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We have over the years had a number of posts on shipping containers but it’s not like the whole blog is about shipping containers. But what about a whole podcast on shipping containers? That now exists. You have to check out the podcast Containers! It is an eight part “audio documentary” on modern logistics. (There are […]

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Over time, this blog has had a lot of posts about shipping containers. Here is another one. More specifically , we have from Vox and short video on the history and economic impact of shipping containers and why container ships keep getting bigger and bigger (How cargo ships got so huge — and transformed the […]

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A few months ago we had a post about how shipping containers have impacted supply chains and global trade. Today we have a longer piece from Nautilus on the history of shipping containers as well as some current trends in global shipping (The Box That Built the Modern World, Jul 25). I have three take […]

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Have you ever thought about shipping containers? If you are like most people, you probably haven’t. But they are a remarkable accomplishment. They greatly simplify loading ships so longshoremen no longer need to manipulate odd-sized shipments. Throw in that they can be used across different modes of transportation so goods can be put on a […]

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So how much innovation can there be in supply chain design for cut flowers? Once the industry globalizes (as it has), it would seem that airfreight is the only option. Customers value freshness and cut flowers are the essence of a perishable flower. However, there may be more room for process changes than you would […]

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Pallets move the world

Here’s an ambitious title for you “The Single Most Important Object in the Global Economy” (Slate, Aug 14). The object in question is the humble shipping pallet. Here’s the pitch for its importance in the world economy. Pallets, of course, are merely one cog in the global machine for moving things. But while shipping containers, […]

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day so it seems appropriate to think about what it takes to bring roses and such to the American romantic.  According to SmartMoney.com (Valentine’s Day War of the Roses, Feb 1), florists get 40% of their annual revenue from the holiday, so getting the right blooms to the right locations is paramount.  […]

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The West Port labor strife is now over but issues remain. There are still dozens of ships waiting for their turn at Southern California ports and there are numerous bottlenecks in getting containers off ships and to their destinations. The Wall Street Journal has had a couple of recent articles dealing with how these logistical […]

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As you may have heard, West Coast ports are having some labor issues. The Pacific Maritime Association (which represents the shipping lines and terminal operators) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have been going at it, affecting about 20,000 workers at 29 West Coast ports. (Can’t name 29 Wet Coast ports? See here.) The LA Times has […]

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It doesn’t seem that there should be that much innovation in shipping. Man has plied the sea for ages, so can there be anything new under the sun? The answer is, yes, there can. And it is really, really big. The New York Times had an interesting article on the new Triple-E class of ships that A. P. […]

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