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Are you addressing the symptom or the disease behind global freight congestion? A look at how outdated processes like booking and allocation hurt LSPs.
U.S. demand increases and Maersk continues its acquisition spree as even more pressure is heaped on the already strained supply chain. All this and more in this week's Friday Five.
LSPs have a new way to manage ocean cargo chaos, colleges are rethinking supply chain lesson plans, IKEA takes ocean shipping in its own hands, and Portland may stop being weird.
As Slync.io makes #logtech history as the new title sponsor of Dubai Desert Classic, Halloween looks extra spooky and labor strikes threaten havoc on the supply chain.
An industry expert gives advice how to thrive in perpetual peak season, McDonald’s is hit in their dairy-aire while Walmart diversifies. All this and more in this week’s Friday Five!
China approaches the geopolitical developments west of Xinjiang with caution, congestion worsens on both sides of the Pacific as Ningbo is scheduled to start a phased reopening, and the gender gap in the supply chain field is slowly closing.
This week Maersk made key acquisitions to broaden its reach beyond ocean shipping. Plus, a closer look at a ship wreck in the "Amazon of the Ocean," Ningbo's closure, and what Maersk says is to blame for high prices.
The back-to-school rush continues while port congestion is stretching towards an all-time high and carriers are having spectacular financial results. All this and more in this week's Friday Five!
The days of blissful back-to-school shopping at your favorite Mega Lo Mart might be coming to an end due to the ongoing chaos in ocean freight shipping.
The past 18 months have illustrated that ocean freight will continue to be unpredictable, but there is hope. More on emerging priorities for shippers and LSPs, supply chain diversity, Uber Freight's surprise acquisition, and more in this week’s Friday Five!
Digital supply chains create a lot of data. Big, messy data. And technology alone can't solve the problem. Logistics orchestration requires a human touch.
Finally, the Ever Given has been cleared to continue to its next port of call after an undisclosed settlement between the Suez Canal Authority and ship owners and insurers. More on this topic, DHL Express' new investments, Trans-Pacific capacity, and more in today’s Friday Five!
Logisticians have long paid the price when things don't go as planned. Hopefully not as dire as in Alexander the Great’s days, but times are tough for LSPs and they don’t seem to be letting up.
A top 10 global freight forwarder with over 60,000 monthly FCL carrier bookings and space allocations partnered with Slync.io to improve their operational efficiencies for ocean carrier bookings
Are you addressing the symptom or the disease behind global freight congestion? A look at how outdated processes like booking and allocation hurt LSPs.
Amazon Prime Day took center stage this week, illustrating how the continued chaos in ocean freight is slowing down global supply chains. A deeper dive into Amazon’s Prime Day, Elon Musk, DP World and Virgin Hyperloop interest in container transport, and other news that is impacting global trade in this week's Friday Five!
Global logistics has inherent challenges. Tapping into the hidden potential of your people and data can unlock the ability for logistics orchestration.
E-commerce growth may have leveled off in recent months, but many are betting these new shopping habits are here to stay. And they’re putting money on it by investing in new distribution centers and technology. Modal trade-offs, autonomous trucks, and new supply chain regulations round out this week’s Friday Five!
Even when things are looking up for manufacturers, issues with suppliers and logistics are holding them back. And just in case you thought it was all related to COVID-19, we’ve found a number of ways to stop up supply chains in this week’s Friday Five!
A new wave of acquisitions kicked off this week with Danish logistic provider DSV acquiring Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) making them one of the largest 3PLs in the world. A deeper dive into the acquisitions, the economic impact of deepening ports and the role of technology in supply chain transformation all in this week’s Friday Five!
Prolonged transit times and climbing rates have many beginning to wonder if on-time, in full shipments are a relic of the pre-COVID days. A look at this “never normal” era including pallet shortages and a soon-to-be wider Suez Canal in this week’s Friday Five!
Even though we’re witnessing historic demand for Asian exports, it appears that the recent U.S.-China trade war has started to reshape global sourcing and logistics. And we’re not out of the woods yet when it comes to container pricing and capacity constraints.
There’s no rest for global logistics this summer as all projections point to continued headaches with the price and availability of freight. We dive deeper and explore how outside effects continue to push LSPs to adapt in this Friday Five.
Containerization turns 65, DSV acquires GIL from Agility, 2021’s top IT Logistics Providers are announced, and Matt Gunn talks digital transformation with Supply Chain Digital
Slync’s Matt Gunn sat down with Emily Cook, host and editor of The Supply Chain Podcast, to discuss digitally transforming the supply chain. Specifically, the duo hits on the role that humans play in the change journey and how to improve multi-party interactions.
