Building the NextGen Supply Chain: Keeping pace with the digital economy

In today’s dynamic business environment, our old ways of managing logistics and supply chains are giving way to new strategies, practices and processes—all of which are designed to meet the requirements of our new digital economy. It’s an era where the Amazon effect is making “same day” almost seem too late, pushing customers to expect […]

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3PL strategic planning and alignment for future is key

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Supply Chain Management Review.  According to the consultancy Armstrong & Associates, global third-party logistics revenues are on track to exceed $962 billion in 2020. Analysts add that the complexity of logistics management intensifies at the same pace as the double-digit growth of e-commerce.  As a consequence, supply chain […]

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The Amazon Supply Chain: The Most Innovative in the World?

Is the Amazon supply chain the most innovative in the world?  A very strong argument can be made that they are despite some announcements that were pie in the sky – like the patent they won in January for floating warehouses that use drones for deliveries and replenishment. Or for that matter, Jeff Bezos’ drone […]

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Severe winter weather closes ports, delays cargo along U.S. East Coast

The winter storm closed ports and delayed operations as snow and ice hammered the U.S. East Coast.    Severe winter weather that accompanied the “bomb” cyclone Winter Storm Grayson has shut down and delayed operations for shippers and carriers along the U.S. East Coast this week as the storm moved north Wednesday through Friday, dumping […]

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Foss Maritime ships utility trucks to help restore power in Puerto Rico

   Seattle-based marine transportation and logistics provider Foss Maritime is loading hundreds of utility trucks onto barges bound for Puerto Rico this week as part of ongoing efforts to restore power to the nearly half of Puerto Rico’s population that is still without electricity in the wake of Hurricane Maria.    The utility truck loadings […]

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A 'Paris Agreement for shipping' could lower maritime emissions

This year, the world’s first fully electric and autonomous container ship could set sail, voyages that will take tourists to the Titanic will launch and a team of scientists will visit the collapsed Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica to explore a marine ecosystem that has been hidden for 120 years. In the United States, many […]

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Westports Records Throughput of 9m TEUs

 Malaysian port operator Westports Holdings Berhad  recorded FY17 container throughput of 9m TEUs which declined 10% YoY, in-line with our expectation of a poorer throughput outlook for the year.    The decline was mainly due to drop in transhipment, while cushioned by strong growth in the gateway. Meanwhile, full compliance of MFRS 15 effective FY18 […]

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Terminal operators in LA, Long Beach look to overhaul PierPass OffPeak program

   2018 is barely a week old, but the potential for a significant change in how container terminals at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex do business could already be on the horizon.    That’s because this February, a consulting firm retained by the 12 terminal operators in the Southern California seaports is expected to […]

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New container rail service launched at Oregon’s Port of Portland

   Beginning this week, shippers at the Port of Portland have a new option for moving container freight.    Thanks to a new railway partnership at Terminal 6 between the port and BNSF Railway, shippers will be able to move their product via rail shuttle to the Puget Sound ports, the port announced Jan. 3. […]

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Hong Kong’s Hutchison Ports buys 50% interest in TMA Logistics

LBR Staff Writer Published 04 January 2018 Hong Kong-based Hutchison Ports has purchased a 50% interest in TMA Logistics for an undisclosed sum. TMA provides a variety of general cargo terminal services to the customers. It carries out warehousing, shipping, logistics and project cargo activities at three sites in Amsterdam and one in Antwerp. The […]

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Rising global trade tide could be offset by political, policy crosswinds in 2018

   The 2018 outlook for the economy and, therefore, freight movement can be summarized as a rising tide that will lift all boats, but will also be partially offset by the crosswinds of changes in policies and political tensions within and between countries.    Given that there is a lot to be gained by virtually […]

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U.S. South Atlantic ports gear up for future growth amid strong demand

   As detailed in this month’s feature story “Rising tide” (pg. 35-37), the U.S. port sector is booming. Steady economic growth and a strong dollar have translated to heightened consumer demand, with several major container ports setting new records for import volumes. Zooming in on U.S. South Atlantic ports, new expansion and dredging projects are […]

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Takeover tussles, mystery tycoons and all-action newcom

Shipping never sleeps and 2017 was a year full of activity. New names and familiar faces made the headlines in a year which ended on a more positive note than it started for many markets. Below were the most popular articles among readers of TradeWinds. DryShips chief executive George Economou was an active player in […]

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Mexico’s thriving auto industry spurring opportunities for 3PLs

   The Mexican automobile manufacturing industry has been thriving in recent years as automobile companies continue to set up shop in the nation thanks to relatively cheap labor and facility costs, and proximity to U.S. markets. This growth has provided third-party logistics providers (3PLs) with even more opportunity to ramp up operations within Mexico, along with […]

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