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Archives for July 2014

My Journey to a Career in Logistics

Career in Logistics

There are times in each of our lives when we decide to take a risk—starting a new job, building a new relationship, moving to a new city. What those risks are and when we’re willing to accept them into our lives is different for each of us. As I consider my choices, I realize how different my life would be if I hadn’t become a pricing analyst in the logistics industry or if I hadn’t accepted the role of global marketing coordinator in Asia earlier this year. » Read More

West Coast Port Strike Update

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As a follow up to my previous blog post on the potential port strike, I wanted to provide an update of the situation. It’s after June 30, and yet no deal has been reached. The current contract has been extended briefly, until July 11 2014. There has been minor disruption at the port, but enough to get people thinking about alternate options. Cargo will continue to move and operations will carry on at the port until an agreement can be reached through these disruptions. Both sides understand the strategic importance of the port to local, regional, and U.S. economy. While this doesn’t rule out the possibility of a strike, the likelihood of one will always be there. » Read More

The Importance of Change Management to a Successful Transportation Management Outsource

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Editor’s Note: In May, Jay Freeman contributed a blog post for Connect. We’re sharing his original post here because transportation management is always a relevant topic. Please share your thoughts and read the blog post, The Importance of Change Management to a Successful Transportation Management Outsource.

To fully leverage the benefits of outsourcing transportation management, build a good change management framework, minimize implementation challenges, and plan for the future. » Read More

Fourth of July: Logistics Fun Facts

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Editor’s Note: On July 2, Mike Otto contributed a blog post for The Road®. We’re sharing his original post here because it is a timely topic. Please share your thoughts and read the blog post, Fourth of July: Logistics Fun Facts.

Whether the Declaration of Independence was actually signed on July 2, 1776, or August 2, 1776, as some believe, our nation officially celebrates our independence from Great Britain on July 4. This year’s Fourth of July falls on a Friday. Many of us will celebrate with family, friends, fireworks, and of course, food.

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Ocean Transportation: Don’t Sacrifice Customer Service

Global Transportation: Get the Customer Service You Deserve

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The recent rejection of the P3 alliance by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has brought these large scale steamship unions under greater scrutiny than ever. Many ocean carriers have been struggling since 2008 when shipping demands practically came to a screeching halt. Despite several efforts—like turning vessels into scrap, slow steaming, and dry docking—little has been accomplished to reverse this trend. In order to mitigate their mounting losses, carriers turned to the formation of alliances with one another. » Read More