Supply Chain and Logistics

Shippers ‘held to ransom’ from blanked sailings and feeder problems

Supply Chain and Logistics

The constant stream of blanked sailings is predictably disrupting many supply chains and networks. Shippers are not getting the message, and it’s costing them extra, unplanned expense. That will percolate down to their customers as well, both in reliability and … Continue reading → Logistics Service Management Shipping Strategy Supply Chains customer service intermodal transport ocean shipping port management

Railroad Carloads Plummet

Supply Chain and Logistics

This nice essay from Escalation Consultants, delivered on 5/21/2020, shows very large decreases in rail carloads after mid-March of 2020, approaching 30% for most carriers. Only Union Pacific is down by only 18%. Another graph shows the differences by commodity.

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Fewer trans-Pacific cuts signal 3Q demand on the mend?

Supply Chain and Logistics

It seems that forecasts must be less gloomy on trans-Pacific routes. Liner alliances are calling for fewer blanked voyages. That’s good news for shippers; but maybe it’s early to believe some won’t be re-canceled. Sending mixed signals of high volatility … Continue reading →

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Alliances schedule 75 blankings for Q3

Supply Chain and Logistics

We continue to see a lot of blanked voyages. Demand must not be shaping up to be very good after all, and prices just won’t stay up. What else would you expect if you make your customers guess about the … Continue reading → Logistics Managerial Econ Microeconomics Shipping Strategy Supply Chains blankings containers intermodal service transportation

Webinar on Demand: Resilient Supply Chain Network Design

Speaker: Bhomik Jain, Paul van Nierop & Aanand Pandey

Companies around the world are struggling to cope with COVID-19 disruption. Are supply chain networks resilient enough to weather the storm? Watch this webinar to learn about our research findings in the realm of network design and optimization, and uncover the capabilities you need to build resilience and agility.

Brazil’s May soybean exports jump 33% in month

Supply Chain and Logistics

Ever since we wrote a paper about exporting soybeans, I’ve been following the contretemps between Brazil and the US regarding soybean exports. China is the largest importer of soybeans from these two countries. Since one is Northern and one is … Continue reading → Logistics Production Operations Shipping Supply Chains agriculture soybeans

Unblanking and blanking

Supply Chain and Logistics

Blanking voyages has turned into unblanking. Ocean carriers try to match supply with demand on a precise basis, to cut losses. That is a proven technique in industries where you can also vary inventory. But voyages are time-sensitive, and result … Continue reading →

Blanking voyages masks real impact of Covid

Supply Chain and Logistics

Spot rates for container shipping are staying up, but only because ocean carriers continue to blank voyages big time. If you were shipping and you feared your voyage would be blanked, what would you do? You would be prepared to … Continue reading → Managerial Econ Microeconomics Shipping Supply Chains container shipping economics intermodal transport ocean shipping pricing

Insights: Contracts Are Overrated In Maritime

Supply Chain and Logistics

Here is an interesting article about the questionable value of contracts. Do they make any situation more complex and less dependent on trust? Absolutely. And especially since many business people are expert at getting out of contracts that looked good … Continue reading → Leadership Logistics Strategy Supply Chains contracts ocean shipping

IMO 2020 makes box lines speed up?

Supply Chain and Logistics

Mike King wrote a piece about the risk that the IMO2020 fuel regulations will induce ocean carriers to speed up, thus burning more fuel and causing more emissions.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Coronavirus delays create Container shortages in Chicago for DDGS

Supply Chain and Logistics

Coronavirus issues, particularly in China, are creating real problems for Dried Distiller Grains (DDGS) shipments. The lack of inbound containers from China means that there are not enough containers to ship DDGS out of the US. DDGS is a byproduct … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Supply Chains agriculture container shipping intermodal transport supply chains

Blockchain not yet for supply chains

Supply Chain and Logistics

Gartner says 80% of blockchain supply chain developments won’t get out of design and development for several years. So many of them are just recycling financial blockchain ideas into supply chain space without understanding the issues. A case of a … Continue reading → Advanced Computing Logistics Production Operations Strategy Supply Chains Uncategorized blockchain computing entrepreneurship supply chains technology transportation

