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This week's blog covers the upcoming Electronic Logging Device Mandate, how the industry isn't ready, and how the mandate will effect you: http://ow.ly/kN3I30gPL9x

"On December 18, the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate will go into effect nationwide, forcing truckers to account for their hours of service with unprecedented rigor. That start date is only weeks away, yet many in the industry seem to be in a state of denial about the realities of ELD implementation. There are concerning signs that a lack of preparedness by shippers and carriers alike is poised to wreak havoc on the supply chain at a time when the trucking industry is already grappling with a driver shortage and rising demand..."
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The holiday season is prime time for cargo thieves - this week's blog details how you can protect your supply chain from those who want to steal it: http://ow.ly/PQx630gGvDX #cargo #shipping #holidays


"The holiday shopping season is rapidly approaching, ushering in the busiest time of year for shippers, carriers, and the cargo thieves who prey on them. While estimates for the total cost of cargo theft vary wildly, the FBI calls it a “multi-billion-dollar criminal enterprise” and reported..."
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Driver-less vehicles pose the greatest threat to how the logistics industry currently works. With the first autonomous trucks now hitting the road, it's time we addressed the many moral, legal, and ethical questions posed by them: http://ow.ly/N05h30gy3pr


"No single issue is poised to disrupt logistics like the coming driverless truck revolution. It’s been on the horizon for years, and yet the trucking industry is only just beginning to consider the ethical, legal, and moral implications of automation. Now trucking stands on the brink of a new era, as the first wave of driver-assisted and fully autonomous vehicles hits the roads, while industry grapples..."
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When deciding on a 3pl firm, a business much choose between either an asset based or a non-asset based firm. On the surface, it may seem more beneficial to choose a firm that owns all their own trucks, planes, and ships; the flexibility that an non-asset based 3pl can provide however, is incredibly valuable - especially in today's fast-changing world: http://ow.ly/cw4t30gdaQO
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Trump's reversal on the benefits of public-private partnerships has brought the system under scrutiny, revealing them to be far costlier than they appear on the surface: http://ow.ly/Kfwh30g1GPK

"The fate of America’s infrastructure is once again in doubt, following a September 26 meeting in which President Trump appeared to abandon the concept of public-private partnerships, which he had previously claimed would be the primary source of funding for the $1 trillion in infrastructure spending that had been a key promise of his campaign. Trump reportedly said that such partnerships were “more trouble than they were worth,” sowing confusion among lawmakers..."
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A recent crackdown on pollution has led to the closure of thousands of Chinese factories. Read more in our blog: http://bit.ly/2ij09RT

"In recent months, China has taken an unexpectedly hard line in enforcing its anti-pollution policies, shuttering thousands of factories and sending shockwaves through the global supply chain. According to JOC, over 18,000 factories have already been ordered to close since the start of the crackdown, and that number could grow much larger as inspectors begin work in the heavily industrialized Chongqing and Guangdong provinces. In the short-term, the situation has shippers scrambling to fulfill orders, but it also raises a major long-term question: will China’s policies make a meaningful difference in global pollution, or merely shift the problem elsewhere?.."
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Recovery in Puerto Rico was hampered early on due to restrictions set in place by the Jones Act. Learn how the act effected recovery and why the act was set into place in our blog "Puerto Rico and The Jones Act: A Crisis 97 Years in the Making": http://bit.ly/2xQH8Ny

"Three weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the island remains devastated, with the vast majority of residents without electricity, and many without access to clean drinking water, medicine, or food. The situation has brought several logistical issues to the forefront of public consciousness, as Americans struggle to understand why the United States has been unable to provide basic aid to its own citizens. One piece of US policy that has come under particular scrutiny is the Jones Act, which President Trump issued a ten-day waiver of on September 28. Debate over this decision has stirred a long-simmering controversy over what the Jones Act entails, who it benefits, and how it may be contributing to the nightmarish conditions in Puerto Rico..."
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This year's devastating hurricane season has caused effects in every industry. In the transportation world, it has led to shortages and rate hikes. Read more in our blog "Hurricanes Cause Spot Rate Hike, Capacity Crunch": http://bit.ly/2ySIGah

"2017’s punishing (and still unfinished) hurricane season is tightening freight capacity and driving up spot rates throughout the US, altering the shipping landscape in ways that are likely to last as long as the massive rebuilding effort from Harvey and Irma. The far-ranging impact of the storms, combined with the looming ELD mandate and high consumer demands from an unexpectedly strong economy, make it imperative that shippers and supply chain managers work creatively and collaboratively to navigate tight capacity in the coming months..."
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The world of cargo insurance is a complex one. Learn how to get the most out of your insurance policy and protect against disasters in our blog "What Shippers Get Wrong About Cargo Insurance": http://bit.ly/2xOXFg8

"A truck skids on a patch of ice. A container ship jettisons cargo during a storm. Dock workers in a far-distant port go on strike. Even in the most well-managed supply chain, events like these are sometimes unavoidable, but cargo insurance is what determines whether they are minor setbacks or major catastrophes. Unfortunately, misconceptions and poorly-understood terminology often leads shippers to believe they have adequate coverage, when in fact, their cargo coverage is at risk leaving the company vulnerable to litigation. The only truly safe strategy is for shippers to purchase their own All Risk policies, but impressing this on clients means demystifying this complex subject..."
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Is your supply chain disaster-proof? If there's anything this summer has taught is, it's that having a disaster-resistant supply chain is vital to the survival of your business. Find out how to prepare in our blog: http://bit.ly/2zjdNYG

"The United States is reeling from a particularly brutal hurricane season, with Harvey and Irma predicted to costs hundreds of billions of dollars in reconstruction and the loss of life is incalculable. But while many have called these storms “historic” or “once-in-a-lifetime,” the reality is that extreme weather events are becoming all too common, as the effects of climate change continue to impact the environment. The increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters places a unique burden on logistics professionals, as the industry must simultaneously help our clients prepare for such events, pass on our expertise to governments and aid groups, and take an active role in developing policies and practices to minimize future damage..."
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