Borderlands: Shipping container squeeze hits US soybean exporters

The Supply Chain Journal

This week: US agricultural exporters experiencing shipping container crunch; TForce Logistics expands last-mile delivery in Texas; Dachser expands operations in Arizona; and TexAmericas Center to expand rail service. US agricultural exporters experiencing shipping container squeeze.

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

The Supply Chain Journal

The blows to the global supply chain never seem to end in 2021, resulting in delays that have sharply reduced the system’s effective capacity and put upward pressure on shipping rates that began reaching record highs months ago. A large container vessel heading to the Port of Houston.


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The Current State of the Shipping Capacity Crunch


The shipping capacity crunch is not a new topic, but the end of 2017 is shaping up to reveal an unprecedented crunch, reports Chris Brady of Logistics Viewpoints. An active hurricane season, the forthcoming implementation deadline for electronic logging devices (ELD) and record-shattering projections for the upcoming holiday shipping season reflect some of the top factors affecting the current state shipping capacity crunch. Capacity Crunch Manufacturing

The History of the Shipping Container


The History of the Shipping Container. 26 April 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Ideal X and the birth of modern container shipping, a development that played a critical role in spurring the global economy. But the modern shipping container has changed much more than one industry. The Shipping Container: Before 1956. Small trucker, Malcom McLean, fumes at slow loading of cargo aboard ship – “There has to be a better way.”.

The Current State of the Shipping Capacity Crunch!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The shipping capacity crunch is not a new topic, but the end of 2017 is shaping up to reveal an unprecedented crunch, reports Chris Brady of Logistics Viewpoints. An active hurricane season, the forthcoming implementation deadline for electronic logging devices (ELD) and record-shattering projections for the upcoming holiday shipping season reflect some of the top factors affecting the current state shipping capacity crunch. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

[INFOGRAPHIC] The History of Shipping Containers


As a logistics service provider, focusing on over-the-road surface transportation management solutions via technology and managed transportation services, we find the following information on the history of shipping containers of great significance to the logistics and supply chain community at large. There are two ways to view the History of Shipping Containers. Below, you can also view the history of shipping containers in one infographic. Shipping between Europe, S.E.

Global Vendor Management: What It Is & Why It’s Essential for Your Shipping Strategy

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Consider this: global sourcing, manufacturing, and sales are advancing rapidly, leaving technology providers in the tough position of playing catch up. Imagine you are at your desk in Houston and you need to determine whether a completed order left the warehouse in China. That’s why you need a global shipping strategy with a comprehensive global vendor management program. The important rule is to ship so that products never go to the company’s facility.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Supply Chain Update


Cargo flows and ship calls are rebounding in China as the situation normalizes. Carmakers and electronic manufacturers in South Korea and Japan are reporting production line shutdowns. The Port of Houston is experiencing equipment shortages.

Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update


The expectation is that two mega ships will arrive at the ports to pick up empties this week as the equipment is needed in China. Industrial and chemical sectors are maintaining at seasonally expected shipping volumes as of this time. Cargo flows and ship calls are rebounding in China.

Capacity Crunch Factors: What Causes a Capacity Crunch?


Unbelievably, the capacity crunch is back the shipping headlines. Now, the shipping and transportation industry faces unprecedented capacity problems, and the upcoming ELD implementation deadline will exacerbate the issue. Lacking shipping standards and a misconception about the urgency of getting drivers in and out of shipyards faster are common capacity crunch factors. A shipping capacity crunch is not a once-in-a-lifetime event.

The Story Continues…. Let’s Don’t Sugar Coat the Real Issue

Supply Chain Shaman

As a country, I think that we need to rethink supply chain flows for chassis, drayage and the unloading of larger ships. I don’t think that the ports are up to the challenge of moving the high-levels of freight with larger ships without rethinking unloading space, equipment and flows. It takes 2 to 3 days to unload a ship. Today, the number of chassis required for a ship is between 2,000 and 5,000. The ships are getting larger.

‘Just so big’: China’s outsize role in trade at Texas border crossings

The Supply Chain Journal

1 trade partner for Port Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport last year, accounting for $21.2 So much of what is manufactured in Mexico is going to have or can very well have Chinese parts in them.”.

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This Week in Logistics News (April 24 – 30)

Logistics Viewpoints

As I wrote about two weeks ago, Domino’s is now partnering with Nuro in Houston to make robocar deliveries. Apple’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund is financing the project. The Noid is back. For those unfamiliar, let me explain.