Asia-Europe rollovers are back

Supply Chain and Logistics

It appears that ocean carriers are again playing fast and loose with delivery dates for cargo. There’s a telling remark by an NVOCC source: “You might be able to book at that rate, but you have absolutely no idea when … Continue reading → Logistics Service Management Shipping Strategy Supply Chains customer service inventory ocean shipping supply chains

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Checking for vitals: Inside the Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp supply chain breach

Supply Chain and Logistics

Apparently, healthcare is among the worst industries in terms of breaches of data security. And this is despite the dramatic increase of attention the HIPAA law has focused on their behavior with data. In this case it was two diagnostic laboratories, … Continue reading → Advanced Computing Logistics Supply Chains cybersecurity healthcare technology

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

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Commentary: Cato’s Jones Act numbers wrong

Supply Chain and Logistics

John McCown, a former shipping company CEO and transport hedge fund executive, debunks the faulty calculations in the Cato Institute’s analysis of the Jones Act as it applies to Puerto Rico. Most container traffic from the US flows from Jacksonville … Continue reading → Labor Economics Logistics Shipping Strategy Supply Chains economics Jones Act supply chains trade

Flexport – moving beyond freight forwarding?

Supply Chain and Logistics

This article looking at Flexport now appeared recently under Cathy Morrow Roberson’s byline in The Loadstar. We enjoy hearing about what Flexport is doing now. But the idea that they are changing direction to become more like a 4PL is … Continue reading → entrepreneurship Logistics Service Management Supply Chains 3PLs innovation supply chains technology trade transportation

How robots change the world | Oxford Economics

Supply Chain and Logistics

Thanks to Supply Chain Digest for promoting this study by Oxford Economics. Read the article here for a synopsis of its findings: Supply Chain News: Oxford Economics Says Robots Benefits will Outweigh Cons Basically, it says robots will greatly raise productivity … Continue reading → Advanced Computing Labor Economics Logistics Managerial Econ Production Operations Strategy Sustainability automation economics infrastructure Jobs technology

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Moody’s: Port Automation May Not Always Deliver Results

Supply Chain and Logistics

I found this article via Gavin van Marle of Loadstar. It’s not a surprise that automation may not deliver the results its backers were touting. So much depends on the external systems, such as the computer planning, the labor system, … Continue reading →

Supply Chain Planning Maturity – How Do You Compare to Peers?

Today's supply chains are networked, global ecosystems. An event upstream in a different country or region can cause considerable disruption downstream. The COVID-19 pandemic is an extreme example of how this unfolds in practice. How prepared are supply chain teams to react and recover, from a planning maturity stance? Download this report to get exclusive insights on planning maturity!

The danger of a $2 trillion infrastructure promise

Supply Chain and Logistics

Shalini Vajjhala has written a good article about the issues with current ways of thinking about infrastructure planning and the money spent. She points out the game-theoretic nature of decision making the way things work now. Local and regional transportation … Continue reading → Logistics Strategy Supply Chains economics infrastructure innovation transportation

Online port community system ‘game-changer’ for India’s shipping industry

Supply Chain and Logistics

Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent, has written an interesting piece about a new port communication and collaboration system that is revolutionizing how Indian p[orts operate. It’s called PC51x, and it connects port users via secure messaging to exchange paperwork, financial info, … Continue reading → Advanced Computing Leadership Logistics Ports Shipping Strategy Supply Chains entrepreneurship innovation ocean shipping performance ports technology transportation

BIMCO launches new cybersecurity clause

Supply Chain and Logistics

BIMCO is one of the leading standardization forces in the world of shipping. Here is an example related to cybersecurity. How do you write a contract that binds participants to provide an appropriate level of cybersecurity? As the article makes … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Strategy Supply Chains Sustainability challenges contracts cybersecurity standards trade transportation trends

Sensors, ‘grey boxes’ and opportunities

Supply Chain and Logistics

Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent of the Loadstar has a short article about a vision DPWorld has for integrating data and logistics. He describes some innovative activities. In Yiwu, China DPWorld has an agreement for a project that allows customers to clear … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Supply Chains Big Data innovation Software standards technology trade transportation

