Supply Chain and Logistics

Your ‘chassis deal’ – and terms – may be costing you

Supply Chain and Logistics

Obtaining a chassis from a pool is a good idea for some truckers. But beware the terms and conditions. The article indicates that pools, often owned by leasing companies and investment houses, have a goal of making money. I believe … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Shipping Supply Chains Trucking Chassis chassis leasing chassis pools container shipping maintenance ocean shipping supply chains

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How to better deliver carbon reductions in EU’s maritime sector

Supply Chain and Logistics

This article takes issue with the Emissions Trading System (ETS) put in place by the EU. Pricing the emissions of various fuels into the equation will induce fuel users to use cleaner fuels in some cases. The argument goes that … Continue reading → Logistics Managerial Econ Shipping Sustainability EU emissions trading system green fuels ocean shipping port economics sustainability

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2021 vessel reliability recorded at its lowest ever

Supply Chain and Logistics

Ocean carriers are running a business in which their reliability of completing voyages planned in advance ranges around 30% to 40%. The highest reported here, by Sea-Intelligence Maritime Analysis, is Maersk at 46%.

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Avoiding Dead-end Streets As We Build the Future of Supply Chain Planning – Sep 23, 2022

Supply Chain and Logistics

Lora Cecere, the Supply Chain Shaman, has given us once again something to think about– big time. She goes off on some of the current fads in supply chain that she thinks are not worth pursuing. It’s always wise to … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains innovation Supply Chain Shaman supply chains technology

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5 Unexpected Ways to Control Supply Chain Costs in 2023

Speaker: Todd Simms and Andy Johnson

Join industry experts Todd Simms and Andy Johnson as they break down five budget line items that ballooned out of control in 2022 and strategies to control them in 2023.

BigCommerce survey reveals what e-commerce shoppers want

Supply Chain and Logistics

People want free shipping. That’s the biggest motivator – like good logistics pros they are looking at total landed cost. It’s more important than discounts. Apparently, the most-purchased e-commerce items are fashion products. Knowing what consumers seem to want should … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains Service Management economics survey e-commerce consumers

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Kern County Board greenlights 3 million TEU Mojave Inland Port

Supply Chain and Logistics

The LA and Long Beach Ports have gone ahead by obtaining approval from Kern County Supervisors for a large inland port in Mojave CA.

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Klaipeda looks to position itself as the Blue Economy capital of the Baltics

Supply Chain and Logistics

Klaipeda is in Lithuania, the only substantial port in that country. Geographically it is well-positioned for the maritime industry of the Baltic Sea. A map is instructive.

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Port of Houston mulls dwell measures to cope with record-breaking volumes

Supply Chain and Logistics

The Port of Houston is quickly becoming a major container import location. but some congestion is occurring and the dwell time of containers is increasing to close to 6 days, causing slowdowns in the yards. The port has adopted a … Continue reading → Logistics Ports Shipping Supply Chains container shipping disruptions dwell time port congestion ports supply chains

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New UCL report claims $850bn of LNG-capable tonnage risks being stranded by 2030

Supply Chain and Logistics

UCL Energy Institute is a very influential research group. The UCL part is University College London. Their investigation of LNG-fueled vessels indicates that these ships are not on the best path to reduce carbon emissions. Thus, many of them being … Continue reading → Investing Logistics Shipping Strategy Sustainability emissions imo2020 LNG power LNG-fueled ships ocean shipping shipbreaking shipping investment

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Supply Chain Strategy (And Why Yours Isn't Working)

Speaker: Michelle Meyer, Founder and CEO of MatterProviders

Michelle Meyer is here to walk you through the future of supply chain strategy, and why your current approach is probably not working. In this exclusive webinar, she will explore ways to develop and perfect your new supply chain strategy in this post-pandemic era of uncertainty.

Norway’s fjords welcome another pair of autonomous vessels

Supply Chain and Logistics

Norway is a leader in the development of clean transport, especially maritime. They have been experimenting with autonomous ships for several years. Here are two new ships, which will not operate autonomously at the start, but will sail with a … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Sustainability electric ships emissions green corridor ocean shipping sustainability technology transportation

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Supply chain decarbonisation needs partnerships to create a reaction

Supply Chain and Logistics

This discussion of a recent UNCTAD paper by Mikael Lind and Wolfgang Lehmacher sheds light on the complex problems facing shipping in the path to decarbonization. It spawned a whole chain of searches for me, to find out more about … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Sustainability carbon emissions decarbonization emissions maritime ocean shipping ports

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IANA panel: Intermodal chassis squeeze easing, but it’s far from over

Supply Chain and Logistics

Chassis have always been an Achilles’ heel of container or intermodal transport. Chassis utilization is now about 90%, a high figure. And a chassis is essential to move a container. So people are holding on to chassis so they can … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains Chassis chassis pools chassis shortage container shipping cooperation supply chains transportation

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Liners get a preview of alternative fuel costs

Supply Chain and Logistics

A new technical and commercial comparison of alternative fuels for ocean carriers compares expected bunker costs for different size and differently equipped ships. Alphaliner, a consultancy for ocean carriers, has reviewed that comparison.

