Ocean Trade Event Offers Insights
UTi clients and industry experts gathered earlier this month to discuss ocean freight developments and emerging trends at UTi's Ocean Trade Event in Boston.
Journal of Commerce Economist Mario Moreno provided a big-picture perspective with his analysis of the U.S. economy and what to expect for the balance of 2014. Mario also offered insights on how the economy impacted containerized imports last year and where imports and exports are headed this year, including the outlook for major trade lanes.
Lynn Vikesland, Market Research Manager, Massachusetts Port Authority, discussed the history and capabilities of the Port of Boston. Lynn also provided details on improvements and expansion of the port's Conley Container Terminal, the largest in New England, which has undergone significant changes to meet the evolving needs of carriers, forwarders and shippers.
UTi's Michael Goldsmith, Senior Director for Trade Lanes in the Americas, reviewed the upcoming U.S. West Coast port labor negotiations and several possible outcomes. Michael also addressed the potential impact of a strike on the economy and described how shippers can plan ahead to help mitigate possible disruptions by evaluating alternate transportation timing, modes and destinations.
InaMarie Johnson Joins DBL Board
The Board of Trustees of Delivering Better Lives (DBL), a charitable foundation supported by UTi and its employees, announced the appointment of InaMarie Johnson to the Board for a two-year period.
InaMarie is UTi's Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. "The employees of UTi, through their monetary and personal support, make a worthy impact in the global communities in which we operate," she said. "I live by the motto ‘to whom much is given, much is expected,' so I am thrilled to have a chance to share my service, talent and time."
Founded in 2007, DBL provides facilities to deliver education, health services, housing and other community infrastructural needs, according to Glenn Mills, DBL founder and executive trustee. "DBL believes that everyone on this planet has a right to a roof over their head, food in their stomach, an education and basic healthcare," he said.
The DBL Board of Trustees reviews project recommendations from UTi employees in the 59 countries where UTi has offices. Recent DBL projects have included renovating a home for children in Thailand; providing electric wheelchairs for youth in Mexico; renovating a school in Jordan; and supplying hospital equipment in Zimbabwe.
"Projects are funded through donations raised by UTi employees through special events all over the globe reflecting our geographic and cultural differences, from golf tournaments in Spain, to a marathon skating event in the Netherlands, bake sales and luncheons to team walkathons in cities across the world," Mills said.
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