Supply Chain

Whilst contract negotiations are well underway with eight of the 12 unions reaching approved contracts, four unions representing 60,000 rail workers have voted down the tentative agreement that had been negotiated in September with the participation of a White House appointed mediation panel.   This move exponentially increases...

Protracted labour negotiations, industrial action and workplace shutdowns attributed to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) are causing unease for exporters across Western USA ports.   As negotiations continue with few signs of progress, there is increasing concern amongst exporters as they attempt to deal with...

Recent data from shipping analyst Sea-Intelligence indicates that the global "empty container problem" is intensifying, with the transportation time between cargo being ready for export and the importer taking delivery increasing from an average of 45 days (pre-pandemic) to 112 days at its peak in...

According to ocean shipping analyst Sea-Intelligence, freight rates are due for a decline in response to reduced vessel utilisation rates, which have been on a downward trend since their spike in the peak season of 2020. Vessel utilisation rates correspond to spot rates. Once utilisation rates...

The inevitable consequence of the first-half inventory buildup that continues to force dozens of ships to wait off major US East Coast ports is that the containers that carried those goods must eventually be unloaded and sent back empty to the ports, amplifying the disruption...

A recent COVID outbreak detected in Ningbo, which has since spread to Beilun, has pre-empted the latest round of lockdowns at the world's largest port in overall tonnage terms and the third largest with regards to containers. Shippers are urged to utilise alternative logistics channels to...

We are excited to announce that Transolve Global has joined Supply Chain Partners and we look forward to engaging with an ever-growing network of businesses both in Australia and internationally via this association. This week we share our 15 tips to help you work more efficiently with...

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