Entries by aglmain

Navigating 2019 Ocean Contracting

JOC —Still reeling from the chaotic conditions that dominated ocean freight in 2018, shippers are approaching this year’s contract season with considerable caution. With ocean freight rates holding steady so far this year and tariffs continuing to cast a shadow over supply chains, many businesses are concerned that 2019 will bring continued disruptions to their shipping […]

The Supply Chain Dream Team: Technology and Human Capital

Anyone who’s ever managed a supply chain knows how fragmented and inefficient the industry can be. The average supply chain has numerous essential handoff points, and individual providers are often resistant to sharing information, creating silos of data and opaque processes. Add in complications like capacity constraints, both real and manufactured; an escalating global trade […]

Trade Risks Drive Companies to Stockpile Inventory — Is It a Risky Move?

Supply Chain Dive —Stockpiling chocolate and cookies isn’t uncommon before the holiday season, though in Cadbury’s case, it wasn’t just to ensure there would be enough for Christmas sales. Britain’s exit from the European Union is causing uncertainty for manufacturers like Cadbury who rely on open trade for ingredients and finished goods. Brexit isn’t the only […]

Optimizing Your Supply Chain for Omnichannel

Total Retail —Fulfilling both in-store and online orders for custom furniture within 30 days is challenging enough. Factor in a 1,500-product catalog and a worldwide sourcing network, and an agile supply chain becomes indispensable. For one major furniture retailer, a technology-enabled supply chain has been key for keeping up with today’s retail environment. Customers can shop […]

Driver Work Stoppage in Baltimore

Please be advised that “ongoing labor job actions” by truck drivers at Seagirt Marine Terminal in Baltimore appear to be heightening with a planned refusal by drivers to enter the Port tomorrow, Wednesday, January 30. To minimize the impact of this situation on our customers, AGL is working closely with providers to manage container drayage […]

Cargo Surge Leads to Congestion at Southern California Ports

Supply Chain Dive —Dive Brief: • An import surge across the country — led by a rush to bring in product before Chinese New Year and a scheduled tariff increase on March 2 — is leading to congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to a customer advisory sent by American Global […]

Mastering the Balancing Act in Retail Supply Chains

With inventory volatility and fulfillment complexities both on the rise, retail supply chains are under tremendous pressure as they adapt to the demands of omnichannel. To meet these demands, 72 percent of retailers are digitizing their supply chains – a landmark shift AGL saw firsthand among the nearly 4,000 companies attending NRF’s Big Show this […]

US Deliveries Hit by Delays as Record Imports Spark West Coast Port Congestion

The Loadstar —US importers are bracing themselves for more delays in the coming weeks, as congestion at the major west coast container gateways worsens, exacerbated by shortages of container chassis and rail cars. “We’re seeing unprecedented levels of cargo,” said Mario Cordero, executive director of Port of Long Beach. And a spokesperson for the port of […]

Shippers Have the Upper Hand in 2019. Here’s What That Means:

Freightwaves —Shippers are in the driver’s seat heading into the early days of 2019. The rapid growth of the freight market through 2017 and 2018 is over, thereby reducing pressure on shippers and stoking the fire under carriers. Thanks to the oversupply of transport capacity, particularly trucking capacity, manufacturers and retailers have their choice of freight […]