• Powell Slaughter

FT/AHFA Logistics Symposium will address issues at U.S. ports

U.S. ports face a variety of challenges

HIGH POINT – U.S. ports serving furniture industry shippers face a variety of challenges this year.

Those include accommodation of larger vessels, including mega-ships and the larger vessels that will begin passing through the new-and-improved Panama Canal next month; and implementation of container weighing procedures under the amended Safety of Life at Sea concord among International Maritime Organization members, effective July 1.

Ports are a vital piece of furniture’s supply chain logistical puzzle, and to that end, the June 7-8 Furniture Today/AHFA Logistics Symposium at High Point University will include a panel discussion among port administrators, “Port-o-Call: Maximizing Speed to Market.”

Panel members include: Tom Capozzi, chief sales officer at the Port of Virginia; Greg Fennell, chief commercial officer at North Carolina Ports; Cliff Pyron, chief commercial officer at the Port of Savannah; and Don Snyder, director of business development at the Port of Long Beach, Calif.

It’s worth noting that this marks the first time the ports panel at the Logistics Symposium includes a representative from a West Coast port, a major gateway for furniture goods flowing from Asian source countries to the U.S. consumer market, in the discussion.

Panelists will take on the issues affecting furniture industry shippers flowing goods through their respective ports of entry, and discuss the steps ports are taking to increase their responsibility in increasing supply chain efficiency for furniture importers and exporters.

Powell SlaughterPowell Slaughter | Senior Editor

I'm Powell Slaughter, senior editor at Furniture/Today. I returned to the publication in January 2015 after nine years of writing about furniture retail strategies and best practices at a monthly magazine focusing on home furnishings retail operations. Prior to that, I spent 10 years with F/T covering wood furniture, the last five of those as case goods editor. While I cover occasional, home entertainment and home office here, a major responsibility is expanding our attention to the logistics side of the industry. I hope my articles will encourage a dialogue with retailers, vendors, third-party logistics specialists and carriers. I’d love to hear your ideas, concerns and suggestions for smoother flow of material and goods.

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