Supply Chain and Logistics

US Coast Guard boards MSC ship in ongoing California pipeline spill probe

Supply Chain and Logistics

It is possible that anchor dragging by a ship months ago was responsible for the pipeline spill off Huntingdon Beach CA that appeared just recently. While it wasn’t a large spill, the sensitive nature of the area requires a full … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Sustainability environment ocean shipping Oil oil spills sustainability

Felixstowe congestion could lead to $2bn of stranded imports

Supply Chain and Logistics

Container shipping is all messed up in the UK. A recent report claims that shippers cannot get their container cargo delivered on time. And the reason is not the driver shortage, or is it? Apparently there is also a shortage … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Supply Chains container shipping containers driver shortage intermodal ocean shipping ports trucking

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Amazon blinks as transport costs surge and pushes use of collection points

Supply Chain and Logistics

The last mile is problematic for customer delivery. Amazon’s enthusiasm for ever faster delivery is causing some pain for the company. Maybe it’s the driver shortage? The Amazon lockers, or collection points, are one way of reducing pain. The customer … Continue reading → Logistics Trucking Amazon last mile package delivery

President Biden challenges private sector to tackle supply chain logjams

Supply Chain and Logistics

Apparently the main action so far is to jawbone LA and Long Beach to open for more hours. The Executive Directors of the ports are in line with this. But port governance gives them little actual power to open the … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Supply Chains collaboration container shipping labor relations longer hours ports supply chains

Procurement: 5 Tips to Deliver Value Beyond Savings

Now is the time for procurement teams to redefine themselves – from buyers to strategic partners across the supply chain. Take the first step today. Discover five tips for delivering procurement value beyond savings.

OECD says shipping freight rates are driving G20 inflation

Supply Chain and Logistics

In case we didn’t notice it, shipping freight rate increases are the source of significant inflation throughout the 20 most developed countries. If you are complaining about inflation, point here. The firms involved are passing the price rises on to … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Supply Chains container shipping delays port management supply chains

Cosco offers faster, intermodal, alternative Asia-US route via Canada

Supply Chain and Logistics

The Asia-Prince Rupert, BC-Chicago run has a new entry. The claim is that even with Chicago rail delays, it is faster than going to LA/Long Beach. That could be true. There’s a discussion of it here. With Canadian Rails trying … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Rail Shipping Supply Chains Chicago China container shipping intermodal ports Prince Rupert supply chains

China’s power crunch is affecting every strand of shipping

Supply Chain and Logistics

Here’s the future. China, which uses coal to generate 73% of its power, is experiencing a coal shortage. Blackouts, as we would call them, are in order, and many businesses are affected. Here’s how it is affecting global shipping. Sam … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping bulk shipping China coal ocean shipping

Bangladesh shipbreaking sector sees highest quarterly death toll

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What happens to ships that nobody wants anymore? The lifetime of a ship is roughly 20 years, before it is no longer economical to repair it. And technology advances may make a ship obsolete before that. So when no one … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping ocean shipping safety shipbreaking sustainability

Power cuts hit China factories and give container shipping another shock

Supply Chain and Logistics

What else could go wrong for supply chains? Now government-imposed power cuts are threatening factory output in China. The cuts in power generation are due to the Chinese government’s desire to keep emissions down to their target. By Martina Li … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains Sustainability emissions supply chain disruption sustainability

The Rise of Supply Chain n.0 – 5 Ways to Thrive on Change

Ready to learn how to thrive on change? In this eBook, our experts share the 5 key steps to executing Supply Chain n.0 strategies that thrive on change.

Shippers face tough choices in the US trucking market as costs escalate

Supply Chain and Logistics

It’s a good time for larger shippers to consider a dedicated fleet, according to this consultant. The driver shortage and inability for carriers and 3PLs to offer good schedules are making it hard to book a good service. It certainly … Continue reading → Logistics Trucking dedicated fleet driver shortage innovation Strategy trucking

Freightos launches guaranteed container capacity service

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3PLs such as ocean freight brokers can rise to the challenge of messed up supply chains. This one, Freightos, is introducing a service that guarantees placement of a container on a specific vessel with a known departure date. How much … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Supply Chains 3PLs container shipping freight brokers intermodal supply chains

World Bank takes its anti-LNG stance to the IMO

Supply Chain and Logistics

The World Bank says it will not back using LNG for marine transport. It says that LNG is a source of methane emissions, which are currently unmeasured but which could overwhelm any advantage in CO2 reduction created by moving away … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Sustainability LNG power methane

Ocean terminal and inland congestion forces river barges to store boxes

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It’s not just the US. And it’s not just ocean shipping. Read about the gyrations Antwerp and Rotterdam and the river barge operators are going through. By Alexander Whiteman 27/09/2021 Ocean terminal and inland congestion forces river barges to store … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Sustainability barge transport container shipping delays empty containers intermodal port management supply chains

SAP S/4HANA: 4 Tips to Get You Started on the Right Path

With SAP S/4HANA at the core of your digital transformation, you can empower your supply chain with intelligent process automation, unprecedented visibility, actionable insights and real-time collaboration.

