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Labor Pains Persist

Labor Pains Persist

As rising interest rates, poor economic conditions, and a talent shortage continue, optimism among manufacturing industry leaders remains low, according to a Sikich Industry Pulse: Manufacturing and Distribution report.

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Aircraft Shortage: The Plane Truth

Aircraft Shortage: The Plane Truth

Expected aircraft engine shortages will have a substantial impact on the global supply chain’s cargo capacity and more. Fewer available aircrafts, combined with growing demand for air cargo services, could lead to a surge in freight rates, significantly affecting businesses reliant on air for time-sensitive or high-value goods.

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5 Trends to Watch As We Sail Into Peak Season

5 Trends to Watch As We Sail Into Peak Season

As shippers approach what is historically retail peak season, understanding the evolving ocean market will be critical to maintaining a resilient supply chain for the long term. Here are five key trends to watch as the ocean market evolves.

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“The Great Reset”

“The Great Reset”

The State of Logistics Report, produced annually for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals by global consulting firm Kearney and presented by Penske Logistics, delivers a snapshot of the American economy through the lens of the logistics sector and its role in overall supply chains.

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The Risks of SMB Nearshoring

The Risks of SMB Nearshoring

Small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) are embracing nearshoring to help address supplier challenges such as unreliable delivery time frames and inconsistent product quality. But switching to nearby suppliers is easier said than done.

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NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

M & A •  Hellmann Worldwide Logistics acquired PKZ Group, its long-standing air and sea freight partner in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, establishing its own Slovakian national company. •  Advantive, a software provider for specialty manufacturing and distribution businesses, made two recent acquisitions: VeraCore, an SaaS order and warehouse management software provider for fulfillment companies and […]

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Shippers Gain Confidence

Shippers Gain Confidence

What can shippers expect next quarter? BlueGrace Logistics’ Q3 Logistics Confidence Index finds these key highlights: Anticipated revenue maintained a positive trend, decreasing by only 4% across all shippers surveyed. Inventory levels measured highest at neutral and therefore are not expected to expand or contract for Q3. Order volume (sentiment) increased by 5%. That suggests order volumes […]

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State of Digitization in Forwarding

State of Digitization in Forwarding

The pace of digitalization in freight forwarding has accelerated since 2020, as companies increasingly invest in technology solutions to streamline operations, finds a Magaya report. However, the industry still has a long way to go to capitalize on evolving technological advancements. Many organizations still rely heavily on inefficient manual processes. The survey’s key findings include: […]

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Industrial Sector Cools, Manufacturing Heats Up

Industrial Sector Cools, Manufacturing Heats Up

Following record high demand and rent prices notched during the pandemic, the industrial sector’s dynamics are shifting and demand is cooling, finds a new U.S. industrial market update from Savills. Some predictions about where things are headed from here: Vacancy rates are on the rise. While the market is still historically tight, vacancy rates are […]

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Reshoring Moves Beyond the Drawing Table

Reshoring Moves Beyond the Drawing Table

Reshoring and nearshoring have finally matured into commercial realities, finds Kearney’s 10th annual Reshoring Index Report. Reshoring initiatives have become so successful that companies that took a wait-and-see approach to locating manufacturing operations in the past are now scrambling to find facilities in Mexico and the United States. But the road to reshoring is harder […]

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Technology Leads the Pack

Technology Leads the Pack

Packaging used to be simply for protecting and identifying a product; now it helps drive sales. Smart packaging—which uses technology to enhance user engagement, product quality, and supply chain efficiency—is the latest iteration, according to Smart Packaging 2023-2033, a new report from IDTechEx. Establishing business models that utilize these technologies to unlock value for brands […]

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Air Cargo Grounded

Air Cargo Grounded

The global air cargo market may have to hang on until October for signs of a recovery. A flood of summer bellyhold capacity on major lanes and a 4% drop in demand in April 2023 indicates challenging months ahead, according to new analysis from CLIVE Data Services, part of Xeneta. Air freight spot rates dropped […]

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IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

On behalf of Stena Line, Stena RoRo designed and ordered two hybrid cargo ships from shipyard CMI Jinling in Weihai, China; delivery is scheduled for 2025. The NewMax ships can be powered by methanol or conventional fuel and increase cargo capacity by 80%. The vessels have been designed for Stena Line’s route between Belfast and Heysham on the Irish Sea.

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VERTICAL FOCUS: Alcoholic Beverages

VERTICAL FOCUS: Alcoholic Beverages

3 Tiers of the Wine Supply Chain We can’t talk about wine without mentioning the Volstead Act, which made it illegal to “manufacture, sell, barter, transport, import, export, deliver, furnish, or possess” such beverages. Prohibition wasn’t just a temporary blip in alcohol manufacturing; it changed the way the supply chain functions. Prior to Prohibition, the […]

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NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

Good Works •  Trailer Bridge and ATS International held a charity golf tournament that raised more than $104,500 for Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico, supporting the organization’s efforts to create and preserve home ownership opportunities for low-income individuals and families on the island. •  Technology-driven logistics company TransLoop partnered with Luke Grimes of Yellowstone, Hydroviv, and […]

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NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights

Good Works •  As part of Combilift’s celebrations for its 25th anniversary, the Irish materials handling specialist donated its 75,000th truck—an Aisle Master articulated forklift—to Convoy of Hope, a non-profit humanitarian and disaster relief organization. •  Maersk Air Cargo donated the airfreight capacity to send 440 pallets of U.S.-donated relief goods to Türkiye in response to two […]

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IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions

Products •  Peli BioThermal expanded its reusable Crēdo product line to meet deep frozen requirements for transporting pharmaceutical products. Able to transport temperature-sensitive biologics and time-sensitive cell and gene therapies, the five new Crēdo Cube Dry Ice shippers deliver deep frozen payload protection for up to 144 hours. •  The newest tire from Trelleborg, the XP900, is […]

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