OSHA-based or IBC stairs: clearing up a warehouse controversy

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

For anyone working in an industrial or warehouse environment, where cost, space, efficient material handling and worker safety are vital, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-based stairs are often preferred over IBC stairs due to  their smaller footprint, better fit, and lower cost.  RMI-compliant OSHA-based stairs permit open risers, integration of the handrail as the top of the guard, and a greater stair pitch. Read More »

Old Dominion Freight Line announces senior management changes

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. has announced that Greg C. Gantt, the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer. David S. Congdon will remain the Company's Chief Executive Officer and will assume the new responsibilities of Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. J. Wes Frye, the Company's Senior Vice President - Finance and Chief Financial Officer, has announced his plans to retire from the Company effective December 31, 2015. Adam N. Satterfield, the Company's Vice President - Treasurer, will become the Company's Chief Financial Officer effective upon Mr. Frye's retirement. Read More »

EU wants framework for trade deal with US by end-2015

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | International Trade

Germany and its European partners remain committed to achieving the political framework for a Europe-U.S. free trade deal by the end of this year, Chancellor Angela Merkel said. Read More »

US fast-track trade bill clears key hurdle in Senate

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | International Trade

Legislation key to sealing a Pacific trade pact passed another important test in the U.S. Senate, boosting hopes for a deal that is central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia. Read More »

Republican senator voices opposition to advancing fast-track bill

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | International Trade

Conservative Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions warned against rushing ahead with a "fast-track" bill that President Barack Obama wants to help him complete a Pacific Rim trade deal, indicating some erosion of support for the measure. Read More »

Senate Republicans said to pledge June vote on Ex-Im Bank

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | International Trade

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has pledged to hold a vote in June to renew the Export-Import Bank's charter before it expires at the end of that month, Democratic Senator Patty Murray said. Read More »

US aims to limit exports of undisclosed software flaws

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | International Trade

The U.S. Commerce Department proposed new export controls that would treat unknown software flaws as potential weapons, a move aimed at reducing the security industry's aid to rival nations. Read More »

China may have edge in race to build California’s bullet train

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | International Trade

Chinese state firms are poised to be strong contenders in the race to make high-speed trains that will sprint between Los Angeles and San Francisco, part of a $68 billion project to bring the service to the United States for the first time. Read More »

Obama’s Asian trade push in doubt as Senate vote looms

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | International Trade

President Barack Obama's keynote Asian trade push risks failing in a Senate vote on Thursday, a result that would threaten the administration's diplomatic pivot to Asia to counter China's rising economic and political clout in the region. Read More »

Brazil, in reversal, blocks Peru coffee imports

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | International Trade

Brazil's government said it would not allow imports of Peruvian coffee, reversing last month's decision to open its market to its South American neighbor. Read More »

Japan takes South Korea to WTO over Fukushima-related food import restrictions

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | International Trade

Japan launched a trade complaint at the World Trade Organization to challenge South Korea's import bans and additional testing requirements for Japanese food after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Read More »

Japan unveils $110 billion plan to fund Asia infrastructure, eye on AIIB

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | International Trade

Japan unveiled a plan to provide $110 billion in aid for Asian infrastructure projects, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender that is seen as encroaching on the regional financial clout of Tokyo and its ally Washington. Read More »

AAR says oil-by-rail volumes dropped almost 12% in first quarter

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

Crude oil shipments by top U.S. railroads fell nearly 12 percent in the first quarter of this year from the previous three months, the American Association of Railroads said, a drop likely tied to refinery work on coastal plants. Read More »

German train strike suspended as two sides agree arbitration

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

A German train strike that has disrupted passenger and commercial services and threatened to clip economic growth was suspended after both sides agreed to non-binding arbitration in the 10-month old dispute. Read More »

Southeastern Freight Lines promotes Arrington to Service Center Manager in Fredericksburg

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has announced that Terry Arrington has been promoted to service center manager of its facility in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Read More »

TQL introduces first mobile app for trucking industry with speak-and-search capability

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Voice search is fast, convenient and helps alleviate typos on small mobile device screens. And now it’s available to truck drivers on the road searching for loads to haul.  Read More »

Copying Alibaba, India e-tailers woo small sellers for growth

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Indian e-commerce firms are offering funding help and tech support to woo small retailers, emulating a strategy used by Chinese online retail giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd to expand into the towns and villages home to the majority of consumers. Read More »

CenterPoint Properties announces 315,810 SF speculative facility at CIC-Savannah

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

CenterPoint Properties has announced a new 315,810 SF speculative building within the CenterPoint Intermodal Center – Savannah. The facility will be located on 26 acres of the transportation and logistics park, offering direct access to the Georgia Port Authority, the NS Dillard Yard and direct rail service from Norfolk Southern. John Neely of Colliers will have direct responsibilities for marketing the facility. Read More »

CenterPoint announces built-to-suit wheeled storage yard at CenterPoint Intermodal Center – Joliet,

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

CenterPoint Properties has announced the development of an 8.67-acre build-to-suit wheeled storage yard for California Multimodal, LLC (“CMI”), a full service 3PL that provides warehousing and trucking services nationwide, at CenterPoint Intermodal Center – Joliet. Adam Roth of NAI Hiffman worked diligently with CenterPoint on the transaction. Read More »

Diebold recognizes Menlo Logistics with 2014 Platinum Award for Supplier Excellence

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Transport Intermediaries

Menlo Logistics, the $1.7 billion supply chain management subsidiary of Con-way Inc. announced today that it has been honored by Diebold, Incorporated, with the 2014 Platinum Award for Supplier Excellence. Read More »