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The Experts Speak: The COVID-19 Effect on Freight and Household Moves in Hawaii

As part of our Local Spotlight series on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state of Hawaii, we’ve profiled three small business owners in the state: Caramiya Davies-Reed, who owns a brick-and-mortar store and an online business in Maui. Justine Lee, who co-owns the restaurant PAI Honolulu with her husband, Kevin Lee. Nick Gerard, co-owner of the full-service auto repair shop Neue Auto in Honolulu. In addition to offering you the perspective of these small business owners, we wanted to share some observations from our experts in the state. These three have been working to keep freight and household goods moving to and […]

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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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Supply Chain Optimization for Back To School Retail

Back-to-school shopping is big business for retailers. With sales numbers second only to the winter holidays, the back-to-school season offers stores a nice bump in revenue as families shop for K-12 and college supplies for their children. The good news for 2020? Per-house spending has been trending upward, according to the National Retail Foundation. A 2019 study revealed that families with children in elementary through high school planned to spend $696.70, which beat the previous record in 2012 of $688.62. Families with college-age children were expected to spend even more. Their average reached $976.78, which was higher than the previous record of $969.88 set in […]

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IMO 2020 Regulations: Roundup of the Best Online Resources

As we head into the second quarter of 2020, many experts are keeping their eyes on the results of the IMO’s low-sulfur mandate, which took effect January 1. Among the factors they’re examining include the supply of low-sulfur diesel fuel, which has the potential to significantly impact ocean freight pricing. Whether you’re just getting up to speed on the low-sulfur mandate—or you’re one of those people keeping the pulse on this issue—we’ve put together a list of the best resources we’ve found online. Use these links to stay on top of this emerging issue. By doing so, you’ll be well-positioned to make the business decisions […]

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Kickstart Your Career in Supply Chain Management at One of These Schools

Whether you’re choosing your first career or considering a new career path, know that the future for supply chain management professionals is bright. Strong salary opportunities, upward mobility potential, and a healthy job market all come together to make a career in supply chain management a compelling choice. When it comes to securing a job, getting a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management will show potential employers how serious you are about the field. If you’re a high schooler looking at college options or a non-traditional student who’s completing a bachelor’s degree, you’ll find plenty of options across the country for studying this growing field. […]

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Industry Update: How Companies Are Using Automation & AI in Supply Chain

Human beings have been thinking about robots and automation for thousands of years. But how are they using automation and AI in supply chain? In Greek mythology, Hephaestus, the god of fire, created three-legged tables that moved on their own. A bronze man named Talos, who was powered by a single vein of lead, guarded the island of Crete. More recent television shows like Battlestar Galactica and Westworld imagine the consequences of conscious machines. You have only to consider the fact that Saudi Arabia recently extended citizenship to the robot Sophia in order to realize that we’re making significant strides in the world of automation […]

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