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This Week in Logistics News (May 28 – June 3)

Logistics Viewpoints

How Shanghai’s lockdown is dampening Port of Oakland volumes. Cargo losses escalate as thieves target cars, electronics. The Port of Oakland reported cargo in April dropped 7 percent compared to the same period a year ago due to factory and port shutdowns in China.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Supply Chain Update

Transplace

Ocean Cargo Updates. Cargo flows and ship calls are rebounding in China as the situation normalizes. The reopening of factories in China would see a gradual return of demand, but Alphaliner noted in a recent newsletter that cargo volume recovery was expected to take a few weeks.

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Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update

Transplace

Transplace is closely monitoring the outbreak and the impact the reaction is having on the transportation market. Packaging and CPG supply chains appear to be oversold in many places and transportation demand is strong from those sectors. Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update.

This Week in Logistics News (April 23 – 29)

Logistics Viewpoints

Amazon announces new changes to inventory limits. USDA funding supports Port of Oakland pop-up container yard. Amazon is making more changes to its inventory limits, including a new extra-large category and an increased price threshold for its small and light program.

Brace for impact: Data shows US import demand still rising

The Supply Chain Journal

The latest data reveals that despite a deluge of inbound cargo since the second half of last year, import demand is not abating — it’s increasing. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Customers Inventories Index, released Monday, dropped to 28.4

Brace for impact: Data shows US import demand still rising

The Supply Chain Journal

The latest data reveals that despite a deluge of inbound cargo since the second half of last year, import demand is not abating — it’s increasing. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Customers Inventories Index, released Monday, dropped to 28.4

Gridlock at US Ports is Reshaping the Supply Chain

RFgen

ports to make up the current backlog of ships and container inventory, the standoff’s impact is expected to be more far-reaching than initially thought. cargo has flowed through the country’s West Coast ports until recently. Transportation Supply Chain

Importers lost their pricing power. How should they adapt?

The Supply Chain Journal

The bad news: Shipments from Asia face massive delays and even when cargo finally arrives, it costs so much to transport that profit margins are slashed. Box ship arriving in congested Port of Oakland (Photo: Flickr/Darren Marshall). The urge to upsize inventories.

What to Do Now Before the Panama Canal Expands

CH Robinson Transportfolio

While the rates would be about 4% cheaper to go this route rather than through Oakland, it would also take 11 days longer. First, more inventory would be in transit at any given time. And second, to avoid running out of in-demand products, the shipper would have to stock more inventory as a buffer for unpredictable demand during those 11 days. Global Transportation Logistics Supply Chain Global Forwarding Panama Canal Ports Shippers Trucking

Are you shipping me?!? $32,000 container move from China to LA

The Supply Chain Journal

Purchasing ocean transportation has become so expensive that many companies with lower-value commodities can’t afford to import anymore, analysts and logisticians say. Soaring transportation inflation is more than some can absorb.

How Tianjin's Aftermath is Affecting West Coast Ports

Elementum

The Port of Oakland, on the other hand, posted an increase of 8.7 To get back on track, the Port of Oakland announced that they are hiring 400 more workers to ensure the speed and efficiency to customers. According to data from the first half of 2015, Los Angeles held a 34 percent market share and Long Beach held a 13 percent market share of cargo transport from Tianjin to the U.S.