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Trucking’s role in untangling the web of West Coast port congestion

With a historic bottleneck at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California, supply chain stakeholders seek to unearth the root causes of congestion. But the cause of the chokepoint at the San Pedro Bay ports is up for debate.

Dec 02, 2021

Retailers open pop-up container yards to bypass Savannah port jams

Overflow lots set up by large retailers this month as temporary staging areas for imported containers have helped bring down congestion levels at the Port of Savannah, and Georgia officials expect further efficiency gains with this week’s opening of two more port-sponsored pop-up sites. The Georgia Ports Authority, in partnership…

Dec 02, 2021

Ships in California logjam now stuck off Mexico, Taiwan and Japan

The decline in ships waiting just offshore of Los Angeles/Long Beach continues to be touted as a sign that port congestion is easing — despite the fact that the true number of waiting ships has not actually declined. Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, said during…

Dec 02, 2021

Airport congestion blamed for peak season drop in air cargo volume

Global air cargo volumes paradoxically declined in November amid intense shipping demand during the height of the preholiday peak shipping season, yet freight rates jumped higher and planes were more full. Blame the disconnect between a red-hot airfreight market and less cargo moved on extreme congestion at major airports, where…

Dec 02, 2021

Gap could take $650M sales hit from supply chain woes

Dec 01, 2021
Gap Inc.'s expectations for the year took a dive after supply chain woes dragged down the apparel retailer in the third quarter. For 2021, Gap expects constraints on its supply chain and inventory to cost it between $550 million to $650 million in lost sales. And that is with spending $450 million in airfreight expenses in an attempt to avoid shipping delays.
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Progress at Reducing Southern California Port Congestion

Dec 01, 2021
The efforts to enhance the movement of goods along the supply chain and specifically to reduce the backlogs at major U.S. ports are showing progress. After weeks of reports about the congestion, carriers, shippers, retailers and the ports all agree that they see progress. Further efforts are planned to continue to build this momentum bring the velocity and fluidity back to the American supply chain.
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