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Video: More than cost, more than speed

Mon, 25 Nov 2019

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...

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Few bright spots in official 1Q intermodal data

Thu, 18 Apr 2019

Few bright spots in official 1Q intermodal data

[caption caption="A BNSF Railway train hauling ocean containers. Although international volumes rose slightly, overall intermodal loads fell in 1Q for the first time since 2016. Photo credit: Shutterstock"][/caption]There are few bright spots for intermodal in the first quarter and warning signs that business conditions are heading towards a freight recession.It’s...

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Capacity ‘overshoot’ pulls down truckload contract rates

Thu, 18 Apr 2019

Capacity ‘overshoot’ pulls down truckload contract rates

[caption caption="Truckload carriers added enough capacity in 2018 to"][/caption]Truckload pricing power has swung back to US shippers, and it’s difficult to see when that might change as the US economy expands more modestly in 2019 than last year, Kevin M. Zweier, vice president of transportation practice at Chainalytics, said during...

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Mexican teacher blockade dents KCS intermodal volumes

Thu, 18 Apr 2019

Mexican teacher blockade dents KCS intermodal volumes

[caption caption="A 26 percent decline in Kansas City Southern's intermodal volume through the port of Lazaro Cardenas contributed to a 1 percent decrease in overall volume for the railroad during the first quarter. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The teacher blockade that halted trains into the Mexican ports of Manzanillo and Lazaro Cardenas...

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Zeaborn to take full ownership of Zeamarine

Thu, 18 Apr 2019

Zeaborn to take full ownership of Zeamarine

[caption caption="Zeamarine’s present fleet consists of about 90 multipurpose and heavy-lift (MPV/HL) vessels with lift capacities up to 1,400 tons, according to the company. Photo credit: Zeaborn."][/caption]Multipurpose and heavy-lift (MPV/HL) carrier Zeaborn Group will take full ownership of its Zeamarine joint venture (JV), pending approval by antitrust authorities, under an...

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Small US truckers feel pinch as pricing drops

Thu, 18 Apr 2019

Small US truckers feel pinch as pricing drops

[caption caption="Two-thirds of small trucking carriers reported losing business to competitors charging “unsustainably low prices” within the past year, while 55 percent said customers have requested price cuts. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Small US trucking companies are feeling the sting from falling prices and heightened competition for freight, but those carriers remain...

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Decarbonization shipping is newest existential challenge

Thu, 18 Apr 2019

Decarbonization shipping is newest existential challenge

[caption caption="The reality of decarbonization has forced a paradigm shift in thinking away from decades-long efforts to improve efficiency of engines to ending all use of fossil fuels. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com"][/caption]The lead up to the International Maritime Organization’s low-sulfur fuel mandate has revealed a stark and unfamiliar reality to the...

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Rotterdam volume rising despite Asia-Europe slowdown

Thu, 18 Apr 2019

Rotterdam volume rising despite Asia-Europe slowdown

[caption caption="Rotterdam, Europe’s busiest container port, handled 250,000 more TEU from January through March than during the first quarter of 2018. Photo credit: The port of Rotterdam."][/caption]First-quarter container throughput at the port of Rotterdam soared 7.3 percent compared with last year, despite slowing volume on the continent’s largest source of...

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CBP takes aim at border freight delays

Wed, 17 Apr 2019

CBP takes aim at border freight delays

[caption caption="About 300 CBP officers are being deployed to the Southwest border from other parts of the country in an effort to alleviate crippling cargo congestion at key crossings. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is rushing to get Customs agents back in position at clogged Southwest border...

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Zim involvement major win for TradeLens

Wed, 17 Apr 2019

Zim involvement major win for TradeLens

[caption caption="TradeLens is designed to enable trust between trading partners and supply chain stakeholders by allowing them to exchange trade and freight documentation in a blockchain environment. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Ocean carrier Zim Integrated Shipping Services has joined the IBM- and Maersk-led blockchain platform TradeLens, a key step toward TradeLens reaching...

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