Logistics & Ports

Empty Containers Will Overwhelm Ports in 2023 Warns Sea-Intelligence

Ports around the world have been complaining for nearly a year about the build-up of empty containers blaming the containers piling up in their yards as contributing to the backlogs and disruption in the supply chains. Recently, ports and regulators have been looking at new steps to move the backlog of empties, but according to a new analysis from Denmark-based data analytics firm Sea-Intelligence, a return to normal in shipping could inundate ports with even more empty containers by early next year.

Gains in July US imports from Asia debunk ‘cliff’ speculation

US imports from Asia in July rose from both June and the year-ago period, the clearest indication yet that the import cliff expected from some market observers has not materialized. July, in fact, was the third-busiest month this year in the eastbound trans-Pacific and was up 13.1 percent from pre-pandemic July 2019.

Trucking spot rates are way up, but so are operating expenses. What does this mean for carriers? 

“Demand is just falling back to pre-pandemic levels.” I’ve heard this rebuttal to my earlier articles about a 2022 trucking “bloodbath” (here and here) for the past week. If “demand falls back to pre-pandemic levels” turns out to be true, the situation for truckers will actually be much worse than even I have predicted. 

Kudos to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL to put this video together!

The U.S. Import Surge Is Skipping the Train.

Shippers are increasingly choosing trucks over railroads because of supply-chain bottlenecks and a need for speed, pushing more freight onto the country’s highways.


Latest NJ State Labor Information

Area prices are up 0.5 percent over the month and 6.3 percent over the year

Prices in the New York-Newark-Jersey City area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), rose 0.5 percent in May, following a 0.9-percent increase in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli attributed the May increase primarily to higher prices for energy. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, month-to-month changes may reflect seasonal influences.)

New Jersey’s Private Sector Growth Continues in July

Preliminary estimates produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show total nonfarm wage and salary employment in New Jersey increased by 6,300 jobs in July to reach a seasonally adjusted level of 4,218,300. Private sector employment grew by 12,100 jobs. So far this year, New Jersey employers have added 101,500 jobs for an average monthly gain of 14,500.

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Latest Industrial Real Estate and Business Information

New Jersey Adopts Guidelines on Warehouse ProjectsAmid Nationwide Development Debate

New Jersey approved new guidelines for warehouse development, giving its municipalitiestools to stop what critics call the sprawl of industrial properties that’s come with the rise ofe-commerce — and triggered concerns across the nation.

Moving Production from China and Taiwan Matters More Than Ever

Many who read this will wonder why it needs to be written. After all, wouldn’t it be obvious? But I have it on good authority from those in the supply-chain-sourcing trenches that most companies do not consider geopolitical risk when choosing countries to source from.

Motivation & Inspiration

Some Winning Thoughts to Think About That Can Be Applied to The Business World . . . or just about anywhere else!