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How Surging Shipping Container Prices Can Fix Product Innovation

It seems like overnight, global logistics have become dinner table conversation for the general public – from Ever Given memes to months-long lead times for couches and the dwindling availability of cars due to chip shortages – supply chain issues have pushed their way into mainstream consciousness. But perhaps there’s a silver lining to the completely unprecedented… Continue reading How Surging Shipping Container Prices Can Fix Product Innovation

Air cargo carriers shift operations as Shanghai disruption drags on

Air carriers are adjusting their operations and diverting shipments in the face of freighter suspensions at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The suspensions are due to the closure of Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal (known as PACTL), which began Aug. 20 after COVID-19 cases were reported among cargo workers. The closure has added further constraints… Continue reading Air cargo carriers shift operations as Shanghai disruption drags on

Walmart to sell delivery capabilities as a new line of business

Dive Brief: Walmart announced Tuesday it is offering its delivery capabilities to other businesses — creating a new line of business, called Walmart GoLocal, that further diversifies its revenue stream and profit pools. The white-label delivery service includes delivering products with complex requirements as well as the option to meet a range of timelines, Walmart said.… Continue reading Walmart to sell delivery capabilities as a new line of business

Shanghai airport terminal closure leads logistics firms to expect cargo delays

Dive Brief: Freighter suspensions that began Friday remain in effect at Shanghai Pudong International Airport after the Shanghai Health Commission reported five new COVID-19 cases among cargo workers. One of the airport’s terminals, PACTL, closed due to the new cases, with around one-third of flights out of PVG airport affected, according to Ligentia. Before the… Continue reading Shanghai airport terminal closure leads logistics firms to expect cargo delays

List of Freight Forwarders in Australia: Our Top 10 Picks

Click Here to Get the Asia Import Platform: General Products Are you looking for a freight forwarder in Australia? In this guide, we list some leading freight forwarders that can help you manage your shipment from and to the country. For each freight forwarder, we provide a list of their freight services, a company overview,… Continue reading List of Freight Forwarders in Australia: Our Top 10 Picks

Are Freight Forwarders Facing a Cash Crunch?

Congestion is crippling the global supply chain, sending freight rates into the stratosphere and creating a world of pain for brands, shipping carriers and suppliers alike. But the mayhem is also having an impact on a major cog in the supply chain wheel that goes largely unseen. As shipping costs surge, the freight forwarders that…… Continue reading Are Freight Forwarders Facing a Cash Crunch?

Watch: Why Are West Coast Ports Suffering From Congestion?

John Martin, president of Martin Associates, explains the factors behind persistent cargo congestion at West Coast ports, and the “cumulative collapse” of the nation’s entire logistics supply chain. The situation at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach “has been bad, and it’s probably going to get worse,” says Martin. He was retained by… Continue reading Watch: Why Are West Coast Ports Suffering From Congestion?

What Is The Difference Between FOB and CIF?

Whenever someone purchases or sells items with the state, both parties, the buyer and the seller, must get to know the terms for moving those items to their destination. CIF and FOB are mainly known and used as agreement models for shipping at a foreign level. All types of agreement specify which party is liable… Continue reading What Is The Difference Between FOB and CIF?

Tight ocean market, peak preparations drive strong demand for airfreight

Dive Brief: Demand for airfreight in July, as measured by chargeable weight, was flat compared to the same month in 2019 and up 23% over 2020, according to the latest figures from Clive. The 2019 comparison shows the demand has returned to pre-pandemic levels. Airfreight capacity is still 18% below its July 2019 level, though… Continue reading Tight ocean market, peak preparations drive strong demand for airfreight

China Port Congestion Worsens as Ningbo Shuts for Seventh Day

The partial closure of the world’s third-busiest container port is worsening congestion at other major Chinese ports, as ships divert away from Ningbo amid uncertainty over how long virus control measures in the city will last. In nearby Shanghai and in Hong Kong, congestion is once again increasing after dropping due to the reopening of… Continue reading China Port Congestion Worsens as Ningbo Shuts for Seventh Day