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Happening Now: pallet prices up 400% amid shortage

May 26, 2021 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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As if supply chain professionals don’t have enough on their plate these days, we can now add the procurement of pallets to their list of concerns. A backbone of retail and grocery supply chains, pallets are now both hard to come by and much more expensive than they were prior to the pandemic.

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Happening Now: Ocean Carrier Shipping Times Surge

May 25, 2021 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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Shipping delays that became common in the second half of 2020 continue to wreak havoc on supply chains in 2021. In March of this year, only 40% of container ships arrived on time at ports across the globe – compared to an average of 70% the last two years.

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Happening Now: Jobs report shows driver shortage not easing

May 13, 2021 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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While the logistics industry hopes for good news on the driver shortage front, recent labor statistics are not delivering. April numbers are down from March, and March’s numbers were lower than initially thought.

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Happening Now: LTL prices continue to rise

May 11, 2021 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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If you have priced LTL transportation for your products in recent months, chances are that you’ve seen prices rise. A lot.

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Happening Now: How retailers can support sustainable returns

May 4, 2021 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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While they may not realize it, consumer returns come at a substantial cost to consumers. For every $1 billion in sales, the average retailer is incurring $106 million in merchandise returns. That is over 10%. These costs are ultimately passed on to consumers as prices are inflated to cover the cost of returns.

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Happening Now: Record U.S. Imports from Asia Continue in March

Apr 26, 2021 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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An article from the JOC shows that U.S. imports from Asia continued to climb in March. In fact, March was the second-busiest month on record, with imports jumping 22% from February and a whopping 90.5% compared to last March.

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Happening Now: Inventory levels tumble

Apr 7, 2021 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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In our new segment, “Happening Now,” we share timely industry articles to keep our readers up to speed on important logistics news.

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Happening Now: The Costs of Honeycombing

Mar 3, 2021 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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In our new segment, “Happening Now,” we share timely industry articles to keep our readers up to speed on important logistics news.

A new article from Storage Solutions examines the costs related to honeycombing in the warehouse.  Simply put, "honeycombing" is the act of creating dead or vacant space in the warehouse that results in operational inefficiencies and higher costs.  

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Happening Now: Video shows scope of West Coast port congestion

Feb 15, 2021 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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In our new segment, “Happening Now,” we share timely industry articles to keep our readers up to speed on important logistics news.

Congestion issues at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are still creating a mess for trans-Pacific importers. Check out this Freight Waves article, which includes a flyover video of ships anchored within San Pedro Bay.

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