COVID has forever altered how warehouse staff and truck drivers interact at check-in and departure. New technologies are replacing face-to-face interactions.
Supply Chain Dive
Surcharges will increase to between $1 and $4 per package, depending on the shippers' parcel volume. At minimum, this will triple the pandemic-related fees UPS put in place in May for domestic shipments.
Domestic aluminum producers importing from Canada will have to pay the tariffs, and those costs could trickle down to manufacturers procuring aluminum parts or packaging domestically.
Uber Connect, a consumer-to-consumer delivery service, puts the tech company in competition with parcel carriers and USPS, though not on price.
"Preemptive logistics," in which companies predict demand and ship items before customers order them, requires information sharing and transparency throughout the supply chain, according to a survey from Ericsson.
Truckload capacity usually declines at this point in the year, DAT said, but a citrus volume surge in California, a hurricane along the Southeast coast, and consumer demand and fulfillment caused an increase in loads.
A directive announced by the president Thursday would require government agencies to buy certain "essential" drugs from factories in the U.S. How easily such an order would be implemented isn't clear.
The pandemic disrupted progress on supplier visibility as it stopped operations and prevented travel and in-person audits — casting doubt on potential improvement in 2020.
Nearly every cycle, some business condition creates cost challenges, with many price increases valid but others not. The goal is to separate fact from fiction.
MSC and Hapag-Lloyd have also announced preliminary contingencies while the timeline for the Beirut port's restoration is unknown.