US imports could stall as demand overwhelms trans-Pacific capacity

The Supply Chain Journal

The Institute for Supply Management Customers’ Inventories Index for May, released Tuesday, fell yet again, to 28 points. Adding to supply chain pressures are COVID cases in Shenzhen, China , where two important export gateways are located: Yantian and Shekou.

Container shipping’s stranger-than-fiction first half of 2021

The Supply Chain Journal

Freight rates resume their ascent in the wake of Ever Given-related disruptions to supply chains. Around 20 container ships remain at anchor off Los Angeles/Long Beach, with waiting time of about a week, but the bigger problem now is in Oakland.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Supply Chain Update

Transplace

Coronavirus COVID-19 Supply Chain Update. With the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), vulnerabilities in supply chains continue to be exposed. As the first tier in many company supply chains, the disruption in China has sent ripples through the worldwide economy.

Will Supply Chain Planning Productivity be a Hot Topic in 2017?

ToolsGroup

In fact, I can say from experience that supply chain planning automation that increases productivity can be a difficult sell, reminiscent of the scene from the movie Moneyball where Oakland Athletics manager Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt) tells a room full of scouts that Jonah Hill’s character represents the new way forward. But this looks like the year attitudes are changing, particularly in forward-thinking supply chain organizations. Supply Chain Plannin

Seeing Supply Chain Visibility through Different Lenses

Bristlecone

Rajesh Mani, Director of Presales, Supply Chain Apps, Bristlecone. Ever since the onset of the COVID-19 disruption, I have come across many organizations and ‘initiatives of the month’ focusing on improving supply chain visibility.

Gridlock at US Ports is Reshaping the Supply Chain

RFgen

Standoff to Affect the Supply Chain? 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. READ MORE: Supply chain tips and trends ».

Relative reefer capacity at loosest point since mid-September

The Supply Chain Journal

This week’s DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index: 70 (Carriers). Last week’s DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index: 70 (Carriers). Three-month DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index Outlook: 70 (Carriers).

Tender rejections moving atypically prior to holiday

The Supply Chain Journal

This week’s DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index: 70 (Carriers). Last week’s DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index: 75 (Carriers). Three-month DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index Outlook: 70 (Carriers).

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.

Seasonality pushing rejections and rates higher ahead of the Fourth

The Supply Chain Journal

This week’s DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index: 75 (Carriers). Last week’s DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index: 70 (Carriers). Three-month DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index Outlook: 70 (Carriers). DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index Insights News

Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update

Transplace

40’ containers: Due to the lack of imports, this equipment is in limited supply across the country. The supply of 40’ equipment across the U.S. Packaging and CPG supply chains appear to be oversold in many places and transportation demand is strong from those sectors.

FreightWaves Classics: Fix U.S. bridges! (Part 2)

The Supply Chain Journal

According to the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT), the eyebar chain design was chosen because it was less expensive. Laboratory tests concluded that, “With the north… chain thus broken, the structure’s design made total collapse… inevitable.”.

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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 Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Customers Inventories Index, released Monday, dropped to 28.4 The Census Bureau’s retail inventory-to-sales ratio in February was down to 1.23, 18% below the March 2019 number and the second lowest ratio ever (after this January’s).

Importers lost their pricing power. How should they adapt?

The Supply Chain Journal

To better understand how importers should adapt to this challenging new landscape, American Shipper conducted an in-depth interview this week with Jochen Gutschmidt, vice president of global supply chain advisory services at Copenhagen-based Sea-Intelligence. The good news for U.S.

Brace for impact: Data shows US import demand still rising

The Supply Chain Journal

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Customers Inventories Index, released Monday, dropped to 28.4 The Census Bureau’s retail inventory-to-sales ratio in February was down to 1.23, 18% below the March 2019 number and the second lowest ratio ever (after this January’s).

Webinar Q&A: Answers to 8 Common Freight Market Questions

CH Robinson Logistics

webinar, we provided an in-depth analysis of current supply and demand trends in the North American freight market. This included our forecast of future market conditions, explanations of how the latest market changes impact supply chains, and answers to your most pressing questions.

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

Peak Shipping Season: A Review of Trends from the 2018 Holiday Peak Season

GlobalTranz

It is that time of year again when we at Cerasis take a global view of what trends to expect in supply chain management throughout the remainder of the year. Meanwhile, inventory levels rose 3.6 Although this has always been a peak season for imported goods, more than 17,000 TEUs entered the Port of Oakland in the fall, which is a sum far more significant than data from 2017. Blockchain in the supply chain.

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California Freight Heats Up, Spurred By Hanjin Collapse

DAT Solutions

That started a ripple effect on the whole supply chain, which includes trucking. Even if they didn’t have cargo on Hanjin ships, big retailers are starting to shift inventory from West Coast distribution centers to other DCs farther east. Those two markets have benefited from harvests in August and September, but last week's volume may also include ocean freight from the ports of Tacoma and Oakland, respectively.

Retail Imports Hit a Record High. Again

Material Handling & Logistics

When imports break records two months in a row , it’s hard to see that as anything other than a good sign about what retailers expect in consumer demand,” says Jonathan Gold, NRF’s vice president for supply chain and customs policy. The volume of containers imported through August continues to grow and we expect this to continue through October before a slack period arrives as the holiday season inventory buildup comes to an end,” says Ben Hackett, founder of Hackett Associates. “We