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Lineage Logistics expands at US ports, Asia-Pacific markets

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Nov 19, 2019, 2:20 PM EST

The acquisition of Emergent Cold gives US-based Lineage Logistics greater access to Asian markets and facilities at three US ports.
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Lineage Logistics adds cold-storage space in Europe

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Sep 18, 2019, 11:21 AM EDT

The acquisition of two Van Soest Coldstores facilities complements Lineage’s existing network of refrigerated sites across Belgium, the Netherlands, and the UK.
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Indian digital forwarder capitalizes on reefer push

Bency Mathew, Special India Correspondent | Aug 2, 2019, 10:11 AM EDT

An Indian tech startup is luring reefer shippers with a digital platform as refrigerated cargo volumes in the country are on the upswing.
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Reefer shippers willing to pay for improved service

Lara L. Sowinski | Jun 24, 2019, 6:00 AM EDT

Continued depressed pricing has caused service levels in the refrigerated cargo market to deteriorate, but BCOs say there are other issues that need addressing as well.
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Service cools Mexico’s refrigerated rail potential

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Jan 30, 2019, 9:20 AM EST

Security and service problems face Mexico's intermodal sector as it seeks to expand its share of the reefer market.
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Congestion clogs port of Manila

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Jan 25, 2019, 5:38 PM EST

Truck shortages, warehouse closures, and too many empty containers have exacerbated terminal and landside congestion.
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Lack of air cargo surge marks weak trans-Pacific

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Jan 15, 2019, 11:53 AM EST

After a subdued end to 2018 and trade and with economic hurdles stacking up, there are relatively low expectations for the trans-Pacific air cargo market in 2019.
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CMA CGM ships first locally-booked India smart container

India Special Correspondent | Dec 10, 2018, 10:28 AM EST

CMA CGM (India) said the smart container was loaded onto the CMA CGM Tosca at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust on Nov. 30, destined for Marseilles, France.
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US Southern ports target Latin fruit imports

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Nov 30, 2018, 6:06 PM EST

Market share remains in the single digits —both as a percentage of overall reefer imports and exports in the US and overall volumes within the individual ports — but the port authorities of Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia say the US Department of Agriculture clearance will open the door to even more business opportunities.
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Consumer expectations expedite shipper deliveries

Alan M. Field, Special Correspondent | Nov 9, 2018, 10:33 AM EST

Every year, the expectation regarding “free” is that “free” gets faster and faster, and e-commerce players are a major factor. Thus, two-to-three-day click-to-delivery expectations are now the norm. And that’s upping delivery pressure on shippers.
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Transload facility boosts Oakland port’s reefer prospects

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Nov 1, 2018, 12:12 PM EDT

The Lineage Cool Port Oakland cold storage facility offers direct access for up to 36 refrigerated rail box cars and also features 90 truck doors.
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Philadelphia ILA rejects remote reefer monitoring plan

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Oct 25, 2018, 5:28 PM EDT

At issue is an effort by port employers to have deskbound longshoremen monitor the temperature of each reefer twice a day to ensure that it is at the correct temperature, instead of longshoremen physically walking up to each box, checking, and documenting the temperature on an iPad.
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NY-NJ PNCT’s new gates halve reefer turn times

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Oct 15, 2018, 6:03 PM EDT

The new terminal gates at the Port Newark Container Terminal at the Port of New York and New Jersey have helped decrease turn times for trucks moving dry containers by 20 percent, and for refrigerated containers by 50 percent.
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Gulftainer plan to quintuple Wilmington, Delaware, port

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Oct 10, 2018, 11:55 AM EDT

Gulftainer has big plans for its Wilmington, Delaware facility. And although port competition abounds, if lower costs and a quick rail or truck trip from Delaware to the New York-Washington, DC hinterlands ensue, shippers would no doubt take notice.
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Global slowdown extends from ocean shipping to air cargo

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Sep 28, 2018, 10:22 AM EDT

The International Air Transport Association said this slowing growth was coming against a backdrop of rising trade protectionism measures, and wider momentum in global trade was weakening.
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Growing demand to keep ocean reefer rates on the rise

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Sep 27, 2018, 3:51 PM EDT

A series of factors have coalesced, and a key research analyst notes that shippers should not expect price relief soon in this in-demand cargo segment.
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Cold chains enhance services to meet shippers’ needs

Lara L. Sowinski, Special Correspondent | Sep 25, 2018, 12:08 PM EDT

Cold chain means much more than storage. The Global Cold Chain Alliance has catalogued more than 75 different value-added services currently offered by cold storage providers. And those services represent a substantial revenue stream that would surprise many.
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BCOs urged to be patient as Wilmington port reopens to trucks

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Sep 24, 2018, 5:10 PM EDT

After being shut down for a week and a half, the Port of Wilmington reopened its gates to truckers on Monday, and the work to reduce and eliminate the backlog of containers from before Hurricane Florence and from vessels discharging since last Thursday continues.
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Fast-changing reefer market offers shippers risks and positives

Lara L. Sowinski, Special Correspondent | Sep 23, 2018, 11:12 AM EDT

The reality of constant change presents opportunities and obstacles in the global reefer market. One example: new markets jockey with trade tensions. How can stakeholders capitalize on market dynamics while mitigating exposure to risk?
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Analysis: US refrigerated shippers turn to trailer rail transport

Larry Gross | Sep 12, 2018, 11:25 AM EDT

Revenue from 53-foot trailer-on-flat-car (TOFC) moves in the North America is up in a big way this year, so far, through August. But is 53-foot TOFC revenue an accurate leading indicator of overall domestic intermodal demand?
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