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The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the…
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The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World… (original 2006; édition 2016)

par Marc Levinson (Auteur)

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In April 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried fifty-eight shipping containers from Newark to Houston. From that modest beginning, container shipping developed into a huge industry that made the boom in global trade possible. The Box tells the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about. Published on the fiftieth anniversary of the first container voyage, this is the first comprehensive history of the shipping container. It recounts how the drive and imagination of an iconoclastic entrepreneur, Malcom McLean, turned containerization from an impractical idea into a massive industry that slashed the cost of transporting goods around the world and made the boom in global trade possible. But the container didn't just happen. Its adoption required huge sums of money, both from private investors and from ports that aspired to be on the leading edge of a new technology. It required years of high-stakes bargaining with two of the titans of organized labor, Harry Bridges and Teddy Gleason, as well as delicate negotiations on standards that made it possible for almost any container to travel on any truck or train or ship. Ultimately, it took McLean's success in supplying U.S. forces in Vietnam to persuade the world of the container's potential. Drawing on previously neglected sources, economist Marc Levinson shows how the container transformed economic geography, devastating traditional ports such as New York and London and fueling the growth of previously obscure ones, such as Oakland. By making shipping so cheap that industry could locate factories far from its customers, the container paved the way for Asia to become the world's workshop and brought consumers a previously unimaginable variety of low-cost products from around the globe.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger - Second Edition with a new chapter by the author
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Info:Princeton University Press (2016), Edition: 2, 544 pages
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A very interesting story that is occasionally marred by an abundance of unnecessary data in the text. It also doesn't address key ethical issues until near the end, but the tale, from an American perspective, is nonetheless really engaging and makes you rethink the importance of containers in international connectivity. ( )
  ephemeral_future | Aug 20, 2020 |
Excellent historical account of how since the 1950s the "technology" of shipping containers has changed the logistics of moving goods. Very interesting historical, political, and business details. ( )
  deldevries | May 22, 2020 |
This book provides a practical look at what it takes to move all of the goods we buy around the world, from factory to store, with a focus on the ubiquitous shipping container. I think I really enjoyed this book because of its interdisciplinary approach to the topic --there's a bit of economics, business history, geography, and urban development weaved together in a nice package. The author provides just enough numbers and data to fill out the story, but doesn't overwhelm with facts and figures. The writing is easy to read, and I sped through it fairly quickly. ( )
  josh.gunter | May 7, 2020 |
It takes a lot to take a subject such as a shipping container and make it interesting. Beyond the birth of shipping containers in their various forms and functions; the author weaves together economic, political and labor relations throughout. The impact on port cities, particularly their populations/manufacturing, and how some were able to ride the wave of this emerging technology is fascinating. So too was the evolution of ships and the drive toward standardization to create flow. ( )
  joereg4 | Jan 1, 2020 |
A book about shipping containers is certainly not a book for everyone. The shipping container did, however, have a profound impact on the world economy and therefore deserves our attention. This book provides a good overview of the history of how the container was developed, how tariffs were developed, how ports and unions were forced to adapt, and the many unforeseen consequences of containers. Although the topic is interesting, the book itself is dry and rather redundant. It is nevertheless recommended for anyone interested in global trade and economics. ( )
  M_Clark | Aug 1, 2018 |
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Malcom McLean's persistence in pushing containerization was vital to the U.S. war effort in Vietnam. Without it, America's ability to prosecute a large-scale war halfway around the world would have been severely limited. The U.S. military would have experienced extreme difficulty feeding, housing, and supplying the 540,000 soldiers, sailors, marines, and air force personnel who were in Vietnam by the start of 1969. Continual headlines about theft, supply shortages, and massive waste woiuld have caused domestic support for the war to erode even faster than it did. Containerization enabled the United States to sustain a well-fed and well-equipped force through years of combat in places that would otherwise have been beyond the reach of U.S. military might.
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In April 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried fifty-eight shipping containers from Newark to Houston. From that modest beginning, container shipping developed into a huge industry that made the boom in global trade possible. The Box tells the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about. Published on the fiftieth anniversary of the first container voyage, this is the first comprehensive history of the shipping container. It recounts how the drive and imagination of an iconoclastic entrepreneur, Malcom McLean, turned containerization from an impractical idea into a massive industry that slashed the cost of transporting goods around the world and made the boom in global trade possible. But the container didn't just happen. Its adoption required huge sums of money, both from private investors and from ports that aspired to be on the leading edge of a new technology. It required years of high-stakes bargaining with two of the titans of organized labor, Harry Bridges and Teddy Gleason, as well as delicate negotiations on standards that made it possible for almost any container to travel on any truck or train or ship. Ultimately, it took McLean's success in supplying U.S. forces in Vietnam to persuade the world of the container's potential. Drawing on previously neglected sources, economist Marc Levinson shows how the container transformed economic geography, devastating traditional ports such as New York and London and fueling the growth of previously obscure ones, such as Oakland. By making shipping so cheap that industry could locate factories far from its customers, the container paved the way for Asia to become the world's workshop and brought consumers a previously unimaginable variety of low-cost products from around the globe.

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