Supply Chain and Logistics

Ever Given to miss Hamburg call on safety grounds

Supply Chain and Logistics

The saga of the Ever Given, stuck in the Suez Canal for days, goes on. It is sailing again with cargo, but can’t land everywhere, due to restrictions on its propulsion and speed. It is skipping Hamburg. All this means … Continue reading → Logistics Service Management Shipping Supply Chains cargo container shipping disaster intermodal supply chains

Shippers, brokers square off over ocean carrier tariff prices

Supply Chain and Logistics

This article shows the extreme confusion generated by the extra charges and rapidly fluctuating shipping rates with ocean carriers. Everyone is annoyed to say the least. The essence of contracting is being disrupted by these surcharges. Brokers are caught in … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping brokers ocean shipping regulation


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Unintended consequences -UK customs and Brexit

Supply Chain and Logistics

Today’s news brings more info on unintended consequences of Brexit. I submit this could be fairly serious in thelong run, and make customs essentially unenforceable from EU to the UK. Apparently it takes customs a long time to process the … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Supply Chains Brexit customs ocean shipping supply chains

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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International transport costs: Why and how to measure them?

Supply Chain and Logistics

A nice article from Jan Hoffman of the IAME. Clearly it’s important to measure the costs, and how to do it is a big problem, given the fractionated international transport market. COVID-19 changes make it even more problematic, and then … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Supply Chains international trade ocean shipping transportation

Gartner’s strategic tech trends for 2021 turn pragmatic

Supply Chain and Logistics

Gartner thinks companies are finally starting to take security and protection of data seriously, and will focus more on the very practical improvements to operations they can make using IT. Big data, AI and other tech will play a role, … Continue reading → Advanced Computing cybersecurity innovation technology

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US exporters revolt over cost of changing earliest return dates

Supply Chain and Logistics

This story isn’t pretty. It details how shipping lines are not providing accurate information on earliest return dates, and in fact are often changing them at the last minute. Those changes often result in penalties charged to shippers. It’s another … Continue reading → Advanced Computing Logistics Ports Shipping Supply Chains agriculture containers customer service information systems Ocean ocean shipping

Flexport: ‘… predictability and stability, not just dirt cheap rates’

Supply Chain and Logistics

It’s always interesting to hear what Ryan Petersen of Flexport has to say about trade. In addition to being a top executive in the shipping 3PL arena, he’s often an astute economic observer. And he’s echoing a refrain lots of … Continue reading → Logistics Service Management Shipping Strategy Supply Chains containers customer service ocean shipping service

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How Panama Canal navigated COVID, drought and trade war

Supply Chain and Logistics

This extremely interesting article details what’s happening at the Panama Canal in terms of ocean shipping trade. I learned a lot from it. For instance, containers are a small part of the trade through the Canals, both the Panamax and … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Supply Chains bulk container shipping ocean shipping panama canal trade

Going to Market Smarter in the New Economy

The fight to find new customers and retain existing ones is the biggest business challenge for many companies. Technology will continue to play a part in fostering buyer allegiance and building brands in the “new normal.” In 2021, as companies continue to move more functions online, employees will take a more virtual -- and flexible -- mindset and lifestyle in parallel to the digitization of businesses. To succeed, you must change the way you conceive and build new products as a digital business. Download the report today to discover more!

‘Data sharing is nice, but cooperation is key’ to ending congestion

Supply Chain and Logistics

The speaker, Stefan Pieters of Jan de Rijk, was speaking of the relation between road hauliers and airport stakeholders. I believe most hauliers at ports, warehouses, inland terminals, and any cargo transfer points would be saying the same thing. And … Continue reading → Logistics Service Management Strategy Supply Chains Trucking cooperation supply chains trucking

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Felixstowe revamps VBS to stop ‘haulier abuse’

Supply Chain and Logistics

Here is an example of the adversarial approach to overbooking. Felixstowe has had serious problems handling cargo over the last several months. Port management is blaming it on everyone but themselves. Ocean carriers are avoiding the port or canceling visits, … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Production Operations Shipping Supply Chains bookings container shipping information systems intermodal ocean shipping ports trucking

Can green shipping scheme learn to ‘herd cats’?

Supply Chain and Logistics

This article provides a valuable perspective on sustainability. There seems to be, despite all odds, a rising tide of concern about the environment and sustainability behavior for maritime firms. Investors and insurers are starting to pay close attention to how … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Strategy Sustainability environment Investing reporting sustainability

Truckers counter ocean carrier effort to dismiss chassis complaint

Supply Chain and Logistics

It goes on and on. Truckers at ports are constantly being rattled by individual contract specifications that are probable violations of law. Chassis, as usual, are one of the flash points. There’s always something new to write about when we … Continue reading → Ports Service Management Supply Chains Trucking Chassis legal action Logistics ports service trucking

The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q2 2021

In our 24-criterion evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 11 most significant vendors — Data Axle, Dun & Bradstreet, Enlyft, Global Database, InsideView, Leadspace, Oracle, SMARTe, Spiceworks Ziff Davis, TechTarget, and ZoomInfo Technologies — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.

