The trend of larger ships calling at the Port of Oakland recorded during the first half of 2017 is expected to become the new normal at the port, especially in the light of the latest infrastructural investments allowing for the handling of bigger ships.“Ship size is increasing in Oakland. Average size vessel here was 8,000 TEU. Moving now toward 14,000 TEU. In a few years, it’ll be 18,000 TEU. Oakland is handling larger ships without difficulty. Carriers don’t hesitate to call with bigger ships. After the obvious infrastructure requirements: 50-foot depth, heightened ship-to-shore cranes; the key is cargo-handling performance. Transformation in our marine terminals allows Oakland to work big ships efficiently and deliver cargo promptly,” Michael Zampa, Port of Oakland’s Communications Director, said while speaking to World Maritime News.Just two years ago, the port was battling congestion issues arising from waterfront contract talks between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).Today, Port of Oakland’s Maritime Director John Driscoll boasts of top port productivity among West Coast rivals with 35-to-40 container moves per hour during vessel operations, and ships spending 24 hours, or less, at berth.Furthermore, dockworker issues seem to be a thing of the past with influx of workers keeping pace with growing container business and a vote on a proposed contract extension expected late this summer.So what happened in the past two years that resulted in the port posting record results this June, and total cargo volume increase of 2.7 percent through the first half of 2017?The answer is capacity building.As explained by Driscoll while commenting on the port’s half-year results, there will be fewer ports in the next decade, and winners will be those with the ability to work megaships; and those providing maritime-related services that help shippers cut costs or improve efficiency.For the Port of Oakland, he added, 2017 would be remembered as the year the port took major steps forward on both fronts.Touching upon the port’s activities on strengthening its competitiveness when compared to West Coast neighbors, Zampa noted that Oakland has significantly improved terminal performance by transforming operations.“Recent changes include night gates, appointment systems, express lanes for cargo pick-up, a dedicated empty container yard, inland depot, additional equipment and more labor.”“Oakland’s position in the Transpacific Trade is a competitive advantage. Oakland is the last stop before vessels return to Asia. That makes it especially attractive to exporters. The shortest distance to Asian markets is Oakland-to-Asia. Geography also benefits Oakland. Proximity to Central Valley growers and Napa/Sonoma vintners helps make Oakland one of the major U.S. export gateways,” Zampa continued.“Oakland is one of the only U.S. ports with a trade balance: 51 percent exports, 49 percent imports.”In June, Driscoll said that the port envisions to see over USD 600 million in investment in infrastructural projects aimed at bolstering Oakland’s status of a major trade hub.These have included so far a terminal upgrade, a new operating system at Everport marine terminal, along with USD 100-million rail yard completed in 2016.In addition, USD 14 million crane-raising for six cranes began in the second quarter of 2016, with the first crane currently being outfitted with 26-foot extensions. Furthermore, TraPac marine terminal began construction aimed at increasing its Oakland footprint by 86 percent, and a new gate complex is expected to be completed by the year-end.The Port of Oakland set an all-time record in June import volume having handled the equivalent of 80,253 full 20-foot import containers. That broke the previous all-time record for the month of 78,326 containers set in June 2006.“Oakland import volume has increased in four consecutive months and five of the first six in 2016. It’s a reflection of Transpacific trade growth generally and continued strong U.S. consumer demand. Analysts forecast continued low-to-mid single-digit growth through the peak season,” Zampa told WMN while speaking on the reasons behind the cargo influx rise, and the business operation forecast for the rest of the year.Namely, following the bullish forecast from the US National Retail Federation on possible all-time highs for July and August containerized import volume, the port said it was ready for the record peak-season import volume, which should flow smoothly through the Port of Oakland.The cargo rise comes on the heels of the ongoing consolidation in the container shipping market, spearheaded by alliances of major liner companies, and their respective network reshuffling and cascading of ships.Following the realignment last spring, there are now 31 vessel services calling Oakland, according to the port. The big change in the wake of realignment was an increase in direct Oakland service to-and-from Southeast Asia, with vessel calls from that region up 50 percent since January.“Oakland has managed realignment and consolidation without any disruption. Cargo volume is up and containers are moving through terminals without disruption. With three international marine terminals, there was little room for cargo dislocation during alliance reshuffling,” Zampa added.When asked about the potential effect of the fact that the ports on the East Coast have started welcoming their biggest containerships yet now that the Bayonne Bridge has been raised, Zampa replied that it was too soon to say what the impact of East Coast port improvements will be on the West Coast.“Oakland expects to maintain/grow market share because it serves a discreet market – Northern California and Western Nevada – that can only be served efficiently and cost-effectively through the Port of Oakland. This is a vibrant, growing market. The port has improved operating performance and is expanding its high-value logistics capabilities to attract more business,” he went on to say.Interview conducted by Jasmina Ovcina Mandra, Editor, World Maritime News; Image Courtesy: Port of Oakland
a shop if you want to get the recognition of consumers, want to let the business booming, the first task is to leave a good impression to the customer. And in many people’s impression, many small department stores give people the first impression is "chaos", not only goods placed messy, but also no grade. As we all know, Sundry Goods store sales are basically to daily necessities, those who eat, use, as a retail shop owner, if you throw in a corner, the customer to buy when you take over the customer’s mind how to think, to spend money to buy a pain quickly. You can not affect business performance?
