Author: Rojda Akdag

2017’s Shipping Industry Challenges

The shipping industry is quite a volatile industry, and every year, new challenges emerge. A couple of years ago, we faced the terminal strike problem in West Coast ports, which also imbalanced the trucker industry, making the following year more difficult than before. Due to the problems in 2016, it seems the same trend will continue in 2017, too. Below are the main issues that I believe will pose new problems to the industry. The collapse of shipping giant Hanjin: No one was expecting this, since there were assurances by the mid-size shipping company that the financial problems were similar to other carriers, and...

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Manufacturing Jobs are Returning to the U.S. from a Surprise Country

China has been perceived as the main enemy of the U.S. when it comes to manufacturing, and this rhetoric has been widely-used especially during the last election. It is true that many low paying jobs for low-value items switched to China, especially after China joined the WTO back in the 2000’s, but both sides benefited heavily with this trade. American consumers were the main winners as they had access to low-prices due to low labor costs in China, and workers in China were the main winners as their income level increased annually. As China became richer and created its own upper...

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MTS Logistics Supports Cambodia Charity That is Changing Lives

Social media is a great tool to make a real difference in the world and I consider myself to be fortunate to get to know a superhero from Turkey who moved to Cambodia to open a soup kitchen for hungry kids. She would like her identity to be kept hidden since she considers herself to be just a medium and she would like the attention to be on kids all the time so I will call her superhero while telling her story.  She tried to make a difference by donating blood, sharing posts on social media and signing up...

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Will Self Driving Trucks Solve the Trucker Shortage or Create More Problems?

Highways are the backbone of America. They are the country’s original network and have sparked new communities and businesses in their wake. Today, U.S. interstate highways total 222,000 miles and carry the 4.3 million commercial trucks that have become just as powerful a symbol of the American transportation system as the roads themselves. But on these highways, these very same trucks are causing an unacceptable number of fatalities every year, and truck drivers have experienced a gradual decline in quality of life as conditions worsen and expectations rise. On any given day, trucks move 70 percent of all cargo in the U.S. — that’s 14 billion...

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Migration And Supply Chain

The world is experiencing the biggest migration crisis since World War 2 where hundreds of thousands are displaced from their homes taking huge risks to find safety. This poses a challenge for many countries in Europe as they are not ready to accept these huge numbers. However, immigration also has a big advantage if they can make it work. We examine the relationship between Migration and supply chain today. Europe’s population is getting older where they need younger skilled workers to work in their factories (especially in Germany) and immigration can be a key driver in mobilizing the workforce....

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