US wants to reclaim critical rare earth supply chain

The Supply Chain Journal

The metal started in a mine in southern Georgia, then was shipped to a Utah processing plant and finally to a rare earth elements separation facility in Estonia. Kaolin and silica can be used in paper, ceramics, plastics, paint manufacturing, food additives, and drugs and vitamins. “In

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How Supply Chain Will be Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Material Handling & Logistics

Hurricane Harvey has struck a significant blow to the Houston, Texas metro area, home to the sixth largest import terminal in the world, as well as all of the shipping lanes in the Gulf Coast area. The manufacturing PMI and non-manufacturing NMI summarize supply managers’ reports as to how their organizations fared in the past month with regard to a set of key business metrics.

Billion Dollar Port Plan Brings Mega-Retailer To Mexico


Walmart’s goods start their nine day journey through Mexico to Houston’s major intermodal transit hub at the Lorenzo Cardenas Port. Before the mega-retailer started shipping goods through Lazaro Cardenas, the KCS had fallen on hard times. As recently as Fall of 2014, the Lorenzo Cardenas-Houston route handled an average of only 10-20 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) a week. Walmart Explores Mexico’s Supply Chain.

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How Ecommerce Brands Are Helping Fight COVID-19 (Coronavirus) + Resources for Those in Need


They will deliver free, fresh salads and bowls to hospitals in the cities they serve: DC Area, Philadelphia, Boston, NYC, SF, LA, Chicago, and Houston. to cover part of credit card processing, packing, and shipping costs).

Borderlands: Mexico records 692 commercial cargo thefts in April

The Supply Chain Journal

While cargo theft decreased 21% in April compared to the same period in 2020, Mexican officials said cargo security remains an issue for carriers and shipping companies. The resumption of manufacturing activities will resume gradually.

Seasonality pushing rejections and rates higher ahead of the Fourth

The Supply Chain Journal

The west coast continues to provide seemingly non-stop container ships, while Houston, New Orleans, Miami and Savannah are seeing very strong throughput as well. On the manufacturing side, the ISM Manufacturing PMI expanded in May after declining in April. Manufacturing.

How to Weather the Hurricanes of 2017 (and more) with a Heavy-Duty TMS Platform

Supply Chain Collaborator

The enormous disruption to all manner of commodities production and deliveries has wide ranging ramifications for high volume-shipping industries across many verticals. Houston, one of the top six freight transportation hubs in the US is still struggling to recover and this affects the distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables from the Rio Grande Valley. These disruptions impact industries as diverse as food production to manufacturing to retail and many others.

Today’s Freight Capacity Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here?

Talking Logistics

Looking back on how we arrived at this point, many experts point to the 2017 hurricane season, specifically with Hurricane Harvey hitting the Houston area in late August 2017, followed by Hurricane Irma hitting Florida just a few weeks later. The recovery efforts in both areas sucked up a lot of capacity, just as many retailers and agriculture companies were headed into peak shipping season.

This Week in Logistics News (June 12 – 18)

Logistics Viewpoints

Home Depot contracted its own container ship. The company has contracted a ship that will begin running next month. The pilot program has already started in Houston and will use Nuro’s bots to travel on streets delivering packages.

Answering the Call in Times of Disaster

Material Handling & Logistics

Behind the scenes during the tumultuous disaster season of 2017, building materials manufacturers leaned heavily on dynamic digital tools to supply recovery efforts. The urgent phone call to the building materials manufacturer came as yet another hurricane was churning its way toward landfall during the record storm season of 2017. Recent estimates suggest that Hurricane Harvey destroyed a minimum of 100,000 homes in the Houston-Beaumont, Texas, area.

New Panama Canal Options: Running the Numbers with a TMS


These enterprises are no longer reliant on the Suez Canal route for shipping freight on Post-Panamax container vessels to the United States. As described in my previous blog post , the enlarged Panama Canal can handle container ships up to 13,000 TEUs in size. Cargo can enter the country via East coast or West coast ports depending on variables such as the type of product being shipped. If high-value items are being shipped, it’s important to minimize inventory levels.

Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

The recent announcement by Google-owned Motorola Mobility that all new Moto X smartphones sold in the US will be manufactured in Texas, highlights the continued importance of the global supply chain and role of freight forwarders and logistics services providers (LSPs) in successful local sourcing strategies.

