Streamlining the Employee Assessment Process – Easy, Low Cost Fixes


Streamlining the Employee Assessment Process – Easy, Low-Cost Fixes One of the most complicating problems with an employee assessment system is that it becomes so darn bureaucratic over time. Paper-reliant approaches teach managers to rely too much on forms to communicate supervisorial desires rather than just communicating them directly to employees. Supervisors learn to hide [...]

Ocean bid tip: diversify your carrier alliances!


With so many container lines out there to choose from it’s easy to forget that despite their numbers there really are fewer choices than it seems when you consider carrier alliances and vessel sharing partners. If you are large enough to deal in direct carrier contracts with container lines, then you would be wise to [...]

Understanding Bunker Fuel: is there a relationship to crude prices?


Unless you work for an ocean container line, there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding bunker fuel costs and how they play into ocean container costs and BAF (Bunker Adjustment Factor – fuel surcharge for container lines).  This is especially compounded when folks look at the headlines in regards to crude oil prices [...]

Top 30 Cargo Airports 2009


A reader named Greg alerted to us that we haven’t posted an updated list of the top cargo airports in the world for some time (thanks). While I haven’t received or found an updated top 50 list from Air Cargo World or elsewhere, there is this handy list that gets reported by Airports Council International: [...]

Mumbai vessel collision update: Ports to reopen August 15th

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UPDATE – August 13, 2010: First, an update on port operations: India’s two biggest ports, the Jawaharlal Nehru Port and Mumbai Port, conducted limited operations on Friday. ———————————————————————————– Salvagers cleared about 60 of the 300 containers that fell off of the MSC Chitra and spilled into the main channel of Mumbai Harbor, blocking the entrance [...]

2010 Retail container imports may have peaked


According to the NRF (National Retail Federation’s) monthly July Global Port Tracker report: “The traditional peak season may be melting away,” said Ben Hackett, founder of Hackett Associates, which produces the Port Tracker for the NRF. The report said double-digit increases in June and July apparently were swollen by backlogs that developed earlier this year [...]

Worst crisis in the history of container shipping is not over – CEO of Maersk Line (a TPM recap)

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While Eivind Kolding, Partner and CEO of Maersk Line, believes that the worst is behind the container line industry, the pain is far from over. As the keynote speaker at this year’s 2010 Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference in Long Beach this morning, Mr. Kolding noted that while there appears to be a good balance in supply [...]

Top Supply Chain Programs – Logistics Degrees


If you are anything like me and you have been in the logistics/supply chain industry for quite sometime, then you have probably given some thought to obtaining and advanced logistics degree or graduate certificate in supply chain management. AMR Research has recently published their list of the top universities offering degrees in supply chain management. [...]

Anti-Government protesters shut down Bangkok International Airport UPDATE: PAD to end all protests, claims its goals were achieved.

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Update – 12-2-2008, 08:15 PST: With the Prime Minister stepping down and his political party dissolved by the Constitution Court, the PAD (anti-government protesters) have claimed victory – for now: Within a few hours after the Constitution Court dissolved People Power Party, People’s Alliance for Democracy, which had led seizures of the Government House and [...]

Railroad shipping: weekly cargo volumes down


Its both carload freight volumes and intermodal traffic that’s down. Via Logistics Management: Weekly carload freight, which does not include intermodal data was 309,099 cars, down 9.1 percent from the same timeframe last year. And carload freight loadings were down 6.5 percent in the West and 12.8 percent in the East. Intermodal loadings, which are [...]

Vietnam forecasts slower export and import growth in 2009


Many people commonly mistake Vietnam as the next China, a second factory to the world, when in fact Vietnam has a growing trade deficit, importing more than they export, MUCH different than China. It’s a problem that Vietnam’s government watches closely, particularly in regards to what they refer to as “luxury goods” such as cars [...]

U.S. Imports and Exports both down in September – trade deficit narrows


The good news, as widely reported by just about everybody, is that the trade deficit in September decreased to $56.5 billion from $59.1 billion in August. The bad news is that both imports AND exports were down, it’s just that imports decreased more than exports. According to the JOC, the main reason for the narrower [...]