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www.joc.com THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE 3 10 21 51 COVER STORY 10 Delayed Reaction in Panama The Panama Canal's new locks are just months away from opening, but don't expect big ships to rush right in. SPECIAL REPORT: JOC GUIDE TO 3PLS 21 Clicks Surpass Bricks A record holiday season for e-commerce puts more pressure on global logistics companies to invest in new distribution strategies. SPECIAL REPORT: EAST COAST PORTS 51 Georgia's Lesson on Imports Savannah's transformation from an export port underscores the value of big-box retailers and a hybrid distribution strategy. SPECIAL REPORT: INTERMODAL MARKET REPORT 66 Redrawing the Rail Map? A Canadian Pacific-Norfolk Southern merger would fuel the biggest industry shakeup since the Staggers Act. F E A T U R E S E V E R Y I S S U E D E P A R T M E N T S 16 INTERNATIONAL MARITIME Where Does China Go From Here? With growth and trade slowing, there may be little agreement on China's direction, but there's no doubt about its impact. Ports America Cuts Back to Beef Up In ending its Oakland lease, the terminal operator is going all in on ports best suited to handle mega-vessels. 49 GOVERNMENT WATCH Shippers Press DOT on Port Efficiency The nation's largest shipper groups propose new metrics to measure port productivity. FMCSA Builds Bridges The safety agency is seeking public and private partnerships to help implement new initiatives. 73 DOMESTIC SURFACE Taking Inventory Disapppointing holiday sales keep U.S. inventories high, softening demand for trucking. XPO Goes Shopping — for Best Price With its buying spree over for now, the logistics giant is focusing on cost-cutting. First up: contract rates with LTL truckers. C O L U M N S A D V E R T O R I A L 4 FMCSA'S CRASH COURSE By William B. Cassidy 65 AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH By Gary Ferrulli 102 SOLAS QUESTIONS REMAIN UNANSWERED By Peter Tirschwell 75 PORT IMPROVEMENT 6 Spotlight 96 By the Numbers 97 Index 100 Colin Barrett's Q&A 101 Classified Ads 2016 V.17 N.3 CONTENTSFeb.8

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