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Author Archive for Ashley Cruz

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The New Interactive: Teaching & Technology in the 21st Century

The New Interactive: Teaching & Technology in the 21st Century

For a generation raised on iPads and smartphones, keeping technology out of K-12 classrooms is simply not an option anymore. Although there is still some debate over the benefits of using electronics in education, more school districts are opting to teach the next generation by speaking their language: instruction through technology. As tax revenue and […]

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Ready to Roll: The Knight-Swift Transportation Merger

Ready to Roll: The Knight-Swift Transportation Merger

Swift Transportation and Knight Transportation agreed on Monday to a merger deal that is set to become the biggest acquisition in US trucking history. The newly- formed Knight-Swift Transportation will have a combined annual revenue of $5.1 billion, making it the largest non-logistics trucking company in the United States. IBISWorld expects the merger to be […]

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Calming the Bubble in Deep-Sea Cargo Markets

Calming the Bubble in Deep-Sea Cargo Markets

As originally published in SupplyChainBrain Slow post recessionary recovery has fostered uncertainty in many markets, but few have felt the effects as strongly as deep sea cargo transportation. The market’s emblem—an ancient, laboring ship that is slow to adapt to obstacles in its path—has become an apt metaphor for the market itself. Financial risk, absent demand […]

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After Weak Demand, Global Airfreight Market to Take Off

After Weak Demand, Global Airfreight Market to Take Off

As originally published in SupplyChainBrain International and domestic air cargo transportation services have shown tepid signs of recovery in the years following the recession, with estimated average price growth of only 0.2% and 0.3% each year from 2013 to 2016, respectively. While weak demand growth for shipping services and falling capacity utilization have cut into revenue […]

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OPEC Cuts & Climbing Oil Prices

OPEC Cuts & Climbing Oil Prices

Although much of 2016 has been a year of suspense and surprises, there were several late-in-the-game decisions that have been seen by many as long overdue. For example, following years of near-zero interest rates, on seven separate occasions in 2016, the Federal Reserve governing board met and declined to boost the federal funds rate, which […]

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Bankruptcy Woes: Hanjin Makes Waves Across the World

Bankruptcy Woes: Hanjin Makes Waves Across the World

The world’s seventh-largest deep sea cargo transportation carrier, Hanjin Shipping, filed for court receivership — a form of bankruptcy protection — on August 31 and chaos has promptly ensued. While the situation is still developing, the ripple effects and atmosphere of uncertainty have already affected a number of businesses and markets across the globe. The […]

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Teaching & Learning: The Rise of Technology in the Classroom

Teaching & Learning: The Rise of Technology in the Classroom

Elementary and secondary educational institutions face a significant level of financial uncertainty. Education tends to be one of the first budgets to get cut at the state and local levels, and even with federal education funding initiatives, many school districts struggle when deciding what to prioritize and where to make sacrifices each year. Yet despite […]

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Advertisers Going for Gold During 2016 Summer Olympics

Advertisers Going for Gold During 2016 Summer Olympics

The 1948 London Games were the first Summer Olympics to be televised, reaching about 500,000 viewers who mostly lived within 50 miles of Wembley stadium. Comparing those figures to the estimated 3.6 billion people who watched the 2012 London Games from more than 220 countries and territories, it’s clear why the 2016 Summer Olympics have […]

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Flyers Beware: Pricing Changes Could Hurt Your Bottom Line

Flyers Beware: Pricing Changes Could Hurt Your Bottom Line

Recently, the three largest airlines in the United States changed the way they price certain flights, adding a new and confusing level to the world of corporate travel budgeting. Instead of adding together the lowest fare for each individual flight, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines are now charging higher rates for multicity […]

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Sky-High Prices: Budgeting for Corporate Travel in 2016

Sky-High Prices: Budgeting for Corporate Travel in 2016

Although many professional meetings and transactions can be conducted remotely in 2016, business travelers are still on the go in abundance and the cost of corporate travel is rising accordingly. Corporate demand for travel services has remained elevated as a result of growth in corporate profit, business sentiment and the value businesses place on face-to-face […]