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By Jeff Berman · January 2, 2018
It is hard to believe that the time has come for another look back at a completed year. To be honest, and I know it sounds somewhat cliché, 2017 seriously flew by, or so it seems. There are different reasons why it feels that way, of course, but this year, in some ways, feels like a pivot, or transitional type of year on some fronts.
By Bob Trebilcock · December 28, 2017
Congress and the administration talk about boosting industrial production and manufacturing jobs. But new analysis suggests that we’re already at peak levels.
By Patrick Burnson · December 20, 2017
Fortunately for logistics managers reliant on campaign promises, existing plans for port improvements will not be curtailed.
By Jeff Berman · December 18, 2017
With the news over the weekend that E. Hunter Harrison, president and chief executive officer of Class I railroad CSX passed away on Saturday December 16 at the age of 73, there was no shortage of praise for a man, whom was widely viewed as the most important railroader of our times. And the praise is likely to continue for more than a while, too, and for good reason.
By David Krebs · December 15, 2017
As warehousing and logistics processes become more complex, modern mobility solutions can play a role.
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 Universal Robots · December 1, 2017
Etalex was looking to shift some of the more dangerous aspects of their production to robots. By using a UR10 to automate high-risk, repetitive tasks, they could boost safety without cumbersome fencing or space-intensive safety measures.
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.

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