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By Patrick Burnson · March 11, 2015
Lest shippers believe that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is fully on board with the new “tentative” contract agreement with the Pacific Maritime Association, consider what happened at the Port of Oakland this week.
By Jeff Berman · March 9, 2015
With the first quarter of 2015 officially beginning the homestretch, it seems like a good time to take a look at some of the key themes impacting the freight transportation and logistics market.
By Patrick Burnson · March 5, 2015
West Coast port authorities may be overstating the obvious when they decry “business as usual.” But it’s refreshing to see them finally coming around.
By Jeff Berman · March 2, 2015
The ongoing financial travails of the Highway Trust Fund was made clear in a position paper recently issued by Jeff Davis, senior fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation. In the paper–entitled “Why Not A Ten-Year Surface Transportation Bill?”-Davis points to past federal transportation bills, as well as the White House’s GROW AMERICA proposal as having one fatal flaw in common: they each leave the HTF on worst financial shape after the bill expires than it was prior to the bill being enacted.
By Jeff Berman · February 25, 2015
As e-commerce has gotten bigger and bigger in recent years, consumers have become more comfortable shopping online, whether it be out of necessity or convenience. The numbers bear that out, too, as the percentage of goods ordered online has made major strides, especially in recent years.
By Patrick Burnson · February 23, 2015
While the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have arrived at a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering workers at all 29 West Coast ports, questions still remain about productivity.
By Mike Regan · February 18, 2015
In 2002, I spoke at a supply chain forum for Presidents and CEOs. Since there was a labor dispute going on at the ports on the west coast at the time, I asked a hypothetical question: “What would happen if the west coast ports shut down, and you were not able to get products delivered in a timely manner?” Thirteen years later, this hypothetical question has become a reality for many companies.
By Patrick Burnson · February 17, 2015
Port of Oakland cargo volume declined dramatically in January, the result of an ongoing West Coast waterfront labor dispute.
<p>Tim Foster, Chainalytics</p> By Bob Trebilcock · February 13, 2015
Many North American multinationals are paying renewed attention to doing business in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. But low-cost manufacturing/sourcing is only one impetus for these firms.
By Patrick Burnson · February 13, 2015
Appearing ever more desperate, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) President Robert McEllrath has issued a video pleading with his membership to “remain united and remain strong.”
By Bob Trebilcock · February 12, 2015
The challenges of omni-channel fulfillment, the importance of software and the importance of technicians were top of mind at SDI's annual conference.
<p>Krish Nathan, SDI’s president and CEO, talked about software and ecommerce at SELF15 in Las Vegas.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · February 11, 2015
At the solution provider's annual logistics conference, SDI's CEO talked about e-commerce, new software offerings and an interest in new verticals.
By Jeff Berman · February 11, 2015
EDF Senior Manager, Supply Chain Logistics Jason Mathers said that these proposed standards for new regulations for fuel-efficient standards make sense on multiple levels on a societal basis for things like protecting health and infrastructure, as well as from a commerce-based perspective, as EDF believes these standards will provide a clear business value, with shippers saving money and carriers lowering business costs.
By Patrick Burnson · February 10, 2015
I recently had the pleasure of participating in Logistics Management’s 2015 Rate Outlook webcast. During the 45 minute discussion our panel of top economic and transportation market analysts examined the current state of transportation rate structures, and where we are likely to see them head in 2015.
By Jeff Berman · February 5, 2015
Looking at the planned $29 million in projected 2015 spending, the AAR said that equates to roughly $79 million a day, while bringing the total investment made by freight railroads going back to 1980 to $575 billion.

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