President Biden Announces Los Angeles Ports Operating 24/7

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Last week, President Joe Biden announced that the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach would both be operating 24/7 to ease supply chain bottlenecks. These ports handle 40% of shipping containers imported to the United States. During off peak hours, cargo leaves the port 25 percent faster. The president received commitments from major retailers Walmart, FedEx, UPS, Target, Home Depot, and Samsung to ramp up activities to utilize off-peak hours at ports.1

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Ways to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees

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While the workplace can be a substantial source of stress on workers, research has found that how work is designed can have a significant impact on employee well-being, leading to improved job performance, lower health care expenses, and lower burnout rates.

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Air Freight Charter Rates Hit All-Time High

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As Black Friday and Christmas approach, desperate shippers have been paying up to $2 million for a trans-Pacific chartered flight. In pre-pandemic 2019 peak season, it would cost between $400,000 to $700,000.1

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Predictions for Trucking Inventory and Rates in 2022

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During the last weekend of August, there was a record 47 container vessels waiting outside the ports of Los Angeles North American shippers will see some relief once the busy 2021 holiday season ends, but not as much as past years. 2022 will see consumer spending drop, especially as government rent relief and fiscal stimulus are reduced or removed. But retailers and manufacturers will be working on replenishing record-low inventory levels back to normal. While transportation capacity is expected to be more readily available in 2022, there will be enough freight demand to keep prices higher than past years.1

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Are Delivery Droids the Solution to Last-Mile Delivery Bottlenecks?

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Worldwide e-commerce sales have grown six times in the last decade, from $572 billion in 2010 to $3.5 trillion at the end of 2019. This trend has only been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. With more people relying on e-commerce for their daily needs, last-mile delivery systems are becoming the bottleneck, especially with increasing delivery traffic and shrinking labour availability.

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US Port Congestion Gets Worse

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During the last weekend of August, there was a record 47 container vessels waiting outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.1 When ships are anchored offshore waiting for an available berth, they miss subsequent departure dates. This leads to cancelled sailings, reduction in much-needed capacity, and slowdown of container and chassis circulation, which adds to the upward pressure on already record-high rates.2

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Direct Shipping Route between Halifax and India

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Starting October, the Port of Halifax will receive the first direct call between India’s west coast and a Canadian port. The MSC Indus 2 Service will have a port rotation of Mundra – Nhava Sheva – Gioia Tauro – Sines – Halifax – Norfolk – Baltimore – Miami – Freeport – Mundra.

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8 Key Business Trends Shaped by the Pandemic

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With the arrival of the fall season, many companies are facing new challenges particularly in response to and impacted by the pandemic. In a recent podcast by McKinsey and Company, Senior Partner Celia Huber discusses industry shifts with Global Managing Partner, Kevin Sneader. According to Sneader, there are “The eight trends that will define 2021 – and beyond.” Today we will share about these trends, as well as examine how they might impact your business as it relates to shipping.

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Passenger Aircraft being converted to Freighters as Corporate Travel Growth Lags

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While leisure air travel has increased this year, business travel has faced a much slower return. Many offices remain closed, employees are reluctant to travel, and conferences and trade shows stay mostly virtual. These conditions will change, as business leaders still believe face to face interaction is valuable. Deloitte estimates that by the end of 2022, corporations will be spending 65-80% of their 2019 travel budget.1

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The Case for Just In Time “Plus”

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At the beginning of 2021, 9 months into the pandemic, McKinsey published an article outlining trends that will define 2021. One of these trends was the movement from the popular management philosophy of Just in Time (JIT) towards what they called Just in Time Plus (JIT+). Now that we are two-thirds the way through 2021, we are seeing how accurate McKinsey’s prediction was and how many of our clients are moving in this direction.

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As Volume and Congestion Increase, Long Beach Calling for 24-Hour Shifts

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If you’re sick of hearing about Long Beach (LGB) & Los Angeles (LAX) port congestion, we’ve got bad news for you. Expect congestion to get worse. Imports from Asia are not showing any signs of slowing down, and will only increase with peak season approaching. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) reached an all time high of 63.4 in July. The Southern California ports are expecting 10% growth in container volumes this year, and many are calling for 24-hour shifts to support the growth.

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Canadian Government Reaches Tentative Deal with Canada Border Services

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Late last Friday, Canada’s border agents reached a new tentative agreement with the Canadian government. The deal came after 36 straight hours of negotiations. There was immense pressure to get a deal done, after a daylong work-to-rule campaign by CBSA workers left long lines at international gateways. Because 90% of CBSA workers are deemed essential, they are not legally allowed to strike, but what they did was follow procedures to the letter, which slowed down operations immensely. Reported commercial wait times in Surrey, BC, reached 5 hours by Friday afternoon.

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We Have Expanded our Warehouse Space in Toronto

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Due to an increase in e-commerce clients, our Toronto office has relocated to a brand-new warehouse space this month. This new location has more space to provide pick and pack services, transloading, storage, and other services to facilitate the growth of our Canadian warehousing services.

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