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Editor’s Letter for Summer 2013: Rail Rules 

renjith krishnan

When you’re an industry that accounts for 40 percent of intercity freight volume, you better be positioned to serve shippers well into the future.

Rail carriers are expected to invest $24 billion in infrastructure improvements in 2013, positioning the industry to meet the demands of freight transportation. In “The Resurgence of Rail” we learn shippers are turning to rail to compensate for challenges plaguing the trucking sector. Additionally, the widening of the Panama Canal will allow shippers to directly access the East Coast from Asia, bypassing the West Coast, which will require more rail infrastructure to handle the shift.

Will your company’s logistics strategies transcend the changing variables underway in global transportation networks? “Build a Sustainable Global Logistics Plan” offers the keys to understanding the changing world and transportation essentials. Learn the leading criteria when researching new locations for supply-chain related expansion.

As companies look for ways to cut costs they are increasingly turning to their supply chains and carrying out sustainable efforts, such as reductions in energy use and simplifying packaging. “Sustainability Attainability is Here” says companies can solve the issues of sustainability and profit in the process; however, the practices will require companies to stretch in uncomfortable ways. Learn how to actually put your sustainability plan into action.

Opportunities in Corporate Sustainability” notes the disconnect between a company’s understanding of risk management and sustainability, and its ability to respond to the scale of the challenge. Ernst & Young’s Brendan LeBlanc of the climate change and sustainability services division, discusses the six growing trends in corporate sustainability, based on a survey conducted last fall.

Also Inside

This issue features a pro and con perspective in regard to the awarding of investment incentives to corporations, an issue which continues to generate intense debate.The participants address the question: Are investment incentives awarded in a global economy good policy at the state and/or local levels?

Find out the solid arguments for and against the awarding of investment incentives in “Do Incentives Make Good Policy?”

Best regards,

Rachel Duran

Editor In Chief

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About the author: Rachel Duran

Rachel Duran is the editor in chief for Global Corporate Xpansion. Contact her at rduran@latitude3.com.

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