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Drought Forces Panama Canal Draught Restrictions and Pushes Up Rates

The Loadstar – El Niño is having a major impact on container traffic through the Panama Canal this year. From May 28, the canal operator is going to reduce the draught at its Neopanamax locks to 43 feet, the latest in a series of depth reductions that have brought the permitted level down from 50ft […]

To Ease the Squeeze of New Tariffs, Focus on Compliance

Supply Chain Brain —A year after tariffs on more than 1,300 Chinese goods first sent importers reeling, the news supply chain managers everywhere have been dreading is finally here. Last week’s tariff increase from 10 percent to 25 percent, which went into effect May 10, gave organizations less than a week to plan for the […]

2019 Supply Chain Outlook for the Apparel Industry

Apparel Magazine—Few supply chains are as dynamic as those relied upon by the fashion industry. From retailers to manufacturers, apparel supply chains crisscross the globe in a race to outfit customers with the latest styles and beat the competition on driving — and supplying — the latest trends. Speed and cost efficiency are both critical […]

US Trade Representative Confirms 25% Tariff Hike for Friday

Supply Chain Dive—Dive Brief: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer confirmed 10% tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports will rise to 25% at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, according to multiple news reports. His remarks follow a Sunday afternoon pair of tweets from President Donald Trump stating the existing tariffs will rise […]

$87.8B in Supply Chain Investments Captures VC Attention

Sourcing Journal—One sector that venture capitalists believe is ripe for change and disruption is supply chain logistics, where much of the trucking and freight sectors still relies on offline legacy processes such as manual booking and paper records. According to a study co-sponsored by the American Global Logistics (AGL) and Logistics Trends & Insights on […]

Logistics Providers Shift Focus with the Rise of DTC

Sourcing Journal—Logistics brokers have been undergoing a steady metamorphosis in recent years, stemming from the influx of direct-to-consumer brands and the unrelenting rise of e-commerce. “We are living through a renaissance in the logistics space,” said CEO of American Global Logistics (AGL), Jon Slangerup. “It changes the supply chain for all our customers.” The cultural […]

5 Technology Trends Poised to Transform Retail Supply Chains

Total Retail —Supply chain technology is entering a renaissance as retailers look to digital tools to transform nearly every aspect of operations. Nearly three-quarters of retailers report plans to digitize their supply chains as they seek to improve real-time visibility and responsiveness in an increasingly challenging environment. With pressure mounting on all sides, a well-run […]

How Shippers Can Plot a Course Through the Choppy Economic Waters Ahead

The Loadstar — After  a volatile first quarter, ocean freight is heading into a more stable pricing environment, but uncertainty over fuel costs and trade politics still make for difficult steering, warns American Global Logistics (AGL). The US forwarder has advised clients to exercise caution in the upcoming round of contract negotiations, urging them to concentrate […]

Winning the Tariff Waiting Game

The last few months have forced many global importers into a holding pattern as they wait for the latest round of tariff headlines. The March deadline has come and gone for 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods, and the U.S. administration has said that talks are going well with China, putting additional increases […]

3 Strategies for a Smoother Ocean Shipping Season

Efforts by ocean carriers to prop up rates by reducing sailings last year came at the exact wrong time for importers, coinciding with President Trump’s announcement of additional tariffs on Chinese imports. As shippers raced to beat the effects to their bottom lines, imports hit a record 21.6 million TEUs in 2018 – and spot […]