload carriers to report an operating ratio less than 95 percent in 2012.
Twitter may be an unparalleled tool to toss out a short thought, idea or a headline, but to say it tells half the story does it too much justice; it tells a much smaller fraction of the story. Below are a few of my tweets or re-tweets from this month’s TPM Conference with a bit more than 140 characters of explanation
Q&A: Owner-Operators: Truly Independent?
We have a fairly large private trucking company, employing owner-operators. We train them, and maintain operational control, specifying routes the routes they must use. We require certain equipment installation. Our contracts specify the owner-operator is an independent contractor. Are we correct in not treating our drivers as employees?
The negative impacts of sequestration on the international trade community are looming for California's public ports, and what happens there will ripple through the national economy in a matter of weeks unless Congress takes quick action.
Q&A: Fired Up Over Liability Limits
After a no-fault chain reaction highway accident destroys a truck and its cargo, a motor carrier questions its insurer’s claim of a $100,000 liability limit on $250,000 in damages.
The Turmoil Never Ceases
As the TPM Conference convenes in Long Beach this week, the trans-Pacific market’s ability to throw curveballs year after year continues to impress. In past years, these took the form of port congestion, West Coast labor unrest and biblical rail backups — all largely unanticipated and forcing the industry into crisis mode.
Buyers and Sellers
For Marci Rossell, 2013 will be the year U.S. consumers finally start to feel the economic recovery.
Q&A: Must a Shipper Double Pay?
A contracted carrier is paid by a shipper, and goes out of business. The shipper is then asked to pay a bill for that shipment by another carrier. Without its knowledge, the contracted carrier subcontracted the move to another carrier. Must the shipper double-pay?
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Regional Shifts in Maritime Piracy and Possible Solutions
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Doing Business in a Changing China
Holistic Supply Chain Management: A Focused Approach to Supply Chain Management through the Lens of Working Capital Management
When Disaster Strikes