Taking Stock: United we stand

by Emily Atkins

How the world has changed since I last wrote in this space. By the time you read this it will be about three months since the Covid-19 pandemic was declared, with the resulting shutdowns challenging the very foundations of global supply chains.

We are all learning to manage through the surprises of working from home, video calls in our work tops and PJ bottoms, physical distancing, and the wildly oscillating conditions of supply and demand for basics and important items like personal protective gear.

At this time of profound disruption it has never been more important to have a trusted source of information about your industry. And while we are practicing physical and social distancing, when it comes to all the news and analysis for Canadian supply chain operations, we’ve now brought it together into one authoritative publication.

Canadian Shipper has joined Inside Logistics to create the only Canadian source of complete end-to-end supply chain news and analysis. The combined publication, which has the largest audited circulation in our market, will have a strong focus on warehousing and distribution operations, along with all modes of transportation. It’s written for shippers, and now will include stories on transportation services, trade, and forwarding alongside the distribution centre, intralogistics and inventory control stories you are used to seeing in Inside Logistics.

Along with the combined print publication, which will continue to be published every other month, the Canadian Shipper digital archives will be folded into the Inside Logistics website and, as you have likely already noticed, the twice-weekly e-newsletters have also been integrated.

As the editorial leader of this fresh, larger enterprise, I will endeavour to continue delivering the best, most comprehensive supply chain news to you. Covering the freight transportation marketplace is nothing new for me. As editor of CargoNews Asia out of Hong Kong back in 2001, I managed it through the transportation crisis that followed the 9/11 terror attacks.

So, welcome to the Canadian Shipper readers who have joined us; I look forward to hearing from you. As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments and story ideas about how the pandemic has disrupted, and possibly improved, your businesses and decision making. Please drop me a note at emily@newcom.ca or look me up on LinkedIn.