Sponsored: Technology innovation was accelerated by the pandemic, particularly in the areas of visibility and going paperless, says Max Bernaldo, SVP of Business Development for Geodis in Americas, though the biggest industry challenge is integrating so many different global entities, such as suppliers and governments, into one platform. He predicts artificial intelligence (AI) and expanding automation will continue to rapidly transform the industry.
Sponsored: With the fastest growth rate of all North American ports last year, the Port of Virginia has become the first import call on services from South Asia, the far East, and Europe. Attributing the port’s growth to the flexibility afforded by its status as a state-owned port rather than a landlord port, CEO and Executive Director Stephen Edwards says the port is now building for the future by dredging its harbor to 55 feet, expanding its rail capacity, and modernizing its berths.
Sponsored: Over the last year, China United Lines has opened services to Europe, the Middle East, and now the US West Coast. Co-CEO Lars Christiansen talks about the challenges the line has faced in entering the trans-Pacific trade, such as longer-than-expected waits for the return of equipment, and about positive developments he sees in container shipping, including an increased recognition of the importance of digitalization and customers’ growing preference for longer-term contracts.
Sponsored: PayCargo came into its own as a payment solution platform during the COVID-19 pandemic, when handling physical checks was no longer possible in some cases. Now VP David Junkroski explains how this multimodal solution enables payments to vendors across modes on a single platform, cutting down on staff training time for payers and including a growing variety of integrations and customizations for vendors.
Sponsored: A significant increase in street dwell, which has more than doubled in LA-LB during the pandemic, means that chassis are not being used as efficiently as they typically are, and this is the real cause of the current chassis shortage in the US, explains DCLI's Mike O'Malley. The company's multipronged approach to meeting surging demand includes repositioning chassis, strengthening maintenance and repair partnerships, upgrading existing fleets, and investing heavily in new chassis.
Sponsored: In a dog-eat-dog industry, IMC Companies’ Mason H. George says, it’s time to work together. He addresses the need for collaboration between the drayage world and ocean carriers, crossing company and business lines, to support optimal efficiency of the marine terminal operator.
Sponsored: The majority of the pandemic-related disruption came from a lack of logistics connectivity in the supply chain, says Dave Mincey, vice president of strategic accounts for E2open. Mincey addresses the challenges, and necessity, of normalizing and harmonizing data so that it becomes decision-grade data that contributes to a connected supply chain.
Sponsored. Finding space and securing capacity is the top customer concern today, says Jillamy President Chris Keifer. After 20 years in business, he reflects on the company's growth to its current capacity of 2 million square feet of warehousing space across the county, as well as its steadily increasing involvement in e-commerce.
Sponsored. Shippers need to balance their supply chains and diversify not only the carriers they use but the ports they go through, says John Painter, CEO and founder of Guangzhou Port America. He speaks to the importance of new infrastructure and on-dock rail systems at the deepwater Port of Nansha for accommodating high volumes due to pandemic-related closures at other regional ports and an increasing move in manufacturing and vendors to Western China.
Sponsored: Alexandre Bertolino, head of trans-Pacific trade for DHL Global Forwarding, discusses 2022 expectations for sourcing shifts, in some cases back to China; navigating global disruption; and challenging the status quo. Conversations between forwarders and customers have become about space more than rates, he says, with a new importance placed on understanding mutual goals to set realistic expectations.
Sponsored: With rail demands reaching an all-time high and capacity decreasing, Coby Bullard, VP of CP, maps out a game plan on how CP will address these issues. CP will be launching the first north–south railroad by opening a new gateway through Lazaro Cardenas, launching a seven-day service to Chicago, which will help stabilize variability and avoid excessive delays.
Sponsored: The chaos seen throughout the supply chain has clearly demonstrated the importance of sharing data, despite traditional economic incentives not to do so. FourKites’ Chris Stauber sees signs that data is becoming more free-flowing, enabling BCOs to see not only where their shipments are but also when they’ll make it to each step in their journey as well as helping avoid detention and demurrage fees.
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