Category: Business

Tariff impact on transportation & warehousing 2019

Like them or not, tariffs have an impact, some intended, some not. It looks like one of the impacts the tariff battle will result in is a slowdown for the transportation and warehouse sectors for 2019. It’s not that tariffs and tariff talk eliminated all of the tonnage transported, but it certainly had an impact… Read More

Yours truly using blockchain may be closer than I thought

In the past few years, I have read and heard the word ‘blockchain’ a considerable number of times. Although to date, widespread blockchain daily use remains just out of reach. But when it comes, we are going to party like it’s 1999 for sure. The 30,000 Foot View of Blockchain For anyone who has been… Read More

Cargo Insurance for Sale

Just one decade ago the number of organizations selling cargo insurance to freight owners for their cargo transported was a fraction of the number today. Back in those heady days, TJO Cargo was on page one for the search term ‘cargo insurance,’ and I knew many of my competitors, this is not the case today…. Read More

Transportation in the year 2000 versus today.

Long long ago in a time unrecognizable to many of us, before iPhones, Twitter, Wifi, and even the ongoing Kardashian drama, cargo moved, and supply chains existed, but it was very different than today. While dinosaurs did not quite pull containers to and from the port, they may have well have been when compared to today’s… Read More

Blockchain Tech is cool, but give it time.

There’s no shortage of blockchain technology articles in the transportation industry world as of late. I even wrote one myself https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/can-people-really-see-future-tom-o-malley/ touting blockchain technology back in February 2018  addressing the subject. Why have I and so many others written about blockchain? Because it’s coming and it will change things, that’s why. What’s not to love in blockchain? In its base… Read More

Little White Lies and Danger at Sea

There is an old saying suggesting a little white lie won’t hurt anything. It’s an old saying, but not a correct one. If I ask you to pick up a bag of cheese danish (my personal favorite) to bring to me, you would be angry if the bakery gave you a bag of rattlesnakes instead, wouldn’t you? You… Read More

Automated Truck Brokerages Soon a Reality?

I love freight brokers. I didn’t fully appreciate the role of good domestic freight brokers until I started working for one in the late 1990’s. It was then I realized shippers and truckers played a continuous game similar to ‘Marco Polo’. If you are not familiar, Marco Polo is a children’s game typically played in a swimming pool… Read More