Horizon Logistics President Addresses U.S. Exports Conference
HORIZON LOGISTICS PRESIDENT ADDRESSES
U.S. EXPORTS CONFERENCE
Logistics Overlooked As Key Driver of Competitive
Advantage in Developing New Markets
New York (Feb. 4, 2009) –Brian Taylor, President and Chief Operating Officer of Horizon Logistics, LLC, today addressed the U.S. Exports Conference at the Grand Hyatt hotel, underscoring for attendees the importance of logistics considerations when exploring new market opportunities overseas.
“The issue for many U.S. exporters has not been finding buyers. It has been getting products from interior points in the U.S. to the ports, on to container vessels and delivered to final destination in a timely and cost-effective manner,” Taylor said. “Supply chain management has always been complex and it’s becoming even more difficult.”
Taylor cited last year’s reduction of U.S. intermodal services by international ocean carriers, severe shipping equipment imbalances and consolidation in the U.S. trucking industry as important developments that will affect the competitiveness of U.S. exporters in the global economy. He cautioned that, as the new U.S. administration discusses programs to grow U.S. exports, logistics constraints will not just go away.
“There are fundamental changes taking hold in U.S. logistics,” Taylor said. “We will have to manage intermodal transportation taking into account equipment shortages and fewer service alternatives at a time when U.S. exporters need as much support as we can muster.”
About Horizon Logistics
Horizon Logistics delivers innovative transportation and distribution solutions for the toughest supply chain challenges in North America, relying on three core principles to provide superior logistics service to customers – the most experienced professional team, advanced logistics technology and passionate customer service. Horizon Logistics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Horizon Lines, Inc. (NYSE:HRZ), the leading U.S. domestic ocean carrier and integrated logistics company. It was formed in 2007 from the merger of Horizon Lines’ existing logistics operations, the Horizon Services Group information technology company and the acquisition of Aero Logistics, a U.S. 3PL specializing in expedited delivery and special projects.