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Can Big Organizations Be Agile?

A nice discussion of Agile development techniques in the large corporation context.  It’s definitely the wave of the future, and all firms and enterprises need to consider it. Time to do away with the old project management mentality and get feedback from the users.

  Agile is mindset.

Source: Can Big Organizations Be Agile?

ILA concerned about NY/NJ chassis depot rents

Trucking and container chassis again moves into the spotlight. But now it’s how much to pay for the ground the chassis get stored on at the port.  The dislocation caused by ocean lines trying to foist off chassis ownership on truckers continues to hurt US ports.

Chassis provision has played a key role in the port container supply chains since ocean lines divested in 2013.  The issue was a key factor in the West Coast labor dispute at ports, and now is headed eastward.

The whole problem with pools, of chassis or otherwise, is how to allocate the burden of maintaining them, or, put another way, allocate the gains of pooling among the participants. Again it seems, truckers will not be benefiting; these players will fight over fees and split them while truckers will wind up paying in lease rates for whatever adjustments there are.  The ILA is at least bringing attention to the problem.

  Increasingly high rents charged to chassis providers by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey could hurt the port’s overall competitiveness, says Dennis Daggett, executive vice president of the International Longshoremen’s Association.

Source: ILA concerned about NY/NJ chassis depot rents

ILWU caucus to think about future of West Coast Port labor peace

Bill Mongelluzzo writes about an attempt to get the labor situation at West Coast Ports under control. The two sides are meeting at the urging of a cargo owner and shipper group that was drastically affected by the last strike.

Ocean carriers last time were quite critical of the Pacific Maritime Association, the negotiator for the terminals, and how they handled the negotiations, blaming them for the length of the disabling strike.  The strike alone probably accounted for half the diversion of traffic toward East Coast ports. The Port of Los Angeles has just barely recovered.

The union, the ILWU, was just doing what they are supposed to; pick a crucial business period, and strike if the PMA did not negotiate in what they view as good faith.  That’s what labor unions do; it’s how they make progress for their members, the port workers. What other strategy can they have?  By ironing out difficulties in advance, the hope is that when the strike period comes around again the agreement can be adjusted to everyone’s satisfaction easily without a work stoppage.

East Coast Ports are doing the same kind of pre-negotiation. Everyone is afraid of a shutdown like the last one in prime shipping season.

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