Commentary

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Change under way to elevate ‘T&C’ functions to proper status in supply chain

Jerry Peck, vice president of product strategy, QAD Precision | Feb 3, 2023

After years of “trade and customs” functions being largely considered an afterthought in supply chain decisions, a shift is afoot that would correct that.
Supply Chain
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Why the NMFC system has stood the test of time

Joel Ringer, vice president of classification, National Motor Freight Traffic Association | Jan 11, 2023

A classification system that considers the full requirements and costs of service providers, and is constantly being adapted to new realities, is the best system available, writes the vice president of classification for the National Motor Freight Traffic Association.
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Time to wean the LTL industry off the NMFC model

Satish Jindel, president, SJ Consulting Group and Shipmatrix | Jan 9, 2023

While a few carriers such as ABF Freight and FedEx Freight have rolled out dimensional pricing, and others have expressed the desire to do so, they have largely overlooked the reasons for shippers’ reluctance to switch to dimensional rates.
SurfaceLTL
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Supply chain failures of recent years have ‘Groundhog Day’ feel

Theodore Prince, chief strategy officer and co-founder, Tiger Cool Express | Dec 30, 2022

Nobody has been willing to admit that the only question about recent supply chain failures was when — not if — they were going to occur, writes Theodore Prince.
Supply Chain
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OSRA-22 not designed to control freight rates: NITL

E. Nancy O’Liddy, executive director, National Industrial Transportation League | Nov 14, 2022

The objective of OSRA-22 was never to address freight rates, but rather to provide the FMC with additional tools to better identify, prevent, and hold ocean carriers accountable for unfair or deceptive practices and behaviors, writes the executive director of the National Industrial Transportation League.
Transport, trade and regulation
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Pausing to look back at supply chain prognostications

Lawrence Gross, president, Gross Transportation Consulting | Nov 7, 2022

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STB, FMC increasingly active in pursuing statutory mandates

Theodore Prince, chief strategy officer and co-founder, Tiger Cool Express | Nov 3, 2022

Paul Revere’s midnight ride to warn the colonial militia of the impending British military action was facilitated by the sexton of Boston’s North Church using a lantern signal —one if the enemy approached by land, two lights if it came by sea. These days, we would need three lanterns to indicate trouble coming from both land and sea.
Transport, trade and regulation
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Unraveling the complexities of zero carbon with hydrogen

Georgios Plevrakis, vice president of global sustainability, American Bureau of Shipping | Nov 2, 2022

Maritime
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Let’s level the playing field for small importers

Brian Glick, CEO, Chain.io | Oct 25, 2022

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Course correction needed in wake of OSRA-22

Jessica Darby and Andrew Balthrop | Oct 20, 2022

Predictably, OSRA-22 overpromised and is at risk of under-delivering. Changes need to be made to mitigate the law’s unintended consequences.
Transport, trade and regulation
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Standardization eroding long-term value for standalone visibility providers

Kai Timmermann, chief operating officer at Prompt | Oct 14, 2022

Visibility aggregators face obsolescence as data standards increase the availability and usefulness of visibility data — unless they work now to deliver standalone functional value before the enterprise resource planning (ERP) and freight management systems in the operating layer co-opt their capabilities and value.
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US railroads need to overcome fear of ‘adverse publicity’

Theodore Prince, chief strategy officer and co-founder, Tiger Cool Express | Oct 6, 2022

The railroad industry’s previously inexhaustible supply of goodwill is rapidly dwindling as a recent avalanche of adverse publicity brings to the surface a long-standing undercurrent of discontent with the rail industry.
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Street turns: The shipping revolution that never happened

Brendan Tompkins, chief technology officer, Port Technology Services | Aug 31, 2022

Many motor carriers perform street turns when they can, but there’s never been a way to perform them at scale.
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Increasing the logistics industry’s innovation surface area

Alexander Nowroth, managing partner, Lebenswerk Consulting Group | Aug 22, 2022

Why do logistics companies use the few hundred years of experience from their boards of directors, the first line of management, and a few above-average employees, and leave the many thousand years of experience of the rest of the workforce out of the picture?
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Usefulness of NMFC system nearing its end

Satish Jindel, president, SJ Consulting Group, Inc. | Jul 7, 2022

For many, the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) system for pricing has long outlived its need and value.
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Development project threatens Port of Oakland’s future

Will Scott, Jr., president, African American Farmers of California; and Manuel Cunha, Jr., president, Nisei Farmers League | Jun 29, 2022

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Tone, not criticism, undervalues CSCMP report

Mark Baxa, president and CEO, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals | Jun 29, 2022

Constructive feedback, rather than personal attacks, help improve "State of Logistics."
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CSCMP ‘State of Logistics’ report missed the mark

Theodore Prince, chief strategy officer and co-founder, Tiger Cool Express | Jun 27, 2022

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CSCMP ‘State of Logistics’ report missed the mark

Theodore Prince, chief strategy officer and co-founder, Tiger Cool Express | Jun 27, 2022

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Arming ocean shippers with data

Brian Glick, founder and CEO of Chain.io | May 31, 2022

Expanding visibility technology enables shippers to use data about the actual performance of their networks to negotiate rates and capacity with advanced awareness of whether what carriers and forwarders are offering will be profitable.
Logistics technology