As the world celebrates Earth Day, we take a look at how two industries near and dear to our hearts are working to apply practical approaches to the global reduction of emissions. We also look ahead to the expansion of the logistics industry and job opportunities it can bring.
The past decade has seen a significant shift toward sustainable business practices in the logistics industry. But when it comes to turning words into actions, the first few steps are often the hardest.
Queue your Dr. Evil impressions, if you were hoping to see any items stowed on the Ever Given, it’s going to cost you almost $1 billion. Elsewhere in the industry, meteorologists predict a challenging Atlantic hurricane season in 2021, and we have a conversation on FreightWaves’ stackd podcast to talk about the human side of digital transformation.
What role do humans play in digital transformation? Why does interoperability between systems create new opportunities? How can you maximize the ROI of your logistics technology investments? Slync’s Chris Kirchner sat down with host Adam Robinson to discuss these topics and more on a recent episode of FreightWaves’ stackd podcast.
It’s not all bad news for the logistics industry — record levels of demand and a continued shortage of capacity are causing LSPs to rise to the occasion and grow their businesses along the way. And just when you thought things were getting back to normal, fallout from the Suez Canal continues to affect ports and air cargo. All that and a game of golf in this week’s Friday Five!
Take a look inside the operations to free the Ever Given from the Suez Canal and the memes that motivated workers to get the job done. And while one trade lane reopened, another crisis still looms. These stories and more in this week’s Friday Five.
Logistics is all stopped up on one end, while the alarm bells ring for a potential shortage of toilet paper on the other. While the world anxiously awaits a resolution to the most noteworthy of news items, shippers and LSPs get to work on sustainability. All this and a handful of memes in this week’s Friday Five.
Some say the hardest things in life are ultimately the most rewarding challenges to overcome. Just don’t tell that to anyone that works in or depends on the container shipping industry right now. In this edition of the Friday Five we look at the pain of congestion, the sky high costs, and the rising call to rethink global supply chains.
No one wants to be accused of taking advantage of a bad situation, but in the world of ocean freight, carriers are walking a fine line between cost and availability amid the current import boom. Also in the news this week, Amazon expands its stake in air, while shifting consumer habits continue to change the makeup of the logistics warehouse space.
It’s not just container shortages causing bottlenecks in post-Brexit England, but a lack of supplies for pallets and packing materials too. While demand and supply for shipping supplies remain off balance, many in the industry are looking to the future. Old trucks get new life, the future is getting more sustainable, and one of the world’s biggest LSPs shows signs of a recovery in this week’s Friday Five.
This week’s top news in logistics: Good service is hard to find, but for ocean shippers you can get better service for a cost. The CEO of CMA CGM talks about service quality and price at #TPM21, while elsewhere ocean reliability woes continue. Meanwhile, vulnerable supply chains are coming under the microscope of big government.
This week’s top news in logistics: It’s cold outside. Warm yourself in front of the screen with this week’s Friday Five, as record-breaking cold snaps US supply chains, more containers are lost at sea, and China’s largest e-retailer spins off its logistics division as a technologically-advanced independent LSP.
This week's top news in Logistics; Shippers and LSPs scrambled to get ahead of the Lunar New Years' rush in China, causing extra congestion at key ports leading into the holiday. Meanwhile, the import boom continues to cause congestion across U.S. ports with no immediate sign of slowing. And another LSP falls victim to a cyber attack.
This week's top news in logistics: It’s a case of too many cold storage containers and not enough power outlets, as drawn-out customs processes cause a backlog of frozen seafood in a Chinese port. On the other side of the ocean, American agricultural shippers sound the alarm as carriers choose empty containers over food exports, while heavy M&A activity continues in the trucking industry.
This week's top news in logistics: Another major container loss was reported as the Maersk Essen encountered heavy seas. Meanwhile, container rollovers hit a new high, shippers grapple with their allocation strategies, and big businesses and ports scramble to counteract COVID-19 amid the ongoing pandemic.
This week's top news in logistics: Hapag-Loyd drops west coast port call amidst colossal container-ship traffic jams, container barge feeder services suspended for Hong Kong and Shenzhen, Nippon Yusen switches to Rail to deliver Cars to Europe, DB Schenker suspends Europe-UK road freight services, and XPO rejects French truck drivers’ requests to opt-out of UK trips amid corona concerns.
This week's top news in logistics: European shippers say ocean carriers broke contracts, ask for regulators to step in, Kuehne + Nagel lands Moderna COVID-19 vaccine deal, Amazon buys 11 jets, UPS expects 9M returns this week alone, and Boeing fined $2.5B for 737 Max conspiracy.
