Technology helping shippers track, trim detention time

US truck driver detention continues to disrupt landside supply chains, but 3PLs and technology firms are redoubling efforts to help shippers optimize the flow of trucks through their gates.

Canadian West Coast ports have no buffer for US cargo diversions

Container terminals in Vancouver and Prince Rupert are operating at full capacity, meaning they are unable to handle any cargo diversions from US West Coast ports if longshore contract negotiations head south.

Chassis struggles return to Chicago despite lower demand

Chassis shortages are disrupting rail ramps in Chicago for the second consecutive year, but cargo flow through other inland markets outside the Upper Midwest is more fluid than a year ago.

Europe–Asia reefers battling for space with returning empties

Reefer equipment for European exporters is in short supply as the refrigerated shipments compete for carrier attention with less complex and higher-priced dry containers.

Procurement automation provider lands fresh funding to target US market

Keelvar has landed a $24 million funding round to build its US presence around the logistics procurement automation tools it provides to large shippers like Coca-Cola, Nestle, and Samsung.

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The longer China’s COVID lockdowns persist and manufacturing is interrupted, the more pent-up demand will build and eventually be unleashed into the trans-Pacific.
Federal Maritime Commissioner Carl Bentzel wants the agency to regulate rail storage fees in certain cases when ocean containers cannot be picked up from an intermodal terminal through no fault of the cargo owner.
Hapag-Lloyd's move to equip its entire box fleet with sensors could herald a new era that unlocks new tools beyond mere visibility for carriers, even if tracking devices aren’t a cure-all for shipper supply chain woes.
Union Pacific Railroad at the end of June will begin revamping how it builds domestic intermodal trains in Southern California in a bid to improve service for all shippers.
Seven ocean carriers blocked empty container returns to New York-New Jersey marine terminals last week as import volumes swell due to West Coast freight diversions.