It’s not the big ships; it’s the lack of coordination. Ocean carriers need to cooperate more with upstream supply chain service providers. That’s what the National Retail Federation members think.
While that is only one type of supply chain, I submit it’s a somewhat simpler chain than for instance a manufacturer’s chain. That’s because there aren’t as many intermediate assemblers and manufacturers in retail, and products are all expected for sale promptly. The problem might be worse for manufacturers since they have some items that they want to buy in large batches since they are willing to inventory them, and others they want just-in-time if possible. Manufacturers might require at least two service and performance levels in their chain
In an exclusive interview with Supply Chain Management Review’s Patrick Burnson, Jonathan Gold, vice president, supply chain and customs policy for the National Retail Federation shares his views and forecasts on the ocean cargo supply chain.
Source: National Retail Federation’s Jonathan Gold Shares His Views on the Ocean Cargo Supply Chain – Supply Chain 24/7
Another report on the One Belt One Road initiative. I think the main point is not the facts so much as the background on how these routes get chosen. It points out clearly on the ground how economic ‘warfare’ is being conducted by China. The geopolitical aspects of their development initiative are paramount. China has a large market to sell, a lot of folks to keep working, and a lot of products that need to be sold abroad. The story gives examples of how leverage and negotiating power is used in transport discussions to advance the use of OBOR.
How is this different from an 18th or 19th century colonial power? At least we are not having shooting wars over it … yet.
Source: It costs twice as much to export olive oil from Spain using China’s “One Belt, One Road” railway — Quartz
More about alliances! Obviously there are not strong ties.
Speculation and debate continued today as to why Hyundai Merchant Marine has found itself in talks with Maersk and MSC
Source: ‘Bizarre twist’ as HMM changes tack and starts to woo 2M Alliance for membership – The Loadstar