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Containerization Shaped Globalization

"Sometimes a single unlikely idea can have massive impact across the world. Sir Harold Evans, the author of They Made America, describes how frustration drove..."

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The economies of scale that globalization depends on, relies on logistics and transportation networks that can handle this high-volume.  In a word, the container, as mundane as it may seem, facilitated the era within which we live today.  This is a very useful video.  

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Ben Fullman's comment, September 14, 5:06 PM
Contain or remain.
global or insane
effect what we do in the world we live "todayne."
what will it be like in 50 years, only your children will "sayne."
I would containerize, but i definitely wouldn't
John Nieuwendyk's curator insight, September 14, 7:26 PM

It is astonishing how such a simple idea can improve productivity.  Containerization established an efficient system that revolutionized the transportation of products. The product was secure, the containers were easy to organize and could be stacked on top of each other thus increasing the volume of product being shipped. Even though containerization has helped with the concept of globalization, it still has its defects. Jobs decreased due to the loss of “break bulk shipping.” Containerization also makes it easier for criminals to smuggle contraband. Drugs, weapons and even animals can be smuggled.

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 18, 7:52 AM

The concept of containerization saves time and is essentially the reason why we have globalization. Just as McLean's concept made shipping faster, cheaper and more efficient, it also eliminated the jobs of the workers who loaded the ships. Sometimes, globalization has negative aspects such as taking away jobs in order to make something available to a consumer faster and cheaper.

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