supply chain

Business, Logistics

Metals Prices Reach Record as Shipping Costs Surge

Aluminum coils in a cooling area at the Arconic Inc. manufacturing facility in Alcoa, Tenn. Aluminum coils sit in a cooling area at the Arconic Inc. manufacturing facility in Alcoa, Tenn. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Surging prices of the raw materials needed for refrigerators, automobiles, window frames and plumbing show no signs of abating as America’s supply chain crisis spills into another year.

February 7, 2022
Business, Logistics

Cardboard Box Shortage Is Latest Disruption to Global Shipping

Cardboard Box Shortage Is Latest Disruption to Global Shipping Employees check a stack of cardboard at the end of a conveyor at a Visy Industries Australia Pty factory in Melbourne, Australia. (Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg)

The latest hurdle to shipping goods in a world gripped by pandemic-driven supply chain disruptions is a shortage of cardboard boxes, according to one of the world’s biggest makers of the material.

Jen Skerritt | Bloomberg News
January 27, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Vaccine Rule Raises Shipping Costs for Canadian Grocer

A customer exits a Metro Inc. grocery store in Toronto. A customer exits a Metro Inc. grocery store in Toronto. (Cole Burston/Bloomberg News)

The head of one of Canada’s largest supermarket chains says the vaccine mandate for truckers crossing the U.S.-Canada border is raising the cost of shipping fresh food. But so far, it has had little impact on the retailer’s ability to stock shelves.

Derek Decloet | Bloomberg News
January 25, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

The Federal Response to a Disrupted Supply Chain

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By the end of last year, the long-awaited $1 trillion infrastructure policy bill was signed into law, the holiday season saw the vast majority of packages delivered with minimal delays, and the USDOT announced more than $241 million in grants to domestic ports.

January 19, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics, Breaking News

Truck Tonnage in December Increases 1.4% Year-Over-Year

Tonnage Trucks on the road in California. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Truck tonnage in December rose a seasonally adjusted 1.4% compared with the same month in 2020 — the fourth consecutive year-over-year gain and the highest measurement since March, American Trucking Associations announced.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
January 18, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Ocean Shipping Rates Driving Inflation, Experts Caution

Supply Chain Containerships at the Port of Seattle. (David Ryder/Bloomberg News)

Ocean shipping rates are expected to stay elevated well into 2022, setting up another year of booming profits for global cargo carriers — and leaving smaller companies and their customers from Spain to Sri Lanka paying more for just about everything.

January 18, 2022
Business, Logistics

Supply Chain Snags, Quarantines Hurt Global Air Cargo Growth

Supply Chain Snags, Quarantines Hurt Global Air Cargo Growth Workers prepare to unload cargo from an Air Canada Airbus A330, a passenger aircraft that has been reconfigured for cargo during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg)

Global air cargo growth slowed sharply in November as demand was hit by supply chain disruptions, partly because COVID-19 restrictions left workers stuck in quarantine, causing labor shortages.

Will Davies | Bloomberg News
January 12, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

US Shoppers Find Some Groceries Scarce Due to Virus, Weather

Safeway Empty shelves in a Washington, D.C., Safeway. (Parker Purifoy/Associated Press)

Benjamin Whitely headed to a Safeway supermarket in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 11 to grab some items for dinner. But he was disappointed to find the vegetable bins barren and a sparse selection of turkey, chicken and milk.

Dee-Ann Durbin | Associated Press
January 11, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Tougher Vaccine Requirements Poised to Take Effect at Canada Border

The Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit with Canada Trucks cross the Ambassador Bridge into the United States. Canada's requirement that only vaccinated drivers will be allowed to haul freight into the country goes into effect Jan. 15. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

More stringent COVID-19 vaccine requirements set to take effect at the borders may put new pressure on freight traffic between the United States and Canada, experts said.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
January 10, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Trucker Snarl in East China Hits Container Shipping

Port Containers sit stacked next to gantry cranes in this aerial photograph taken above the Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

A suspension of trucking services in several parts of east China’s Zhejiang province has slowed the transportation of manufactured goods and commodities through one of the world’s most important ports.

January 7, 2022