IBM rolls out Watson Supply Chain Insights

Global technology titan IBM recently released new offerings under its brand...
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Choppy seas on horizon for liner carriers

Click here to look at our new privacy policy . Continuing to browse will be taken as acceptance of this new policy. We use cookies to collect information about you for a better user experience. Click here to look at our new privacy policy . Continuing to browse will be taken as acceptance of this new policy. I Agree Wednesday, October 3, 2018 Related Articles BlueWater Reporting tracking delays along East CoastPorts and shipping channels have closed as Hurricane Florence makes landfall. Eagle Express X arrives in Los AngelesNew APL service offers 11-day transit from Shanghai to California. OCEAN Alliance blanking voyagesSeveral sailings will be withdrawn on the Asia-Europe trade around China’s Golden Week festival in early October. Hits: 550 Home > News > Choppy seas on horizon for liner carriers ...
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Senate Democrats want assurance USMCA ‘has teeth’

Finance Committee members say they are checking to make sure there are adequate enforcement provisions in the North American trade deal before Congress bites into it.    Key Senate Democrats said that the newly completed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) would need to spur Mexico to enact labor reform laws and have implementable enforcement provisions in order for the pact to garner enough Democrat support to pass Congress.    For the constituents of Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., “the first question people have is: ‘You know, I’ve heard about all these trade agreements in the past, and they always promise all kinds of things. What are you going to do to actually enforce the trade laws on the books?’” Wyden told reporters Tuesday. “So I think the disposition of this bill’s really going to come down to whether the trade enforcement provisions have teeth, and [if they are] going...
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ExxonMobil to ramp up low-sulfur fuel production

Residual fuels that have “undergone rigorous fit-for-use assessments” will comply with the International Maritime Organization’s low-sulfur cap.    ExxonMobil says it will produce residual fuels for ships that comply with the requirements of the International Maritime Organization 0.5 percent cap on the sulfur content of marine bunker fuel that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020.    The oil giant said the fuel will be available prior to the IMO deadline at Antwerp,Rotterdam, Genoa, Marseilles, Singapore, Hong Kong and Laem Chabang inThailand. It said additional locations, including North America, will beannounced later this year.    There has been widespread concern that not enough low-sulfur fuel may be available for shipping companies when the sulfur cap goes into effect. Shipping companies can continue to use high-sulfur fuel if their vessels are equipped with scrubbers or they can power their vessels with alternative fuels such as LNG, but it is thought only a...
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BNSF, CSX intermodal service will connect L.A., Toledo

CSX also will offer improved access to the Ohio rail hub from the Port of New York and New Jersey.     BNSF Railway Co. and CSX Corp. said Tuesday they will offer direct intermodal rail service between Los Angeles and CSX’s intermodal hub in North Baltimore, Ohio, 30 miles south of Toledo.    The domestic and international container-only service is expected to begin Oct. 29. BNSF said the service is “designed to simplify customer supply chains” and will run both eastbound and westbound, with departure offerings five days a week in each direction. The service will serve cargo moving from both the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach.    CSX said “a new haulage agreement with the BNSF… enhances western access into the Ohio Valley.”    Trains using BNSF power will travel directly to North Baltimore. They will change crew in Chicago.   In addition, CSX made two...
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XPO deploying 5,000 collaborative robots

   XPO Logistics on Wednesday announced plans to deploy 5,000 intelligent robots throughout its logistics sites in North America and Europe.     The robots, which are designed to collaborate with humans, will supplement XPO’s existing workforce and support future growth, the company said.    A strategic partnership with GreyOrange Pte. Ltd. makes XPO the exclusive logistics provider using its robots in North America, the U.K. and eight European countries.    XPO, headquartered in the United States in Greenwich, Conn., and in Europe in Lyon, France, is a top 10 global logistics provider of supply chain solutions. The company operates in 32 countries, with 1,505 locations and more than 97,000 employees.     Bradley Jacobs, chief executive officer of XPO Logistics, said, “We’ve developed our logistics technology to integrate the latest intelligent automation and adapt it at lightning speed. This allows us to dramatically improve fulfillment time and cut costs.    “The addition...
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DB Schenker promotes Barrie to U.S. CEO

   Global logistics provider DB Schenker on Monday appointed Jeffery Barrie as the chief executive officer for the United States effective Nov. 1.    Barrie will report to Philippe Gilbert, Region Americas CEO, and will be responsible for all P&L aspects in the United States.    “Today’s pace of change in the logistics industry is exponential, and Jeff brings global experience, exceptional results and a passion like no other,” Gilbert said in the announcement. “Industry drivers such as digitalization, big data, innovative warehouse software and autonomous driving mean that our CEO in the U.S.A. needs to thrive in a highly dynamic environment, to be capable of accelerating what is working very well for Schenker and disrupt what needs to change.”   Barrie, who has more than 25 years of logistics industry experience, joined DB Schenker in 2006 when it acquired BAX Global. He most recently served as the senior vice president...
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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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