Supply chain snarls finally show signs of easing

Oct 18, 2022
A combination of slowing demand and better management means ports aren't as backed up as they used to be.
Congested ports and exorbitant shipping prices are beginning to cool from pandemic highs.
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How's the container ship backlog at Southern California's ports?

Sep 29, 2022
There are fewer than 10 ships waiting for a berth. “There still are issues, but it’s much better,” a Marine Exchange executive says.
Kip Louttit, right, of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, shows Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal congestion data at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach while looking at horizon free of container ships.
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Using “queuing theory” to understand supply chain logjams

Nov 16, 2021
"We can use some fancy math to predict how long the line will get," Keely Croxton of Ohio State says, then apply it to related problems.
According to logistics expert Keely Croxton, the mathematical formulas that explain wait times at an ATM can be applied to global supply chains.
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LA's port problems have retailers worrying about empty shelves for the holidays

Nov 9, 2021
Retailers and manufacturers are anxious about holiday shopping as they monitor supplies on delayed cargo ships.
Lots of space on the shelves in the toy department of a Houston Target store.
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Floating traffic jam at California ports sets record

Sep 17, 2021
Hundreds of thousands of freight containers wait to be offloaded at ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Container ships and tankers were anchored near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in February. Currently, more than 60 ships are waiting to enter the two facilities.
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What happens when a new technology that is better for the environment also eliminates jobs?

Feb 9, 2018
A union in California goes up against the rising tide of automation.
Longshoremen working on the ship COSCO Denmark at a non-automated terminal at the Port of Long Beach in 2010.
Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach

The Port of Los Angeles gives a lesson in mega ships

Aug 24, 2016
East Coast ports can learn a lot from Los Angeles about handling giant ships.
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest container ship to ever call at a North America port, is docked at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California.
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Giant container ships make port facilities obsolete

Oct 29, 2014
The huge ships came into use far faster than ports expected.

Port of L.A. strike comes to a close

Dec 5, 2012
A deal has been reached to end an eight day strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which handle almost half of all the cargo that arrives by sea in this country.

California ports strike enters second week

Dec 4, 2012
The strike at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles rumbles on, bringing losses to some and opportunities to others.

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