Commentary

From his vantage point in the Houston market, despite the current equilibrium, Brian Fielkow, CEO of regional trucker and 3PL Jetco Delivery, is witness to the challenges facing truckers and customers throughout the U.S. as the driver shortage steadily worsens.
Shippers are required by law to document hazardous material shipments, and follow a raft of other standards concerning packaging, co-loading and other aspects of their movement.
The Belt and Road initiative - potentially involving an area equal to 55 percent of the global GDP, 70 percent of the global population and 75 percent of known energy reserves – is reshaping global supply chains.
It seems as if a fundamental change is occurring in the ocean shipping industry, and it all started when shippers grew nervous about last year’s negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union negotiations and Pacific Maritime Association.
The need for innovation in the rail industry is even greater today than it was when RailRoader technology emerged, and the environment perhaps less hospitable than it was then.
For the last four years, Bradley S. Jacobs has been one of the more interesting people operating in the global freight supply chain. Like the portfolio of companies he’s building, the XPO Logistics CEO is rapidly broadening that description to fit the global stage.
There’s one potential solution to the congestion the ports of Los Angeles-Long Beach and New York-New Jersey face that rarely gets discussed amid talk of chassis pools, truck appointments and extended gate hours. It would relieve pressure on terminal gates, on chassis and on drivers. The solution, some believe, is on-dock rail.
The role of cold storage operators continues to morph into that of a 3PL. Strangely enough, some customers aren’t aware of the expanding suite of services their cold storage providers offer, even though it’s evolving customer demands that prompted this very transformation.
As the industry catches its breath after the struggles on the West Coast, we are less than a year away from a potential new risk of long lines and more confusion across the U.S.
When Presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama signed a new climate agreement in September, they took a critical step in bilateral cooperation to combat global climate change. The two of us were recently invited to China to share experiences—in the United States and Holland, respectively—in cleaning up air pollution at ports and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the shipping industry, while maintaining growth.
Carriers are always at liberty to verify any and all aspects of the shipping description provided by the shipper, to the extent that they affect the rate to be charged and in all other regards. The most common type of correction that carriers make is the shipment weight.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s comprehensive new Automated Commercial Environment is a historic step toward modernizing inefficient customs procedures. But it also puts a greater burden on shippers and their customers to keep their data orderly and up to date.
The Port of New York and New Jersey and its new port commerce director, former Port of Los Angeles executive Molly Campbell, face a challenge: The port must solve its current congestion issues before the next wave of big ships hits New York-New Jersey, probably next year.
How does a corporate culture motivate its employees to look forward to reporting to work each day because they love their jobs and the companies they work for? That concern is even more pressing because the transportation industry is facing a labor shortage.