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The New Northern Sea Route — and Who’s Opting Out

On September 18th, workers at the Port of Qingdao, China, lined up to welcome the Tian Xi, a vessel owned by COSCO arriving from Finland. The vessel got a welcome ceremony because it had arrived in China via a …

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For Customer Loyalty Think Smarter, Not Cheaper

Lately, it seems the shipping industry is staring down an all too familiar problem: the race to the bottom. This means annual RFPs and frequent carrier switching, costing shippers money as they spend time finding and onboarding new carriers. But …

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As Low-Sulfur Regulations Loom, Carriers Brace for Change

Shipping is cleaning up its act, but not everyone appears to be ready.

Oceangoing vessels have burned heavy oil, the world’s dirtiest propulsion fuel, since switching over from coal. Starting on January 1, 2020, the industry will take a big …

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Is Market Concentration Leading to an Oligopoly?

The container shipping industry has long had a healthy market environment with a wide selection of carriers to choose from. But in just the last few years, the industry has seen a sharp increase in consolidation. Some experts warn that …

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This Peak Season Will Be a Wild Ride. Here’s How to Prepare

Peak season is always a hectic time for shippers, carriers, and logistics professionals. While its arrival (from about mid-August through mid-October) is fairly predictable, it’s a season characterized by abrupt changes in the shipping landscape. However, even by peak season …

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Manufacturing Begins a Slow Exodus from China

These days, the outlook for international trade can turn on a dime (or a tweet). International supply chains, on the other hand, take much longer to adjust to changes, especially when it comes to China, the world’s second largest …

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Move Over, Amazon. Other Companies are Getting Creative with Fulfillment

For years, the conversation about innovative fulfillment strategies has been driven by a single company: (you guessed it) Amazon. Retailers have often been left playing catch-up to the aggressive, customer-focused fulfillment philosophy pioneered by Jeff Bezos’ Seattle-based Goliath. Recently however, …

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An Unexpectedly Sunny Spring for Shippers

After a winter marked by tight capacity and high rates across the U.S. freight market, spring is bringing a respite for shippers across several areas. While no one factor is entirely responsible for this shift, one clear cause that supply

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Is the Age of the Mega-Ship Coming to a Close?

After years of one-upmanship, ocean shipping’s appetite for bigger and bigger mega-ships may have finally reached its peak. At least, that’s the message from some of the world’s biggest carriers, though others continue to place orders for these giants of …

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Are You Prepared for Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is almost upon us, and despite being one of the most predictably disruptive annual occurrences in logistics, it always seems to sneak up on us. This year’s official festivities will run from February 5-19, kicking off …

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