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Descartes releases November report on Global Shipping Crisis

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Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, released its November report on the ongoing global shipping crisis and analysis for logistics and supply chain professionals. The report shows continued strong U.S. ocean container import volumes and other underlying factors, which point to a challenging 2022 for global supply chains.

For the month of October 2021, U.S. container import volumes continued a 14-month run of significantly higher than pre-pandemic activity (see Figure 1), according to research conducted using the Descartes Datamyne global trade intelligence solution. Overall, October 2021 was 23% higher than October 2019 and 3% higher than October 2020. When comparing the last 12 rolling months versus 2019, however, U.S. container import volumes are up 21% versus 2019.

Descartes releases November report on Global Shipping Crisis. Image: Unsplash

Descartes releases November report on Global Shipping Crisis. Image: Unsplash

“The pandemic has changed the economic fundamentals of consumer buying behavior with the ratio of personal goods to services increasing by 8% (see Figure 2) and the inventory to sales ratio decreasing by over 30% since 2019 1 ,” said Chris Jones, EVP Industry & Services at Descartes. “When we consider challenges like the ongoing driver shortage and upcoming International Longshoremen Workers Union contract next summer, we believe that logistics and supply chain professionals should take a longer view of the crisis and make more strategic adjustments to their operations.”

Descartes releases November report on Global Shipping Crisis. Image: Unsplash

Descartes releases November report on Global Shipping Crisis. Image: Unsplash

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GEODIS inaugurates a new rail link between France and Italy

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A leading player in multimodal transport, the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business is expanding its network in Europe with the introduction of a road-rail solution linking the Paris region with northern Italy.

The line links Noisy-le-Sec in France to Novara in Italy and is intended to offer an alternative to road transport.

On a booked path, GEODIS operates 3 rotations per week i.e. 6 round trips and offers a loading capacity of 240 ITUs1 per week. This represents a saving of up to 75% in greenhouse gas emissions2.

Daniele Bernardi, Managing Director of the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business in Italy, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a road-rail solution to our customers including delivery to or from France, for packaged products as well as liquids or powders; hazardous materials or waste. A single loading unit is used from the sender to the recipient (swap bodies, box containers and tanks). All our container carriers are equipped with GPS beacons to guarantee safety and real-time information.”

Marc Vollet, Director of Operations and Multimodal for the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business, added: “As the French leader in multimodal transport, we continue to develop rail-road solutions in Europe. This new France-Italy route provides our customers with additional capacity for cross-border multimodal transport and it emits three times less CO2 than transport by road.”

This project is part of the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business’ “Green” strategy. It operates more than 100 trains per week on the European network.

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Descartes releases January report on global shipping crisis

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Descartes releases January report on global shipping crisis. Image: Pixabay
Descartes releases January report on global shipping crisis. Image: Pixabay
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Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, released its January report on the ongoing global shipping crisis and analysis for logistics and supply chain professionals. The report shows continued strong U.S. ocean container import volumes and economic indicators, which may point to similar levels of disruption for global supply chains in 2022 as in 2021.

While December was the second month in a row with declining container import volumes (see Figure 1), compared to December 2020 and pre-pandemic December 2019, it was still a record month with volumes up 1% and 25%, respectively. From a pattern perspective, the November/December decline is similar to 2019. Looking at year-over-year container import volumes, 2021 was 18% higher than 2020 and 22% higher than 2019. When considering the extent of the container import increase and the fact that higher volumes have persisted for 18 months, the chronic supply chain disruption that has ensued should not be surprising.

“In the U.S., consumer behavior driving a high ratio of goods to services expenditures (see Figure 2) is the fundamental driver of the current situation and doesn’t appear to be changing,” said Chris Jones, EVP Industry & Services at Descartes. “The new coronavirus variants are having multiple impacts keeping consumers from spending on services as opposed to goods and exacerbating existing resource shortages and the ability to move good efficiently. We believe 2022 is shaping up to be another congested and frustrating year for global supply chains and importers and logistics services providers need to view this as a longer-term situation and plan accordingly.

 

 

Descartes releases January report on global shipping crisis. Image: Descartes

Descartes releases January report on global shipping crisis. Image: Descartes

 

Descartes releases January report on global shipping crisis. Image: Descartes

Descartes releases January report on global shipping crisis. Image: Descartes

 

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Bollore Logistics signs strategic and commercial partnership agreement with Balyo

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Bollore Logistics recently signed a partnership agreement with BALYO, a technological leader in the design and development of innovative robotic solutions for material handling trucks, to provide automated pallet movement for its warehouses in APAC. The agreement paved the way for an initial order contracted with BALYO to equip the Blue Hub with a “VNA” robotic truck.

As part of this collaboration, Bollore Logistics will host BALYO’s Singapore team at its B.Lab innovation center to design value-creating supply chain solutions in a variety of innovative applications, notably in the field of warehouse automation. By combining expertise and resources, Bollore Logistics will benefit from BALYO’s technological know-how, therefore accelerating its transition to robotics applied to autonomous pallet movement.

Discussions are currently in progress between the two organizations to acquire a robotic reach truck that will be introduced and put into service at the Bollore Logistics’ Green Hub. Following this trial phase, both parties intend to launch short-term studies to determine which Bollore Logistics sites in APAC can be equipped with BALYO solutions.

According to Pascal Rialland, CEO and Chairman at BALYO, “The signing of this partnership with Bollore Logistics, a world leader in logistics and transportation, is a tremendous growth driver for BALYO. We are delighted to be able to support them in their automation initiative from their lab in Singapore. This leading international hub is a unique place where BALYO will be able to demonstrate the added value of its robots for specific applications. We look forward to starting our partnership with the first installation in the Blue Hub before further deployments in APAC.”

Frederic Marcerou, Managing Director of Bollore Logistics Singapore commented: “We are very pleased to reinforce our collaboration with BALYO. This partnership is a great opportunity for both companies and will foster our mutual commitment to operational excellence. Together, we look forward to accelerating the integration of technologies in the supply chain industry and unlock growth synergies in the APAC region.”

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