Why the West Coast Ports Labor Dispute Matters to Retailers
The Network Effect
JULY 16, 2014
Shippers still bear the scars from the disastrous 2002 work stoppage and have countermeasures in-place to avoid major disruption. So, while the West Coast situation may cause a minor up-tick in freight being routed to the Eastern Ports (Eastern freight is up from 38% in January to 41% in May, according to Hackett Associates), it won’t go a lot higher because the Eastern routes have been running near capacity for several months and are now basically full. By Chris Ferrell.