Supply chain

The Journal of Commerce’s supply chain news and analysis impacting the management of end-to-end supply chains reports on supply chain strategies, cargo visibility, inventory trends, sourcing, customs certification and contract logistics. Supply chain news coverage also delves into refrigerated shipping advancements and management of inventory status, regulatory updates and government funding projects. 

The latest Supply chain News & Analysis

TPM23: Sustainability should be collective, not competitive: ONE’s Nixon

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
The container shipping industry needs to collaborate in finding alternatives to fossil fuels rather than each player following their own path, ONE CEO Jeremy Nixon told TPM23.
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TPM23: Flexport’s new CEO puts focus on building ‘next-generation’ tech

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Flexport, the polarizing digital forwarder, will double down on technology development during a lull in global trade, new CEO Dave Clark said at TPM23.
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TPM23: MSC putting ocean shipping first after ending 2M Alliance: Toft

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
MSC’s chief executive told TPM23 that the company’s hefty orderbook signals to customers that the carrier remains chiefly committed to ocean shipping, rather than selling an integrated supply chain service.
Container linesTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

TPM23: US can’t quit China, but trade needs to de-risk: Petraeus

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
US shippers are entering an era of greater risk in China trade, retired Gen. David Petraeus warned, but the two largest global economies will remain linked despite moves to source goods elsewhere.
Trans-PacificContainer Shipping NewsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

TPM23: Resilient US economy may avoid recession in 2023: economist

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The forecast for the US and global economies is brighter than a year ago, with reduced risk of recession, thanks in part to the “decongestion” of supply chains, economist Nariman Behravesh said at TPM23. 
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TPMTech23: ‘Purchase order management’ the new catchphrase in logistics

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Retailers are discovering the importance of closely managing purchase orders as increasingly complex trans-Pacific supply chains spawned by the pandemic highlight the need for a heightened hands-on approach.
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TPMTech23: Retailers seek to make supply chain visibility data more useful

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Shippers are gaining better supply chain visibility, but now they must step up their game and better manage and integrate the data they are receiving from transportation providers, technology companies told TPMTech23.
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More investment headed to US last-mile delivery market

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Transportation providers of all sizes, from Maersk to Pitt Ohio, are searching for last-mile delivery options as customer and consumer demand evolves.
Last Mile NewsSupply chain

GSBN, Navis partner to help exporters track ERD changes

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
The Global Shipping Business Network is giving exporters an app that would track changes to earliest return dates across container terminals that use Navis terminal operating systems.
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BlueCargo will use new investment to expand container platform nationwide

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Rising demand from importers reckoning with the costs of detention and demurrage have fueled an $11 million investment into container management provider BlueCargo.
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Slync investors double down on beleaguered company with new funding

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
A new funding round for the embattled logistics software vendor is bound to raise eyebrows in an industry that has long been cynical of the impact of venture capital-backed founders.
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Leaf Logistics using technology to create dedicated truckload fleets in key US markets

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Freight coordination software provider Leaf Logistics is working with a number of shippers and truckload carriers to build flexible, dedicated fleets to allow for continuous moves in big US markets.
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ONE commits to sensor-equipped dry container fleet

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Singapore-based Ocean Network Express, the sixth-largest global container line, will work with a division of Sony to track its global fleet of boxes.
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New data casts doubt on H2 rebound in US freight demand

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Despite better-than-expected factory output in January, the manufacturing spigot that releases shipping demand simply isn’t turning fast enough and retail inventories remain stubbornly high.
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After pandemic shock, container shipping navigates uncharted waters

Peter Tirschwell |
The container shipping market is quickly moving on from the pandemic period and into a phase that is at once familiar but also entirely new and unpredictable, writes Peter Tirschwell.
Container Shipping NewsContainer linesNorth American portsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Logistics automation will work with humans, not replace them: experts

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Automation is already being infused into shipper and forwarder technology systems in ways that may be imperceivable to users.
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WiseTech continues acquisition campaign with $414 million Blume purchase

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
WiseTech Global is doubling down on its reach into US intermodal networks with its $414 million purchase of Blume Global three weeks after acquiring drayage tech provider Envase.
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Acquisition spree continues despite downshift in container shipping bull run

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor |
The container shipping industry’s profit margins are easing, but the appetite for acquisitions — from air cargo units to last-mile delivery logistics — isn’t letting up, writes Journal of Commerce Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi.
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Top container lines commit to complete shift to electronic bills of lading by 2030

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Major container lines have agreed to an ambitious 2030 deadline to migrate from paper bills of lading to digital versions as resistance to such initiatives weakens.
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Ex-Slync CEO Kirchner charged with defrauding investors of millions

