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As a result of increasing pressure to improve supply chain predictability, creating certainty around the berth time of a container ship in a port is a primary challenge for the industry today. This paper explores how providing visibility and transparency to port operations can lead to a better way of doing things in the berth management field.

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This paper takes a deep dive into SMC³’s CzarLite XL, an advanced pricing system solution that gives shippers and logistics service providers a new neutral benchmark choice when negotiating LTL shipping rates.

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The Journal of Commerce/IHS Maritime & Trade, NASSTRAC, the Transportation Intermediaries Association, and Truckstop.com took the pulse of a domestic transportation market at a crucial turning point in late September. Shippers and freight brokers offered their expectations for the next six months and the year ahead. Significant change is anticipated, especially in terms of available truck capacity.

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China represents tremendous opportunities for automakers and the companies that serve them. There are specific qualities that companies should seek in a qualified logistics provider to grasp their best opportunities. This white paper explains:

•       The top logistics challenges for the automotive industry in China

•       How logistics providers can support automotive companies in China

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In a recent survey of ocean supply chain professionals by the Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network and XVELA, a full 90 percent of respondents believe that real-time visibility and information sharing is critical to improving the efficiency and performance of the shipping industry, but the technology to make these improvements has been lacking until now.

This paper examines the existing challenges caused by the industry’s aging EDI infrastructure and legacy IT systems, and explores how modern cloud solutions can address these challenges by facilitating collaboration and real-time data exchange between terminal operators, ocean carriers, their operational partners and port constituents.

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In April 2017, most ocean carriers changed their alliance agreements, requiring Dunavant to present clients with the potential negative impact on their retail lead times. Mergers, acquisitions, and bankruptcy also limited the number of available carriers to use in the marketplace. This white paper details how Dunavant balanced these changes and volatility while maintaining the precision of client supply chain requirements.

Dunavant has been a major shipper in international markets for over 40 years, with experience in more than 50 countries across all six major continents. Dunavant has developed and monitored detailed landing costs to and from hundreds of origin points globally, and Dunavant currently manages more than 100,000 loads annually. Dunavant’s global customers service teams provide personalized care and solutions focused on a client’s industry and individual requirements.

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An August 2017 survey conducted by The Journal of Commerce/IHS Markit suggests that the current shipper-carrier relationship is strained due to longstanding industry practices that impact carrier and supply chain performance.

For two parties that rely so intrinsically on one another for the success of their respective enterprises, the key objectives of ocean carriers and beneficial cargo owners — and their non-vessel-operating common carrier and forwarder partners — are often in direct conflict. A history of pricing volatility, unsustainable industry practices, and failures to fulfill contract obligations fuels the discord.​

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As the size and capacity of global container ships have grown larger and larger, an abundance of excess containers have led to softened cargo rates. Global port operators looking to better manage the accelerated flow of incoming and outgoing containers need innovative and sophisticated material-handling equipment. Over the last decade, a new generation of advanced systems has emerged, enabling terminal managers to keep a constant eye on the cost of operating their equipment, share that information with vehicle operators, and manage their fleets more effectively. Today’s managers are looking beyond upfront costs.

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  • Port of Long Beach

In this evolving environment, where shippers are searching for the fastest conduits for their goods to markets, communication along the whole length of the supply chain is paramount. For years, the Port of Long Beach has been preparing for the mega vessels that are becoming more common at U.S. seaports, investing more than $4 billion on capital improvements this decade to increase cargo-handling efficiency with sustainable facilities and practices that can withstand community and regulatory scrutiny.

This paper will briefly examine what the Port of Long Beach has done to prepare its supply chains for the future demands of shipping alliances and larger ships. The findings of this paper will help policymakers and executives at U.S. port authorities understand their role as they position their ports to benefit from the changing landscape in the maritime shipping industry. 

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  • SalSon Logistics
Why the use of independent drivers for port drayage is a risk that large importers can’t afford to take.

Most port drayage is handled by independent owner-operators. This reliance is putting large importers at significant risk for decreased capacity and increased financial liability.

This SalSon Logistics viewpoint paper explains the trends that are driving this increased risk and why BCOs may want to foster relationships with asset-based dray carriers.

