INTTRA’s rate management foray unnerves some partners

INTTRA doesn’t see its rate management pilot as directly competitive to those of its partners, but multiple current and former executives involved in the rate management software space have a different evaluation of the pilot’s launch last week. Photo credit: The electronic shipping platform INTTRA’s foray into rate management software… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

The narrowing divide

During the last few decades, the boundaries of the international shipping industry were largely set in stone: Container lines limited their role to moving goods on their ships, wholesaling vessel space to logistics firms, and retailing it to large shippers. That left logistics firms to perform most of the value-adding services along the… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Asia-Europe air cargo shippers locked into congested hubs

The number of airplanes in the worldwide freighter fleet will increase by 70 percent during the next 20 years as air cargo traffic more than doubles, Boeing has forecast. Photo credit: Shippers importing air cargo into Europe can expect to face costly peak period congestion and delays at airports in the… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Shippers decipher differentiation in crowded TMS market

Innovations in the global transportation management system space are happening around the fringes, incorporating things like in-app messaging, better user interfaces, or applying Artificial Intelligence layers to existing optimization tools. Photo credit: Shippers have long had a litany of transportation management systems (TMS) from which to choose, but have often… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Poor Asia-Europe rail infrastructure slows cargo, hampers growth

A confluence of factors have lengthened Asia-Europe freight train travel times. (Above: A freight train travels in Belarus.) Photo credit: Infrastructure shortcomings are affecting China-Europe rail services growth by creating longer transit times and undermining service reliability, according to a major China-based user of the services. “The transit time advantage is still there,… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

India urges port-based 3PLs to adapt to lessen trade reform’s impact

India’s trade officials this week underscored that logistics reforms are designed to speed cargo and boost trade, and that the reforms are not without dislocation for selected stakeholders. Photo credit: Government officials reiterated at a joint meeting this week the importance of direct port delivery (DPD) services in streamlining logistics and boosting… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Europe feeders adapt to shippers’ reefer, clean air demands

The synchronized, regional recovery that’s boosted global container shipping has also ramped-up short-sea container volumes, to the benefit of Europe’s feeder ship sector. (Above: Feeder ships on the Kiel Canal, Germany.) Photo credit: European feeder operators are expanding their refrigerated capacity to meet rising perishable cargo volume and turning to… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Q&A: Transplace CEO McGuigan details ‘new normal’ for US truckload shippers

Logistics executives came to the Transpac Shipper Symposium this week hungry for solutions to what seem to be intractable problems of tight capacity and rising prices. And they received more than a few from Transplace CEO Frank McGuigan. Photo credit: FRISCO, Texas — Logistics executives came to the Transplace Shipper… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

MTS Logistics BIke Tour To Benefit Autism Charity

NEW YORK, NY, May 7, 2018 – MTS Logistics, an award-winning New York-based freight forwarder with a global client base, has announced its 8th Annual Bike Tour with MTS for Autism, to be held on Saturday, June 9th, 2018. Building on the success of last year’s bike event, MTS Logistics… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

CEVA includes anti-takeover blocking proviso in stake sale to CMA CGM

CEVA is now trading on the Swiss Exchange. Photo credit: CEVA An interesting sentence was included in the initial announcement that CMA CGM was planning to acquire a 25 percent stake in CEVA Logistics, a deal that was concluded in early May with the investment costing the French container shipping line… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics