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FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DESK

Leading the Supply Chain
from Within
By Kurt J. Nagle
President & CEO
American Association of Port Authorities

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ometimes it's hard to see from
end to end of the supply chain.
Take a seemingly simple commodity like road salt used to
treat highways during winter storms.
Salt is harvested from all over the world
and shipped to North America. It seems
straightforward: The salt is mined and then
shipped to the cities and state/municipal
transportation departments that spread the
salt on roads. A straight line with a clear
beginning and an end.
But what if the equipment used to harvest
and transport the salt from mines to ships
is made in North America? All of a sudden,
the seemingly simple, linear supply chain
becomes a loop.
And what if the equipment that is being
exported to harvest and transport the salt is
manufactured using imported parts or raw
materials? The loopy supply chain turns into
a corkscrew.
The reality is that the global logistics
network has made it possible for the supply
chain to look like a Six Flags roller coaster.
By the time a finished product reaches a
consumer, it may have traveled the world
many times in whole or in part.

But whether a line, a loop, a corkscrew
or a roller coaster, the supply chain almost
always includes ports.
Ports are an undeniable presence in the
supply chain, where different modes and
stakeholders physically converge. As cargo
moves from water to land or land to water,
the sheer magnitude and the complexity of
the supply chain are evident.
Port executives have a responsibility and
an opportunity to be leaders within the
supply chain, using their unique positions
to articulate and execute visions for the
facilities within their fence lines but also
the landside and waterside connections that
link ports to the warehouses, distribution
centers, factories and farms that own and
use the cargo being moved.
This issue of Seaports magazine focuses
on the topic of supply chain leadership. This
leadership can occur at many different levels.
A port can be a key convener of stakeholders
and disparate interests in a supply chain or a
region, or it can be the successful manager
of an important local project that is critical
to efficient goods movement.
Sometimes this leadership emerges
because a port sees a need and fills that

A port can be a key convener of stakeholders and
disparate interests in a supply chain or a region, or it
can be the successful manager of an important local
project that is critical to efficient goods movement.

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void. Sometimes federal legislation such as
the U.S. FAST Act sets in motion processes
that create opportunities for ports to become
more visible at the state, regional or national
level.
One of the ways that ports can demonstrate leadership is securing funding for
infrastructure projects. With capital needs
that always seem to be outpaced by trade
projections and ship size, ports must know
how to work with a variety of funding
sources, from state and federal grant funds
to private financing, often finding ways to
combine funds from different pots of money.
But efficiently and effectively using those
funds also requires a measure of leadership.
Having the foresight to anticipate potential
roadblocks and obstacles can make a difference in whether a project stays on time
or goes over schedule and whether it stays
within budget or requires an infusion of cash
to complete.
Ports are always looking for new avenues
to be leaders, one of the most promising
pathways emerging in the use of digital information and technology. Ports have the ability
to persuade disparate stakeholders to participate in sharing data in meaningful ways,
setting the stage for potential game changing
use of technology in the supply chain.
No matter the type of cargo that ports
handle, there are opportunities for them
to be supply chain leaders. This issue of
Seaports highlights both emerging and ongoing success stories to serve as inspiration and
blueprint for the entire hemispheric port
industry, to create individual leaders within
the realm of ports but also to position the
entire port industry as an indisputable leader
within the global supply chain.   ●



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Spring 2017

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Ports’ Power as Conveners
FAST Act Impact
Following Up on the Funding Trail
Infrastructure Coordination: Competing Globally, Acting Locally
A Digital Vision of Leadership: Using Technology to Improve the Supply Chain in Los Angeles
XXV Latin American Congress of Ports
Every American, Every Day is Impacted by Port Activities
LED Lighting – The Right Choice for Ports?
Index of Advertisers
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Seaports Magazine - Spring 2017 - LED Lighting – The Right Choice for Ports?
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