Commentary

Besides the usual rate issues, what other variables in 2018 will affect both shippers and carriers?
This is certain: 2018 will be yet another exciting, but also challenging year in the trucking sector. Here are the main trends to keep an eye on.
Several topics, in their own way, impact US trade policy, some more immediately than others, some more emphatically than others, and still others less so.
There is a real-world reason to have a bill of lading; it is the contract of carriage for the shipment to which it relates.
From air freight to ocean to trucking, e-commerce is exerting palpable influence on the various transport markets.
Using predictive analytics, the Port of Montreal this year will alert drayage drivers when it looks as if truck turn times will be long, and use data collected on terminal gate movements to lessen the impact of rail switching on trucks.
It is crucial that intermodal continue to explore non-traditional ways to knit together an ever-growing network of dispersed terminals in order to meet the challenge of this new, more demanding supply chain era.
To capture growth and stay afloat, ocean freight companies must harness the power of predictive analyitcs and data-driven insights in each of the five anchors of ocean freight commercial decision making.  
The intermodal sector has the feel of a certain US film, which is fine, if a disrupter follows a longtime tactic that led to sector innovation.
When it comes to predictive analytics, there are literally countless ways to arrive at predictions, but not all predictions are the same.
The very idea that NAFTA could be dramatically altered or terminated has been cause for trepidation. And perhaps even more unsettling is a so-called 'zombie NAFTA.'
The parcel industry until recently was operating on the past premise of weekday deliveries with a surcharge and only with express delivery on Saturdays.
That bullish economic condition has affected the negotiating equation between shippers and carriers. 
Carriers have little track record of self-policing in pursuit of overall industry gains. Can carriers change their operational stance? And can a different industry emerge?