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Jan 8, 2019 7:00:00 AM

The Technology Low Down Part 3 – Alternative Fuels

As freight forwarders/NVOCCs, it is easy for us to only think about new technologies that will make the lives of either ourselves or our clients immediately easier when being implemented. However, in the larger

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Nov 28, 2018 7:00:00 AM

The Technology Low Down Part 1 – Neural Nets

When I first heard about them, Neural Nets seemed like some futuristic synthetic brain that was meant to bring all machines around us to life. Since then I have come to learn that reality is something just as cool, but

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Nov 6, 2018 7:00:00 AM

A Meaningful Solution to Industry Pain Points

Have you ever noticed that as human beings, we have tendency to orient the world around us to ourselves? Many times, working in the international shipping/freight forwarding industry, I have been struck by how we do

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Oct 30, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Trust, Technology, and International Shipping!

Last week in their online news feed, CoinDesk posted an article about the struggle that global carrier giant Maersk and technology giant IBM are having in getting customers to sign up for their “TradeLens” service

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Oct 25, 2018 7:00:00 AM

The Global Impact of the U.S./China Trade War

As the trade war between the U.S. and China has intensified over the last year, it is reasonable to wonder the question: “What does this mean for the larger globe?” Quantifying the economic effects of a U.S./China

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Oct 12, 2018 7:00:00 AM

The Elusive Quest for “Low Touch, High Volume”

In the past, I have highlighted the idea that a key distinguishing feature of a successful freight forwarder from one that is not successful, is the ability to drive efficiency into the booking/shipping process such

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Sep 28, 2018 7:00:00 AM

It is All About Relationships & Communication

Whether you are an “old school” or “new age” freight forwarder, maintaining relationships and open communications has and will continue to be a critical avenue for maintaining and growing an international shipping book

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Sep 25, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Becoming an Ocean Transport Intermediary (OTI)

The first barrier to entry for exporting goods on a global scale was to figure out how to be able to independently facilitate the transfer of cargo on the behalf of a shipper (someone who produces a product to be

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Sep 25, 2018 7:00:00 AM

How the Road to Start My Own Freight Forwarding Company Led Me to Solve Pain Points for International Shippers

When we first launched my international ocean freight third party logistics (3PL) start-up (www.XportForwarding.com) in 2016, I had been working in the industry for almost 20 years. Despite that depth of experience,

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Sep 19, 2018 7:00:00 AM

The Tariff Tally... Part III

Earlier this week, the next phase of the ongoing trade war between the United States and China escalated. Starting September 24th (next Monday) tariffs of 10% will be placed on $200B in Chinese goods. While specialized

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