As we say goodbye to 2020, for this first Friday Five of 2021, we take a look back at the biggest supply chain moments and best logistics reads from a year like no other. Check out which stories made our Top 5 from 2020.
This week's top news in logistics: Holiday shipping boom delays nearly 10M Parcels daily, pre-Brexit business rush floods major U.K. gateways as world struggles with container congestion, Nissan picks Japan to make an electric car for EU, SolarWinds Hack sends warning ripples through supply chains, & Port of LA plucks out toys to load Santa's sleigh.
This week's top news in logistics: UK receives COVID-19 Vaccine, ocean cargo bookings halted until month-end for most, Felixstowe gets dropped for Liverpool, Brazil sues Maersk amid corruption, and Pepperidge Farms warns cookies in short supply this season.
This week's top news in logistics: FMC intensifies monitoring requirements of top three alliances, container lines set to profit $14B in 2020, South Korean delivery drivers under pressure, Diageo pledges to go green by 2030, and McCormick to buy Cholula.
This week's top news in logistics: ONE Apus loses 1,900 containers overboard, XPO to split company in two, Asia-Europe spot rates up 200% YOY, IBM uncovers global email attack on Covid vaccine supply chain & Penske Logistics buy Black Horse Carriers
This week's top news in logistics: “Singles day” generates record $75B for Alibaba, massive An-124-100 freighter damaged in 911 landing, DHL expects December 21 to be peak delivery day, US Retailers bring back purchase limits amid COVID-19 surge & Walmart adds pop-up D2C fulfillment capacity at 42 distribution centers.
This week's top news in logistics: MSC tipped to overtake Maersk as world’s #1, Trans-Pacific carriers dropping contracts in favor of spot rates, Cass Freight Index up 2.4% YOY for October, PIL defaults on payment & GM ups bet on electric vehicles.
This week's top news in logistics: Ocean Container Shortages in Trans-Pacific, Beijing bans more Australian products, Amazon opens air cargo hub in Europe, post-pandemic rebound slows for Alibaba, and Volvo announces heavy-duty electric truck line.
This week's top news in logistics: US GDP output up 7.4% over Q2, Eurozone GDP output up 12.7% over Q2, Brazilian coffee bean exports constrained by container capacity shortages, Alibaba announces South Korean logistics services to cut delivery times, and Hapag-Lloyd announces new blank sailings with East Asia typhoons.
This week's top news in logistics: NotPetya cyberattack on Maersk linked to Russia, Pfizer gears up for COVID19 Vaccine distribution, Chassis shortage in LA-LB likely to persist into 2021, FMC grants temporary tariff relief to CMA CGM, & Amazon expands logistics network in Mexico.
This week's top news in logistics: Hapag-Lloyd lifts profit forecast by 28%, UK government secures post-Brexit capacity, 1 in 4 tenders continue to be rejected, China opens 10 ports for crew changes, and announces screening of frozen fish amid coronavirus concerns.
This week's top news in logistics: 700M parcels expected to be late, FMC probes into unclear “merchant” surcharges, ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam to be connected by rail with DB Cargo, Murmansk declared bankrupt, and Mesa Airlines makes first cargo flight for DHL.
This week's top news in logistics: Two cyber-attacks hit the maritime industry in the same week, container lines max out capacity to meet the surge in U.S. demand, India's container shortage to continue through Q4, over 19,000 Amazon associates test positive for COVID-19 and Walmart, Target announce plans to rival Prime Day this October.
This week's top news in logistics: China pledges to go carbon-neutral by 2060, CMA CGM buys stake in Groupe Dubreuil Aero, California plans to ban fossil-fueled cars by 2035, Port of Qingdao catches COVID, and Ex-Agility CEO joins Volta Trucks
This week's top news in supply chain and logistics: Maersk cancels TP blank sailings as FMC threatens to investigate, Port of Felixstowe in “chaos”, strikes at Port Botany running amok, Sennder acquires Uber Freight Europe, and Bed Bath & Beyond gets news CSCO.
This week's top news in Logistics: Chinese Government to step in on Transpacific, big box ships worsen Japan's Port jams, Tesla plans to export from Shanghai, Beirut burns again, and Kohl’s gets into groceries with Amazon.
This week's top news in logistics: Gulf Livestock 1 tragically capsizes, Maersk dissolves Safmarine & Damco, carriers profit from capacity diligence, Alibaba invests in YTO Express, Amazon Prime gets FAA clearance on drone testing.
