Problem Solvers Caucus report takes deep dive to address U.S. infrastructure concerns

A report recently issued by the Problem Solvers Caucus platform, a bipartisan group in Congress comprised of around 40 members focused on working towards bi-partisan cooperation on key issues, focuses on bipartisan policy solutions with an eye on augmenting United States’ infrastructure. Entitled, “Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure,” the report comes at a time when the current status […]

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Maersk and IBM roll out blockchain-based joint venture with a global trade focus

With a focus on providing more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade through the usage of blockchain technology, ocean cargo giant A.P. Moller-Maersk and technology powerhouse IBM announced plans this week for a joint venture (JV). IBM and Maersk said that the objective of this JV is to provide a jointly developed global […]

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BTS reports a new record reading for Freight TSI

By LM Staff · January 12, 2018 The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) increased in November for the second month in a row, following two months of sequential declines. According to BTS officials, the Freight TSI measures the month-to-month changes in freight […]

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2018 Rate Outlook: Economic Expansion, Pushing

The best global growth rate in seven years—3.2% in 2017—is based on firm foundations, contend leading economists. They add that, barring a significant shock, this current expansion has plenty of “staying power” and should continue to push rates up and keep capacity constrained around the globe. According to Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Markit, […]

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2018 Rate Forecast

Date/TimeThursday, January 25, 2018 2:00PM ModeratorPatrick Burnson, Executive Editor, Logistics Management PanelistsDerik Andreoli, Ph.D.c., Senior Analyst, Mercator International LLC Charles Clowdis, Managing Director, Trans-Logistics Group, Inc. Philip Damas, Director, Drewry Supply Chain Advisors Jerry Hempstead, President, Hempstead Consulting Frank Harder, Principal, Tioga Group John Larkin, Managing Director, Stifel Nicolaus Register Today! The best global growth […]

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Moore on Pricing: Freight settlement and your TMS

Despite decades of improvement in our transportation management systems (TMS), we still have not yet fully realized the value of these systems unless we’ve grasped the concept of “settlement” and not just “freight payment.” By “settlement” I’m referring to the exchange of delivery information, tracking data and claims data in addition to the payment of […]

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Pacific Rim Shipping Report: A zero-emission future

The U.S. West Coast was rife with controversy in 2017, particularly over the threats posed by environmental advocates and community activists targeting the nation’s largest ocean cargo gateway with legal challenges to its massive transportation network. Amid the rancor, however, cooler heads prevailed as the governing boards of the ports of Los Angeles and Long […]

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2018 Outlook: Rates up, capacity tight—time to get smarter

The 2018 edition marks the 8th year that executive editor Patrick Burnson has been our master of ceremonies for both of these offerings. Yet again, Burnson has neatly summarized our panel’s forecasts and will moderate a more detailed discussion with these keen minds in our “2018 Rate Outlook” Webcast on Thursday, Jan. 25, in what is—by […]

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U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to hear from AAPA and port stakeholders

Speaking on behalf of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Port of Cleveland President and CEO William Friedman will testify tomorrow before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) in a hearing titled America’s Water Infrastructure Needs and Challenges. Friedman’s testimony, which will focus on issues related to navigation infrastructure maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement, is to help committee […]

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Port of Oakland reflects dynamic business culture of Greater San Francisco Bay Area

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor · January 10, 2018 Talk about the nation’s great cities in the business press generally concentrates on New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. And while San Francisco’s greater Bay Area is recognized for its concentration of high-value and innovative industries, it is often given short shrift when it comes to […]

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State of Transportation Management Systems (TMS): Interest continues to rise

A critical link in the supply chain, transportation is costly, time-consuming, and sometimes difficult to manage—and it’s going to get even more complex as capacity tightens and rates continue to rise over the course of 2018. Approached haphazardly, transportation management can quickly eat up human resources, consume a good portion of logistics spend, and can […]

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CSX top exec provides STB with update on PSR implementation progress

In a letter to leadership at the United States Surface Transportation Board, CSX CEO James Foote outlined the progress the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Class I freight railroad carrier has made in its ongoing implementation of Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR). PSR created by the late CSX President and CEO E. Hunter Harrison, whom passed away in December. […]

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DOT Secretary Chao rings bell for Positive Train Control implementation

Late last month, United States Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao penned a letter to Class I railroads, as well as passenger railroads and state and local transportation agencies, regarding the federally-mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) mandate, which is slated to be fully implemented by December 31, 2018. The December deadline is past the original […]

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2017 U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes post annual gains

United States rail carload and intermodal volumes both saw rebounds in 2017 compared to 2016, according to data issued this week by the Association for American Railroads (AAR). 2017 U.S. carloads increased 2.9%, or 381,266 carloads, annually to 13,478,126, compared to 2016’s 13,096,860. Intermodal containers and trailers headed up 3.9%, or 521,121 units, annually to […]

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Harsh weather adds different strategies to motor carriers’ playbooks

With winter weather conditions harsh and another big storm hitting today in various pockets of the Northeastern  and Mid-Atlantic United States, myriad motor carriers are gearing up for the most recent batch of bad weather. While the year may be new, it stands to reason that approaches to handling freight and keeping operations on schedule […]

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