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CBP To Start Live Testing Blockchain In IPR Arena

August 16, 2019 FreightWaves 0

Customs and Border Protection late this month will start live testing for blockchain’s applicability to intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement, according to a document posted online in preparation for the August 21 Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) meeting in Buffalo, N.Y.

The test is scheduled to last through late September, says the document posted by the COAC Next Generation Facilitation Subcommittee.

Since its last in-person meeting in March, the subcommittee’s Emerging Technology Working Group has “progressed” through the integration of industry and CBP systems for CBP’s ongoing proof of concept (POC) on IPR, the document says.

The POC strives to facilitate shipments based on known licensing relationships through the use of blockchain.

In another document posted in preparation for the COAC meeting, the COAC Trusted Trader Working Group posted additional recommendations related to forced labor for future implementation of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Trade Compliance program.

The working group posted a first round of forced labor recommendations for CTPAT in February.

Among other things, COAC is recommending that CBP design program requirements to encourage participation to facilitate self-identification of low-risk importers; that CBP and stakeholders hold informal meetings to learn about typical corporate social responsibility programs; and that …

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CBP To Start Live Testing Blockchain In IPR Arena

August 16, 2019 FreightWaves 0

Customs and Border Protection late this month will start live testing for blockchain’s applicability to intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement, according to a document posted online in preparation for the August 21 Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) meeting in Buffalo, N.Y.

The test is scheduled to last through late September, says the document posted by the COAC Next Generation Facilitation Subcommittee.

Since its last in-person meeting in March, the subcommittee’s Emerging Technology Working Group has “progressed” through the integration of industry and CBP systems for CBP’s ongoing proof of concept (POC) on IPR, the document says.

The POC strives to facilitate shipments based on known licensing relationships through the use of blockchain.

In another document posted in preparation for the COAC meeting, the COAC Trusted Trader Working Group posted additional recommendations related to forced labor for future implementation of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Trade Compliance program.

The working group posted a first round of forced labor recommendations for CTPAT in February.

Among other things, COAC is recommending that CBP design program requirements to encourage participation to facilitate self-identification of low-risk importers; that CBP and stakeholders hold informal meetings to learn about typical corporate social responsibility programs; and that …

Full story available on Benzinga.com

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Port Report: East Coast Notches First-Half Growth For Box Imports

August 15, 2019 FreightWaves 0

Container volumes into U.S. ports slowed through the first half of 2019 due to the overhang from last year’s push to bring in containers ahead of tariffs and the uncertain economic outlook.

Thanks to the trade war with China, trans-Pacific import volumes took the biggest hit.  

The 10 largest U.S. ports by throughput reported loaded imports of 9.96 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in the six-month period ending June 30. The year-to-date total represents a growth rate of 2.1 percent.

The West Coast ports of Los Angeles-Long Beach, Seattle-Tacoma and Oakland saw container imports of 5.24 million TEUs from January through June, a 1.8 percent drop over the same period in 2018. 

The Port of Long Beach saw the largest slowdown in container imports, with year-to-date inbound volume of 1.81 million TEUs, a 9 percent decline from the same period in 2018. July saw another month of declining imports into the second-largest port in the U.S. 

Long Beach executive director Mario Cordero said the on-again, off-again tariff fight with China is “hitting the West Coast …

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BREAKING NEWS: Don Daseke Steps Down As Company’s Restructuring Continues

August 15, 2019 FreightWaves 0

Daseke, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSKE) announced today, August 15, 2019, that its founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Don Daseke will retire effective immediately. Daseke will continue to serve as a board member under the role of Chairman Emeritus.

The largest flatbed, specialized transportation and logistics company in North America announced that current Chief Operating Officer Chris Easter will act as the interim Chief Executive Officer.

Easter has been Daseke’s COO since January. Prior to joining Daseke earlier this year, Easter served as the Chief Executive Officer of Keen Transport (“a specialized transportation, warehouse, and logistics company focused on serving the industrial equipment market”) for six years. Easter has more than 30 years of operations leadership experience with the U.S. Army, Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT) and Schneider National Inc.  (NYSE: SNDR).

Board member Brian Bonner will serve as the Executive Chairman. Bonner, formerly Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN), has served on Daseke’s board for the last four years. Over his 33-year career with Texas Instruments he held various roles and has held board seats with other organizations.

