US West Coast Port Strike in 2014

April 30, 2014 – As you may have read in the transportation and logistics trade media, on June 30, 2014 the waterfront contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Association Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association ( port terminal operators) is set to expire. If a strike occurs at U.S. West Coast ports between the… Read more »

Anticipating and Planning for a US West Coast Port Strike in 2014

Contingency Planning and Preparation Form a Contingency Planning / Management Team. Take a multi-tiered approach that looks at various combinations of inventory management based on near-term demand. Prepare to increase forward inventories by advancing the execution of orders (X number of weeks prior to the June 30 contract expiration date). Prioritize orders, and secure container… Read more »

A Hot Cup of…Expansion, Courtesy of Tim Hortons

Everyone knows just how important a large cup of piping hot coffee is for a long road trip. A jolt of caffeine can make all the difference in the world during those late driving hours on the road. Here at Speed Global Services, we know that many of our truck operators fill their thermos up… Read more »

Fuel Efficiency in Vehicles

Commercial truck and freight transportation is so important for getting goods from a manufacturer to a variety of customers, or to get goods in the middle of production from one factory to another. Unfortunately, all of this transportation uses up a lot of fossil fuel, which creates a scarcity of natural resources and introduces a… Read more »

A More Bustling Buffalo and WNY Economy

Across the state of New York, many communities are expected to experience a more bustling energy over the next few months. The many business and public projects being started all over the state is a great relief to us here at Speed Global Services. As communities throughout the Empire State continue to grow and thrive,… Read more »

What is the 43 North Initiative?

At the turn of the last century, the city of Buffalo was a thriving metropolis with a burgeoning industrial economy. Nestled on the eastern shore of Lake Eerie, it had become a valuable point of trade and distribution between the East Coast, Canada, and Midwestern cities such as Chicago. Hydroelectric power drawn from nearby Niagara… Read more »

U.S.-Canada Economy: Cross-border Delivery Services

Cross-border delivery services are an important part of the American and Canadian economies. The relationship between the two nations is familial in nature. Canadians and Americans have a long history of being mistaken for each other while abroad, heckling each other over the Stanley Cup, and waving at each other from opposite sides of Niagara… Read more »

Improving Traffic Along the U.S. Canada Border

The official nominee to head the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agency looks like he’ll likely be awarded confirmation, and that should be great news to business along any American border. Although discussions regarding U.S. borders over the past decade have tended to focus on security, officials are starting to recognize that some openness is… Read more »

The Importance of a Strong Regional Economy

A regional economy in today’s world requires an infusion of jobs from many firms. The major manufacturing mills that built Rust Belt cities like Buffalo have left, but there is plenty of hope for a return to profitable days in Western New York. Every day, newspapers have been printing optimistic reports of jobs from other… Read more »

NAFTA Turns Twenty

The strong arm of bureaucracy is a powerful force in the world of international shipping. To protect domestic businesses, a country will often try to control the trade entering and leaving from across the border. In our globalized world, however, trade agreements have enabled prosperity in countries who have decided to reach beyond borders and… Read more »