Historic, catastrophic flooding continues in the Midwest after major snow melt and heavy rain last week. Some of the worst conditions are in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, including Omaha. People and animals have been trapped by high water; bridges, roads and rails have been washed away. With neighborhoods practically underwater; homes, farms and ranches ruined; and lives at risk, the National Guard has come to the rescue. As recovery continues, transportation and freight movement – especially by rail – are suffering major disruptions.
Marriott International today will present the company’s three-year growth plan, which includes opening more than 1,700 hotels around the world, at its meeting with institutional investors and security analysts at the New York Marriott Marquis.
We’re declaring 2019 the year of micro-trips. To the unfamiliar, micro-trips are periodic three-day weekends that are good for your productivity, mental health, and—importantly—Instagram feed. But the best reason might just be that you can travel more for less this year without cashing in all your PTO in one shot.
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released the results of a comprehensive Lodging Survey, a detailed assessment of advancements in amenities, guest services, sustainability and technology, in addition to other industry trends. This recent survey underscores how hotels advance, accommodate and innovate the guest experience. Consumers can expect seamless transitions between their everyday lives and their lives on the road thanks to increased mobile compatibility, flexible dining options and welcoming accommodations.
The U.S. economy has been sending off some mixed signals in recent days.
Per CBP requirements, All Wood Packaging Material (WPM) entering or transiting the United States (except wood of Canadian origin entering from Canada) MUST be heat-treated or fumigated, and bear a permanent mark approved under the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) certifying the treatment (such as that seen above).
What counts as WPM? Any type of pallet, crate, box, and support piece of wood, used in carrying/transporting your goods.
What does this mean for you? If you import items with WPM, expect to see more frequent customs exams on your goods in 2019 and possible delays. Note - When shipments contain noncompliant WPM, the ENTIRE SHIPMENT, both WPM AND cargo, must be exported IMMEDIATELY. There are NO treatment options available in the United States. Possible penalties may be assessed against shipments with noncompliant WPM.
What should you do? Include verbiage on your purchase orders to vendors that if they use ANY WPM in shipment of product, the WPM MUST be ISPM 15 compliant. Advise vendors to use boxes/carton packaging when possible (no wood).
If you have questions, please feel free to contact your JMC project manager at 832-381-2500 for further information.
United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) has invested $270,000 into promoting women in the exporting industry as part of the more than $10 million pledged by the UPS Foundation last year to promote diversity and inclusion.
Big ship vessel calls are always a point of pride as they allow a port to show off their readiness to handle ever larger container ships. But big ships also illustrate the troubled economics for ocean carriers and difficulties on the landside for handling those larger ships.
Ocean shipping operator K-Line has revealed massive business restructuring costs of hundreds of millions of dollars as it expects increased losses after its revitalization plan appears to have failed.
Paying for your dream vacation doesn’t need to be a nightmare — and MONEY’s 2019 Best in Travel guide is proof. From dramatic beaches and ski-friendly mountains to lively cities and seaside towns, the 20 destinations that make up our annual list are mindful of both your wanderlust and your wallet.
A hotel has opened in the upper levels of the Ole Scheeren-designed art centre in Beijing, featuring rooms designed by MQ Studio to be warm and inviting. The PuXuan hotel and spa is located in the upper levels of the Guardian Art Center, which opened last year on the northeastern edge of Beijing's Forbidden City.
British artist Damien Hirst has designed the world’s most expensive hotel suite, on the upper floors of the 40-story Palms Casino Resort. The Empathy Suite costs $200,000 for a weekend.
With wellness tourism on the rise, Expedia Group has released insights on travel trends in four national parks: Moab, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Zion National Park.
It’s not unusual for hotels to talk about how they curate local culture into the experience. But a new hotel in Washington, D.C. is not just talking the talk, but walking the walk with this job.
Sagging global trade, rising fuel costs and stubbornly low freight rates have shipping lines facing new headwinds in an elusive search for stability
Shippers have long decried drayage as a chronic black hole of container visibility, but it’s probably more accurate to say it has historically suffered from a lack of systems investment.
That’s changing quickly though.
Terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach this week are just beginning to dig themselves out from record container dwell times, a doubling of rail dwell times, and near-record truck turn times as a decline in containerized imports during the Lunar New Year lull kicks in. Port sources anticipate full recovery by mid-March.
Meow Wolf, the Santa Fe-based art collective known for its eye-popping—and Instagram-friendly—installations, is pivoting into hospitality. Last week, Meow Wolf announced plans to open a hotel in downtown Phoenix, which will have some 400 rooms designed by local artists, 75,000 square feet of exhibition space, and a 10,000-square-foot performance venue.
WASHINGTON — President Trump delayed his own deadline to increase tariffs on Chinese goods on Sunday as his administration continues a months-long effort to persuade Beijing to make significant structural changes to its economy that have so far proved elusive.
How our need for unwinding spawned an entire industry.