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10/25/2014
KANSAS CITY — Collaboration, an old word in supply chain management, is new again, as U.S. shippers struggle with systemic capacity shortages from West Coast ports to Midwestern truck terminals that threaten inland distribution as the holiday season approaches. “When we talk to customers this year, the topic of conversation is how do...
10/24/2014
Shanghai Containerized Freight Index spot rates from Asia to Europe continued a downward spiral this week, sinking below the $700 per 20-foot container mark to $697 per TEU. In the 12 weeks since Aug. 1, the spot rate has dropped 52 percent or $758 per container. The rates are not just...
10/24/2014
For Passenger A, air travel is increasingly problematic. Flights are oversold, seats are packed together and flights touch down in a number of cities instead of going nonstop. Bad weather and mechanical issues often translate into missing a connecting flight. Passenger B flies on a private plane. The seats are comfortable,...
10/24/2014
Bjorn Vang Jensen, vice president of supply chain and global logistics for appliance maker Electrolux, wonders when annual growth in container ship capacity will match growth in cargo demand. “It seems like every time we hear (about projections), it’s about carriers being two years out from supply and demand growing in...
10/23/2014
KANSAS CITY —  Port congestion in Southern California is driving cargo to third-party logistics providers that have access to capacity from ocean and overland carriers, and the information technology systems to link these services together in an end-to-end supply chain solution, according to a 3PL executive. Scott Malat, chief strategy officer...
10/23/2014
Fairview Container Terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert. Source: Flickr CC ― B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure The massive congestion affecting the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is creating a fresh wave of diversions to other ports as shippers flee the worst congestion that the largest port complex...
10/23/2014
Antwerp’s container traffic grew 5 percent year-over-year in the first three quarters of 2014, putting the Belgian port on track for a record total throughput in 2014. The Port of Antwerp has grown year-over-year for the past four quarters. Full-size image Europe’s third-largest container hub handled 6.73 million 20-foot equivalent units in the...
10/23/2014
Mediterranean Shipping Co. will continue to operate a direct service between North Europe and Boston and Philadelphia alongside its forthcoming 2M Alliance with Maersk Line. The decision was aided by a Pennsylvania cargo-incentive program that provides $1 million annually for five years to pay carriers $25 per container for each lift...
10/21/2014
Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka assured footwear importers meeting in Long Beach Tuesday that the Southern California ports have proposals that could provide some immediate relief to the worsening congestion problem in the harbor. Implementing these measures is difficult, though, because each industry sector continues to take a...
10/21/2014
The Ocean Three Alliance of CMA CGM, China Shipping and United Arab Shipping Co. has received U.S. regulatory clearance without the standard 45-day review by the Federal Maritime Commission, but Commissioner Richard Lidinsky isn’t happy about it. Lidinsky criticized the commission staff’s handling of the Ocean Three application. He said he...



 
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