Before the pandemic, fluctuations in shipping based on the time of year were pretty predictable. Then, COVID-19 sparked higher demand for shipping services, increasing the length and intensity of peak shipping season.
Many logistics experts have kept a close watch on congestion in ports and slowdowns in cross-country trucking in the past few years. While railways have perhaps received less media attention, they too have experienced recent disruptions.
While advanced warehouse management technology has become commonplace in fulfillment, many trucking companies still largely operate as they have for decades. That is all starting to change, however, as IoT devices transform the way critical data points are connected along the supply chain. Freight telematics is one of those game-changing technologies that will likely take […]
To put it mildly, 2020 has been quite a year, and “holly jolly” isn’t exactly how many people feel about the upcoming holiday season. The pandemic has shifted the logistics landscape in major ways this year, and the holiday season is sure to push capacity to the absolute extreme. To manage the massively increased pressures […]
Autonomous ships are set to transform the way international shipping operates in the years to come, but that’s been the headline for almost half a decade. Automation is expected to improve efficiency, both in time and carbon emissions, and help reduce to overhead costs. Contrary to the anxieties of critics, autonomous shipping could make transportation […]
E-commerce, globalization, and the digital age have made technology an integrated part of the shipping industry. The interconnected world makes continuous international movement of goods now common practice; this in turn makes transloading a necessity and a standard of the 21st century global marketplace.
Third party logistics has always had a symbiotic relationship with ecommerce: As more consumers order items online, the industry surges to keep up with demand. Conversely, in times when global commerce and international trade stumbles, so too does the logistics market.
After Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, humanitarian and aid organizations had to act fast to get supplies into affected areas. More than 60,000 people were displaced and an estimated 750,000 were in need of assistance. With clean water hard to come by, food and crops destroyed by flooding, and medical supplies scarce in some communities it […]
It’s not exactly been smooth sailing for the global shipping industry of late. But there are rays of light in this cloudy period and there is ample cause for optimism moving forward. One of the largest reasons for maintaining a bright outlook comes from a recent review that shows the shipping industry saw losses decline […]
In an effort to shore up the struggling global shipping economy, several of the major international shipping and logistics players are forming strategic alliances with one another. The Wall Street Journal announced recently that Chinese container operators China Ocean Shipping Co. (COSCO) and China Shipping Group Co. have recently merged and are currently in the […]