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Port Labor: Crucial or Minor Inconvenience

Light was shed earlier this month on the contradicting perspectives that continue to cause uncertainty with labor negotiations between the International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). Whether the situation is “crucial” or “a minor inconvenience” , as quoted by the respective groups, is yet to be determined.  The contradicting perspectives […]

ILWU: West Coast Labor Talks

The talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to renew their labor contract began in May last year. Disputes over some issues led to a stalemate that required the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to step in, but both parties have now reached a tentative agreement. The […]

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year: In Springs the Rabbit

Lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival, is one of the most important holidays in many cultures, including Chinese and Vietnamese. It’s a time of celebration, feasting, and giving gifts to family members near and far. In 2023, Lunar New Year begins on January 21st, entering the Year of the Rabbit. Annually, Lunar New Year […]

Bestway to Thanksgiving

The holiday season hits logistics professionals hard every year. Apart from spending time with our families and preparing for time off, we’re hard at work helping shippers and retailers get inventory on shelves for shoppers. The industry’s breakneck pace doubles in the final quarter as plans must account for current demand, return issues post-Christmas, and […]

Upping the Tonnage: Industrial Production Rising

According to the US Federal Reserve System (FRED), total production output has risen 5.2% year over year, as of September. Manufacturing has risen .4%, and manufacturing employment is on the rise as well. All signs that contradict recession fears.  The “R” word has been bandied about both in whispers and screams for some time, for […]

Chassis Study For Shortage Solutions

One of the key contributors to supply chain congestion since the e-commerce boom has been a shortage of chassis for container drayage. From larger vessels bringing in more boxes, to chassis being held longer because of more goods and limited warehouse space, old equipment, higher cost of imported chassis due to tariffs, it has evolved […]

Finding the Perfect Fit

Wade Waldren: Finding the Fit with Bestway

With kids across the country heading back to school and the impending pumpkin spice storm, the fans of the gridiron are hard at work designing fantasy football teams of all-stars. Similarly, and with much greater success, building a handpicked team of the cream of the crop continues at Bestway. This week, we’re talking about Wade […]

Debbie Huffine

Debbie Huffine: 10 Years of Service-Minded Care and Steadfast Optimism

Debbie Huffine has been the face and the heart of Bestway in southwest Missouri for the last ten years. If your cargo has moved under Debbie’s watch, you’ve seen that there’s no doubt that she cares about her clients on a personal level. “It’s part of who I am,” she says. “We’re going to give […]

Driving Best in Class Bestway

Mike Zimmerman: Driving Best in Class Bestway

Staying ahead of the curve isn’t just a platitude at Bestway, but a promise. The ability to pivot fast and look at the tremendous number of solutions and opportunities available allows us to build a stronger team. Logistics is full of shared challenges – as long as the solutions worked, people have done the same […]

Mindy Avants

Mindy Avants: Finding Balance in Bestway

Starting with Bestway International in January of 2020, the job Mindy Avants walked into ended up looking very different almost instantly. Within a few months, everyone was working outside the office, ocean rates started to spike and the logistics of the world was unrecognizable as the pandemic unfolded. Even now, with lessons learned from the […]


Updates with Ukraine: Supply Chain Disruption

With Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine, shippers can expect more increases in freight rates, fuel costs, supply chain disruption (both in the war-affected area and globally), and surcharges. With disruption and delays being the biggest concern, it’s likely going to be a ripple effect. China to Europe shippers may even switch to sea to avoid […]

Lunar New Year

Preparing for 2022 Lunar New Year

As 2020 drew to a close, the concern surrounding Lunar New Year was centered around the blanked sailings that we typically need to prepare for, but the challenges of this year make the mess even bigger than before. The blanked sailings could be the best and worst thing to hit us in over twenty-four months. […]