Category: Logistics Information

Shipping Container

Ever wonder where the standard ocean shipping container came from?  If so, you may want to get a hobby or get out more. Maybe a couple of those after work ‘networking’ gatherings (that just happen to take place in a bar) are in order.  You really shouldn’t be wondering about things as geeky as where… Read More

Export 101

Anyone that has been working near the profession of the transportation of goods internationally for a while has a short list of horror stories.  I am no different.  Over the years we see importers buy containers full of rocks in the place of product, exporters selling goods and being stuck for payment, and merchandise get… Read More

Will there be a busy season?

Every year the ‘busy season’ for container shipping runs from July through October as the USA imports increase to supply retailers for their yearend needs.  Many transportation companies and 3PL’s estimate their yearly projections using the July through October uptick in business as an injection of year saving revenue.  This year however the ingredients are… Read More

Playing SOLAS Chicken

Remember the SOLAS game of chicken I wrote about in April in the ‘The End is Near’ SOLAS article?  You didn’t read the article?  Really? Geez…okay, here is a link to it https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/end-near-yep-solas-coming-july-tom-o-malley?trk=prof-post for you.  Go read it now while the rest of us wait.  There will be a test so comprehension counts. Okay, let’s… Read More

What Goes Up Must Come Down

Businesses go bankrupt, it happens.  Truckers are business so yes they do go bankrupt.  If you are paying attention you are seeing more trucking companies go bankrupt now than last year at the same time.  The number of trucking companies that went bankrupt in the first quarter of 2015 was 85.  The number for the… Read More

Business to Business Shaming?

If you work in the transportation industry you know things don’t slow down, freight does not wait for a committee meeting, most decisions are made in real time as situations develop, and the pace is faster than many other industries. Conversely, if you are familiar with the normal insurance industry you know things move dreadfully… Read More

Already August and Fuel is Still Cheap!

Back in January of this year I published an article on LinkedIn called ‘Gas is cheap and this is my new grocery getter!’ that was not published in our website blog.  In the article I mentioned low oil prices may slide all the way through summer.  Instead of me paraphrasing my January article it would… Read More