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Federal authorities allege ex-Slync CEO Chris Kirchner took millions of dollars meant to fund the startup technology company and instead financed extravagant personal expenditures.
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FMC judge ruling on chassis will have major impact, but questions linger

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
A decision by an FMC administrative judge on chassis usage will shake up the way chassis are provisioned for ocean containers, but there are several unknowns on what the future will look like at ports and rail hubs.
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US DOT says ports can tap $662 million in 2023 grants

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration is on the hunt for port projects that mitigate climate change, among other aims, as it lays out grant funding opportunities for 2023.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsNorth American ports

Flexport debuts Shopify app in move to target small importers

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
A new Flexport app on Shopify’s partner marketplace is likely to be the first of many initiatives between the forwarder and e-commerce storefront provider.
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3PL Echo moves to expand LTL business with new executive hires

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Primarily an industrial transportation sector, the LTL business is moving into retail and is also becoming more involved in transloading at US port cities. 
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Increased vessel capacity, reliability key to 2023 reefer rebound

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Refrigerated container trade was muted in 2022 due to high costs and poor service, but ocean carriers appear keen to serve those markets in 2023 now that dry cargo rates have returned to pre-pandemic levels.
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Overhaul acquisition consolidates freight risk management market

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Freight visibility provider Overhaul has acquired a competitor that doubles its size and gives it deeper cargo monitoring capability in Brazil, Mexico, and Central Europe.
Logistics Technology NewsContainer Shipping NewsTrucking NewsAir Cargo

FMC order for MSC to justify congestion fee marks first under OSRA-22

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Federal Maritime Commission has exercised its first use of new legal authority under OSRA-22 requiring an ocean carrier to justify the reason behind levying a congestion surcharge against a shipper.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsContainer Shipping News

US retailers’ global sourcing strategy will take time to develop: analysts

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
As the size of China’s workforce declines and production challenges increase, US retailers are shifting to global sourcing strategies, with each sector looking for the business model that meets its particular requirements.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsTrans-PacificInternational portsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

US transport providers lose fewer jobs than expected in January

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Courier, trucking, and warehousing firms lost workers last month, but the seasonal surge and purge was more muted than expected, reflecting broader labor market resilience.
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End of 2M Alliance will set dominoes in motion across ocean shipping: analyst

Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, Vespucci Maritime, and JOC Analyst |
The announced dissolution of the 2M Alliance raises the question of what additional large-scale dominoes might be toppling over in the next few years in the container shipping sector, writes analyst Lars Jensen.
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US ‘freight recession’ putting motor carrier financing tools to the test

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Smaller US truckload carriers and the companies that provide them with access to working capital are under increasing pressure as cargo demand slows.
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New IMO rules force global reefer fleet to confront uncertain future

Richard Bright, JOC analyst |
The specialized reefer fleet has proven to be remarkably resilient in the face of various challenges, but now it must deal with the latest threat in the form of new IMO environmental regulations.
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C.H. Robinson reaffirms commitment to global forwarding business

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The largest US logistics provider claims “compelling results” from cross-selling surface transportation and air and ocean services, despite weak market conditions.
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Rapid container rate decline complicates payment picture for shippers

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
US importers that renegotiated contract rates or shifted to the spot market in the second half of 2022 have also had to adjust to different accessorial charges and transmission formats.
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Freightify lands funding to target digital rate management in North America

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Technology provider Freightify is aiming to empower forwarders to build an online quoting presence that would lessen their reliance on rate marketplaces.
Logistics Technology NewsForwarding

UPS to sharpen focus on ‘smart’ technology in ‘bumpy’ 2023

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Technology that connects and automates packages, trucks, and sorting facilities will come to the fore at UPS this year as the largest US logistics provider positions itself for an economic rebound.
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Savannah aims for more cold-chain cargo with new reefer racks

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Port of Savannah says plans for additional reefer rack capacity will add to its market share for cold chain imports coming into the US Southeast and Gulf Coast.
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Magaya gets cash infusion to fuel customs-led international growth

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
The software arms race taking place in the global forwarding space shows no signs of relenting, with Miami-based Magaya getting growth capital to fuel its international ambitions.
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FMC drops bid to use OSRA-22 for emergency data sharing

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
A Federal Maritime Commission member’s attempt to force marine terminals and ocean carriers to share more data under OSRA-22 has ended with the normalization of the ocean freight market.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsContainer Shipping NewsPort News

Investors fuel drayage software provider PortPro with $12 million in funding

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Investors see drayage as an area rife for technological improvement, with software provider PortPro the latest startup to secure funding to empower port truckers.
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