When the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was implemented in 1994, it removed trade barriers between the United States, Mexico and Canada, and encouraged economic activity among the partnering countries. NAFTA created the world’s largest free trade area, and trade between the partners soared after the agreement came into effect.

NAFTA now links 450 million people producing $17 trillion worth of goods and services,1 and U.S. commerce with… Continue reading

I had the pleasure of visiting Costa Rica earlier this week. Not only is the country beautiful, but the transportation infrastructure appeared more sophisticated than other countries I have visited in Latin America. Virtually all of the trucks carrying freight along route 34 were new, high-end Freightliners. I was impressed by the overall economy and its vibrant transportation industry. I plan on learning more about the transportation business of Costa… Continue reading

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The viability of autonomous mobility for the industrial market has been catalyzed by the success of Kiva Solutions and iRobot.  The commercial success of autonomous mobile robotics from these companies has transformed the technology from a novelty and curiosity status to a technology to be taken seriously.  While these companies garner considerable media attention, the use of autonomous mobility remains under the media radar in automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) and… Continue reading

ARC is kicking off a study on managed transportation services (MTS). One of the key questions we have is how is the value proposition of the logistics service provider (LSP) affected by their business model? For example, some LSPs are freight brokers. Would LSPs that provide both MTS and brokerage provide a better or worse ROI than other types of LSPs? I asked these questions of three managed transportation… Continue reading


March 24 marked the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound in Alaska. The impact of the oil spill is still being felt today. While the majority of species affected by the spill have recovered to pre-spill levels, and the commercial fishing industry has mostly recovered, federal scientists estimate that between 16,000 and 21,000… Continue reading