Air & Sea Shipments Cost More; Port Delays Remain

As the Christmas holiday approaches, consumer awareness of the supply chain has heightened. Global supply networks have actually been struggling for 18 months. Continual disruptions have elevated the rates of ocean shipments and air-cargo costs are now on the rise. Additionally, delays at U.S. seaports have not abated. Transatlantic air cargo rates climbed this week,…

Reshoring Success Stories in a Challenging Environment

The last two years have touched almost every supply chain imaginable.  Even before the pandemic started in earnest, American manufacturers were already interested in reshoring. Back in 2019, manufacturers wanted to reduce their dependence on foreign markets and cut their carbon footprints.  But now as demand for components continues to outpace supply — some analysts…

Channel Feels the Impact of Logistics Costs & Backlog

While manufacturing has rebounded from the long Covid quarantine, the supply chain has not. Logistics operations – already short-handed – are dealing with a seemingly unending series of disruptions. And there’s no relief in sight, experts say. Shipping operations at the Port of Yantian, which were scaled back due to a Covid outbreak, have improved,…

U.S. Manufacturing Expects 6.9% Sales Growth in 2021

Expansion of U.S. manufacturing growth that began trending upward last summer is expected to continue through 2021, along with growing capital spending and rising capacity utilization, according to the Institute for Supply Management. ISM’s semiannual economic forecast predicts U.S. manufacturers will record a healthy net increase in revenues totaling 6.9 percent this year, reversing a…

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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…