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Marc Levinson

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger, Second Edition with a new chapter by the author

Book Summary

When we see a container we tend to ignore it but that aluminum box with no eye appeal managed to make world smaller and the world economy bigger.

 

Metal containers have come to transport goods of all kinds from one corner of the world to the other. However, those simple three dimensional objects have changed the way production is located and brought about equally profound change in shipping and logistics.

 

Author Marc Levinson traces the history of containerization to its roots in the late fifties and how it helped manufactured products from Asia and Europe to worldwide destinations and led to the rise of new shipping ports and technologies and fall of traditional gateway ports.

Key Topics

  • How were goods shipped before containerization?
  • What were the challenges in shipping at ports?
  • Who drove the impractical idea of containerization to a phenomenon of global proportion?
  • How did container standardization slash transportation cost?
  • How did longshoremen’s unions on the West and East Coast react to the new way of shipping and handling?
  • What role did the Vietnam War play in the development of containerization?
  • How did labor relations at large ports affect the containerization drive?
  • What kind of winners and losers did the shipping container create?
  • How did an aging Ideal-X tanker make history on April 26, 1956 by sailing from Newark to Houston?
  • Who was Malcom P. McLean and why did he say that freight is a cost added to the price of goods?

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