FAR Rule Change, G-20 Effects for Truckers, and more

Dec 6, 2018 | NDTAGram

Remembering President George H.W. Bush

When he passed away, the 41st president of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush, was 94. Before becoming commander in chief, he was a fighter pilot, an oilman, a congressman, a diplomat, head of the CIA, and Ronald Reagan’s vice president for two terms. His one term in office began in 1989, and coincided with the end of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Hear three former presidents, among others, discuss the life and legacy of George H.W. Bush. READ MORE from CBS News

Government & Military News

Securing America’s Connected Infrastructure Can’t Wait
(War on the Rocks) Electrical grid blackouts, traffic light malfunctions, air traffic control failures, production plants gone haywire—for a while, such events were merely the stuff of Hollywood fantasy. That is no longer the case and the “Industrial Internet of Things,” and its vulnerability poses an enormous risk to national security. READ MORE

Air Force Institute of Technology Releases Free “Blockchain for Supply Chain” Tools
(Modern Materials Handling) The US Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) has developed a free, interactive tool to help supply chain management professionals learn about blockchain and its potential uses. READ MORE

Forget The Terminator: Robotics for Logistics 1st, Combat 2nd
(Breaking Defense) Despite heated talk of killer robots and powered armor, the unsexy truth is that artificial intelligence, robotics, and exoskeletons will be hauling ammo and helping mechanics long before they’re ready for frontline combat. READ MORE

Agencies Propose Rule Change to Cut Burdens on Small Business
(Federal Times) The Department of Defense, the General Services Administration and NASA have proposed a rule change to the Federal Acquisition Regulations that would standardize the limitations on subcontracting across agencies while reducing the burden on small businesses contractors. READ MORE

Congress Will Vote to Postpone Government Shutdown Fight Until Christmas
(ABC News) Congress will vote this week to give themselves until Dec. 21 to reach a spending deal and prevent the threat of a government shutdown over funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. READ MORE

Industry News

G-20 Summit Brings Two Significant Trade Developments for Trucking Industry
(Transport Topics) Steps taken by the Trump administration at last week’s G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, could have significant effects for the trucking and port industries as the president continues to revamp global trade policy for the United States. READ MORE

Quake Highlights Supply Chain Reality: Alaska Lives and Dies by Logistics
(FreightWaves) The first thought that popped into Darren Prokop’s head after the earthquake hit Anchorage last Friday was the status of the Port of Alaska. “Well, second really, after my wife and me,” said Prokop, a logistics professor at the University of Alaska. But, if any state is equipped to deal with the post-quake logistics fallout, it’s Alaska.  READ MORE

The Logistics News That Shaped 2018
(Logistics Management) Here are the stories that best summarize the year in logistics and transportation management—the news that’s changing the market environment and will most certainly alter the way shippers approach operations in the coming year. READ MORE

Philadelphia Purchases Land as Airport Moves Ahead with Cargo Facility
(Daily Times) Philadelphia officials are reviewing a land purchase near the Henderson tract as part of the Philadelphia International Airport’s intent to develop a premier air cargo facility that could take up to three years to be operational. READ MORE

How Should Ports Prepare for Autonomous Shipping?
(Ship Technology) Autonomous shipping—the keynote topic of every maritime industry event for quite some time—is finally taking baby steps towards reality. However, major regulatory challenges still lie ahead and a key aspect of this will be how ports will need to adapt to welcome autonomous ships. READ MORE

Member Highlights

Award of a Contract by the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS)
(Agility) Agility DGS Logistics Services Co. KSCc has been awarded a contract by the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) to procure, store and transport food items to support African Union forces and UN peacekeeping troops in Somalia. READ MORE

Shipping Giant Maersk Lays Out Plans to Be Carbon Neutral by 2050
(CNBC) Global shipping business A.P. Moller-Maersk has set itself the goal of reaching “carbon neutrality” by 2050. Stating in the announcement that to achieve its target, carbon neutral vessels would need to be commercially viable by 2030. READ MORE

AIT Worldwide Logistics Acquires UK-Based Freight Forwarder ConneXion World Cargo
(AIT Worldwide Logistics) AIT Worldwide Logistics has announced the expansion of its global footprint with the acquisition of ConneXion World Cargo, a freight forwarder headquartered in London with five additional locations in Asia, Europe and North America. READ MORE

DHL Study Reveals Winning Logistics Strategies for the Last Mile
(DHL) Increasing urbanization is making the last mile of delivery more complex and critical for the success of e-commerce companies, according to new research by DHL and Euromonitor. The report identified the four main trends that are shaping urban last mile transportation—localized delivery, flexi-delivery networks, seasonal logistics and evolving technologies—and ways in which companies can adapt their supply chains to the changing market environment and achieve competitive advantage. READ MORE

Central Gulf Lines Moves Two Armored Brigades Across the Pacific
(SEACOR) Central Gulf Lines, Inc. (CGL), a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings Inc., announced today that the M/V GREEN COVE recently completed a round trip voyage to Busan, South Korea under a time charter to the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command. READ MORE

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