Executive Moves: From Bestpass to Barcoding

   Bestpass, a company that provides single-source payment and streamlined toll management services to commercial fleets, has hiredJohn Gieschen Jr., as director of customer experience.     In his new role, Gieschen directs all activities related to customer service, business system analysis and support operations for the company.    He most recently served as the senior director of strategic accounts and professional services at Digital Sciences.    Capacity solutions provider Dupré Logistics tapped Amy Armstrong as director of business development in the company’s Dedicated business group sales team. As part of the company’s five-year accelerated business growth and expansion plan, Armstrong will work out of the Houston area.    Armstrong has more than 14 years of professional experience in developing customer solutions at companies such as Trimac Transportation, Total Petrochemicals and Chevron Phillips.    The Global Maritime Forum on Tuesday announced the members of its new advisory council as well as...
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Amazon raises minimum wage for all U.S. employees

   Amazon announced Tuesday it is increasing its minimum wage to $15 for all full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees across the United States effective Nov. 1.     The new Amazon $15 minimum wage will benefit more than 250,000 Amazon employees, as well as over 100,000 seasonal employees who will be hired at Amazon sites across the country this holiday season, the company said in Tuesday’s announcement.   “We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do and decided we want to lead,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “We’re excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us.”    Amazon said its public policy team also will begin advocating for an increase in the federal minimum wage.    Jay Carney, senior vice president of Amazon global corporate affairs, said, “The current rate of $7.25 was set nearly a decade...
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Humanitarian Logistics Awards presented

Supply chain professionals and organizations recognized for demonstrating commitment to disaster relief efforts.    The Shippers Group, Estes Express and The Home Depot were among the honorees recognized by the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) this week.     ALAN presented its Humanitarian Logistics Awards Tuesday during the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP) annual EDGE conference in Nashville, Tenn.    “Each of these recipients is living proof that humanitarianism isn’t just a one-time event and that true service extends well beyond a single disaster,” said Kathy Fulton, ALAN executive director.     Dallas-based The Shippers Group received ALAN’s Outstanding Contribution Award for donating space and labor in Dallas and Atlanta that helped nonprofits provide comfort to families returning home after Hurricane Harvey and cleanup for Caribbean communities after hurricanes Irma and Maria.   Richmond, Va.-based less-than-truckload carrier Estes Express and Atlanta-based home improvement giant The Home Depot received ALAN’s Employee...
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Newport Shipping buys 100 scrubbers for retrofitting

   Newport Shipping Group has purchased 100 scrubbers, with an option for 100 more, from Chinese manufacturer Weihai Puyi Marine Environmental Technology Co. (Puyier).    The bulk purchase of scrubbers, which Newport Shipping said is desgined to safeguard shipowners against any price hikes or production bottlenecks as demand increases, coincided with the signing of cooperation agreements with engineering services providers Harris-Pye and Goltens.    “Together with our existing global network of dry docks, we can now offer the marine industry its first-ever turnkey scrubber retrofit solution,” said Erol Sarikaya, Newport Shipping chief executive officer. “We are providing shipowners with a true one-stop shop.”    Sarikaya added, “Having secured an eight-month lead time for scrubbers ordered by the end of October, we can guarantee shipowners that their retrofits will be completed well in advance of the 2020 sulphur cap implementation date.”    Harris Pye and Goltens will provide 3D scanning and engineering...
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Amware acquires Iron Mountain fulfillment unit

   National warehousing and fulfillment services company Amware Fulfillment announced Tuesday that it has acquired the fulfillment services unit of Iron Mountain Incorporated.    The Iron Mountain Fulfillment Services (IMFS) locations give Amware 15 total fulfillment centers spanning every region of the United States and enabling two-day delivery to 98 percent of the country.     “At Amware, fulfillment is our sole focus and the addition of IMFS customers, locations and expertise creates the leading, private B2C fulfillment provider in the United States,” said Amware CEO Harry Drajpuch. “The IMFS acquisition supports our goal of being the fulfillment partner of choice for growing, direct-to-consumer brands.”      While Amware primarily distributes finished goods for online retailers and direct selling companies, the IMFS acquisition will allow an expansion of Amware services to include “marketing fulfillment” — the creation and distribution of printed and promotional materials.    Amware’s expanded warehouse network now...
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Revised NAFTA includes new customs procedures