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

SAE International forms microbility data standards consortium

Supply Chain and Logistics

SAE is the former Society of Automotive Engineers, and has been a leader in standard setting for many years. There is clearly a need for standards around data for shared bike and scooter services, for instance. The main cooperators are … Continue reading → entrepreneurship Logistics Service Management Strategy computing innovation Software standards technology transportation

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Flexport access to SF Airlines’ Hangzhou-New York route

Supply Chain and Logistics

This article from the Loadstar indicates that supply chain firms such as Flexport are struggling to align themselves for the volatile tariff situation we have now. Some firms are leaving China but others are staying in and look for an … Continue reading → Logistics Strategy Supply Chains 3PLs air freight China trade transportation

Hamburg deepens Elbe channel

Supply Chain and Logistics

The project will cost $700 million, and it went through a long series of legal battles, mostly about environmental issues. But now the project is ready to begin. The Port of Hamburg let the contract to DEME engineering, as World … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Shipping Supply Chains container shipping economics infrastructure intermodal transport ocean shipping port management ports trade transportation

Swine fever set to reduce China’s soybean imports further: USDA

Supply Chain and Logistics

Asim Anand writes in Platts agriculture report that China is suffering from substantial losses in their pig population due to African swine fever (ASF). The pig herd has declined by 20%, and that translates to less need for soybeans. Estimates … Continue reading → Logistics My Research Shipping Supply Chains China economics soybeans supply chains technologies trade transportation

Supply Chain Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty

Speaker: Aanand Pandey, Supply Chain Analyst & Consultant, AIMMS

This short video explains how scenario modeling can help you improve supply chain resilience and your ability to respond and recover quickly from disruptions. Looking at scenarios side by side provides valuable insights that makes it easier to evaluate impact on your operations, ability to service customers and margin, and the best options to restart supply when supply lanes reopen.

Drought forces Panama Canal draught restrictions and pushes up rates

Supply Chain and Logistics

Ian Putzger has a good interview in The Loadstar with Jon Slangerup of AGL (American Global Logistics, a forwarder), who is the former head of the Port of Long Beach. the recent drought has forced the Panama Canal to raise rates, … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Rail Shipping Supply Chains container shipping economics infrastructure panama canal supply chains trade transportation

The Dawn of the Deep Tech Ecosystem

Supply Chain and Logistics

This Boston Consulting Group report by Massimo Portincaso, Arnaud de la Tour, and Philippe Soussan, discusses seven categories of so-called deep-tech areas of research that are likely to yield new disruptions for businesses of all types. They believe that deep-tech industries are … Continue reading → Advanced Computing entrepreneurship Investing Logistics Ports Shipping Strategy Supply Chains computing innovation Software technology transportation trends

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Gartner: Supply chain blockchain pilots stalling because of technology immaturity | Supply Chain Dive

Supply Chain and Logistics

Matt Leonard @Matt_Lnrd has summarized Gartner’s survey in this article, which seems to indicate more clearly that blockchain is a solution chasing problems. The basic problems are “technology immaturity”, “lack of standards”, ‘too ambitious scope”, and a misunderstanding of the use … Continue reading → Advanced Computing Logistics Supply Chains blockchain computing Gartner innovation standards technology transportation

JB Hunt offering new drop-and-hook service

Supply Chain and Logistics

JB Hunt is a powerhouse in managed logistics. Offering a drop and hook service seems like a reasonable thing to do. Many firms have yard space to keep a spare trailer, and it allows them to load it on their … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains Trucking

New Planning Maturity Assessment

In today's new supply chain paradigm, resilience and agility are key. Is your planning process fit enough to keep up with the pace of change? Is your tech stack helping or hindering your progress? Take AIMMS's new quiz to uncover learnings and benchmark yourself against peers!

Globalization in transition

Supply Chain and Logistics

This is a fascinating report about global trade, with many interesting statistics, and with points of view not often presented so cogently. Authors Susan Lund, James Manyika, Jonathan Woetzel, Jacques Bughin, Mekala Krishnan, Jeongmin Seong, and Mac Muir point out that … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Production Operations Strategy Supply Chains economics trade transportation trends