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5 Powerful Prescriptive Analytics Examples in Supply Chain

Prescriptive analytics is a type of advanced analytics that optimizes decision-making by providing a recommended action. Supply chain, with its complex planning questions, is typically an area where optimization technology is required. Read about 5 use cases.

DCSA digital standards poised to become globally accepted

Supply Chain and Logistics

The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) has made some strides in becoming the main source of digital standards for shipping. Digital standards are very important for supply chain management because they guarantee that information is interchangeable between partners in any … Continue reading → Advanced Computing Logistics Shipping Supply Chains data standards DCSA FMC FreightTech information systems standards supply chains technology

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Dutch debut clean, automated ship recycling solution

Supply Chain and Logistics

Shipbreaking is one of the most difficult problems for those with a concern about ESG. It touches all three areas. Environmentally, in most shipbreaking operations in places like Bangladesh, ships are simply driven ashore, potentially dumping fuel and other waste … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping danger for humans ESG governance labor economics ocean shipping shipbreaking sustainability

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Feds dodging US-flag ship cargo rules, GAO reveals

Supply Chain and Logistics

The General Accounting Office (GAO), the branch of the US government that audits agencies, has found that the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has not been following the Jones Act rules for cabotage. Cabotage is a type of regulation that mandates … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping cabotage Jones Act MARAD military supply supply chains

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IMO’s Carbon Intensity Indicator comes in for further criticism

Supply Chain and Logistics

A critique of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s new Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) which comes into effect January 1, 2023. The CII assigns a rating to ships based on their carbon efficiency. It takes into account their actual trips rather … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Sustainability carbon intensity CII CO2 intensity IMO ocean shipping regulations sustainability

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6 Ways Video Telematics Improves Driver Safety

An in-cab dash cam video system can help fleet operators significantly reduce risky driving, costly legal judgments, and insurance costs. Download the eBook and learn 6 ways to improve driver safety by using dash cams on your trucks.

Monopolist gatekeepers keeping warehouse power in the shade

Supply Chain and Logistics

In the UK, using warehouse roofs for solar power could produce over 13 trillion watt-hours of energy. Even one-third of this would fulfill the UK’s commitment for 2030. The issue: regulators have handed power over who and how to connect … Continue reading → Logistics Sustainability Uncategorized regulations rooftop solar solar energy sustainability warehousing

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Sulphur cap has resulted in a 77% drop in SOx emissions from ships: IMO

Supply Chain and Logistics

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is blowing its horn about the last set of rules they put forth. The sulfur cap rules began on January 1, 2020. On January 1, 2023 a new set of rules will go into effect. … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Sustainability emissions imo2020 ocean shipping sulphur dioxide sustainability

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BLS data indicates truck transportation employment growth may be slowing

Supply Chain and Logistics

This interesting article dissects the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) monthly report. Truck job growth might be slowing, but warehouse jobs are declining. Is that due to increased automation? Or is it due to fewer people wanting the jobs, when … Continue reading → Labor Economics Logistics Jobs labor economics transportation trucking trucking labor workforce changes

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ATA Truck Tonnage Index Rose 0.5% in May

Supply Chain and Logistics

Truck tonnage saw a slight increase in May, according to the latest American Trucking Associations (ATA) survey of its members. This index is considered quite reliable. Its base year is 2015, so a value of 117.1

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Gain a Competitive Edge: The Importance of a Supplier Diversity Program

Speaker: Rod Robinson, SVP of the Supplier Diversity Practice, Insight Sourcing Group

In this exclusive webinar, Rod Robinson, SVP of the Supplier Diversity Practice Lead & Center of Excellence at Insight Sourcing Group, dives into the key benefits corporations are seeing emerge from their supplier diversity programs, and how you can gain unique competitive advantages with a supplier diversity program of your own.

FreightTech investment: With the cheap money gone, what happens now?

Supply Chain and Logistics

How do innovations get to logistics and supply chain firms? Here is the current state of the situation. We went through a period of high venture capitalist (VC) interest in Supply Chain and Logistics startups.

