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Chassis Study For Shortage Solutions

One of the key contributors to supply chain congestion since the e-commerce boom has been a shortage of chassis for container drayage. From larger vessels bringing in more boxes, to chassis being held longer because of more goods and limited warehouse space, old equipment, higher cost of imported chassis due to tariffs, it has evolved […]

Ocean and Air Cargo Diversification

Recent news that ocean carriers like MSC, CMA CGM and Maersk are looking at opening, merging with, or acquiring an air cargo arm for their ocean freight business raises questions about the benefits of diversifying service offerings. As rates fall and the ocean logistics industry slows down, with exports from China coming to US shores […]

Working on the Railroad? Strikes Pending.

As the thirty-day cooling-off period ends on Friday, September 16th, only two unions remain holdouts to an agreement. Unfortunately, those two unions, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and the International Association of Sheet Metal Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers, represent more than 90,000 members and encompass the whole of the US rail system as we […]

Finding the Perfect Fit

Wade Waldren: Finding the Fit with Bestway

With kids across the country heading back to school and the impending pumpkin spice storm, the fans of the gridiron are hard at work designing fantasy football teams of all-stars. Similarly, and with much greater success, building a handpicked team of the cream of the crop continues at Bestway. This week, we’re talking about Wade […]

Peak Season Prime

Priming the Pump for Peak Season

Peak season has been merely a fond memory throughout the pandemic as the breakneck pace of cargo and e-commerce took on the disruption in the supply chain and grew into a monolith of commerce. The period during late summer when retailers begin shipping cargo for the holiday shopping season, the peak itself is returning to […]

Deglobalization

Deglobalization on the Rise

When Shanghai and other parts of China went on multiple lockdowns in attempts to curb the spread of Covid-19 it repeatedly brought the global supply chain to its knees. Earlier in June, lockdown orders were finally rescinded, but now, with the advent of the new Omicron BA.5 sub-variant, China is bracing for additional rounds of […]

Trucking's Great Purge

Trucking’s Great Purge

During the pandemic, consumers turned their attention to e-Commerce, causing a massive influx of freight into the United States and the freight market to surge with almost double the amount of new players entering the industry.  However, now that the market is facing the crack of the supply chain bullwhip, coupled with an impending recession, […]

Debbie Huffine

Debbie Huffine: 10 Years of Service-Minded Care and Steadfast Optimism

Debbie Huffine has been the face and the heart of Bestway in southwest Missouri for the last ten years. If your cargo has moved under Debbie’s watch, you’ve seen that there’s no doubt that she cares about her clients on a personal level. “It’s part of who I am,” she says. “We’re going to give […]

Driving Best in Class Bestway

Mike Zimmerman: Driving Best in Class Bestway

Staying ahead of the curve isn’t just a platitude at Bestway, but a promise. The ability to pivot fast and look at the tremendous number of solutions and opportunities available allows us to build a stronger team. Logistics is full of shared challenges – as long as the solutions worked, people have done the same […]

Shanghai Situation

Shanghai Lockdowns: What Does It Mean for Stateside Logistics?

As the Chinese government continues its staunch “zero-Covid” campaign, which includes lockdowns, mass testing, and alarms on residents’ doors to ensure compliance, these measures have brought one of the biggest financial and production hubs in the world to a near standstill. When the movement of goods and services stops in Shanghai, it affects the global […]

East Coast Congestion

Congestion: East Coast Angst

In the San Pedro Bay ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, average vessel waiting times for berth and labor have improved significantly in the past few weeks, halving the number of queuing ships to below 50 from the 100+ ships last year around December. According to the latest data from Los Angeles’ Signal port […]

fuel surcharges

Costly Miles: Running with Empties

As you know, fuel surcharges (FSCs) are used by carriers to compensate for variations in diesel prices for paid mileage. But deadhead, out-of-route miles, and idle time are not covered by FSCs. As the cost of fuel rises, so does the cost of running out of gas. Increased fuel costs alone might drive up the […]