Commentary

Street turns: The shipping revolution that never happened

Brendan Tompkins, chief technology officer, Port Technology Services |
Many motor carriers perform street turns when they can, but there’s never been a way to perform them at scale.

Increasing the logistics industry’s innovation surface area

Alexander Nowroth, managing partner, Lebenswerk Consulting Group |
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?

Usefulness of NMFC system nearing its end

Satish Jindel, president, SJ Consulting Group, Inc. |
For many, the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) system for pricing has long outlived its need and value.

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 |

Tone, not criticism, undervalues CSCMP report

Mark Baxa, president and CEO, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals |
Constructive feedback, rather than personal attacks, help improve "State of Logistics."

CSCMP ‘State of Logistics’ report missed the mark

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

CSCMP ‘State of Logistics’ report missed the mark

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

Arming ocean shippers with data

Brian Glick, founder and CEO of Chain.io |
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 News

Ocean shipping reform: A quick ‘fix’ hides unintended consequences

Jessica Darby, Assistant Professor, Department of Supply Chain Management, Auburn University, and Andrew Balthrop, Research Associate, Supply Chain Management Research Center, University of Arkansas |
The broader question is if a permanent expansion of the FMC’s regulatory authority is warranted in response to a short-term concern during unprecedented time.

Lack of technology adoption hindering supply chain evolution

Victor Ofstein, head of strategic partnerships, Melio |
Logistics Technology News

‘Resilient’ 3PLs require flexibility, agility in disrupted supply chain

Jon DeCesare, president, World Class Logistics Consulting |

Highly effective — and accepted — global data standard already exists

Bryn Heimbeck, co-founder and president, Trade Tech Inc. |
Supply chain

Let’s not make America’s supply chain challenges worse

Charles Boustany, board member, APCO Worldwide International Advisory Council |
Transport, Trade, and Regulation News

The ‘good, bad, and ugly’ of LTL

Satish Jindel, president of SJ Consulting Group |
LTL capacity will continue to be tight and rates will keep rising in 2022, but shippers can minimize the impact of this challenging market by modifying their shipping practices to be more carrier-friendly.
LTLTrucking News

Perishables an unrecognized victim of supply chain disruption

Thomas Eskesen, Founder, Eskesen Advisory |
Disruption seen in the durable goods supply chain has devastated capacity and equipment supplies in the north–south trades in perishables, leaving growers with no vessel space and late-arriving cold chain perishables decaying on the docks.
Supply chain

Senate needs careful approach on US shipping reform

John Butler, President and CEO, World Shipping Council |
Maritime

Outlook 2022: Logical leadership

Theodore Prince, chief strategy officer and co-founder, Tiger Cool Express |
Because freight moves through local, national, continental, and international networks, the federal government must take leadership in solving some of the current supply chain conundrums.
Rail NewsTrucking laborIntermodal providersNorth American portsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Outlook 2022: A more flexible future

Ryan B. Schreiber, vice president of industry and growth at CarrierDirect |
In today’s brittle supply chain, shippers must be able to plan for unexpected changes, shift resources, and communicate revised timelines at a moment’s notice.
Supply chain

Outlook 2022: 31 flavors of B2C parcel deliveries

Satish Jindel, president of SJ Consulting Group |
Parcel providers are missing out by not recognizing that consumers will pay for customized delivery to suit the unique attributes of the products and their lifestyles.
Trucking News

OSRA21’s many benefits not intended to solve port congestion

Lori Fellmer, VP Logistics and Carrier Management, BassTech International; Chair, NITL Ocean Transportation Committee |
Maritime

Comprehensive plan needed to increase trucking workforce

Theodore Prince, chief strategy officer and co-founder, Tiger Cool Express |
Trucking labor

Death of Conrail legend recalls bygone days of railroad business

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

Ask not

Theodore Prince, chief strategy officer and co-founder, Tiger Cool Express |
The only time transportation focuses the public’s attention is when something goes wrong. We have been betrayed by leaders – public and private – who avoided tough decisions necessary for long-term sufficiency in favor of short-term results.

LA-LB excess container dwell fees ultimately shipper fees

Carlos Rodriguez, maritime attorney |
The Container Excess Dwell Fees certainly don’t pass the scrutiny of the FMC’s incentive principle contained in its interpretive rules for demurrage and detention.

Market is ripe for spin-off of FedEx Freight

Satish Jindel, president of SJ Consulting Group |

New LA-LB port fees counterintuitive

Carlos Rodriguez, maritime attorney, and Isabella Peek, legal columnist |
Importers shouldn’t be on the hook for port demurrage when they can’t remove containers.
Maritime

Open ecosystem for freight no longer just a dream

Eric Rempel, Chief Innovation Officer, Redwood Logistics |
A three-way intersection on the horizon, where serverless, SaaS, and open-source platforms collide, will hasten this ongoing revolution we’re seeing take place.
Logistics Technology News

Parcel carriers should automate shippers’ refunds

Satish Jindel, President of ShipMatrix |

Solving rail system sepsis

Theodore Prince, chief strategy officer and co-founder, Tiger Cool Express |
A US regulatory cloud hangs over railroads amid service deterioration.
Rail News

The shipping industry deserves better than xenophobia

John McLaurin, President, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association |
To blame the entirety of the supply chain problems on “foreign” carriers is a tried-and-true tactic — and grossly unfair.
Container lines

The next big thing for LTL?

Don Newell, Newell Enterprises, principal |
Pricing from the National Motor Freight Classification still works and with some low-cost tweaks, it can work even better.
LTL

Intermodal success riding on final leg

Theodore Prince, chief strategy officer and co-founder, Tiger Cool Express |
The challenges faced by the intermodal industry stem from treating intermodal like carload and paying insufficient attention to service.
Rail News

Waiting for an intermodal miracle

Theodore Prince, chief strategy officer and co-founder, Tiger Cool Express |
As a starting point, it might be useful to consider what we do not have enough of.
Rail News

Laboring over labor

Theodore Prince, chief strategy officer and co-founder, Tiger Cool Express |
Labor powering freight transportation is in the driver's seat.
Rail NewsTrucking News

Building value in forwarder relationships

Daniel Krassenstein, supply chain director, Procon Pacific |
In a tight market, shippers need forwarders more than ever. How can shippers make sure they have the right partners to lean on?
Maritime

Operational agility crucial in this turbulent market

Daniel Krassenstein, supply chain director, Procon Pacific |
There is no better source for your order volume forecast accuracy than your downstream end-user.
Supply chain

And the Oscar goes to

Theodore Prince, chief strategy officer and co-founder, Tiger Cool Express |
San Pedro is the beating heart of our nation’s transportation system. Let’s hope the close-up is favorable.
Maritime

Into the bowels of the Queen Mary

Geraldine Knatz, former director, Port of Los Angeles |
Operators have been losing money for decades. As the city tries to shift the burden of the Queen Mary to the port, can we really expect the future to be any different?

Straight talk on chassis pools

Mike O’Malley, senior vice president of government and public relations, DCLI |
At a time of stretched global supply chains, the answer is not for Washington policymakers to dictate a “solution” that would lead to fewer chassis.

It’s a given

Theodore Prince, chief strategy officer and co-founder, Tiger Cool Express |
The Suez Canal disruption shows that network constraints — known or unexpected — can generate disruptions and diseconomies of scale.
Maritime
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