manufacturing

Pressure Grows for U.S. Manufacturing Revival

Government initiatives aimed at reviving U.S. manufacturing were already underway when the coronavirus effectively knocked out distribution channels linking Chinese manufacturers and U.S. consumers. For example, the Defense Department’s Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment Office has aggressively sought to secure the electronics supply chain for critical infrastructure. Meanwhile, several industrial base proposals have been floated…

DPA, shortage, supply, supply shortage, DPA

Why the DPA Won’t Cure Covid-19’s Supply Shortages

All over the world, healthcare workers face a critical supply shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE) which prevents cross-contamination between caregivers and patients. Life-saving ventilators are in short supply.  It’s inconceivable that in 2020, the richest country in the world cannot produce enough masks, gowns, shields and equipment in response to the Covid-19 pandemic for…

freight, demand, US, essential goods

Global Freight Demand Sinks; U.S. Focuses on Essential Goods

U.S.-China freight rates have been heavily impacted by the ongoing developments in Covid-19, according  logistics expert Freightos, which also provides insight on global shipping trends. China-US West Coast prices (FBX01 Daily) rose 1 percent since last week to $1,533/FEU. Rates are 3 percent lower than last year’s prices for this week. China-US East Coast prices…

Covid-19, supply chain

AI & Automation Aid Supply Chain in Wake of Covid-19

The reality of Covid-19 has settled into the electronics supply chain as shipment delays, labor shortages and flight cancellations have upended global logistics. Although the tech industry has improved supply chain resilience, new technologies are gaining traction as the coronavirus spreads. The previous weeks have focused on Chinese supply as manufacturing slowly recovered across the…

ISM Survey: 75% of Companies Report Supply Chain Disruption

Today the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) revealed the first-round results of a survey focused on coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) business and supply chain impacts. Notably, nearly 75 percent of companies report supply chain disruptions in some capacity due to coronavirus-related transportation restrictions, and more than 80 percent believe that their organization will experience some…