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Video: More than cost, more than speed

Along the supply chain, the freight forwarder is the link between multiple parties and integrator of data, Samuel Shapiro & Co.’s Director of Supply Chain Angela Czajkowski noted at the 2018 JOC Logistics Technology Conference. In this interview, Czajkowski discussed the steps freight forwarders need to take to remain relevant...

Mexico’s Ensenada targets LA-LB cargo with expansion

[caption caption="An expansion at the only container terminal at Mexico's Port of Ensenada will add cranes, increase the storage space and extend the dock. Photo by: Hutchison Group"][/caption]Amid double-digit volume growth, the port of Ensenada, Mexico, is investing $100 million to expand its container capacity in an effort to lure...

Australia port strike impact minor, but escalation fears linger

[caption caption="This week’s planned strike action at Brisbane follows strikes last week at all four of DP World’s Australian terminals in the ports of Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane (Pictured) Photo Credit: Shutterstock"][/caption]Australian shippers as of Monday were experiencing minimal cargo disruption in the wake of an industrial action that...

LA terminal automation delays can't change ILWU contract

[caption caption="APM Terminals’ plans to automate a portion of the Pier 400 facility at the Port of Los Angeles have been delayed for at least another 28 days. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]As longshore pushback against automating a Los Angeles marine terminal mounts, more delays like the port commission’s 28-day project pause...

Failed Santos strike shows new resilience to labor

[caption caption="A 21-day strike by freelance workers from the OGMO longshore labor pool in Brazil's port of Santos caused only minor delays. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Santos port operations are returning to normal after casual stevedores on Thursday called off a 21-day strike and left with their demands unfulfilled, sending a clear...

IoT Enhances Multi-Mode Logistics Tracking

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become commonplace in almost every home and office. We use it to turn on the lights, connect our devices to satellites broadcasting streaming media, or place orders for grocery delivery. But the IoT has also quickly become an integral part of supply chains. It...

Retail shippers raising supplier delivery standards

[caption caption="Suppliers to stores such as Dollar General can arrange their own transportation or outsource back to the retailer, which uses Werner Enterprises, among others, to haul merchandise. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Walmart’s recent announcement of new tighter delivery standards for suppliers, starting in May, signals how retailers are ramping up the...

Teamsters, YRC agree in principle on new contract

[caption caption="Terms of the tentative pact between the Teamsters union and the largest unionized LTL operator aren’t final yet, but the extension of the current contract until May 31 should reassure skittish shippers. Photo credit: YRC Worldwide."][/caption]The Teamsters union and YRC Worldwide reached a tentative agreement in principle on a...

New flat-fee PierPass model well-received

[caption caption="Under PierPass 2.0, appointment fees have been reduced from $72.09 per TEU to $31.52 per TEU and are assessed around the clock, as opposed to only during nighttime shifts. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]PierPass said the shift four months ago from incentive pricing to a flat fee has been agreeable to...

Hapag-Lloyd ups new strategy expectations

[caption caption="Hapag-Lloyd’s new Strategy 2023 is to focus on improving service quality, selective global growth, and on raising profitability. Photo credit: Hapag-Lloyd."][/caption]Hapag-Lloyd says its customer-focused, value-adding strategy this year will result in a substantial improvement in earnings in 2019, supported by growing container volume and rising freight rates.That’s a spot...

Montreal’s Viau terminal to nearly double capacity

[caption caption="An expansion of the port of Montreal's Viau Terminal will increase its annual handling capacity from 350,000 TEU to 600,000 TEU. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The port of Montreal is expanding the capacity of one of its four main terminals by 70 percent to keep up with a growing demand that...

Higher ‘accessorials’ raising US shipping costs

[caption caption="Pressure on truck rates may lead to greater use of accessorial charges to capture costs not always covered by pure pricing. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]As US freight rates decelerate from the breakneck pace of 2018, shippers need to watch for rising accessorial charges on freight bills, according to the head...

Savannah, Houston drive Asia import shift to East, Gulf coasts

[caption caption="The port of Savannah handled 1.4 million TEU of imports from Asia last year, an 11 percent increase from 2017, according to PIERS. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The ports of Savannah and Houston in 2018 saw the sharpest growth in imports from Asia among the 10 largest US gateways. Throughput of Asian...

Arviem linking visibility with trade financing

[caption caption="Arviem's new product will allow goods in transit to be “financeable from the container doors closing,” Aidan Shilling, director of working capital services, tells JOC.com. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A provider of sensor-based cargo tracking and monitoring services to shippers has developed a way to let beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) and...

Low-sulfur fuel supply fears wane; price still unclear

[caption caption="Carriers will start making the transition from heavy fuel oil to the 0.5 percent low-sulfur variant in the fourth quarter, which is when the bunker adjustment factors (BAFs) will start to kick in. Photo credit: MSC."][/caption]Carriers and oil majors are trying to ease concerns over the availability of low-sulfur...

Energy, industrial sectors inject MPV/HL demand

[caption caption="Weak demand, overcapacity, and low freight rates have resulted in a raft of mergers, acquisitions, and bankruptcies in the multipurpose and heavy-lift (MPV/HL) sector. Photo credit: BBC Chartering."][/caption]Tough times are not over for the multipurpose and heavy-lift (MPV/HL) sector, despite signs the market is rebounding on the back of...

EC floats modification option for liner block exemption

[caption caption="The European Commission has until April 2020 to decide whether to repeal, extend, or modify the liner block exemption regulation. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]ROTTERDAM — The European Commission (EC) has raised the possibility of amending and extending the liner consortia block exemption regulation (BER) rather than allowing it to expire...

Infographic: The logistics interoperability opportunity

[caption caption="Click to enlarge"][/caption] Related stories:Largely ignored by the C-Suite, logistics software finds new pathTough road ahead for freight data standardizationContainer line group aims to jolt slow-going IT standardizationNew blockchain consortium rivals IBM-Maersk’s TradeLensOpen software development gives BCOs more control...

Mexico shippers protect against rising theft

[caption caption="The number of cargo robberies in Mexico increased 17 percent in 2018, following a 49 percent increase the previous year, according to Sensitech. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]MEXICO CITY — With the rate of cargo robberies rising by double digits, albeit at a slower clip than last year, Mexican cargo owners are...

Changing package, freight mix rattles FedEx Express

[caption caption="FedEx increased total revenue 3 percent to $17 billion in its third fiscal quarter, which ended Feb. 28. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A rapidly changing e-commerce market and slower macroeconomic growth buffeted FedEx in its last fiscal quarter, pulling down revenue at FedEx Express and squeezing profits at FedEx Ground. Less-than-truckload...