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The recent report from JOC Economist Mario O. Moreno forecasts 6 percent growth in U.S. imports and 2 percent growth in exports for the year ahead. In this brief end-of-the-year podcast, he highlights the activity behind his optimism, as well as his more cautious predictions.
For a more in depth discussion of these factors, register for the FREE webcast Jan. 16, 2:00 pm ET, "The 2014 Outlook: Maritime" with Moreno and Senior Editor Bill Mongelluzzo. www.joc.com/webcasts
This podcast examines the truth behind ocean freight invoice inaccuracies, including causes, current review procedures and the impact on the larger industry. Speaker Steve Ferreira has run Ocean Audit Inc. for 20 years and developed an in-depth understanding of the invoicing process nuances of the various ocean carriers. This is a precursor to the the Nov. 21 free webcast "Accessing Hidden Revenue: Steps to Improving Ocean Freight Invoice Audits."
The key to effectively ending piracy lies is grassroots development of land-based solutions in Somalia. This podcast interview with Dr. Theodore Karasik, Director of Research and Consultancy at the Institute for the Near East and Gulf Military Studies, examines the importance of Somali community engagement and discusses the recent UAE Counter Piracy Conference (www.counterpiracy.ae).
Theodore Karasik, Director of Research and Consultancy at the Institute for the Near East and Gulf Military Studies in Dubai, and The Journal of Commerce Senior Editor Peter Leach discuss reasons behind the decline and rise in piracy incidents in different areas of Africa, the very real and far-reaching human toll of piracy, and development of shore-based initiatives to stem the problem at a grassroots level. Dr. Karasik is one of the organizers of a high-level UAE Counter Piracy Conference in Dubai, Sept. 11-12
Theodore Karasik, director of research and consultancy at the Institute for the Near East and Gulf Military Studies in Dubai, and Journal of Commerce Senior Editor Peter Leach discuss piracy's current threat level, how shipping lines have responded and what this all means for risk and cost. Dr. Karasik is one of the organizers of a high-level UAE Counter Piracy Conference in Dubai, Sept. 11-12
JOC Special Projects Editor Alessandra Barrett interviews Bob Baker, President and CEO of Synchronet
JOC's Research Editor Marsha Salisbury on the impact of mergers and acquisitions within this year's JOC Top 100 Importers and Exporters list, as well as President Obama's National Export Initiative.
On May 8, 2013, the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey hosted the 20th International Maritime Hall of Fame Awards. Held at the Grand Hyatt, New York, NY, the dinner honored “maritime visionaries who, through excellence in their company, organization or services, best exemplify the qualities of futuristic thinking that will guide our industry in the 21st Century,” said Edward J. Kelly, executive director. Funds raised for the event promote educational services for the industry.
When Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeastern U.S. Oct. 29, trucking company New Penn closed its 22 terminal network, suspending operations over a territory stretching from Baltimore to Maine and the Jersey Shore to the Great Lakes.
David Hoppens, senior vice president and general manager of intermodal services for U.S. Xpress and president of the Transportation Marketing and Sales Association (TMSA), discusses the unique role of marketing, communications and sales professionals within the niche of transportation and logistics, and the powerful collaborations that can develop from networking within the industry. Highlights from the agenda of TMSA's upcoming Annual Conference and Expo will also be discussed.
Ryder's Chris Merritt speaks with The Journal of Commerce about how and why businesses within the retail sector should apply lean methodologies to operations. The short conversation addresses the process of implementation as well as overarching ideas of leveraging the changes internally to drive continued adaption and improvement. It will be continued in depth during a webcast on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2-3pm, entitled, "How Lean Practices Can Translate to Greater Motivation in the Retail Workforce."
The deadline for a contract agreement between the International Longshoremen's Association and the United States Maritime Alliance is less than a month away and talks between both sides have completely stalled. JOC Editors Bill Mongelluzzo and Joseph Bonney discuss the implecations for East, Gulf and West Coast ports, the carriers and the customers if a strike or lockout begins on Oct. 1 at this year's Inland Port Logistics Conference.
Seasonal peaks, new product launches, planned outages and overflow storage needs present unique challenges, but also require changes that may only last as long as the particular circumstance.