New Potential Rail Strike Looming Before the Holidays

A new potential rail strike is in the works after the largest rail union in the U.S. rejected its labor contract as of Monday, November 21st, over concerns about schedules and lack of paid sick time. Fear is setting in on what this means for potential shutdowns and the timelines, as this marks the fourth union to date to have failed to approve contracts. SMART-TD, … Read More

The upcoming challenges for the ocean logistics industry in 2022

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The most popular strategies in the global ocean logistics industry for 2022 are to avoid the spot market, go for diverse sourcing, and hold more inventories. This was revealed in the recent survey carried out by Container xChange, with more than 800 logistics players as participants worldwide. 

Ocean Carriers Rounding 2021 with Biggest Profits Yet

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While consumers, manufacturers, and shippers are struggling to cut costs and remain afloat during these trying times –  ocean carriers, specifically the Japanese carrier Ocean Network Express (ONE), are reporting some of the highest profits to date. 

Long Beach takes First Steps Towards 24/7 Supply Chain Operations

Sept. 17th, in the thick of peak season with roughly 50 vessels anchored in San Pedro Bay, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles announced sweeping reforms in an attempt to improve fluidity and reduce delays during what continues to be unprecedented volumes at our nations largest ports. Among many of the measures being taken, is a much-needed move towards 24/7 operations. Both ports are extending … Read More

Warehousing and Ground Transportation Sectors See Employment Gains

The Warehousing and Ground Transportation Sectors see Significant Employment Gains

According to the most recent report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the warehousing/storage, and trucking industries have seen an increase of more than 20,000 job positions during the period of July 1st – Sept. 1st.  This increase is the largest since the end of 2020, when the Warehouse industry bounced back from an unprecedented loss of 106,100 jobs in April 2020 when the pandemic … Read More

The logistics companies should be ready for the Golden Week

From October 1 to 7th. in 2021, China celebrates its Golden Week. This yearly event is well-known in logistics as it stops production at manufacturing facilities, creating a ripple effect for U.S. forwarders and their end customers. For this reason, Freight forwarders, globally, prepare for the Holiday Weeks in advance.  During the weeks preceding Golden Week, importers rush to ship cargo from China to the … Read More

Ningbo’s Meishan Terminal Closed for the 8th Day and Counting

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In what seems like a year of relentless disruptions for the international logistics sector, we are again facing another detrimental bottleneck with the recent suspension of operations at Ningbo’s Meishan terminal. The announcement came on August 10th, after a dock worker tested positive for the Delta variant.