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Midwest soybean farmers to help pay for Pacific Northwest export terminal; rail service is risky for harvest this year.

Supply Chain and Logistics

Soybean exports are one of the US major sources of export revenue. China is the biggest consumer of soybeans that are exported, about half the US crop. The US competes with Brazil for the Far East soybean market. Most soybeans … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains Shipping Rail supply chains China biofuel soybeans reliability grain shipping exports soybean meal railroads grain exports

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Pasha Hawaii teams with Costco on chartering spree

Supply Chain and Logistics

Costco is another firm that has decided to figure out how to move its imports without help from the ocean shipping alliances. It is working with Pasha Hawaii to charter box ships. according to the article, Costco is now in … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Supply Chains chartering congestion container shipping Costco intermodal

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New York approaches biggest US container port title as west coast imports flatline

Supply Chain and Logistics

Why are people choosing New York/New Jersey to import containers? One concern is the congestion and delay, averaging 18 days according to the article, at the West Coast ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Apparently throughput has reached a … Continue reading → Labor Economics Logistics Ports Shipping Supply Chains container shipping intermodal labor relations ports supply chains

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Getting Started With Scenario Modeling in Supply Chain Network Design

To build your supply chain’s agility and responsiveness, you need to look at scenarios more frequently instead of relying on a single plan. Let’s explore how you can apply scenario modeling in supply chain network design.

US freight rail links reach deal with unions

Supply Chain and Logistics

Unions have reached a deal with rail lines on a contract for the next five years. There will be a 24% wage increase over the next five years, with 14.1% immediate, and five payouts of $1000 per worker. The terms … Continue reading → Logistics Rail labor relations supply chains transportation

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Biden could reduce inflation, mitigate a recession, and strengthen democracy with a new EU-US trade agreement

Supply Chain and Logistics

This article from Brookings offers a way to reduce inflation, add jobs, and improve commerce by making a bilateral trade agreement with the European Union. It’s got lots of support for expecting good outcomes for the American economy and American … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains international trade managerial economics supply chains

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How will autonomous trucks handle blowouts?

Supply Chain and Logistics

This article discusses the issues surrounding blowouts, and how autonomous trucks might handle the problem. Blowouts occur fairly frequently, though tire manufacturers are making better tires as time goes by. Drivers can usually use their ‘feel’ of the truck to … Continue reading → Logistics Trucking blowouts maintenance trucking

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Back to the future – TOWT to become ship owner-operator with growing cargo schooner fleet

Supply Chain and Logistics

ARe sailing cargo vessels the wave of the future? The French company TOWT thinks so. Sailing cargo vessels reduce emissions by 90%. That’s a draw for some European shippers. But they also offer the ability to visit ports that don’t … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Sustainability ocean shipping sailing supply chains wind power

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Secure Your Supply Chain: How to Build Resiliency for the Future

Speaker: Bart Huthwaite, Principal, RSM, Operations and Supply Chain

In this webinar, Bart Huthwaite will explore best practices in building and improving supply chain resilience for a successful and productive future.

Plans primed to get more Ukrainian exports moving

Supply Chain and Logistics

Ukranian nationals can now work as seafarers abroad, to help relieve the shipping problems Ukraine has been seeing since the war with Russia started. Russia and Ukraine have signed a Black Sea Grain Initiative which allows Ukranian goods to be … Continue reading → Logistics Shipping Black Sea Black Sea ports crews fertilizer grain ports Russia-Ukraine War Ukraine

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US importers using box ships to store cargo

Supply Chain and Logistics

US importers are not so worried about cargo waiting offshore to be unloaded. As long as they have enough for their sales or manufacturing, the cargo can sit on a container ship and the principal cost to the shipper is … Continue reading → Logistics Managerial Econ Shipping Supply Chains containers delays inventory inventory cost inventory financing ocean shipping ports supply chains

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‘Exceptional growth’ in container fleet could result in 13m teu excess

Supply Chain and Logistics

The excess estimated in this article is mostly in dry containers. Reefers are still much in demand. The problem is, what’s going to happen to them?

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Six Challenges to US Logistics

Supply Chain and Logistics

I received a nice writeup from Kyle Krug, representing Legacy Supply Chain Systems, listing six important challenges shippers face today. Legacy is a 3PL helping customers with their logistics for nearly 40 years. They have been trying to help their … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains 3PLs challenges covid customer service disruptions innovation Software supply chains

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Best Practices to Model Carbon Costs in Supply Chain Network Design

How to model carbon costs in your supply chain design? Make conscious choices by comparing scenarios indicating at which points in the supply chain carbon emissions occur and achieve the right balance between sustainability and cost.