Explainer: why empty shipping containers are piling up in Australia

You don’t have to be an Australian supply chain operator for this article to be relevant. If you want to understand, in a nutshell, how empty containers have built up in Australia – and the lessons here apply to any importing country with a trade imbalance with Asia exporters – the country’s liner lobby group, Shipping Australia, has put together this easy-to-understand analysis. “Covid is at heart of the problem. …

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Seroka: Port of LA ‘stayed the course’ during difficult 2020

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka delivered a State of the Port address Thursday that reflected on Americans’ resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic while looking ahead to economic resurgence.

Seroka said that despite the “unexpected events” of 2020, the port accomplished or significantly advanced all of the priorities he laid out in his address last year. Focus on such priorities as workplace diversity, supply chain optimization, drayage efficiency, zero-emissions equipment...


Logistics ‘rookie’ Cainiao claims its new services will be cheaper and reliable

Guaranteed compensation and good customer service are in very rare supply these days, especially in sea freight.
However, Cainiao, Alibaba’s logistics arm, has pledged cheaper, more reliable shipping services to its customers – and promised to compensate them for delays.
Cainiao today launched a shipment booking service, for air and sea, covering 200 ports in 50 countries and said the service encompassed container bookings and end-to-end logistics management.
It claimed its cross-border...


‘Dynamic peak season’ provides a record profit for Deutsche Post-DHL

German logistics giant Deutsche Post-DHL is set to report record financial results for 2020, “fuelled by an extremely dynamic peak season”.
It has released preliminary figures that show it expects to beat its previous ebit guidance by over €400m ($487m).
Its guidance for earnings before interest and tax (ebit) was in the €4.1bn to €4.4bn range, but yesterday said it was expected to be €4.84bn.
Group revenues for the year increased by 5% …

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No Herd Immunity in 2021 Despite COVID Vaccine Rollouts

In a major development, the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) chief scientist has warned that even as numerous countries start rolling out vaccination programmes to stop COVID-19, herd immunity is highly unlikely this year, reports the Economic Times. 

Critical To Control Outbreaks

At a media briefing on January 11, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said it was critical countries and their populations maintain strict social distancing and other outbreak control measures for the foreseeable future.



Oil Prices Fall Over New COVID Strain Lockdown & Stronger Dollar

According to a Reuters report, oil prices steadied on Monday after strong gains last week, as tough coronavirus lockdowns around the world renewed concerns about global fuel demand, while a stronger U.S. dollar also weighed on prices.

Brent fell 33 cents to settle at $55.66 a barrel, after bouncing off the session low of $54.99. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) rose a cent to settle at $52.25 a barrel.

New Strain Lockdown Woes

“The renewed concerns about demand due to very high numbers of new...


Carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Underway Ahead of Double-Pump Deployment

Capt. Kyle Higgins, commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), flies an F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to the “Fighting Swordsmen” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 on Dec. 9, 2020. US Navy Photo

Carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) left Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Tuesday morning for a training exercise ahead of a deployment, a Navy official confirmed to USNI News.

The carrier and its escorts are expected to complete a composite training...


Munich’s Transport Logistic 2021 cancelled – online conference takes its place

And another one bites the dust: Transport Logistic, which until today was insisting May’s mega event in Munich would go ahead, has cancelled.
Munich is arguably the biggest event in the freight calendar, but it was hard to see how it could go ahead.
One potential exhibitor told The Loadstar last week that, while the company wanted to attend, it could not envisage how large a stand it would need to ensure social …

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New Study Probes Vitamin D As Potential Tool To Treat COVID19

Boston researchers are studying yet another potential weapon in the coronavirus fight. Brigham and Women’s Hospital will look at whether vitamin D can lessen the severity of COVID-19 symptoms, reports WCVB.

Immune system booster

Researchers are also studying whether vitamin D supplements reduce the chance of becoming infected if you have been exposed to someone in your household who tested positive for COVID-19.

Vitamin D is already known as an immune system booster.

The study will focus on...


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