Unlike past government shutdowns, the December 2018 edition is a partial shutdown that will have little immediate impact on the daily lives of supply chain professionals.
What a difference a year can make! This has been an interesting year for the ocean shipping industry. Ocean carriers were mostly profitable at the end of 2017, but that trend eroded quickly in the first half of 2018. And, with fewer carriers now in business—a result of past consolidations—carriers are finally focusing first on […]
It’s been nearly a year since the electronic logging device (ELDs) mandate went into effect. Some had predicted that the industry would see mass carrier bankruptcies or a flurry of acquisitions of smaller carriers by larger ones, but that hasn’t been the case. Instead, thanks to the strongest truckload shipping market since deregulation in 1980, […]
Succeeding in global shipping can be difficult; you need to navigate transportation options, customs compliance, and ever-changing industry practices. In order to help you remain compliant, keep costs down, ensure efficiency, and stay on top of new trends and technologies, we’ve created this guide to help you conquer all of your global shipping challenges. Here’s […]
Business continuity is core to an energy customer’s experience. When the lights are on, people don’t think about power generation. But when they go out, customers get angry, the media jumps on it, and regulators may even step in.
The U.S., Mexico, and Canada released text to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on September 30, 2018. While many news outlets reported on the new agreement—including the fact that all three countries still must ratify the trade agreement, which is likely to occur in 2019—there hasn’t been much information about how the […]
In a typical year, shipping by air and ocean follows a fairly predictable pattern of peak and slow times. However, this year is different as companies try to get ahead of new tariff implementations in the Transpacific Eastbound (China to U.S.) lane. Many shippers in this lane have ramped up their shipping early, while others […]
Every business has expenses. And in today’s market, if you’re like most, you’re looking for ways to cut costs wherever possible. After all, lower costs often mean higher profitability. For small trucking companies, cutting costs may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.
Wanting to know how your supply chain compares to others in your industry (or the market at large) is natural. After all, knowing where you stand can influence your goals, planning, and strategies in the future.
Have you ever played Tetris? If so, you already have some understanding of what it’s like to manage a consolidated shipment. Unlike Tetris, success is more than a blinking screen of lights—it’s building a global freight consolidation strategy that is solid, effective and consistent. As a result, you will save both time and money while […]