The Friday Five: Despite turmoil, it’s high times for the logistics industry
It’s not all bad news for the logistics industry — record levels of demand and a continued shortage of capacity are causing LSPs to rise to the occasion and grow their businesses along the way. And just when you thought things were getting back to normal, fallout from the Suez Canal continues to affect ports and air cargo. All that and a game of golf in this week’s Friday Five!
April 09, 2021

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The Friday Five: Despite turmoil, it’s high times for the logistics industry

The Friday Five: Despite turmoil, it’s high times for the logistics industry

It’s not all bad news for the logistics industry — record levels of demand and a continued shortage of capacity are causing LSPs to rise to the occasion and grow their businesses along the way. And just when you thought things were getting back to normal, fallout from the Suez Canal continues to affect ports and air cargo. All that and a game of golf in this week’s Friday Five!
April 09, 2021
The Friday Five: Back to your regularly scheduled disruptions

The Friday Five: Back to your regularly scheduled disruptions

Take a look inside the operations to free the Ever Given from the Suez Canal and the memes that motivated workers to get the job done. And while one trade lane reopened, another crisis still looms. These stories and more in this week’s Friday Five.
April 02, 2021
The Friday Five: Has anyone Ever Given logistics this much grief?

The Friday Five: Has anyone Ever Given logistics this much grief?

Logistics is all stopped up on one end, while the alarm bells ring for a potential shortage of toilet paper on the other. While the world anxiously awaits a resolution to the most noteworthy of news items, shippers and LSPs get to work on sustainability. All this and a handful of memes in this week’s Friday Five.
March 26, 2021
The Friday Five: It’s going to get worse before it gets better for global logistics

The Friday Five: It’s going to get worse before it gets better for global logistics

Some say the hardest things in life are ultimately the most rewarding challenges to overcome. Just don’t tell that to anyone that works in or depends on the container shipping industry right now. In this edition of the Friday Five we look at the pain of congestion, the sky high costs, and the rising call to rethink global supply chains.
March 19, 2021
The Friday Five: Supply, Demand and Container Shipping Rates

The Friday Five: Supply, Demand and Container Shipping Rates

No one wants to be accused of taking advantage of a bad situation, but in the world of ocean freight, carriers are walking a fine line between cost and availability amid the current import boom. Also in the news this week, Amazon expands its stake in air, while shifting consumer habits continue to change the makeup of the logistics warehouse space.
March 12, 2021
The Friday Five: Pallets, Pallets Everywhere, but None in Brexit UK

The Friday Five: Pallets, Pallets Everywhere, but None in Brexit UK

It’s not just container shortages causing bottlenecks in post-Brexit England, but a lack of supplies for pallets and packing materials too. While demand and supply for shipping supplies remain off balance, many in the industry are looking to the future. Old trucks get new life, the future is getting more sustainable, and one of the world’s biggest LSPs shows signs of a recovery in this week’s Friday Five.
March 05, 2021
The Friday Five: You can put a price on the containers, but you’ll pay a premium for service

The Friday Five: You can put a price on the containers, but you’ll pay a premium for service

This week’s top news in logistics: Good service is hard to find, but for ocean shippers you can get better service for a cost. The CEO of CMA CGM talks about service quality and price at #TPM21, while elsewhere ocean reliability woes continue. Meanwhile, vulnerable supply chains are coming under the microscope of big government.
February 26, 2021
The Friday Five: Winter Weather Snarls US Logistics

The Friday Five: Winter Weather Snarls US Logistics

This week’s top news in logistics: It’s cold outside. Warm yourself in front of the screen with this week’s Friday Five, as record-breaking cold snaps US supply chains, more containers are lost at sea, and China’s largest e-retailer spins off its logistics division as a technologically-advanced independent LSP.
February 19, 2021
The Friday Five: Freight Congestion to Ring in the Lunar New Year

The Friday Five: Freight Congestion to Ring in the Lunar New Year

This week's top news in Logistics; Shippers and LSPs scrambled to get ahead of the Lunar New Years' rush in China, causing extra congestion at key ports leading into the holiday. Meanwhile, the import boom continues to cause congestion across U.S. ports with no immediate sign of slowing. And another LSP falls victim to a cyber attack.
February 12, 2021