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4 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE www.joc.com OCTOBER 2015 EDITORIAL Cool Cargoes Editor LARA L. SOWINSKI Chief Operating Officer RHIANNON JAMES Senior Director, Content IHS Maritime and Trade PETER TIRSCHWELL Executive Editor, The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events CHRIS BROOKS Managing Editor BARBARA WYKER Senior Designer SUE ABT PUBLISHER TONY STEIN 770.295.8809 SALES CINDY CRONIN, Strategic Account Manager Southeast, Gulf,Canada sales 954.551.8305 ZACHARY GORMAN, Account Executive Northeast sales, Classifieds/Reprints/Copyrights 973.776.7820 JENNIFER MALLINGER, Account Executive Midwest, West Coast sales 630.210.6827 RIA VAN DEN BOGAERT, Sales Representative Europe, Middle East sales +32 2 569 8905 BON KWOK, Sales Representative Asia sales +852 31707373 MICHIHIRO KAWAHARA, Sales Representative Japan sales +81 3 3212 3671 For Magazine Subscription Customer Service: www.joc.com/help 2 Penn Plaza East, 12th Floor Newark, N.J. 07105 973.776.8660 • 800.952.3839 COLD CHAIN'S NEW ERA I T'S AMAZING HOW quickly the cold chain industry is changing. Although it wasn't exactly intentional, every article in this issue of Cool Cargoes illustrates fundamen- tal changes underway in the industry. The role of cold storage operators continues to morph into that of a 3PL. Strangely enough, some customers aren't aware of the expanding suite of services their cold storage providers offer, even though it's evolving customer demands that prompted this very transformation. Two other noteworthy change s are taking place. Pharmaceutical companies are opting for refrigerated ocean transportation of their time- and temperature-sen- sitive products instead of air cargo. Containerized carriers, meanwhile, are making sizable investments in their reefer fl eets and gaining more market share at the same time. These aren't temporary shifts or seasonal swings. They're here to stay. Shippers of perishable goods who suffered greatly during the U.S. West Coast labor disruptions last fall and winter are still in recovery mode. Potato exporters and others lost considerable amounts of cargo to spoil- age. Worse, they lost business relationships that took years to cultivate. While their future port strat- egy plans may be in fl ux now, what's clear is that they're vow i ng not to be bu r ned again. Ports along the Gulf and East coasts, including those in Florida, are methodically investing in their cold chain capabilities. I h a d a n oppor t u n it y to spea k w it h Bi l l Joh n- s o n , fo r m e r Po r t M i a m i director, during IANA's Inter- modalEXPO 2015 in September. Our conversation covered a lot of ground, most of it about how PortMiami — and other ports in the state — are work- ing to attract new business, much of it in perishables from Latin America. PortMiami's ability to handle cold-treated fruit imports can be credited in large part to Johnson, who also spearheaded the port's Deep Dredge project and the PortMiami Tunnel. Most importantly, Johnson's career, then and now, is about creating business opportunities, and he continues to create plenty for the cold chain industry — the industry that's hardly frozen in time. Stay cool. — Lara L. Sowinski PORTS ALONG THE GULF AND EAST COASTS ARE METHODICALLY INVESTING IN THEIR COLD CHAIN CAPABILITIES.

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