Shippers must embrace the opportunity to go green because there is a direct relationship between environmental sustainability and financial success.
Preston Charles, consultant, Worldwide Advancement Consulting
Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor
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.
Colin Barrett, president, Barret Transportation Consultants
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.
Troy Turner, logistics procurement manager, Unilever
Central Pennsylvania is a US distribution crossroads, and as elsewhere throughout the United States, truck parking has become a problem in the region.
Satish Jindel, president, SJ Consulting Group
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.
Gary Ferrulli, president-North America, Unicon Logistics
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.
Joe Akrotirianakis and Brig Cheney, partners, Atkinson Andelson
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.
Colin Barrett, president, Barrett Transportation Consultants
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.
Chas Deller, shipping commentator
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.
Lawrence J. Gross, president, Gross Transportation Consulting
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.
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