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Until recently shippers and the logistics companies they hire had little visibility into the whereabouts of the containers carrying their cargo because those boxes have been aptly described as “dark, dumb, and disconnected.”

As technology advances that is dramatically changing, and Hub Group, a North American multi-modal transportation solutions provider with approximately $3.6 billion in annual revenue, is leading the way. Hub Group has installed Global Positioning System technology as part of its Mission Control system, which tracks every movement of containers in its fleet by rail and truck  — from point of origin to destination  — in order to boost utilization and provide cargo safety and real-time tracking capacity. 

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IHS Markit will be releasing free whitepapers each quarter providing thought-provoking insight from our subject matter experts covering both the Maritime industry and Global Trade future outlooks for 2017 and beyond.


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  • TPM 2017

A growing dichotomy between the expectations of shippers and carriers on the outlook for ocean freight rates this year may set the stage for difficult contract negotiations for the 2017-2018 shipping season. Shippers think they can nail down contracts with little or no rate increases over last year, according to a new survey by The Journal of Commerce, while container lines are more bullish about getting much higher rates this year than they have been in years.

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  • Amber Road

The drive to capture the business benefits of low cost country sourcing has far out-paced the processes and systems needed to efficiently manage the global supply chain.

Most importers do not have a formal solution to manage international transportation yet technology holds the key to containing escalating international transportation costs.

Through automation, Global Logistics Managers can implement key improvement strategies to help to better manage and reduce international freight spend.

Download this White Paper to discover how your company can benefit from contract automation to meet, and even exceed your aggressive budget commitments.

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  • US Bank

Electronic invoicing has been mandated for public procurement by 2018 in the European Union. However, many companies have been slow to adapt due to the complexities of EU member states having different legal, financial and administrative rules. Read this white paper to see how you can mitigate the risks and reap the benefits of e-invoicing sooner than required. 


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  • Acuitive Solutions

The process for managing air and ocean shipments is broken. It relies on an army of clerks to manually enter and share data, via emails and spreadsheets, among suppliers, forwarders, carriers and customs agents.

Technology exists to automate global freight management processes,but adoption has been slow. The costof this inaction is high–easily millions, even tens of millions, of dollars in bottom line impact for large shippers with sizable global freight spends.

This paper examines 5 of the worst practices that add time, labor and enormous expense for high-volume global shippers, particularly those that rely on air freight. And it explores how new cloud-based solutions can allow you to make smarter, faster, and more economical freight decisions.  

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  • Amber Road

In early 2016, analysts predicted positive trends and a big trade uptick. Instead, global trade volumes fluctuated and consumer spending diminished, worldwide protectionism and de-globalization became evident and supply chain risks were enhanced, which left importers and exporters scrambling to stay on course.

As we move into 2017, global trade management executives need to brace against supply chain disrupters. The key is investing in technology and making process changes in advance. This white paper talks about the downfalls of 2016 and reports the main features that need to be addressed in the upcoming year:

  • Manage supply chain disruptions with supply chain visibility

  • Quickly respond to the ebb and flow of consumer demands

  • Enable cross-border e-commerce in response to booming retail growth

  • Manage secure trading partner collaboration… and more!


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  • GT Nexus

The importance of value chains is obvious to everyone who's been in the supply chain industry for at least a few years.  But maybe it's time to revisit the model.  Does a "chain" accurately represent modern commerce?  

In the past, businesses only needed to interact with those "before" and "after" themselves in the supply chain.  But not anymore.  Demanding consumers, instantaneous fulfillment, global markets - all these factors require better visibility into the entire supply process.  The "chain," in other words, is broken.

 This paper talks about a new paradigm for the supply process: a "network" model for business. 

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 Always Moving Forward

In October of 1971, a small team of shipping visionaries had an idea: build a comprehensive intermodal network of trucking terminals, warehousing and container depot facilities to better serve America’s Heartland, global gateways and vital transportation corridors. It was this idea that gave birth to ContainerPort Group, Inc. (CPG), headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, a pioneer in domestic and international container drayage throughout the Midwest, Ohio Valley and East Coast. This month, the CPG Intermodal Network, comprised of a team of over 300 industry experts and a fleet of over 650 independent contract drivers with terminals in 19 locations throughout the United States, celebrates 45 years of innovation and market experience...Read more