Commentary

It’s critical that you ensure the shipper recognizes and acknowledges your role as a broker, and not a carrier. It’s likewise important that you document this understanding so that no legal question can arise later.
EU regulators recently approved FedEx’s acquisition of TNT after considering restrictions to ensure competitiveness in the market just a month earlier. If any customers or competitors are thinking of filing objections, they should be reminded that there would be no sound basis for any such move.
A sustained and intensive effort to foster corporate social responsibility initiatives across the maritime sector would have benefits both inside and outside the industry.
Numerous events over the last year will shape how the ranking of the world’s top transportation and logistics companies looks at the end of 2016. UPS’s reign as the world’s largest transportation company may be short-lived, because several other companies are racing toward the top.
There may be no better indicator of how shippers view the transportation landscape than in how they see freight rates trending through next fall. At its core, that singular piece of data among reams of it in Wolfe Research’s Third Quarter “State of the Freight” report is a microcosm of what’s occurring in global and North American supply chains amid a languishing Chinese economy whose pain is spreading globally.
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.