Author: Cenk Hamamci

How Can Logistics and Supply Chain Benefit from Social Media?

There are approximately 2.5 billion social media users around the world. Social media reformed the way businesses interact with customers. It closed the gap between not only customers, but also businesses. And now as the transportation and logistics sector grows, social media frenzy has started to find its way into logistics and supply chain management. It is essential to work strategically to leverage technology and media to drive efficiencies and connect with core audiences, partners, and clients. In the logistics and freight-forwarding industry, social media is used as a tool for business only. There aren’t any interactions with customer....

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What Does Climate Change Mean for the Future of Trade and Transportation?

Over the past decade, global warming has become a hotly contested issue in the global community. The foremost concern related to global warming focuses on the consequences that it could have on the health and life-span of our planet; however, other major concerns are related to the effect that climate change will have on the future of trade and the transportation. There are a number of ways in which the future of trading will be influenced by a rapidly changing climate. One such aspect of trade that will be affected will be the rural communities of developing countries. Most...

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El Taro’s tragedy and what should be expected afterwards?

El Faro was a United States cargo ship that was crewed by the U.S. Merchant Mariners. It was built back in 1975 but sank due to a loss of propulsion during Hurricane Joaquin on October 1st, 2015. El Faro was greeted by a category 3 hurricane that reached swells of anywhere from 20 to 40 feet high and wind gusts of 115 mph and lost. After searching for several days, on October 5th, El Faro was declared sunk, and the search was eventually called off on October 7th. A few days later the U.S. Navy sent the USNS Apache...

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Are we ready for winter?

As the United States and Canada settle in for the winter season, we all start thinking about how our everyday business and supply chain will be affected by temperatures. For shippers, railroads and drayage truckers, shipping in cold weather creates new challenges that they would normally not have to deal with. These issues create delays for freight transportation, which results in additional cost for all members of the supply chain. During our rough winters in January 2014 and 2015, freight moving across the northern border decreased an average of 3.2 percent compared to January 2013. During the same period...

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Each year, millions of vessel schedules change and make shipping more challenging for importers and exporters. It can be difficult and very costly to manage all these vessel delays for any party in supply chain. In an industry that has lots of exterior factors, maybe the most important advantage you can create compared to other freight forwarders is having the latest update sailing schedule. Discussed below are the advantages and disadvantages of importers and exporters having access to current vessel schedules. There are many factors involved in having access to updated vessel schedules, especially for exporters. Exporters may be...

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