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Container ships steer toward longer route around Cape of Good Hope to avoid Suez Canal

Dive Brief: Multiple container ships are rerouting to the Cape of Good Hope to avoid the logjam created by the Ever Given blocking the Suez Canal, according to carriers and the ship tracking service Marine Traffic. HMM Rotterdam, Ever Greet, Pan Americas and the Hyundai Prestige have all begun the journey toward the southern part… Continue reading Container ships steer toward longer route around Cape of Good Hope to avoid Suez Canal

Manufacturing’s Perfect Storm – US Manufacturing Supply Chain Unprepared for Record Surge in Demand

Manufacturing’s Perfect Storm – US Manufacturing Supply Chain Unprepared for Record Surge in Demand Manufacturing is forecast to come roaring back in the second half of 2021, according to many leading indices. This is fantastic news for the US economy but poses significant challenges for the manufacturing sector. M&A Is Poised To Be Tomorrow’s Manufacturing… Continue reading Manufacturing’s Perfect Storm – US Manufacturing Supply Chain Unprepared for Record Surge in Demand

3 Strategic Upsides to Sourcing Footwear in Brazil

The footwear industry is evolving, with continuous shifts in trends, material innovations and—after many decades of China dominance—sourcing locales. Sourcing at Magic’s virtual panel on Thursday highlighted the sector’s transformation, from the rise of footwear production capabilities in new markets to best practices to finding supply chain partners. Ruisa Korndorfer Scheffel, an analyst for Brazilian…… Continue reading 3 Strategic Upsides to Sourcing Footwear in Brazil

Blocked Suez Forces Ships to Look at Long Trip Around Africa

A massive container ship blocking the Suez Canal showed no signs of budging for a third day, forcing container carriers and other vessels to weigh costly and time-consuming voyages around Africa that threaten to destabilize the already fragile underpinnings of global trade. Two liquefied natural gas tankers loaded in the U.S. and bound for Asian… Continue reading Blocked Suez Forces Ships to Look at Long Trip Around Africa

Watch: The Impact of Sanctions on Supply Chains

Guy Harrison, general manager of risk and compliance with Dow Jones, describes the risks that companies face today from new sanctions and regulations imposed by the U.S. and other governments around the world. Sanctions pose a severe threat to companies in more ways than the initial fine that might be imposed. There’s also the risk… Continue reading Watch: The Impact of Sanctions on Supply Chains

McKinsey Outlines Threats to Bangladesh RMG and What Will Drive Next-Level Growth

Bangladesh’s garment sector has experienced an “unprecedented blooming” over the past decade, a new report says, yet a one-two punch of pandemic pressures and sourcing shifts means the country is up against steep challenges and must “innovate, upgrade and diversify” more than ever to stay competitive. Ten years since McKinsey & Company published its last…… Continue reading McKinsey Outlines Threats to Bangladesh RMG and What Will Drive Next-Level Growth

Ever Given and the Suez Canal: A list of affected ships and what delays mean for shippers

Carriers and freight forwarders have been working to inform shippers affected by the blockage of the Suez Canal over the last two days. As the major trade artery remains jammed, cargo owners should expect delays and increased port congestion, especially in European gateways, experts told Supply Chain Dive. Florian Braun, Flexport’s head of ocean for… Continue reading Ever Given and the Suez Canal: A list of affected ships and what delays mean for shippers

Nike, H&M’s Xinjiang Sourcing ‘Concerns’ Ignite Furor in China

H&M and Nike are facing calls for boycotts on China’s social media after netizens called attention to statements by the brands expressing their concerns over reports of forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of northwest China that drew sanctions by the U.S. and its allies this week. Related Articles Chinese state media and… Continue reading Nike, H&M’s Xinjiang Sourcing ‘Concerns’ Ignite Furor in China

What’s Backed Up at the Suez Canal? Live Animals, Oil and Food

The vessels lined up at the blocked Suez Canal, one of the world’s busiest waterways, are carrying everything from live animals to liquefied natural gas. Crews on tugboats are struggling to remove Ever Given, a stranded container ship longer than the Eiffel Tower, and a look at the type of cargoes waiting to pass show… Continue reading What’s Backed Up at the Suez Canal? Live Animals, Oil and Food

The future of supply chains – Unlocking sustainability through innovation

The insights contained within this piece were gleaned from a recent Directors’ Forum virtual round table session hosted by The Manufacturer. In partnership with Microsoft and Blue Yonder, the session brought together industry thought leaders and looked specifically at sustainability and circularity for the future supply chain in a post-Covid world. By Rik Irons-Mclean. Rik… Continue reading The future of supply chains – Unlocking sustainability through innovation