From out-of-touch U.S. ports, to trans-Atlantic bottlenecks, to guarding against supply chain cyberattacks, to power outages in China, to added air cargo capacity, we’re here to deliver the latest news in international shipping.
We’d be the first to say that data and information kept in silos is one of the biggest problems for supply chains. And, although the industry has made big improvements in this regard in the past few years, there’s still a lot of work to be done. With an influx of imports driving container congestion at U.S. ports to new record-highs, some industry experts are arguing that digitization could be the key to addressing one of today’s greatest supply chain challenges. According to FreightWaves, “the dead spots in a port and the inability to capture the number of a container as it is being taken off a vessel inhibit port efficiency.”
One lane that’s particularly struggling to manage capacity right now amid growing delays and slow equipment turnaround is Europe-North America trade.
So, in light of calls to enhance digitization efforts industrywide, the recent string of cyberattacks has left some wondering how safe data sharing really is. Luckily, a software bill of materials, or SBOMs, might be just the thing supply chains need to increase protection against these rising threats based on a trending Supply Chain Dive analysis.
Meanwhile, power outages in China are “threatening to further disrupt strained global supply chains for semiconductors and other vital goods,” according to The Wall Street Journal. This story is just one more example of how integrated global supply chain costs are. As for the air cargo sector, the addition of critical capacity by major carriers like CMA CGM is a welcome relief for shippers overwhelmed by crushing consumer demand.
To learn more about the industry’s leading headlines, check out this week’s article highlights: