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Happening Now: The Top 10 Supply Chain Schools

Apr 1, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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Supply Chain 24/7 has released its list of the top universities for studying supply chains. Six of these schools – including #1-ranked MIT – are in the US, while four are in Europe.

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Happening Now: EV trucking grid could cost $1 trillion

Mar 22, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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FreightWaves reports that the Biden administration’s plan to decarbonize the trucking industry will come with a staggering $1 trillion price tag. This is according to a study released by the Clean Freight Coalition (CFC), which is made up of trucking associations, carriers, truck dealers and truck stop operators.

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Happening Now: Truckers Applaud FMC Container Fee Rule

Mar 15, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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The Federal Maritime Commission's (FMC) new ruling on detention and demurrage (D&D) charges, effective May 28, is welcomed by the trucking industry, particularly for those involved in international container transport. Previously, truckers had been burdened with D&D fees levied by ocean carriers for delays at ports and inland rail facilities, awaiting reimbursement from shippers.

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Happening Now: US Companies Expand into Mexico

Mar 7, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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According to Transport Topics, the nearshoring trend, which involves companies moving offshore operations closer to home, has spurred transportation and logistics investments near the Mexican border to leverage expected growth. This movement is underscored by U.S. Census Bureau data highlighting Mexico as the leading importer at 14.8%, reflecting the country's central role in nearshoring practices.

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Happening Now: Port of Long Beach cargo volumes up 18% in January

Feb 28, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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According to Supply Chain Dive, Port of Long Beach volumes reached over 674,000 total TEU in January. This marks an 18% YoY increase from last January. The Port’s CEO, Mario Cordero, attributes the growth to retailers who “stocked their warehouses in January ahead of the slower import activity we typically see during Lunar New Year celebrations.”

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Happening Now: A Shipping-Market Rebound Taking Shape

Feb 23, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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According to The Wall Street Journal, the logistics and shipping industry is witnessing signs of recovery after nearly two years of downturn, marked by an increase in demand and rising freight rates as retailers begin to restock inventories.

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Happening Now: The Supply Chain Agreement goes into effect this month

Feb 6, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the Supply Chain Agreement, part of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, will come into effect on February 24, 2024, marking a significant milestone. The agreement, involving 14 partners including the U.S., Australia, and Japan, aims to enhance coordination in building resilient, efficient, and inclusive supply chains, addressing challenges like those seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Happening Now: Red Sea concerns may boost West Coast shipments

Feb 1, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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According to FreightWaves, the recent spike in shipping costs resulting from ocean carriers avoiding the Middle East conflict poses a potential long-term threat to rates. Retailers are currently making decisions to redirect back-to-school and holiday import shipments to West Coast ports.

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Happening Now: West Coast imports expected to surge

Jan 16, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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According to The Loadstar, US West Coast ports are anticipating a surge in imports due to a combination of supply chain and geopolitical disruptions. These disruptions include transit difficulties through the Panama and Suez canals, and concerns at East Coast ports related to ongoing labor contract negotiations.

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Happening Now: a Lean transformation in action

Jan 12, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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A recent article from Supply Chain Digest was written in conjunction with the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI). The article focuses on the Lean transformation recently undertaken by aerospace manufacturer, Re:Build Cutting Dynamics – a transformation which has already yielded impressive results.

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