Sourcing from Vietnam could shift as costs and restrictions rise

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In recent years Vietnam has had its day in the sun, as production of certain items has shifted from China. It’s been cheaper to manufacture in Vietnam, and it’s been a boon to Vietnam’s economy. But Covid brought a lot … Continue reading → Logistics Managerial Econ Strategy Supply Chains international trade manufacturing supply chains Vietnam

Cheers to that! Heineken first customer for zero-emission inland vessel

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It’s fitting that a beer company would be the first customer for an electric ship on inland canals. The ship is unique, because it uses rcontgainers of rechargable batteries as power. The containers can be swapped at either end of … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Shipping Sustainability electric vehicles european union inland water transport innovation ports technology

‘Firms undervaluing their drivers caused this shortage crisis across Europe’

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Europe has much the same problem as the US when it comes to a driver shortage for logistics. And the problem made it into consciousness for a similar reason– a new regulation that required drivers to take 45 hours of … Continue reading → entrepreneurship Labor Economics Logistics Supply Chains Trucking driver shortage supply chains trucking

Trucking Carriers head west for a modern-day gold rush — of freight

Supply Chain and Logistics

Apparently trucking carriers are rushing to carry loads from the West Coast to inland America. It’s because the rates are much higher for Eastbound freight. And carriers looking to carry loads back to the West Coast are having trouble finding … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains Trucking container shipping supply chains truck rates trucking

4 Critical Steps to Build into Your Digital Logistics Strategy

Up your logistics game by empowering your supply chain with AI-powered analytics, real-time collaboration, IoT-enabled track and trace, and cognitive decision-making to achieve digital logistics success. Build your strategy around these 4 critical steps.

Are panicked, overbuying American shippers the reason for today’s container crisis?

Supply Chain and Logistics

The short answer may be no! But we should expect inventories to try to rise given all the supply chain dislocations in the US. Driver shortages, delays internationally, and a rise in consumer buying may all be responsible. One of … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains container shipping inventory ports supply chains warehousing

NITL claims alliances create ‘super-carrier distortion’ to liner shipping market

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Liner shipping alliances were created years ago when there wasn’t enough containerized cargo for many competing ocean container carriers (sometimes called liners). They have evolved through time, a bit, but still allow several ocean carriers to band together to serve … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Shipping Strategy Supply Chains alliances container shipping customer service FMC ocean shipping regulations

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Grim outlook for intermodal as an alternative to ‘maxed-out’ US truck market

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This article outlines why intermodal is not such a good option for US distribution. Though the trucking market is ‘maxed-out’, meaning it is hard to get a trucking firm to move a container, rail is having its own congestion and … Continue reading → Logistics Rail Supply Chains Trucking chassis pools delays intermodal supply chains transportation

There’s a ‘meltdown of container shipping market’ coming as cargo piles up

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I think the key phrase in here is the suffering generated by cargo that is piling up, either not being moved, or stuck waiting for onshore capacity. It’s an interesting piece and gets in some of each side. Shippers and … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Shipping Strategy Supply Chains container shipping customer service intermodal ocean shipping ports supply chains

Cognitive Manufacturing: 4 Strategic Pillars That Drive Successful Outcomes

Manufacturers are eagerly embracing Industry 4.0 to gain end-to-end supply chain visibility, reduce OpEx spend, improve asset health and accelerate time to market. Explore the 4 strategic pillars that drive successful cognitive manufacturing outcomes.

Maersk firm strikes deal for 16 electric trucks

Supply Chain and Logistics

Maersk is one of the largest, and possibly the most advanced, ocean carriers. The LA/LongBeach ports have been a problem area for air pollution and sustainabiolity for many years. There’s no rail connection directly to the ports, and even so, … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Shipping Supply Chains Trucking container shipping electric vehicles ocean shipping ports supply chains sustainability transportation trucking

New Brexit customs control delays ‘expected’, but still ‘a pain in the neck’

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Brexit is causing customs delays that are causing problems for shippers and brokers. Read the article to find out a bit about it. Notice all the things besides customs that a container or any cargo must meet. By Alex Whiteman … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains Brexit customs delays innovation Shipping

Secondary services suffer as carriers eye ‘container gold rush’ to the US

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Oean carriers are redeploying ships from lower-paying to higher-paying routes, leaving some with no way to transport their goods. The article explains how ships are being reassigned, leaving too few ships on a route to keep the schedule going. Give … Continue reading → Logistics Managerial Econ Ports Shipping Strategy Supply Chains Uncategorized container shipping routes supply chains

Tensions rise in UK haulage as surcharges see drivers playing ‘musical chairs’

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The UK, with Brexit, has been one of the hardest hit nations with driver shortages. Here is some talk on the situation. Apparently driver shortage surcharges are being added by some carriers, claiming all the money goes to drivers. Who … Continue reading → Labor Economics Logistics Trucking Brexit european union intermodal trucking

Is Digital Procurement Transformation Delivering on the Promise?

Is your digital transformation working, or is it still a work in progress? Download this report, from a GEP-sponsored survey from ISM, to check your performance and see how your peers are reaching their transformation goals.

Shortages, congestion and Covid delays push container prices sky-high

Supply Chain and Logistics

Who would have guessed that prices for the container to carry your goods would go sky high? This recent spike is discussed in this article which outlines many of the reasons for the shortages. Learning about the management of containers … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains container shipping intermodal

Oregon to get new 1m teu container port

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So this is news for the West Coast; there aren’t many 1M teu container ports there. But guess the location: Coos Bay, OR. Coos Bay is a lovely oceanside town, a favorite with retirees and nature lovers. A friend of … Continue reading → Logistics Managerial Econ Ports Shipping Supply Chains container shipping ports

FMC looks at accusations carriers are refusing chemical shipments

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Here is an excellent example of customer segmentation. In the last year or so there have been several ship explosions and fires causing ships to be laid up and cargo to be delayed or lost. Chemicals are probably the most … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Supply Chains accidents chemicals container shipping fires insurance supply chains

Operational considerations for commercial nuclear propulsion

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It may be harder to find crews for nuclear ships than to build them. Known to most as a senior London arbitrator, Michael Allen’s first career before becoming a lawyer was as an engineer officer on British nuclear submarines. Below, … Continue reading → Logistics Production Operations Shipping Strategy Sustainability innovation labor relations nuclear ships propulsion technology

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