Advance rulings, online publication and express shipments covered in updated text.    New provisions to expedite express shipment clearances, normalize timelines for issuing advance customs rulings and for online publication of customs procedures are among the customs measures agreed to by the United States, Mexico and Canada during their renegotiation of NAFTA, which completed Sunday night.    According to the pact’s customs text , the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) — which the rebooted NAFTA is known by — sets forth that each party adopt or maintain “specific expedited customs procedures” for express shipments while maintaining appropriate customs controls.    The procedures must provide for information required to release an express shipment to be submitted and processed before the shipment arrives, allow a single submission of information such as a manifest covering all goods contained in the shipment “through, if possible, electronic means” and provide for subject shipments, “under normal circumstances,”...
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OPEC says shortages of IMO-compliant fuel possible

Oil producer group reports in its annual outlook that it believes compliance will grow after 2020.    The decision by the International Maritime Organization to lower the maximum allowed sulfur content for marine bunkers from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent (on a weight basis) as of Jan. 1, 2020, “will be disruptive to both the shipping and refining sectors,” says the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).    “Due to a sudden switch in the fuel mix, potential shortages of compliant fuel are possible, especially middle distillates, which could spread to other sectors too. It is hoped that there will be sufficient flexibility in the refining system in order to avoid any extreme events in the years to come,” said OPEC, which devoted a section in its annual World Oil Outlook publication, released last week, to a discussion of the IMO regulation.    The 2020 sulfur cap is “expected to...
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Ships in a bottleneck: Flood of orders cause for concern

Japanese classification society says a large number of shipowners are planning ballast water treatment system installations in a narrow time window.    The Japanese classification society ClassNK has expressed concern about the large numbers of shipowners planning to retrofit ships with ballast water management systems in a narrow time window in order to comply with the International Maritime Organization’s Ballast Water Management Convention.    ClassNK said, “As of the end of August 2018, there are 7,315 ships onthe ClassNK register that are obligated to install BWMS in compliancewith the BWM Convention. Of this amount, 1,915 ships have completed theinstallation, leaving 5,400 ships that still require attention.”    Many are planning to do so in 2022, ClassNK said.    “The distribution of BWMS installation deadlines in line with the BWMConvention is as follows: 92 ships by 2019; 662 ships by 2020; 795 shipsby 2021; 2,832 ships by 2022; 558 ships by...
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Panama Canal transits four LNG vessels in one day

   The Panama Canal reached a new milestone with the successful transit of four liquefied natural gas ships with beams of up to 160 feet through the Neopanamax locks in a single day.     The record set Monday breaks the one from April 17, 2018, when three LNG vessels transited through the waterway on the same day.   The Panama Canal Authority said Monday that Ribera del Duero Knutsen, with a cargo capacity of 173,000 m3, and Maran Gas Pericles, with cargo capacity of 174,000 m3, transited northbound, while Torben Spirit, with a cargo capacity of 174,000 m3, and Oceanic Breeze, with a cargo capacity of 155,300 m3, transited southbound, facilitating international trade between customers in South Korea, Japan, Chile and the U.S. Gulf Coast.    The Panama Canal announced changes to its transit reservation system in August to offer two slots per day to LNG vessels. The modifications took effect...
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Fastball: California taking swing at waterfront stadium

   The Oakland Athletics will play the New York Yankees in New York Wednesday in a wild card game to determine which of them will participate in the American League Division Series.    Over the weekend a different wild card — long delays in obtaining environmental approvals — was eliminated in the team’s search for a possible future home at the Port of Oakland.    Howard Terminal, formerly used by Matson and now used for truck parking and container storage, has been proposed as the possible new A’s home. (It’s also possible a new stadium might be built near the team’s existing home at the Oakland Colesium.)    On Sunday Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that establishes special procedures for review of a ballpark and mixed use development at the Howard Terminal under the California Environmental Quality Act and an expedited 270-day judicial review.    The San Francisco Chronicle said the...
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