as the saying goes "small but complete" Sundry Goods shop too, not only your goods to complete, and you should do the store clean, it also is the image better, can win customers favor, achieve sales. Focus on the image of this point, many Sundry Goods stores do rural poor, rural stores are basically family shop, sometimes here piled food, there stood a tool shop only opened in a corner, sometimes goods, counter are covered with dust, the spider on the wall in, you say people to buy things can be comfortable with my heart?
sometimes, those who are slightly a little attention to consumers willing to run a few steps to other clean, organized or store to buy into the town, nor to the store to buy goods, so virtually lost opportunities. So, the shop is small, but our health work must be done in place. I am a small department store is small, only a dozen square meters, but whether you from the store, to the store’s merchandise, give people a sense of comfort.
focus on the image, not necessarily reflected in the shop, sometimes outside the shop also played a key role, some owners do not pay attention to this point, in order to save the store where the large package of toilet paper, scrap cardboard packaging, throw in the shop spread all across in confusion, not only blocked the line of sight, but also very beautiful, so also to the customers do not feel appreciated.
I do not advocate put things in the shop, but each item, even if it is not something you have to put the waste, organized, the stacking stacking, packing the packing, is only a little thing, don’t let your intention, scared away customers. To do this, their business in spare time, can go to the store to see his carping, put the things in place, outside the store image is actually more important than the store, because the store image, this is Sundry Goods first impression to the customer.
remember when a customer to buy things, jokingly said to me, look at your shop outside the light box signs, how many years did not change it, the above words are faded out of sight is still hanging there. Inadvertently, touched me very much, in the afternoon, I put on a new light box, the second time to shop, the customer was moved to say to the customer
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Premier League No change in Everton manager hunt, says Unsworth Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 00:40 11/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League Everton Everton v Atalanta Southampton v Everton Atalanta UEFA Europa League Despite the likes of Marco Silva and Louis van Gaal being linked with the job at Goodison Park, there appears to be little progress Everton caretaker boss David Unsworth says there has been no development in the pursuit of a new full-time manager.The 44-year-old has been in charge of the first team since Ronald Koeman was sacked in October.Everton or Draw 5/6 v Southampton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Watford’s Marco Silva and former Manchester United and Bayern Munich manager Louis van Gaal have been most heavily linked with the job in recent weeks, but Everton appear to be no closer to making an appointment.Speaking ahead of his side’s Europa League clash with Atalanta on Thursday, Unsworth told a news conference: “No change [in the manager situation] as far as I’ve been told. We just continue to the next game.”Unsworth, who remains a possible option for the job on a permanent basis, went on to praise Everton’s fans for their support of the time during an unsettled few weeks.”All I can tell all the Everton fans is that the support I’ve had from every single Everton fan I’ve spoken to has been nothing but positive,” he said. “They are fully backing the team.”I’ve not been told of any frustration. They’re fully backing the team; you can see that in the way they have stuck with the team. The backing that we’ve had off our fans has been amazing. I thank them for that.”Unsworth, who welcomed back winger Yannick Bolasie to training on Wednesday, also revealed he has begun talks with director of football Steve Walsh about possible signings in the January transfer window, despite the uncertainty over his own future. | Welcome back, @YannickBolasie!A nice round of applause from the squad as Yannick joined in part of today’s session. #EFC pic.twitter.com/feG8VCTgRu— Everton (@Everton) November 22, 2017″January is crucial. Everything I do is about Everton. Conversations have already taken place on what we need in January. In all aspects of the job I am in communication with every department. That won’t change,” he said.”I have had conversations with Steve Walsh and our recruitment department. We will continue have conversations every day.”Everton’s clash with Serie A side Atalanta is their first since striker Oumar Niasse was given a two-game domestic ban after being found guilty of successful deception of a match official when he won a penalty in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last weekend.Unsworth insists Niasse was fouled by Scott Dann and believes the retrospective punishment sets “a dangerous precedent”.”He was shocked and I was shocked,” he said. “He doesn’t tell lies and he wouldn’t go down without reason. He wants to score goals. Contact or slight contact, it doesn’t matter. We’re all bitterly disappointed.”My view won’t change. Contact is contact. Anywhere on the pitch, it’s a foul.”I think these people will be very busy if that’s going to be the case. You will have to look into every foul across the board. We don’t want contact taken out the game.”I am all for protecting players but we do have to have experts who know what a foul is. It’s a dangerous precedent that could be set if decisions go against you that are debatable.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.