Atlas Air to end Amazon flights, focus on international customers

Atlas Air will stop flying freighter aircraft in Amazon’s domestic parcel network by the middle of next year and concentrate on international widebody service for its growing customer base, which will soon include Chinese e-commerce giants Shein and Temu, CEO Michael Steen said in an interview.

Both parties have agreed to terminate contracts under which Atlas provides crews, routine maintenance and insurance (CMI) for 25 converted freighters: eight Boeing 737-800s and 17 Boeing 767-300s. Amazon...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/atlas-air-to-end-amazon-flights-focus-on-international-customers

Higher ocean volumes propel Descartes’ Q1

Supply chain software provider Descartes said demand from its customer base of logistics service providers improved as its fiscal first quarter progressed.

The Canada-based company said international ocean container shipments are strengthening and benefiting from higher pricing due to disruptions in the Red Sea and Panama Canal. It expects the higher ocean shipments to eventually bleed through and result in higher domestic truck volumes.

Descartes (NASDAQ: DSGX) reported earnings per share of 40...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/higher-ocean-volumes-propel-descartes-q1

Aligning supply chain planning and logistics creates major opportunities

By Bart De Muynck

The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of FreightWaves or its affiliates.

The traditional supply chain has long been viewed as just that: a series of interconnected links working together to deliver products to customers. But what happens when those links are weak or disconnected? Just like a broken bicycle chain, the entire system grinds to a halt. In today’s fast-paced, globalized world, this is a risk many businesses...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/aligning-supply-chain-planning-and-logistics-creates-major-opportunities

“Where’s my part?” — OEMs challenged by global supply chain disruptions

The global automotive industry is widely known to practice just-in-time (JIT) production, a lean manufacturing process in which time, labor and materials are optimized by only sourcing parts as they are needed.

JIT manufacturing has traditionally helped the automotive industry keep production costs down, but officials at TrueCommerce said the process hasn’t been upgraded or improved in decades.

Pittsburgh-based TrueCommerce is a global provider of supply chain and trading partner connectivity,...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/wheres-my-part-oems-challenged-by-global-supply-chain-disruptions

DHL Supply Chain announces new CEO for North America

DHL Group announced a key leadership transition in DHL Supply Chain North America on Tuesday, naming Patrick Kelleher North America CEO effective July 1. 

Current CEO Scott Sureddin’s retirement will take effect Dec. 31 after 20 years at DHL Supply Chain.A press release from the company states that Sureddin has been instrumental in the growth of DHL Supply Chain North America, headquartered in Westerville, Ohio.

“Our North America business has achieved incredible growth thanks to the commitment...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/dhl-supply-chain-announces-new-ceo-for-north-america

China e-commerce exports, unreliable Red Sea shipping boost air cargo

Resurgent air cargo demand and rising rates, powered by the quasi-blockade of Red Sea shipping and continued growth in bookings by Chinese e-commerce platforms, during a normally slow shipping period is creating high expectations among air carriers for peak season and making logistics providers nervous about securing adequate capacity. 

Air cargo demand has grown by double digits for four consecutive months, while rates have risen steadily since late February. The strength of the market rebound...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/china-e-commerce-exports-unreliable-red-sea-shipping-boost-air-cargo

Flow of trade always prevails

In the world of news, disasters and wars garner headlines for a while, which fuels anxiety and, as a result, increases supply chain uncertainty and freight rates. But after a certain point, once the news cycle exhausts the angles and the disruption is part of the norm, it becomes part of the background noise. Society moves on and the world of logistics provides certainty in the continuous movement of trade and the new norm. This takes time, but in the end the agnostic flow of trade does, and...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/flow-of-trade-always-prevails

Dali owner, manager seek to cap liability in Baltimore bridge collapse

The owner and operator of the Dali, the cargo ship that struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, are asking a federal court to limit their liability in the disaster that collapsed the bridge and killed six people.

Grace Ocean, the owner of the Singapore-flagged Dali, and Synergy Marine, the manager of the ship, filed a joint petition Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland seeking to cap liability at about $43.7 million. The Dali, which was carrying about 4,700...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/dali-owner-manager-seek-to-cap-liability-in-baltimore-bridge-collapse

UPS to close 200 sort centers in modernization push

UPS says a projected rebound in parcel demand combined with an aggressive strategy for network consolidation and automation to reduce excess capacity and labor costs will drive double-digit profit margins by 2026. Up to 200 facilities are slated for closure over a five-year period.

The optimization plan, code-named Network of the Future, is expected to save $3 billion per year by 2028 through better productivity, according to a new strategic framework outlined by management on Tuesday. The...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/ups-to-close-200-sort-centers-in-modernization-push

Supply chains face weather’s wrath in 2024

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By Bart De Muynck

The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of FreightWaves or its affiliates.

Global supply chains have faced many disruptions the past few years, and weather has been a huge part of those. In 2021 we had the Texas freeze, causing the worst unplanned blackout in U.S. history. It crippled Texas’ power grid, halting factory production and causing widespread transportation disruptions.

In 2023, we have seen heavy rainsand...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/supply-chains-face-weathers-wrath-in-2024

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