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Archives for February 2016

Unrest in India and the Impact on Global Supply Chains


Recent protests in Northern India states resulted in the mass blockade of key roadways, national highways, and the railway system. The area most significantly impacted has been India’s National Capital Region (NCR)—which includes Delhi and the neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan—with millions of people affected.
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The Customs Reauthorization Bill: What You Need to Know

Customs Reauthorization Bill

The Customs Reauthorization Bill was signed by President Obama, and you might have questions about its impact. I discussed the bill with Ben Bidwell, director of global forwarding at C.H. Robinson, to help bring understanding and clarification. » Read More

Will Jet Fuel Surcharges be a Thing of the Past?


For some time, airlines have been using a pricing structure that included various surcharges. Fuel, security, and other surcharges served to help air carriers recover fluctuating external costs, like skyrocketing fuel prices or the added expenses tied to changing security measures. Miscellaneous fees have become familiar costs, but we’re on the cusp of a pricing structure shift.
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Learn, Network, and Problem Solve: Gearing Up for the 2016 TPM Annual Conference

Freight Savings in Spain

There are a lot of things happening in our industry right now, and there are many anticipated changes on the horizon. But one thing remains constant, and that’s my excitement for the TPM Annual Conference. Over the last 15 years, TPM has become a well-known source for information and networking within the global container shipping and logistics community.
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The Sweet Side of Logistics: Roses for Valentine’s Day


Editor’s note: We posted this infographic two years ago, but we’re sharing it again today in the spirit of the holiday. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is here, and retailers have enjoyed a weekend of holiday-related sales. Over the last two weeks, roses have been making their way from fields to stores across the country, all so that consumers can treat their Valentines to fresh bouquets of beautiful blooms. But just what did that journey entail? » Read More

February Market Update: Transportation Industry News


There are many market indicators and government regulations that can affect your business decisions, from truck utilization percentages to new compliance initiatives. Another important topic that’s not always included in industry reports—but can impact the transportation industry just as much—is drivers’ health and wellness. These topics and more are addressed in this month’s update, and we welcome your thoughts on them.
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The Panama Canal Expansion: Time Versus Cost Trade-Off


The Panama Canal expands in 2016, allowing for more and larger (post-Panamax) ships to make the passage from East Asia to the United States. In 2015, the Boston Consulting Group and C.H. Robinson evaluated how shippers, carriers, and infrastructure operators will need to respond to the changing logistics environment. The study concluded that while the West Coast will always be the fastest option for this trade, the East Coast will become a competitive option for many shippers within the battleground region.
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How Does the Chinese New Year Impact Rate Volatility?

Rate Volatility

On January 1, the Trans-Pacific Eastbound (TPEB) market saw a general rate increase (GRI) take effect, following months of plunging rate levels. On January 4, the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) posted figures that showed week over week increases of 98% on West Coast rates and 77% on East Coast rates. At the same time last year, the market experienced upward trends, and carrier rate levels into the West Coast were roughly 27% higher than current rates. With nine GRIs announced by carriers since January 2015 making a big impact on the market, it’s important to understand why the increases happened and how the upcoming Chinese New Year plays a role. » Read More