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Brandon Fried to speak at IACAC on OCT 18th

“The View from Washington” – Brandon brings his perspective to the IACAC as the AfA’s Executive Director on the activities of the regulatory agencies such as CBP, TSA and others combined with the political climate to give local companies a nationwide perspective on what can and will affect their businesses. Brandon has spoken to our… Read more »

Olympic sized logistics in Rio De Janeiro

In order to prepare for the Olympic Games, more than 6,000 containers, holding almost 30 million items needed to arrive in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Among the three categories of cargo bound for the games (event equipment, technology, and furniture) nearly 70% needed to arrive by ocean carrier into a country with an average documentation… Read more »

Airfreight growth slows along with consumer confidence

The Airports Council International (ACI) reported that air cargo tonnage is flat for the start of 2016, rising only  0.6% in May, over May 2015, though passenger traffic was up 4.6% year-over-year. Though the airfreight market is volatile competition from expanded ocean vessels, reductions in bunker costs and trucking play a large part in the… Read more »

Logistics Mergers Add Value In Current Market

According to the Wall Street Journal, several logistics companies are looking for mergers and buyers as a slow shipping season continues. As BDP International and Pilot Freight Services are both looking for buyers it is a signal that other mid size firms may too be exploring options. Due to the unpredictability of the transportation market,… Read more »

Hiring Heroes in Logistics

The logistics sector wants to hire more veterans to occupy open positions in 2016. As employment for vets has traditionally run two per cent below non-veterans, initiatives such as Hiring our Heroes can make a difference, and employers are finding that our military make an almost seamless transition into our industry. The fast paced, acronym… Read more »

Job Seekers Skills Gleaned from Forwarders’ Needs

This week, while we were reading a recap of issues discussed at a Q&A panel of freight forwarders we realized that many of the topics that are generally thought to be primary considerations between carriers and forwarders are also strategic skills for job seekers to cultivate and apply. Customer service, communication and action-based solutions are… Read more »

Peak Season Employment Recap

The U.S. Postal Service, United Parcel Service and FedEx expect a year-end surge in parcel delivery, fueled by booming online shopping during the holiday season. This translates into delivering 4 billion packages this year, a 13% increase over the same peak season 2014. One issue last year was how carriers failed to deliver packages by… Read more »

U.S. Ports to See Modest Growth in 2016

After a five per cent growth in 2015, it appears that U.S. ports will slow slightly to only three per cent in 2016, according to Moody’s investors Service. As demand for American exports weakens, the US dollar remains strong and inventories remain high, the container volumes that sky-rocketed last year will begin to taper off…. Read more »

WESCCON 2015

During October 15-18 BCS attended WESCCON in beautiful Palm Springs, CA. We eagerly awaited this event as we knew we’d finally get to link names and faces with our clients on the West Coast. There’s something wonderfully personal and gratifying about shaking the hand of someone with whom you’ve spoken. We were not disappointed with… Read more »