Van Rates Sag, Flatbeds Add 2¢, Before Q1 Closes

DAT Solutions

HOT MARKETS : Houston keeps humming, and rates are up 9% on major outbound lanes. Houston has been alternating with Atlanta as the number-one spot for van load posts over the past few weeks. HOT MARKETS : Rock Island , IL, is home to farm equipment manufacturers, who must have shipped a bunch of orders last week. We're just a few days away from Easter and Passover, which coincide with the close of the first quarter.

Seven Thoughts to Build a Customer-Centric Supply Chain Organization

Supply Chain Shaman

A month after completing this strategy session I was doing a series of strategy days with two chemical companies in Houston. A contract manufacturer shares discount pricing based on forecast accuracy of the customer. Shipping Standards. ‘Chin Music’ Definition: Idle Chatter, Idle Talk or Vague Explanations. Urban Dictionary. In my work as a supply chain analyst, and Founder of Supply Chain Insights, I attend many supply chain conferences.

29 warehouse & automation experts share insights on how warehouse robots will impact industry employment

6 River Systems

Sarah Boisvert @fablabhub Sarah Boisvert is the author of The New Collar Workforce and founder of Fab Lab Hub that offers Digital Badges for skills such as 3D printing, robotics, CAD design and AI in manufacturing. “Robots have been successfully used in manufacturing for…” …decades and expansion to warehouse applications is a natural extension of their functions. Or can they pick individual items, package and ship?

SCRC Meeting Insights Part II: Management Principles for Executing Visibility Strategies


Companies like Flex are looking for ways to integrate vertically, not just on product manufacturing, but also in terms of how to collaborate better to drive more efficiency. A problem in procurement can impact manufacturing and logistics and planning, but often these dots are never connected, so there never emerges a cross-functional approach to working on them. This mechanism must be driven not simply by external impacts, such as floods in Houston or explosions in Tianjin.

20 warehouse professionals and business leaders reveal the single most important first step when designing a warehouse layout

6 River Systems

For instance, conveyor systems are bulky and fixed in place, so warehouses with conveyor systems often must design the warehouse layout around this infrastructure while allocating adequate space for other warehouse functions, such as sortation and packaging and shipping.

Heavy Haul, Oversize Freight Transportation – Case Studies


Goal : Freightera was tasked to move 8 heavy, oversize refinery units from Houston, Texas to Toledo, Ohio, USA (over 1250 miles) and 10 flat-bed loads. Once 2 units were delivered, drivers would drive back to Houston and load the next 2 units and go back and forth. It could take up to 10 days for 2 refinery units from Houston to Toledo, while the flat-bed loads would do it within one or 2 days maximum through the highway. Customer : Leading US manufacturer of soft drinks.

26 logistics professionals reveal the biggest trends in logistics technology

6 River Systems

“Data science can bring great gains for…” Logistics efforts of retailers and manufacturers. Christoph Seitz is the Co-Owner of CFR Rinkens , a global leader in the shipping of commercial cargo, specializing in the containerized shipping of motor vehicles. As the IIoT continues to evolve, the manufacturing and logistics industry will benefit from the ability to produce real-time analytics and data visualizations.

FreightWaves Haul of Fame: Roadway Express was an LTL leader for decades

The Supply Chain Journal

Nonetheless, the industry was still in its early days, and railroads were the primary method of transportation for goods from point of manufacture to point of sale. Roadway saw immediate success and soon shipments were moving to Chicago, Houston and Kansas City. The U.S.

2017 in Review: Disruptions Drive Rates Up

DAT Solutions

companies also ratcheted up manufacturing of petroleum byproducts, including plastic resins, which typically move in vans. E-Commerce Changes Shipping Patterns. Container ships docked in Los Angeles or Long Beach, the freight was unloaded, sorted and moved on rail intermodal or van trailers to regional distribution centers across the country. Hurricane Harvey had the biggest impact on freight because Houston is a nexus for rail and sea traffic as well as trucking.

Perspectives on the Global Trade Environment: A Panel Discussion


Even if AAP or other auto part companies wanted to move production, there is no manufacturing capacity in the US or anywhere else, so creating redundancy in this case is very difficult. India – it is a great country to manufacture in but the infrastructure is not quite as developed as China.