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By Patrick Burnson · December 8, 2017
As Oakland continues to woo global ocean carriers to make this gateway a first port-of-call, executives here are celebrating several significant achievements related to container throughput and efficiency
By Jeff Berman · December 7, 2017
A new delivery service offering from Amazon, entitled Seller Flex, that received a lot of attention when various reports were published about it in early October could prove to be a major competitive advantage for the e-commerce bellwether in terms of how it negotiates rates with the parcel duopoly of FedEx and UPS, coupled with being able to pull data from warehouses to examine delivery times, performance standards, and costs for a transaction. That is the thesis from James Thomson, a former Amazon executive and now a partner for Buy Box Experts, an Amazon consultancy firm, and author of the book, “The Amazon Marketplace Dilemma.”
By Patrick Burnson · December 6, 2017
An otherwise stable outlook for U.S. transportation infrastructure next year will be clouded somewhat by questions surrounding tax reform, according to Fitch Ratings in its 2018 outlook report.
By Jeff Berman · December 4, 2017
When it comes to assessing the current state of manufacturing, it is hard to find better data than the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Manufacturing Report on Business. The most recent edition of the report, which was issued on Friday, December 1, pointed to another growth month, one in an ongoing series of 102 consecutive months, or 8.5 years, actually.
By Patrick Burnson · December 1, 2017
A substantial piece of this city’s decommissioned Army Base just got new life. Port of Oakland Commissioners recently gave final OK to a plan that re-invents the site as a Seaport Logistics Complex.
By Patrick Burnson · November 27, 2017
William P. Doyle has announced that he is stepping down from his post at the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission after serving under two very different Presidents.
By Jeff Berman · November 20, 2017
Even though the Trump administration talked a pretty good game about implementing a national infrastructure plan to the tune of $1 trillion dollars, signs of actual action on this front have not inched forward, at least not yet. But that does not mean the wheels are not turning on the inexorable topic of transportation infrastructure funding, something that has been ongoing for literally years.
By Jeff Berman · November 13, 2017
CBRE explained that this trend is being paced by online sales essentially creating instant, short-term demand for warehouse and distribution center space, something it also labeled as a potential headache for retailers that want to ensure prompt customer delivery.
By Patrick Burnson · November 10, 2017
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) took an important step in its regulatory reform efforts this week when it voted to advance a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that simplifies and streamlines its Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) Service Arrangements (NSA) and Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRA) rules and procedures.
By Patrick Burnson · November 9, 2017
A group of leading ports from around the globe wrapped up a two-day meeting in Los Angeles this week as part of a maritime collaboration called chainPORT, a global initiative established in 2015 to digitally connect ports worldwide and boost efficiency within the global maritime supply chain.
By Patrick Burnson · November 6, 2017
While San Pedro Bay megaports were making headlines with their celebrated “Zero Emission Mandate,” the Port of Oakland has been implementing the second part of its freight-hauler operation to clear the air.
By Jeff Berman · November 3, 2017
Last week’s UPS third quarter earnings call was as busy as it gets in many ways. Not only did the transportation and logistics bellwether talk about its quarterly results, which were very strong to be sure, it also talked about its planned 2018 rate increases, a recent acquisition, and, not to be overlooked, its Peak Season preparation.
By MMH Staff · October 26, 2017
Labeling success stories and horror stories prove the value of testing...and testing some more.
By Jeff Berman · October 25, 2017
Shippers need to get in front of what is coming, when it comes to 2018 truckload contract rate increases.
By Bob Trebilcock · October 24, 2017
Low interest rates and an unprecedented credit boom may have put your supply chain at risk

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