This week's top news in logistics: Hurricane Laura slams the U.S., Cosco to sell stake in CIMC, freezer farms prepped for COVID-19 vaccines, Amazon goes electric with Mercedes Benz, new ship and truck emissions regulations set for 2023.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: US-HK Reciprocal Tax Exemption Suspended, Truckers seek 1.8B in ocean container chassis overages, United surpasses 5,000 cargo-only flights, Toys R Us drops Target for Amazon, and Two Hurricanes headed for the US next week, preparations begin.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: USPS gets stuck in the middle, labor shortage for transloaders, Chinese Authorities investigate container rates hikes, Japan Post looks to sell Toll Group, Lowe’s add 4 more DCs.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Port of Beirut explodes, Wakashio leaking bunker oil off Mauritius, Aluminum tariffs are back for Canada, India delays SCMTR rules, and Beyond Meat repacks $6M.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: UPS post impressive Q2 amid pandemic, Port of Montreal announces strike, Etailers prepare for holiday warehouse space crunch, Walmart debuts 90-min delivery service in India, and USPS receives $10B relief loan.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: FMC calls for closer review of Blank Sailings, Maersk to charge manual change fees beginning this Fall, Whirlpool hits 6-month backlog on orders, Walmart’s new warehouse will up Port of Charleston volumes 5%, and Telsa reveals newest factory location.
This week's top news in supply chain and logistics: Big-box retailers mandate face masks, Carriers play with capacity and no-roll premiums, British Airways retires 747 fleet early, DHL rolls out premium LCL service, and CMA CGM ends direct service to Port Tampa Bay.
This week's top stories in Logistics: Stranded Seafarers finally deemed essential, U.S. June imports from China up 13.8% MoM, FMCSA reminds protests-related delays exempt from HOS, Pharr Texas port of entry blocked, and #DFW claims busiest airport crown globally for May & June.
This week we take a closer look at the logistics of fireworks in America ahead of the Fourth of July and examine the top five visual effects to look out for this holiday weekend.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: UP spots rates soar on parcel demand, new H-1B visa ban extended thru December 31, TQL’s class-action lawsuit delayed, Gartner reports 1 in 3 supply chains to rethink China by 2023, and carriers reinstate capacity on Trans-Pacific.
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This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Starbucks takes $3.2B hit, TTI moves too #TEU many, postal rates set to increase July 1, California begins an investigation into Amazon's business practices, and Gogo expands Purell production in Ohio.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Chainalytics sells FMiC to DAT, US-Mexico truck crossings down 22% in April, Pilgrim’s Pride and other poultry execs indicted on price-fixing, Ocean cargo rollovers on the rise and Amazon adds 12 more planes to its Air Cargo Fleet
UPS implements surcharge, American Airlines chops 30%, carriers see rise in no-shows, Georgia Port Authority’s “Mega Rail” project halfway through, Expeditors acquires Fleet Logistics
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: FAA approves air cargo to fly in seats, Amazon plans to postpone #PrimeDay, eBOLs finally getting traction with DCSA, Victoria's Secret to close 25% of stores, and leading logistics services providers begin to prepare for a post-COVID world.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Werner Enterprises announces new "Werner Edge" platform, manufacturing output declines 6.3% in March, freight volumes drop 23% in April, Maersk blanks 140 sailings for Q2, and FMCSA finally issues ruling on HOS.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Seafarers stuck at sea, air cargo bottlenecks in Shanghai, Amazon expands freight brokerage, Hapag-Loyd hikes June rates and China’s exports up 3.5% in April beating expectations.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Amazon, FedEx workers strike on May Day for safety, some truckers call for "slow roll" protests, DSV has high hopes for June, 3M takes legal action on COVID counterfeits, and Ford Fiesta drops to #2 after 11 years at #1 in UK.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: HMM launches world’s largest container ship, Amazon in private-label controversy, Coca-Cola reports border bottlenecks, APL to focus exclusively on Trans-Pacific, and Daimler, Volvo team up on fuel cells for big rigs.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Boeing restarts Jetliner Production, Smithfield shutdowns 3 plants, Volkswagen reopens in Europe, J.C. Penney skips out on payment, and Amazon closes French DCs all thanks to COVID-19.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: MSC suffers suspected cyberattack, Kuehne + Nagle launches eShipAsia, Amazon presses pause on 3rd-party deliveries, CMA CGM offers storage, and as bottlenecks arises throughout the world be sure to #ThankaTrucker
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Slync.io raises $11M Series A amid coronavirus chaos, FedEx pushes through surcharges, True Value wants to make hand sanitizer, Southwest flies a first with cargo only, and Amazon steps up warehouse safety, hires 80,000.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Fanatics, Bauer Hockey switch gears, CEVA declares force majeure, USPS may be in trouble, East Coast ports still rocking & rolling and PEEPS® closes factory amid Easter demands all thanks to COVID-19
