‘More Disruption Than Expected’ From Shanghai Shutdown

The two-phase lockdown in Shanghai that was meant to end April 5 is being extended indefinitely as the latest Covid outbreak is not contained and a massive testing campaign continues, reports cargo marketplace Freightos. The extension of the Shanghai shutdown is resulting in a larger disruption than anticipated. Although Shanghai’s air and ocean ports remain…

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,…

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U.S. Factories Power Though Supply Chain Constraints

For 16 months the U.S. manufacturing sector has expanded in spite of – rather than thanks to – the global supply chain. The U.S. PMI in September increased by 1.2 percent to 61.1, according to the Institute for Supply Management. However, concern regarding the semiconductor shortage reached its highest level so far this year, said…

Component Prices Rise 10% to 40%

Increased component prices are inevitable when demand outstrips supply. But the electronics supply chain is being hammered on all sides – from materials to logistics — with rising costs. As one freight expert put it: “In 2020 and 2021, global logistics just can’t seem to catch a break.” For months, the Institute for Supply Management…

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,…

Manufacturing Optimism Grows for Remainder of 2021

Purchasing and supply executives expect manufacturing growth will continue for the rest of 2021 with several metrics – capacity, capital expenditures and revenue – exceeding forecasts of late 2020. There is hope that the corner has been turned on the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Institute for Supply Management, and both the U.S. manufacturing and…

April PMI: Demand Bumps Up Against Supply

Labor and supply constraints continue to limit U.S. manufacturing momentum even as demand remains robust. The nation’s leading factory index, the PMI, declined 4 percent in April, but depleted customer inventories and increasing factory backlogs bode well for the long-term health of the industry. “Recent record-long lead times, wide-scale shortages of critical basic materials, rising…