The Top Headlines in Freight, Transportation, & Logistics from FLS Transport
The FLS Weekly Freight Report covers the week’s top news in logistics, transportation, shipping, and freight. This week’s report covers global events that are impacting US ports, rare earth minerals in the US, increased US exports effect on the trade deficit, counterfeit supply chains, and driverless vehicles getting NHTSA approval.
- GLOBAL IMPACTS | CNBC heat map statistics show the global events impacting congestion at US ports.
- REE INDEPENDENCE | Which rare earth mining companies are looking to build facilities in the US?
- ELEVATED EXPORTS | US trade deficit reflects an increase in exports for the 2nd quarter.
- KNOCK-OFFS | How can US manufacturers combat the counterfeit supply chains?
- REMOTE CONTROL DELIVERIES | Einride Pod driverless vehicles get approval to deliver freight.
GLOBAL IMPACTS | CNBC heat map statistics show the global events impacting congestion at US ports.
With peak season closing in, CNBC released a heat map taking global events’ data and showing how it impacts the US supply chain.
The heat map currently shows congestion data like anchorage to berth, time in port, and vessel turnaround for the leading US ports.
Also included in the report is a heat map analyzing China’s supply chain congestion with data such as available vessels, containers, trucks, and time in port for exports.
Find out where the congestion is and what other current global events could impact the US supply chain.
REE INDEPENDENCE | Which rare earth mining companies are looking to build facilities in the US?
China blocking all exports of rare earth elements (REEs) to Japan in 2010, plus recovering from supply chain snags due to a pandemic, has the US and other global companies seeking solutions for REE independence.
Once a top producer of REEs, the US produced 60% of global REEs from 1960-1990 from one mine 53 miles southwest of Las Vegas.
But due to several reasons, the US started importing resources from China.
To gain independence again, US companies want to prevent sole dependence on China for resources.
As a result, companies have started building facilities across the US to produce items such as magnets and a facility that separates heavy REEs.
To see what REEs the US plans to produce, click here.
ELEVATED EXPORTS | US trade deficit reflects an increase in exports for the 2nd quarter.
US trade deficit reflects an increase in exports for the 2nd quarter.
To be exact, US exports rose by 1.2% to $176.6B, moving the US merchandise-trade deficit decreased to its smallest amount this year, signaling economic growth in Q2.
Additionally, many US retailers have stockpiled inventories to avoid a repeat of empty shelves during last year’s peak season, which is why there hasn’t been a change in imports.
Want to see the rest of the data and predictions for Q3? Click here.
KNOCK-OFFS | How can US manufacturers combat the counterfeit supply chains?
Like the ringing of a dinner bell, supply chains carrying more in-demand products and housing insane amounts of data signals criminals to feast on unsuspecting companies.
As a result, these attacks can hit any industry in various ways.
For example, the three most common counterfeit attacks are modifying product details like expiration dates, cloning product details, and applying genuine product tags to counterfeit products.
But, technology does offer a solution to securing your products and protecting your brand…integrating blockchain and NFC into your supply chain systems.
Learn more here.
REMOTE CONTROL DELIVERIES | Einride Pod driverless vehicles get approval to deliver freight.
Playing video games qualifies as training for the next step in the freight transportation industry.
So you ask… what do you mean?
To clarify, you could start seeing Einride Pod autonomous vehicles making deliveries as the NHTSA granted approval for operation on public roads.
Looking like something from Blade Runner or The Fifth Element, this pod is basically a box on wheels, has no space for a driver, and is controlled by a remote operator.
So, could this be the future of freight transportation?
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