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By Jeff Berman · November 5, 2015
With the ink now dry from XPO Logistics’ acquisition of Con-way Inc. now dry, the company’s plan for how it plans to integrate Con-way into its plans is coming into fuller focus.
By Jeff Berman · November 4, 2015
While the pairing of trucking and freight railroad are key ingredients in the recipe for intermodal success, especially on the domestic intermodal side, they are also ingredients that clearly do not mix well at all when it comes to the ongoing debate between the two modes regarding increasing truck size and weight.
By Patrick Burnson · November 3, 2015
While there’s always been a lot of talk about ocean shipper/carrier collaboration, most of the examples have been largely symbolic. A recent exception to that rule, though, surfaced this week with the announcement that AgTC and TSA would work together to address fresh amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.
By Jeff Berman · October 29, 2015
It is not entirely surprising that high inventory rates are cited first as one of the reasons for a paltry third quarter GDP number. That has been the case for a while and it is evident in the inventory-to-sales ratio, which stands at 1.37 through the end of August, compared to 1.30 in August 2014.
By Patrick Burnson · October 28, 2015
A recent report concludes that technology exists today to secure digital access and identity issues and help companies monetize their data assets responsibly.
By Patrick Burnson · October 27, 2015
Port director named recipient of the 2015 National Industrial Transportation League’s (NITL) Executive of the Year award.
By Patrick Burnson · October 26, 2015
The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) will hold its annual conference and freight exhibition from Nov. 16-19 in New Orleans. In addition to the exhibition, the show will feature four educational sessions, led by industry experts.
By Jeff Berman · October 20, 2015
Late last week, the U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx issued a draft National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP), which is open for public comment and comprised of specific policy proposals and solutions to address the growing challenges of moving freight in the U.S.
By Patrick Burnson · October 19, 2015
John McLaurin, president of the San Francisco-based Pacific Merchant Shipping Association tells shippers that complacency is not an option
By Bob Trebilcock · October 14, 2015
You might wonder what a materials handling guy was doing at a planning conference. But with a new certification in transportation, logistics and distribution, APICS is becoming relevant to our industry.
By Jeff Berman · October 13, 2015
There are so many ways to analyze the state of truckload capacity, and on top of that there is, perhaps, no other facet of freight transportation that is so directly impacted by myriad moving parts, whether it be driver availability, rates, demand, weather, the economy, and, of course, federal regulations, among others.
By Patrick Burnson · October 12, 2015
With the sinking of the El Faro last week, and the resulting deaths of its entire crew of 33, the viability of the Jones Act is again being called into question.
By Jeff Berman · October 8, 2015
The NRF is calling for 2015 holiday sales to see a 3.7 percent annual gain to $630.5 billion, which comfortably outpaces the ten-year average of 2.5 percent.
By Patrick Burnson · October 7, 2015
More than 20 U.S. port authority officials and their key staff, representing seaports from all four U.S. coasts, will gather on October 8 to meet with Congressional leadership to discuss the upcoming surface transportation bill and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ navigation budget.
By Patrick Burnson · September 29, 2015
Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major East-West routes have seen a sharp reduction since the beginning of the year

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