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

Rail shippers say admin and maintenance service is falling behind with PSR

Supply Chain and Logistics

Is PSR just another shorthand for cost cutting? It seems shippers think they are getting more financial responsibility for admin and maintenance now that most class I rails have adopted PSR practices. Firms are usually trying to save money. And … Continue reading → Logistics Rail Service Management Supply Chains maintenance operations PSR

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 →


UK government looks to blame predicted Brexit chaos on logistics sector

Supply Chain and Logistics

Brexit is coming, and it’s clear that the government, which has been pushing Brexit along, has chosen not to invest or prioritize systems for logistics. The logistics community will be forced into dealing with a tangle of poorly understood rules … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Supply Chains Trucking Brexit information systems international trade

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UPDATE – Felixstowe issues apology and rescinds container ban

Supply Chain and Logistics

Well, the media storm over the ban on receiving empty containers at Felixstowe got their attention at the port. Our earlier post on this subject explained the problem. The apologies were for “inconvenience”, “our service standards are not currently where … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Supply Chains Trucking Big Data intermodal transport port management ports Software supply chain disruption trucking

2M restores transpacific capacity, pleads for return of empty containers

Supply Chain and Logistics

Ocean carriers are suddenly waking up to the fact that supply chain disruptions for their customers are bad for relations. Now they’ve decided that they blanked too many voyages. And thehoarding of containers by customers who usethem to store goods … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Strategy Supply Chains blankings Chassis containers intermodal ocean shipping supply chains

Chaos at port of Felixstowe – carriers refuse return of empty boxes

Supply Chain and Logistics

It’s typical of IT projects to ber late or never get finished. Here we seem to have an example that is severely impacting everyone else in the supply chain. Here at Felixstowe, you can’t return empty containers. You have to … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Supply Chains Trucking Big Data intermodal transport ports Software trucking

Maersk joins CP Rail inland with new transload facility

Supply Chain and Logistics

Maersk is in the forefront of expanding their supply chain control into the hinterland. The Port of Vancouver is in a very closed in space, a bit like San Francisco, with little room to expand facilities. Maersk has finally grasped … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Strategy Supply Chains cooperation inland warehouses intermodal transport transloading

4 AI Hacks to Make Sales Teams More Efficient

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Port of LA leader calls for industrywide digital transformation

Supply Chain and Logistics

Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of LA, is calling on people to cooperate and share data on logistics activities. He wants to see a bold information transformation, for the maritime industry and also for on-shore logistics. He was … Continue reading → analytics Logistics Ports Supply Chains Big Data computing cooperation coronavirus information systems maritime

Challenge HOS final rule in federal court

Supply Chain and Logistics

Teamsters and several safety organizations have challenged the new HOS rules. It won’t keep them from going into effect; but it will point out that the new rules directly contradict previous findings of the FMCSA. I’ve been waiting for such … Continue reading → Labor Economics Logistics Trucking government HOS rules regulations trucking

Mexico trucking capacity crunch

Supply Chain and Logistics

The USMCA replacement for NAFTA has not improved anything regarding trucking between the US and Mexico. COVID-19, movement of production from the Far East to Mexico, and no change in regulations, has put demands on trucking firms and on drivers … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains Trucking international trade Mexico trucking USMCA

Dealing with the shameful crew-change crisis

Supply Chain and Logistics

Here’s a suggestion for a relatively simple way to stop the cheating on crew changes during Covid-19. Crews are often not allowed to leave ships during the Covid-19 crisis, and are either coerced into signing renewal contracts or simply denied … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Supply Chains coronavirus crew changes disruption insurance labor relations ocean shipping

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Walmart tightens on-time, in-full requirements

Supply Chain and Logistics

A large shipping firm has grabbed a problem by the throat. Wal-Mart has raised its on-time in-full (OTIF) shipment requirements for all suppliers to 98%. It’s in response to a significant drop-off of on-time deliveries and short shipments, possibly due … Continue reading → Logistics Production Operations Strategy Supply Chains Shipping standards transportation

ExxonMobil to expand biofuel bunkering

Supply Chain and Logistics

ExxonMobil is working with the Port of Rotterdam and Stena Bulk to provide 0.5% marine biofuel made with second-generation waste. It will be available later this year. This renewable fuel on a commercial scale is a noble effort. It won’t … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Sustainability biofuel bunker oil environment fuel ocean shipping

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Alliances schedule 75 blankings for Q3

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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

How much wood would a container manufacturer chuck?

Supply Chain and Logistics

Good old fashioned Operations Management; saving money by reducing the amount of wood used in container floors. Chris Gillis Thursday, September 10, 2020 Link: [link]. Logistics Shipping Sustainability containers intermodal sustainability

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