The West in Want of Workers: Oakland's Port Labor Shortage & The Supply Chain


West Coast ports are starting to improve congestion issues, but Oakland faces a potentially disastrous labor shortage that threatens to slow progress. Oakland’s Labor Dilemma. Oakland has seen a rise in container volumes starting in March as shippers began moving back to West Coast ports. The effects of the labor shortage are beginning to become visible at the Port of Oakland as ships are being forced to remain at anchor for up to 36 hours before being unloaded.

Supply Chain News on US Gets First Stop Ever from New Generation of Megaships, but Ports ae Far from Ready for Regular Service

Supply Chain Digest

Giant CMA CGM Ship Visits Port of Los Angeles, Heads to Oakland, but Major Systemic Changes Needed, Drewry Says

Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of Jan. 4, 2018

Supply Chain Digest

US PMI Very Strong in 2017, Construction to Start on New Logistics Hub in Port of Oakland, Nucor Thinks Supply Chain in Building New Steel Plant, Many Unhappy Returns in Retail

What’s Behind the Supply Chain Analytics Revolution?

Logistics Viewpoints

I recently read a Wall Street Journal article on a tech-driven revolution in sports, written by Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager most well known as the character played by Brad Pitt in the movie Moneyball. […].

Supply Chain Matters February 20th Update- U.S. West Coast Port Disruption

Supply Chain Matters

According to a published report by the Los Angeles Times, City of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who has participated in a nightly call with Perez and mayors of other West Coast port cities, told the Associated Press that if a deal isn’t reached today, Perez plans to force the parties to Washington, D.C., On this Friday, February 20th, Supply Chain Matters provides another reader update and advisory on the all-important and unfortunately, all-consuming disruption occurring at U.S.

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


Planning productivity can be increased by segmenting tasks according to the tools best suited for the activity. For years, planning productivity has not been a particularly hot topic at most companies.

Warehouses Are Full as Holiday Season Commences

Material Handling & Logistics

ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast. Imports take a breather as retail shelves are fully stocked for peak season.

Ocean Freight Routing Terms Explained

Material Handling & Logistics

This term covers all the ocean ports on the West, including Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, Long Beach/Los Angeles and others. Knowing the best way to route your shipment can save you headaches and money. The ocean freight industry uses many acronyms to describe a shipment’s routing.

What to Do Now Before the Panama Canal Expands


While the rates would be about 4% cheaper to go this route rather than through Oakland, it would also take 11 days longer. The Panama Canal expands in 2016. What will it mean for U.S. logistics?

Retail Imports Hit a Record High. Again

Material Handling & Logistics

ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast. For the second month in a row, retail imports into the U.S.

“Moneyball” and Your Business

Supply Chain Action Blog

A while back, the film “Moneyball” showed us how the Oakland A’s built a super-competitive sports franchise on analytics, essentially “ competing on analytics ”, within relevant business parameters of a major league baseball franchise. It’s baseball season again!

Who said supply chains are boring?: Container Shipping's Post-9/11.

Supply Chains Rock

MarketWatchs Alexander Davis reports from Oakland, Calif. Who said supply chains are boring? Whenever I tell a friend, colleague or family member about my job as soon as the words "supply chain" are muttered I immediately see glassy eyes followed by a yawn or two. Little do they realize that every time they discard or recycle a carton of milk they are completing the end of the supply chain cycle.

The Parable of Walmart, Target Stores and Vertical Farming

Supply Chain Collaborator

Case in point, the Wall Street Journal reports that these three giants (among others) have reshaped their logistics plans to avoid US West Coast-bound ocean routes (and the subsequent OTR and rail routes) due to recent labor-dispute-driven disruptions at ports in Long Beach and Oakland.

The High Cost of Poor Supplier Relationships

Talking Logistics

president and CEO of PPI, who is also a Professor of Marketing at Oakland University, Rochester, MI, and a Research Fellow at the Center for Supply Chain Management at Rutgers University. We’ve seen several headlines over the past six months about how poorly suppliers are being treated these days. Here’s a sampling: Tesco faces fresh accusations of ‘bullying’ suppliers over price cuts ( The Telegraph ).

Well Prepared Retailers Seize Opportunity for Advantage during Port Closures

Supply Chain Collaborator

While some of the volume has returned to Long Beach and Oakland, there is still a significant contingent that continues to bypass the West in favor of eastern and southern entry points.

This Week in Logistics News (November 18-22, 2013)

Talking Logistics

This past Monday, “truck drivers from three companies at the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach began a 36-hour strike…and Port of Oakland truckers have threatened to walk out next week,” according to an article in Cargo Business News.

This Week in Logistics News (August 17-21, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Oakland port terminals plan PierPass-style program (JOC). I didn’t do it. I came back from vacation on Monday to find almost 1,000 emails in my inbox.

Greg Lehmkuhl Named President of Con-Way Freight

Supply Chain Network

He subsequently earned his MBA from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. Con-way Inc. NYSE: CNW) announced today that W. Gregory (Greg) Lehmkuhl has been named President of Con-way Freight Inc., the company’s regional and national less-than truckload (LTL) subsidiary and largest operating unit. The announcement was made by Douglas W. Stotlar, Con-way Inc. president and CEO, who has served as interim President of Con-way Freight since August 2010.

How Tianjin's Aftermath is Affecting West Coast Ports


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. West Coast ports are seeing limited recovery after months of congestion and reduced volume. While the ports are implementing new tactics to drive container volumes, the recent disaster in Tianjin could throw operations, once more, into chaos.

Rapidly Rising Minimum Wages Will Significantly Increase Your Warehouse and 3PL Costs: Effective Strategies to Combat Their Impact on Your Bottom Line


Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland and Chicago have already moved to raise their wages and there are proposals for minimum wage increases across the country including in New York City, Washington, D.C.

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East and West Coast Ports to Battle for U.S. Region After Panama Canal Expansion


Oakland and the Seattle-Tacoma ports on the West Coast. You might think that shippers along the East Coast will be the biggest beneficiaries of fierce competition between the East and West Coast ports.

East and West Coast Ports to Battle for U.S. Region After Panama Canal Expansion


Oakland and the Seattle-Tacoma ports on the West Coast. East and West Coast Ports to Battle for U.S. Region After Panama Canal Expansion.Transportfolio. Editor’s note: This post originally ran in October 2015.

What Steph Curry and LeBron James Can Teach Us About Innovation


The 2002 Oakland A’s, who set baseball’s record for longest winning streak with the sixth-lowest paid team in the major leagues, used new statistics to disrupt baseball and set the stage for data-driven revolutions in many sports. “You have to see this kid from Davidson,” said my friends who had brought me to a small college gym in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 2008, as I watched a midseason college basketball game of little importance.

“We didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost.”


In sports I lean more to Al Davis, the now-deceased owner of the Oakland Raiders, who once said. It was a sad moment no doubt. Back in 2015 when the President of Nokia – Nokia, the star child of Finnish technology sector – announced that it was being purchased by Microsoft.