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New EastBound Carrier Alliances Still Struggle

Contracting in the eastbound Pacific is progressing slower than usual this year due to uncertainties over the services that will be offered by the restructured carrier alliances, the financial health of some shipping lines and carrier resistance to demands by the largest retailers to drop rates below $1,000 per 40-foot container to the West Coast.

US shippers rethink truck contract pricing

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 31, 2017 3:24PM EST More shippers are putting more of their business out to bid to multiple carriers, rather than going through extensive one-on-one negotiations with individual carriers, said executives at Transplace and Spend Management Experts, two companies which handle bids for shipper clients.

US shippers racing to lock down truck rates

US shippers eager to avoid rate hikes in the latter part of the year are sitting down with trucking providers to talk pricing and putting business up for bid as they try to protect savings gained in last year’s weak freight market, when their pricing muscle was mighty.

CP’s intermodal future narrows on domestic with Yang Ming loss!

Canadian Pacific Railway is becoming more of domestic intermodal player and less of a force to deliver ocean containers, evidenced by more truck-to-rail conversions and the loss of another container line contract in the fourth quarter. The railroad’s international intermodal volume grew along with domestic traffic in the fourth quarter, 3 and 10 percent, respectively. But the railroads said during a Wednesday earnings call that it had lost its Yang Ming Line contract and failed to win its bid for Orient Overseas Container Line’s Canadian movement.

What do you know about digital supply network (DSN)?

Supply chains traditionally are linear in nature, with a discrete progression of design, plan, source, make, and deliver. Today, however, many supply chains are transforming from a staid sequence to a dynamic, interconnected system that can more readily incorporate ecosystem partners and evolve to a more optimal state over time. This shift from linear, sequential supply chain operations to an interconnected, open system of supply operations could lay the foundation for how companies compete in the future.

US shippers urged to step up planning for ELD mandate

Now that the electronic logging mandate is assured to be a reality, shippers and transportation providers must formulate plans to ensure compliance. Electronic logging will pose a big challenge to shippers in the United States as well as trucking companies and truck drivers, forcing them to take a hard look at their carriers and brokers and rethink shipping networks, the CEO of a Houston-based transportation company says.