In this episode of Supply Chain Chats, Lisa Anderson talks about the state of business, the economy, and supply chain, what it means and how to take advantage of the opportunities that will come down the pike.She talks in detail about inflation, recession, the impacts of interest rates and the labor force and what the successful companies are doing differently to succeed.
According to PMSA (Pacific Merchant Shipping Association), the five big West Coast ports have lost volume - 702,083 fewer loads and empties were handled in January and February 2023 than in the same period pre-pandemic in 2019. This equates to close to a 16% reduction. Specifically, the Port of Long Beach was off by 18.7% from January 2019 [...]
According to the The Journal of Commerce, the West Coast ports are losing volume. The West Coast share of imports coming from Asia is down from 61.1% in 2021 to 58.8% in 2022 while the East Coast and Gulf Coast ports rose. According to the JOC, the ILWU contract negotiations are causing this change although there are concerns about drayage and rail as well.
Logistics costs have been staggering. According to the 33rd Annual State of Logistics report produced by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals by the global consulting firm Kearney and presented by Penske Logistics, U.S. business logistics costs rose by 22.4% last year.
Sustainability has become popular with consumers, employees and an imperative of large companies. After all, who wouldn't want to participate in saving the planet? In fact, I was interviewed for an Earth Day special "Our Changing Climate" (you'll see me featured in a few segments around 20 minutes in). From a corporate perspective, according to IBM Institute for Business Value, 51% of CEOs now rank sustainability as their greatest organizational challenge.
Supply Chain Expert Series featuring Lisa Anderson - Founder and President, LMA Consulting Group, shares first-hand experiences and advice on how and why other women should consider a career in supply chain and logistics.