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Charmin stays rolling 24/7, Walmart pays out, computers dry up, utomakers consider product shift, and coronavirus makes good click bait for hackers.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Travel ban to impact air cargo, UPS appoints new CEO, China imports hit four-year low, WESCO makes more acquisition moves, and XPO to buy part of UK business from Kuehne + Nagel.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Costco rides #CostcoPanicBuying wave, ISM national factory activity index falls to 50.1 for February, Blank sailings to cost Ocean Carriers an estimated $1.9 billion, Instacart launches new delivery option, and Lobster prices fall to 4-year low thanks to COVID-19.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: K+N has great fiscal year, Panasonic ends solar partnership with Tesla, GM gets green light on cruise in California, Thyssenkrupp makes headlines with $19B deal, and Walmart streamlines e-commerce procurement with high hopes.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Maersk expands US warehousing network with $545M acquisition, searches for suppliers outside China double as coronavirus spreads, Bronx warehouse new answer to truck congestion, Target faces labor organizing effort at New Jersey warehouse, and Walmart posts mixed holiday sales.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Alibaba takes a hit from coronavirus, DHL Supply Chain could lay off up to 144 workers in Detroit as it bids for contract renewal, European expansion efforts are going strong for project44, KraftHeinz turnaround starts with new talent, and newly confirmed coronavirus cases in China’s Hubei province rise sharply.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Amazon revenue jumps on holiday sales as profit rises, UPS, Amazon grow closer as FedEx goes its own way, Coronavirus could hurt iPhone sales in China and Apple’s supply chain, McCormick plans to drop up to $350M on transition to SAP ERP, and SEKO Logistics and Air & Ground World Transport announce new partnership.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Macy's lays out a massive supply chain overhaul, China to slash tariffs by 50% on $75B of U.S. imports, coronavirus hits shipping as China port traffic slides, and U.S. pushing effort to develop 5G alternative to Huawei.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Reverse Logistics are costing $50B each year, 80% supply chain blockchains will still be pilots in 2022, Target CIO helped retailer find its tech groove, China holds back some ships from calling at Wuhan, and CH Robinson launches supply chain innovation lab.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: The $95 Billion centerpiece of the trade deal is already in doubt, XPO Logistics explores strategic alternatives for business units, Amazon lifts ban on FedEx Ground for third-party prime shipments, Gap cancels plan to spin off Old Navy citing "cost and complexity" and Amazon, FedEx, UPS join CBP e-commerce data pilot. Read on to learn more.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: JCPenney & Kohl's post lower holiday sales, Walmart's robot will now grab your groceries, Brexit vote paves way for January 31 exit, Amazon, Intel Corporation and Ford Motor Company want to harvest your data while you drive, and 25% of small firms say Amazon & Walmart drive shipping strategy.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: online-shopping boom delivers haul for van makers, UPS & FedEx fees on heavy packages to hit consumers and merchants, Amazon's van-buying spree delivers a gift to the auto industry, Amazon shows why it’s investing so much In logistics, and JB Hunter builds 'big and bulky' last-mile capacity with acquisition. Read our Friday Five to learn more here!
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Walmart has a secret weapon to fight off Amazon, China will lower tariffs on hundreds of products Jan. 1, Amazon is shipping 3.5 billion parcels this year, and fastest retailers fulfill orders in fewer than 2 days.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics revolve around Walmart launching a secret artificial-intelligence weapon to take on Amazon in the retail space, UPS preparing to dispatch nurses to vaccinate adults in their homes, alarming deforestation in palm oil supply chain, and more.
Check out this week's top stories in supply chain and logistics around competitive advantages, globalization, impending digitization, the ‘Amazon Effect’ and more.
Check out this week's top stories in supply chain and logistics around AI, 3D printing, automated facilities, disurption and more.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: 2019 holiday returns could reach $41.6B, FedEx profits fall 40%, 11 out of 16 retail bankruptcies this year are apparel, and investment in Hong Kong warehousing market falls 52% amid protests
Supply chain and logistics adoption of AI is taking off because companies are increasingly realizing the technology’s tangible value in solving complexity issues. Learn more about where AI is having the most impact today — including exception and capacity management — and how to get started.
This week's top stories in supply chain and logistics: Amazon Logistics parcel volume will surpass UPS and FedEx by 2022, Trump agrees to a limited trade deal with China, e-commerce made warehouses hot, Singapore's GIC to buy logistics properties in Europe for $1 billion, and blockchain could revolutionize logistics.