Bonner said, “Don has been an inspirational force for Daseke since its inception and has led …

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There’s An App For That: Providing Driver Value Alongside Freight Visibility

August 15, 2019 FreightWaves 0

In order for a third-party logistics company (3PL) to compete in today’s market, it must provide start-to-finish visibility for its customers. Companies must also provide that visibility in a way that drivers and carriers are willing to accept, use and hopefully like. 

Georgia-based Syfan Logistics learned first-hand that accomplishing those goals in tandem can feel like an impossible feat. The full-service 3PL specializes in perishables and expedited delivery, making accurate tracking even more important. 

When the company first started testing tracking solutions, it became clear that carrier compliance and overall accuracy were both difficult to accomplish. This was especially true with tracking solutions that did not offer a mobile application for carriers.

“The app-less tracking solutions frequently reported that freight had been delivered when it actually hadn’t,” said Syfan Logistics’ IT Director Diana Bullington. “It left our logistics staff and carrier partners frustrated, and we were unable to provide accurate freight location information to our shippers, which was problematic.”

The company also had trouble getting drivers to use the app-less tracking solutions at all, according to a case study developed by Syfan’s current provider, Trucker Tools. The study attributed this to the fact that app-less solutions do not provide added value for the driver and are often seen as just another distraction.

In 2017, Syfan became an early adopter of the Trucker Tools app. After switching to the app-based solution, Bullington said the company experienced improved visibility and higher driver compliance. 

“The Trucker Tools app helps us to be better for our customers,” Bullington said. “It feeds back into our transportation management system (TMS), so we have immediate visibility.”

Syfan has seen a 50 percent increase in tracking accuracy since introducing the app. The …

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Commentary: The Logistics Of A College Football Game

August 12, 2019 FreightWaves 0

FreightWaves features Market Voices – a forum for voices with unique knowledge of numerous transportation/logistics/supply chain sectors, as well as other critical expertise.

For most of America, the excitement is building. Fall football camps have opened up and the  season is right around the corner. As the players and coaches prepare for battle and the rest of us plan our seasons carefully around our favorite teams, I wanted to offer a glimpse into the thoughtful planning and logistics that goes into pulling off a college football game.

The college football game day supply chain is as robust as it is complicated. Many suppliers, transportation modes and stakeholders are involved. Like many transportation projects, there are some products and stakeholders that matter more than others. Let’s walk through the entire process from origin to destination and examine the steps required to pull off some of the greatest sporting events in the world.

One of the football equipment trucks of the University of Arizona Wildcats.
Photo credit: boards.sportslogos.net

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In preparation for a Saturday game, the players on the away team must first pack their own items for safe transport beginning on Wednesday night after practice. Players place their own pads into travel bags, the coaches pack their own clothes, shoes and sideline items into their bags while the training staff gathers and packs the necessary first aid, nutrition and safety supplies.  

“For the equipment team, it comes down to having a solid checklist and making sure that we have back ups for the back ups. We need to make sure we have multiples of any and all equipment a player or coach would need. If they need to bring it, they can forget it and it’s up to us to make sure we have the team covered in any situation, so they can focus on the game,” said Jonathon Hankinson, Football Equipment Manager at San Jose State University in California. “Every game someone forgets their leg or thigh pads, but we need to be prepared to replace a helmet or set of shoulder pads too, which we’ve had to do before. Even still, we regularly find that there is something that someone needs that we haven’t thought about before.  In that case, we add it to the checklist for future games.”

A truck that moves the equipment of the Middle Tennessee State University Blue …

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Deliveroo Is Leaving The German Last-Mile Food Delivery Market

August 12, 2019 FreightWaves 0

On-demand food delivery startup Deliveroo has announced that it is leaving the German market, citing difficulties in maintaining the level of customer service that it offers across several other markets that it operates in. The U.K.-based startup explained that it regrets the move and claims that it was not an easy decision to make. 

“At Deliveroo we’re on a mission to create the very best food delivery service in the world, and at the heart of this is offering a service that works brilliantly for our customers, riders and restaurants,” it said in an email sent out to its users. “Where we cannot do this to the level that we expect and you deserve, we won’t operate. Therefore, Deliveroo’s focus will now be on growing our operations in other markets around the world.”

However, the writing has been on the wall for a while now. Deliveroo had struggled to grow its market capitalization in Germany, against severe competition within the food delivery space. The company closed down services in several smaller markets across Germany in 2018, then promised to focus on …

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