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Finding the Right Partner to Expand into Hawaii Freight—and Grow Your Business

As a 3PL, you may be working with your clients on their LTL/FTL, air, rail, and intermodal freight, but maybe you haven’t yet gone after delivering freight to Jones Act locations like Hawaii. (Or perhaps you’ve dipped your toes into this market in the past and gotten burned by unreliable partners!) Adding new freight destinations through partnerships can offer your business considerable benefits. First of all, it allows you to rapidly expand your own capabilities while skipping the steep learning curve that new destinations can entail. That’s especially true for a destination like Hawaii, where you’re dealing with four different islands, each with their own […]

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Local Spotlight: PAI Honolulu Turns to Culinary Kits in Take-Out Times

Even as the state of Hawaii transitions to a “safer-at-home” order that has allowed many businesses in the state to re-open, COVID-19 concerns and social distancing guidelines continue to change the way most businesses operate. As part of our Local Spotlight series to highlight how COVID-19 is affecting Hawaii businesses, we talked to Justine Lee, manager of PAI Honolulu. She runs the restaurant along with her husband, Kevin Lee, who is also the restaurant’s chef and owner. Through our conversation with Justine, you’ll get a look into the issues facing restaurants in the state of Hawaii, as well as some insights into the innovative solutions […]

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Local Spotlight: How One Maui Business Is Pivoting in Response to COVID-19 Restrictions

As part of a plan to contain the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Hawaiian islands, Governor David Ige issued two orders that significantly impacted the way Hawaii does business: A “stay-at-home” order that took effect March 25. It both 1) required residents to limit trips outside of their homes to essential tasks and 2) shut down “non-essential” businesses. A mandatory 14-day quarantine for all arrivals to the Hawaiian islands, including interisland travelers. While the first order limited the kinds of businesses permitted to operate, the second order effectively limited the potential customer base in Hawaii to local shoppers. Although some arrivals from the mainland and […]

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