Entries by aglmain

Fragility of Suez Infrastructure Exposes Vulnerability of Global Supply Chains

Covid-19 and the Ever Given incident show the significance of the impact on supply chains. These examples make crystal clear that supply chains depend on stable and secure physical infrastructure. Without stable and secure infrastructure, extended (global) supply chains invite unnecessary risk. Infrastructure is the great enabler making international commerce possible. China’s Belt and Road […]

Suez Canal Supply Chain Disruption Calls Globalization into Question

On March 23, 2021, the Ever Given, one of the world’s largest container ships, went aground in the Suez Canal. It ran aground due to a sandstorm and high winds. The highly stacked containers acted as sails. And that caused the wind to blow the ship sideways blocking the canal. That obstructed all traffic flow […]

Silicon Chip Shortage Disrupts Supply Chains

On February 11, 2021, President Biden explicitly stated: “If we don’t get moving, they’re going to eat our lunch.” He was referring to the Chinese. That’s in stark contrast to his campaign statement that China is no competition for the U.S. Those contradictory statements create uncertainty and risk for businesses. Be that as it may, […]

Meeting the IMO’s Strict Guidelines with Wind-powered Cargo Ships

Innovation has played a significant role in logistics throughout history. To see how far innovation takes us, let’s go back in time to 3400 B.C. That’s when the ancient Egyptians modernized shipping with the invention of sailing ships. Since then the logistics industry has looked to innovation to modernize logistics. Later, the shipping industry moved […]

Three Key Attributes of Resilient Supply Chains

Is your business prepared to survive a major supply chain disruption? If not, consider this. Two years after a major disruption, stock prices of unprepared businesses have lost up to forty percent of their value. (K. Hendricks & V. Singhal, See p.1.) That underscores the value of resilience in a concrete way. With the unprecedented […]

Survival of the Fittest: Why shippers must build resilience into their supply chains without delay

“Survival of the Fittest” has greater meaning for the logistics industry than ever before. Charles Darwin stated, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” The post-pandemic marketplace is rife with change. Marketplace conditions have changed dramatically. The logistics industry is at […]

Outsourcing Logistics to Compete in a Post-pandemic Marketplace

To remain competitive, shippers need to be on the cusp of changes ushered in by Covid-19. One trend at or near a tipping point is the transactional business model. Covid-19’s disruptions have brought many changes to global supply chains. Many changes were in progress. More important, many of those changes have accelerated. And they’re resulting […]

Four Reasons Long-Term Partnerships Are Superior to Transactional Relationships

Long-term partnerships aren’t new. But the value they deliver is more pronounced than ever. As supply chain management has evolved, the need for long-term partnerships has grown. The increase in complexity, the increase in competition, the increase in teaming and the rise of pivotal trends are reshaping logistics. All together they’re creating a more challenging […]

Dealing with Covid-19’s Enduring Effects on Supply Chains in 2021

Covid-19 is casting a long shadow on supply chains at the start of the new year. In the pandemic’s aftermath, businesses need to prepare for what follows. This year we expect to see a year of adjustment. Stated otherwise, 2021 will likely be a year of resilience and stabilization. It only makes sense that after […]