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Major storms have long-lasting impacts
on freight flow and consumer demand.
Hurricane Irma significantly impacted
Florida and the industry at large.
Its effects are still being felt today.
Florida is a key gateway for fresh fruit/
veg trade between Central and South
America, and the U.S. and is in the
midst of strong growth. The storm
affected 11 Caribbean Basin islands,
which suffered acute port, road,
electrical power grid, health/welfare
and financial devastation, all of which
affected international supply chains.
Ocean carriers such as Tropical
Shipping, Crowley, Seaboard, King
Ocean, MSC, Tote, Trailer Bridge and
others experienced increased surges
of demand, which created slower
velocities on the container fleets,
which then reduced box capacity and
diminished revenues.
When devastating storms impact
large tourist and resort communities,
demand for consumer goods switches
from high-end food and beverage
(liquors, beers, wines) to building
supplies, lumber, roofing shingles,
generators, hardware. This results
in reduced traffic flow, since many
islands cannot guarantee financial
underwriting to cover reconstruction
costs. While some lumber and building
supplies are now beginning to be
shipped to the Caribbean after Irma,
many of the issues outlined above
remain status quo due to the fact that
many of the smaller island ports still do
not have working ship-to-shore gantry
cranes or the infrastructure in place
to receive the necessary goods. Once
these issues get resolved, container
traffic will grow into the area as the
islands are rebuilt over time. This could
impact freight flows into 2020.
Solution - Shippers should have access
to alternative capacity. They should
have an action plan in place. They
should have a diverse modal solution
set that can be turned on/off as needed
in order to be nimble and adaptable in
the face of extreme weather events.

Regulations
Shippers must look for cost-effective,
reliable transportation alternatives in
order to stay competitive in the market.
As productivity-hampering factors
such as required electronic logs for
truckers take full effect, shippers will
need ample access to a diverse set of
capacity and power.
Hours wasted in traffic result in
unreliable transit times, which are
further exacerbated by accidents and
construction. For truckers, congestion
complicates hours of service (HOS)
regulation limitations-forcing drivers
to pull off the road short of final
destinations, ultimately lengthening
transit times and cutting into their
productivity. These regulations
have also amplified demand and
competition for free and/or low-cost
overnight parking. With no-cost rest
stop parking in high demand, drivers
often stop before they need to simply
to ensure they secure a no-cost legal
parking spot.
The impact of ELDs on OTR capacity is
going to be very significant. Shippers
will need to have good drayage carriers
lined up or they will be in big trouble.
There's going to be a real challenge
in the cold supply chain. Drivers and
carriers will be less forgiving of wait
times at pick up and drop off. Shippers
need to find ways to become more

What are key advantages for cold
chain customers when utilizing a
rail solution vs. solely over-theroad modes?
1. Rail capacity advantages
(boxcars hold same as 3-4
trucks)
2. Greener solution - reduce
road congestion and carbon
emissions
3. Effective utilization of assets
for customers with private
fleets - redeploy trucks to
more opportunistic markets

efficient and minimize driver dwell at
their facilities to protect their access to
capacity and power.
Diversifying their modal mix by adding
in rail can also help with access to
additional capacity. Shippers are
beginning to move more and more
produce in intermodal containers over
trailers in order to take advantage
of the double-stacked efficiencies
of intermodal rail and to offset
productivity losses due to ELDs. Ted
Prince, EVP and COO of Tiger Cool
Express, a temperature-controlled
logistics provider, sees rail transport
as conquering a final frontier for longhaul shipment of perishables in this
new consumer-driven demand market.
"With temperature-controlled
logistics, there are a lot of questions
related to how the product gets from
the field to the consumer, including
questions about e-commerce and
the last mile. We really feel that
intermodal is an untapped opportunity
for perishables - specifically
produce," he said.
Intermodal typically offers the best
return on long lengths of haul (over
500 miles), but the effects of ELDs
and driver demographics mean this
may change and intermodal may be
the right move for a greater number of
freight moves.
Tiger Cool Express has already grown
its fleet to include over 730 state-ofthe-industry 53-foot-long refrigerated
containers to offset the impact of ELDs.
"We believe impacts of ELDs will
asymmetrically affect our segment
because we are competing on a
transcontinental basis, and a truck
can't do five days legally with a single
driver," Prince explained. "With
truck, the most valuable asset is the
driver, whereas our most valuable
asset is the container, and containers
are pretty easy to redeploy. We can
follow the sun because we don't have
any domiciled drivers. We're excited

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President’s Letter
Charged Up! Electric Trucks Poised to Gain Foothold In Trucking Industry
The Trucking Industry’s Top 10
Sana Raheem: Taking Risks for Growth
Developing an Unbeatable Inbound Freight Management Strategy
FSA Annual Conference
Evolution of Logistics: Developing Our Leaders of Tomorrow
Scholarship Winner
Food Shippers of America 2019 John J. Murphy Scholarship
Retail Trends
Rail Update
Industry Forecast
Millennials and GenZ: The Key to Future-Proofing Your Supply Chain Workforce
Blockchain: The Technology Soon to Take Over the Supply Chain
Improve Your Leadership IQ
Five Secrets to Find and Keep Top-Notch Talent Without Breaking the Bank
The Risky Six: Six Keys to Shed Fear and Take Smart Professional Risks
Customer Service and Safety are Priorities at Rapidly Growing Lazer Spot
FSA Members
Index of Advertisers
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Intro
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - President’s Letter
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 11
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 12
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 13
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Charged Up! Electric Trucks Poised to Gain Foothold In Trucking Industry
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - The Trucking Industry’s Top 10
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 21
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 22
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 23
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Sana Raheem: Taking Risks for Growth
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 25
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 26
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 27
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Developing an Unbeatable Inbound Freight Management Strategy
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 29
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 30
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 31
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 33
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 35
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Evolution of Logistics: Developing Our Leaders of Tomorrow
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 37
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 38
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Scholarship Winner
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 40
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 41
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 42
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Food Shippers of America 2019 John J. Murphy Scholarship
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 44
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Retail Trends
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 46
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 47
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 48
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 49
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Rail Update
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 51
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 55
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 56
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Industry Forecast
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Millennials and GenZ: The Key to Future-Proofing Your Supply Chain Workforce
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 60
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Blockchain: The Technology Soon to Take Over the Supply Chain
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Improve Your Leadership IQ
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Five Secrets to Find and Keep Top-Notch Talent Without Breaking the Bank
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 78
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - The Risky Six: Six Keys to Shed Fear and Take Smart Professional Risks
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 80
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - 81
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Customer Service and Safety are Priorities at Rapidly Growing Lazer Spot
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - FSA Members
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Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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