Supply chain execs: Resistance to change holds back container shipping

A lack of change management across the industry is frustrating moves to digitalize key processes and focus on adding value, according to industry professionals who attended the Global Liner Shipping conference. (Above: The Port of Hamburg.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. HAMBURG — Resistance to using existing technology to tackle long-standing and inefficient… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Quebec port’s container terminal plans raise questions of feasibility, Montreal’s future

The Port of Quebec’s plan to build a container terminal represents a competition threat to Montreal — but the new facility, while offering an economies of scale/mega-ship advantage, nevertheless must address a logistics factor — one that may affect shipper transport decisions. (Above: The Port of Quebec.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. The… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Intermodal/rail sees an opportunity in Europe’s barge congestion, trucker shortage

Amid rise container volumes propelled by Europe/global economic growth, intermodal/rail has an opportunity to win transport market share, due to the continent’s barge congestion and truck driver shortage. (Above: A rail yard near Hamburg, Germany.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. LONDON — Europe’s rail freight operators are pulling out all the stops to… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Truckers: Rule change threatens NY-NJ port drayage capacity

Shippers that send cargo through the Port of New York and New Jersey may want to monitor the outcome of the debate over how a truck driver is defined — as an independent contractor or an employee — to determine whether a trucking group is correct that a change in… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

Fuel, truck costs lift trans-Pac annual service contracts

Beneficial cargo owners will enjoy lower ocean freight rates in their 2018-2019 service contracts, but the total all-in charge for ocean, truck, and bunker fuel costs will be higher than last year. (Above: The Port of Los Angeles.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. With service contract negotiations between US importers from Asia and… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Blockchain and shipping: the platform hurdle

The more that blockchain becomes understood, the more conceptually, at least, it fits hand in glove with international logistics. And that is the issue. Conceptually, the idea of breaking down the documents, information, and commitments associated with international trade into a series of digital executions based on permissions and encryption… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Parcel TMS spring up to meet e-commerce surge

E-commerce is generating new challenges for shippers, from international customs declarations to choosing the best option for shipment. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. An optical equipment manufacturer’s use of a transportation management system (TMS) highlights an avenue for shippers to better control the way they handle parcel shipments, which according to a study… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Blockchain theory’s path to reality in shipping beset by details and distrust

The more that blockchain becomes understood, the more conceptually, at least, it fits hand in glove with international logistics. But actually transitioning logistics to the paradise of transactions being recorded instantly and efficiently is proving to be quite a formidable task. (Above: The Port of Oakland.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. The more… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Reporter’s Notebook: US shippers seek high-tech link to capacity

Technology came under the spotlight at the Transplace Shipper Symposium this week, as did (as expected) the truck driver shortage. But other topics that may help shippers address their freight transportation problems yielded insights, as well. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. FRISCO, Texas — Truck capacity and how technology can help locate it… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

ELD complicates US agriculture exporters’ supply chains

The electronic logging device mandate’s impact has rippled across supply chains, and there is no better example of that than the US agriculture export market. (Above: A carrot farm in California.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Agricultural exporters who ship fruits, vegetables, and identity-preserved crops are experiencing container repositioning problems, congestion at ports… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics