Tag Archives: supply chains

Maersk Line to Pay $4 Billion for Hamburg Süd

More mergers in ocean carrier ranks. Payback out of savings in 8 years. And what does this do to alliances?  We’ll find out, won’t we?

Maersk has finalized its purchase of container shipping line Hamburg Süd from the Oetker Group after both boards approved a Sale and Purchase Agreement today.

Source: Maersk Line to Pay $4 Billion for Hamburg Süd – Supply Chain 24/7

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By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – “Organised chaos” – that’s how one carrier describes the Asia-Europe schedules of the Ocean and THE alliances, believing there’s very little hope of vessels hitting itineraries before June. The source, an alliance member, told The Loadstar the transition of ships and containers from previous schedules to their new alliance hubs […]

screenshot-gcaptain.com 2017-04-28 10-03-26Source: New Shipping Alliances Bringing Chaos to Asia-Europe Tradelanes – gCaptain

Shanghai port, world’s busiest, grapples with traffic congestion

Fog is causing massive congestion at the Port of Shanghai.  Over 100 ships are waiting to berth.  Not fun.  Will shippers stop using Shanghai?

Source: Shanghai port, world’s busiest, grapples with traffic congestion

Turning Digital Disruption Into a Building Block for Change

This piece by Ken Cottrill from MIT discusses Jeanne Ross’s views on the trends in digital support of enterprises. Clearly they are growing, and it’s also apparent that there is potential for great improvement in enterprises by careful attention to what’s important.  There are two nice cases cited.

But I found most interesting was her statement that

“the operations mindset is not a good fit for highly fluid digital services platforms…”

In operations we tend to think that everything is operations, or at least has a close connection, looked at from the right point of view.   This statement challenges us to think through how the operations community has been limiting itself by its point of view, and perhaps needs to retool with a closer connection with the new practices of agile, customer-centric and user-motivated change.

We need even more of the design thinking and entrepreneurial attitude in operations.

Source: Turning Digital Disruption Into a Building Block for Change