Will ocean carriers derail their own recovery?

Back in January of this year I wrote an article fro LinkedIn Pulse called ‘Giving Robert Dreelan His Due’ (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/giving-robert-dreelan-his-due-tom-o-malley?trk=mp-reader-card ). The subject matter between Robert and I was the impact of the ocean carrier alliances on shipping rates. My position was rates would stay down through expanded use of mega vessels, the alliances competing against each other, and keeping… Read More

Getting Granular on Cargo Insurance Rates

I have written several blogs on the subject of cargo insurance and related risk mitigation. I sell those services so writing articles on those subjects makes sense. Yours truly writing about the finer techniques of arc welding wouldn’t be very useful. In the past articles I covered many basic topics including, why you want cargo insurance, how Incoterms… Read More

Is shipping’s busy season headed to its Happy Place?

Approaching the summer of 2016 I wrote an article called ‘Will there be a busy season?’. Just in case you missed it and need a refresher, (http://www.tjocargo.com/will-there-be-a-busy-season). For the most part, the article pointed out storage warehouses were full of unsold retail goods and consumer demand was flat. In addition, early shipping by importers fearing the worst of… Read More

JAXPORT Harbor Dredging, Service Capacity and Driver Shortages

How did I manage to cram all three subjects into one article? I attended the monthly meeting of The Transportation Club of Jacksonville on the 13th of July, that’s how. Well that, and it rained a lot the following Sunday so writing was a reasonable indoor activity. I found The Transportation Club of Jacksonville to be a great… Read More

The History of Winning in Twelve Minutes

Read for twelve minutes…in a row? I know, unheard of in this day and age. I know it’s seldom done these days, but I’m asking. I am much too ugly for video, so writing is my format and I got a little long on this one. I will make you a deal. If the article is really bad, I… Read More

10 Reasons You Want Cargo Insurance

While the over dimensional crowd gets to post really cool pictures and stories of large project freight moves, I get to talk about cargo insurance. It can be compared to a CPA following a firefighter on career day at their kid’s grade school. It’s pretty hard to sell good finance skills when compared to running into burning… Read More

Ocean Freight Booking Cancellation Fees Possible?

We seem to live in a world of ‘just in time’ everything. Schedules are tighter, demands are greater, and general expectations are continuously elevated. I can’t say I am not guilty of it because I am. As automation and process techniques advance resulting in exceeding my expectations, so do my expectations evolve. It is inevitable. After our expectations are exceeded… Read More