Crisis Averted: Class I Railroads Will Not Strike

The railroad strike has been narrowly averted after a 20-hour negotiation meeting between unions and rail management. The two parties were able to reach a tentative deal early on Thursday, September 15th, with involvement from the United States President, Joe Biden. Railroad workers are governed by different labor laws compared to most workers, one that […]

Amazon Pauses Plans for Some Fulfillment Centers, Cancels Others

Amazon is suddenly finding itself in an unfavorable position: six new distribution centers have been canceled, eight have been delayed, and two have been delayed “indefinitely”. This news comes shortly after the e-commerce giant announced plans for doubling their fulfillment network, costing billions of dollars in the process. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, American […]

Surface Transportation Board Severely Disappointed in Class I Railroads

The four major U.S. Class I railroads are under heavy scrutiny by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for not providing enough information regarding their rail service recovery plans. The STB  issued a requirement for all four railroads on May 6th to submit a rail service recovery plan in response to shippers’ concerns about deteriorating rail […]

Cargo Moving Thanks to Threat of Fees

According to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, threats of penalty fees are just as effective as the fees themselves. The container dwell fee announced by the White House late in October 2021 declared that ports would be implementing a fee of $100 per each day extra at berth. A fee that was, […]

GPA Expands Container Capacity

The Covid-19 pandemic dragged infrastructure issues directly into the spotlight, one of them being the dire need for capacity expansion at ports; An issue that was exacerbated by equipment shortages, labor shortages, and various supply chain disruptions. The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has unveiled a plan to increase container capacity at the Port of Savannah […]

The Newest Way to Measure Supply Pressure

There is a new way to measure supply chain issues that are partially to blame for consumer price inflation: The Global Supply Chain Pressure Index (GSCPI). Researchers at the New York Federal Reserve invented this new calculation system using over 25 indicators, including, though not limited to, the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) and Harpex index. […]