December 18, 2018
Logistics Weekly
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Industry News and Advocacy
  

The news late last month that General Motors plans to cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure gives TIA members pause to consider what – if any – effect it will have on the logistics industry.


 

  

On Dec. 7, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) approved the recommendations and final report from Fact Finding 28, the investigation into the practices for charging detention and demurrage at U.S. ports. The FMC undertook this investigation following a December 2016 petition by TIA and the more than 20 members of the Coalition for Fair Port Practices. This petition requested that the FMC issue guidance as to what constituted “just and reasonable” practices for ocean carriers and marine terminal operators to levy charges for detention and demurrage.

  

In the fall of 2017 we looked at 2018 as a time when upside exposure dominated. The economy seemed to be strengthening, along with freight growth. Would that continue in the coming year? The spot market was sending very strong indicators for capacity tightening and rising prices. Would the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate accelerate the increase in tightening? Would contract rates respond as spot rates already had? Or would they gently glide forward as they had during the 2014 capacity event? Well, 2018 turned out to be a year when the answers all turned out to be on the upside.

Demand for fresh produce remains strong even in the winter months, when fall crops have already been harvested in the U.S. and spring is still a few months away. As we get closer to Christmas, a larger proportion of fresh fruit and vegetables are imported from Mexico, mostly through a handful of border crossing points in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

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TriumphPay Carrier Payments Demo named ‘Best in Show’
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TriumphPay showcased the future of payments in the logistics industry at Transparency18, a logistics industry-focused conference, which drew hundreds to Atlanta in May. Triumph’s Jordan Graft and John Shields demonstrated how blockchain and shared ledgers will transform carrier payments.
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Please remit your dues payments before Dec. 31, 2018 to avoid any interruption in member services or access.

Email membership@tianet.org if you have any questions.

 
“I'm mentoring a young woman who recently started a brokerage firm. It makes you feel good that you can help along the way. To help you be true to yourself and know how much you’re worth.”  Sue Spero, CEO of Carrier Services of Tennessee and TIA Board of Directors member
 

TIA’s Mentorship Program has been so successful that we’ve run out of mentors. We’re looking for experienced and successful brokers with some spare time each month that are willing to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of brokers.

TIA's Mentorship Program will match you with a mentee in a structured program designed around the mentee’s goals. You and your mentee will meet monthly by phone, Skype, or email over a period of six months. To learn more about the program, click here to read a recent 3PL Perspectives article.

Interested? Contact Cindy Amos, TIA VP of Meetings, at amos@tianet.org.

 
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TIA is accepting applications for its Samaritan Award, which recognizes a TIA member for exceptional service and assistance to others in need. The Samaritan Award will be presented at the 2019 TIA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, FL.

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Education
  

2019 is looking to be one of the best freight markets for savvy 3PLs. It’s imperative to focus on creating a strategic plan that will take advantage of these favorable market conditions and position your organization to capture its rightful share of the market.


 

  

Join us on Wednesday, January 16 as CarrierDirect CEO Peter Rentschler makes sense of technology trends, and discusses how you can keep an eye on the future while still delivering on what your customers need today.

  

Teaching your new employees the basics of brokering in addition to your office operations can be a challenge, so let TIA ease the burden with our unique New Employee Orientation (NEO) course. This course covers all the basics: rules and regulations, how to sell, business ethics and more!


 

   

Start 2019 off the right way by earning your CTB. Registration is now open for the First Quarter 2019 Online Study Course that begins Thurs., Jan. 3, 2019. The online exam will be administered on Sat., March 30, 2019.

The Certified Transportation Broker (CTB) Program is the most-widely recognized designation among 3PLs and sets you apart from your peers. Learn more and register here.

Contact Sean Tucker, Education Manager, at tucker@tianet.org if you have questions.

 

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This online course is geared to individuals who need to understand the critical issues and concepts involved in moving perishable loads. It covers important topics such as industry characteristics, heat, trailer conditions, the impact of packaging and loading on perishable products, and inspections. If your company moves perishable products, you need this course!


Member News

If you have news you would like to share with other TIA members, send it to us, and we'll place it in the next issue of Logistics Weekly.

Meetings

Don’t procrastinate. Register today for the 2019 Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition to take advantage of our Early Bird Discounts and save $100 off registration fees.

We are planning an exciting lineup of speakers, sessions and exhibitors, so why not go ahead and add the best meeting for the 3PL community to your spring 2019 calendar?

Register here.

TIA has only 10 exhibit booths and several kiosks left for the exhibit hall at the 2019 TIA Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition.

All booth applications will be accepted online for 2019 with payments via credit card. Payment is due upon registration. No refunds will be issued.

This is the only meeting for third-party logistics providers. It is a once-a-year opportunity for you to interact with representatives, owners and senior managers from throughout North America and abroad. Key decision makers with buying authority attend this meeting.

Register for your 2019 TIA Conference Booth/Kiosk, view the floor plan, and review other pertinent information here.

Questions?
Please contact Valerie Sumner at vsumner@vrsevents.com.

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TIA's innovative member-only video production service is designed to assist and enhance your company’s commercial outreach efforts.

Are you taking advantage of the TIA Advantage program? As part of TIA’s commitment to help its members grow and succeed, TIA has partnered with several companies to offer its members products and services at special savings including, but not limited to:

TIA's Compensation Report provides invaluable information about logistics firms’ salaries and compensation, their organization and job descriptions. More than 80 companies participate in the survey, providing data on more than 30 different job positions. The 2017 paper version of the Measure Up survey is available for $295 per TIA Member.

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