Posts By: Roanoke Underwriting

With the November elections over and a new administration set to take the helm of the U.S. government, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and in general foreign trade are up in the air. During the campaign, the now President-elect pledged to upend the U.S. trade policy, even as Republican leaders in Congress closed the door on… Read More

Intermodal transportation combines the best abilities of different transportation modes to deliver service, savings, and solutions to shippers. Intermodal refers to any freight movement that involves transferring a shipping container from one mode of transportation to another—including, for instance, a move from ship to rail to truck or vice versa. Throughout the process, intermodal facilitators,… Read More

The global supply chain is a $26 trillion per year industry, with the job growth for logisticians in the U.S. at 22% through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Moreover, today the demand-to-supply ratio of jobs to qualified individuals is six to one. In a few years, that could be as high… Read More

Online shopping has transformed the way consumers purchase everything from electronics to clothes, toys and a host of other goods. It has also impacted the way retailers are doing business. Instead of stocking their stores up with merchandise, they are housing more goods in warehouses in order to quickly ship to stores or fulfill online… Read More

The announcement of Hanjin Shipping’s receivership filing on Wednesday caused the shipping industry – from freight brokers to shippers – great concern over the impact of this development on the global supply chain. Hanjin is the largest container shipping company in South Korea and the seventh largest in the world, with daily capacity at 25,000… Read More

Just as we did with the airline industry, we are now seeing new alliances and mergers being formed within the global shipping industry. For shipping carriers there are benefits to partnering up, including the ability to share vessels, networks and ports of call, streamlining their operations and saving millions of dollars. But what does it… Read More

Truckstop.com, the freight-matching marketplace, and brokerage firm McGriff, Seibels and Williams recently launched CargoShield, a cost-effective insurance solution designed to reduce load liability and provide standardized coverage to the transportation industry. CargoShield is underwritten by Roanoke Underwriting, and covers a transportation firm’s customers’ goods with some of the broadest terms available. “Across the industry, you… Read More

When the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU) last month, shockwaves reverberated from across the pond to here in the United States, including in the global supply chain industry and insurance markets. However, leaders of the London commercial marine market were quick to calm fears, with John Nelson, chairman of Lloyd’s,… Read More

Hurricane forecasts have come out from several sources, including from Colorado State University, which recently predicted the Atlantic will produce a near-normal 12 storms during the six-month hurricane season that officially began June 1st. Of the 12 storms, five could become hurricanes and two could grow into major systems of Category 3 or stronger. The… Read More