22 thoughts on “Throw another Yule Log in the engine

  1. Jnana Hodson says:

    How sardonic … and utterly on target! Most of the stuff is future junk … if it even arrives in today’s supply crunch.
    When it comes to gift-giving, we look to services, subscriptions (theater or concerts, for instance), items that might be consumed (chocolate or even) wine, or charitable donations.

  2. Bollocks says:

    “Christmas Toy Shortages Loom as Cargo Clogs Major UK Port” https://gcaptain.com/christmas-toy-shortages-loom-as-cargo-clogs-major-uk-port/
    “…The chief culprit isn’t so much overwhelmed port infrastructure but a lack of truck drivers to move the containers — a labor shortfall estimated at 100,000. The government has acknowledged that just 20 U.K. visas have been issued to HGV [heavy goods vehicle] drivers from abroad who took up the emergency offer of employment.”
    (BBC): “The UK’s lorry driver shortage – due to a combination of Covid, Brexit and other factors – has affected petrol stations, supermarkets and left containers piled up at Felixstowe Port unable to be moved.
    Retailers have also warned there could be shortages of items such as toys at Christmas, with shoppers urged to buy gifts early.” https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-58921498

  3. Fun & Games says:

    Rep. Jim Jordan [GOP Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio] @Jim_Jordan 11:40 AM · Oct 14, 2021: “Christmas presents were never late when President Trump was in charge.” https://twitter.com/Jim_Jordan/status/1448705386090008580?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
    p/s: To ensure that gifts and cards arrive in time for Christmas, the U.S. Postal Service is urging shoppers to get their holiday packages shipped out early this year.
    On top of supply issues, the USPS has slowed mail delivery and cut post office hours nationwide. The new standards will increase delivery times by 39% for first-class mail and 93% for periodicals like magazines.
    The adjustments are a part of “Delivering for America,” Trump appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s 10-year plan for achieving financial sustainability and service excellence, according to USPS. https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/what-to-know-before-shipping-your-holiday-packages-with-usps/

  4. Xmas countdown says:

    Cardboard shortages deal another blow to strained supply chains – just in time for the holiday shopping frenzy. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/10/cardboard-shortages-deal-another-blow-to-strained-supply-chains/
    …Complicating the situation is last winter’s deep freeze that knocked several power plants in Texas offline for days. With no power, refineries were unable to make plastics used in shipping materials. That, in turn, led manufacturers and shippers to rely more on other products—like cardboard.
    “The types of materials that would be key and the raw materials that go into them—polyethylenes, polyurethanes—we’ve seen the cost of those raw materials surging to the tune of 50 percent year over year,” Vipul Shah, the chief product officer of Next Trucking, a logistics technology startup, told NBC News. “The story for packaging is the same.” https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/shippers-are-having-their-own-supply-chain-issues-leading-battle-n1282104

  5. Update says:

    “Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it had doubled its container processing capacity and secured more shipping storage from ocean freight carriers to try to overcome supply chain bottlenecks in time for the holiday shopping season.
    Amazon, which plans to hire 150,000 seasonal workers in the United States during the holiday period, said it had also increased ports of entry across its network by 50%.
    The e-commerce giant is not the only company trying to use its scale and deep pockets to muscle its way through supply chain headaches.
    Retailers including Walmart Inc, Target Corp and Home Depot have said they are chartering ships to deal with the pandemic-driven slowdown of sea networks that handle 90% of the world’s trade.” https://gcaptain.com/amazon-bulks-up-shipping-capacity-to-battle-holiday-season-snarls/

    • Meanwhile: says:

      The fire on board the containership ZIM Kingston is reported to be stabilized and the ship secured, the Canadian Coast Guard said Sunday afternoon. The ship remains at anchor at Constance Bank off of Victoria, British Columbia. https://gcaptain.com/zim-kingston-cargo-fire-stabilized-canadian-coast-guard/
      The fire started Saturday as the ship was at anchor about 5 miles off of Victoria after earlier losing approximately 40 containers overboard in heavy seas west of the entrance to the Juan de Fuca Strait.
      Residents of the island are not in danger, officials said, and transit of commercial vessels to the ports of Vancouver and Seattle ports is unimpeded.
      The incident comes as a a major storms is impacting the region Sunday into Monday. A wind warning is in effect for the greater Victoria area calling for southeasterly winds 70 km/h (43 mph) gusting to 90 km/h.
      NOAA National Weather Service reported that Sunday’s low pressure system reached a minimum central pressure of 942 mb, making it one of the strongest storms on record for the area – if not confirmed to be the strongest.

  6. Vance Packard says:

    American consumers are expected to spend up to $859 billion on holiday shopping this season, possibly shattering previous records, the National Retail Federation said Wednesday.
    The forecast is a continuation of strong consumer demand since the second half of last year which is exacerbating port congestion and other supply chain disruptions as a record number of containerized imports pour into the nation’s ports. https://gcaptain.com/holiday-spending-could-shatter-records-despite-supply-chain-disruptions/
    Just this week, the world’s top shipping company Maersk said the ongoing supply chain situation in the United States is actually a byproduct of growth and can be attributed to record consumer buying. https://gcaptain.com/maersk-supply-chain-situation-is-an-american-growth-story/

  7. Ahoy says:

    The logjam of container ships outside the California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach swelled to another record as stepped-up efforts to clear cargo off the docks failed to prevent the average wait for vessels from reaching nearly 17 days.
    The queue, both at anchor and in a holding zone, rose to 83 ships as of late Friday, four more than Wednesday and topping the previous high of 81 set earlier in the week, according to officials who monitor marine traffic in San Pedro Bay. The average wait increased to 16.9 days, double the level from two months ago, according to L.A.’s Wabtec Port Optimizer. https://gcaptain.com/ships-keep-coming-every-sector-supply-chain-reached-capacity/

  8. Santa's Elves says:

    Toymaker’s ‘War Room’ Goes 24/7 To Secure Spots On Containers And Ships https://gcaptain.com/toymakers-war-room-goes-24-7-secure-spots-containers-ships/
    “…It’s a daunting task in normal times, but especially heightened this year as the $37 billion industry — as measured by market research firm NPD Group — experiences some of the greatest demand for toys in modern history. In September, the dollar amount of toys, games and sporting-goods imports to the U.S. was only eclipsed by shipments of pharmaceuticals and cellphones in the consumer goods category. Playtime heavyweights Hasbro Inc. and Mattel Inc. say they’ll be able to keep up, thanks in part to their ability to expand shipping capacity and secure access to additional ports.
    Foreman doesn’t have those strings to pull. Control of about 80% of the global shipping market and 95% of the transpacific routes is concentrated in the hands of nine companies based mainly in Asia and Europe, according to S&P Global Platts, and they exert near-total control over the prices. It currently costs $10,000 to $15,000 in the spot market to ship a 40-foot container from China to the West Coast, more than five times the pre-pandemic rate.”

  9. Update says:

    A new partial lockdown in Ningbo has highlighted the threat to container supply chains from China’s strict zero-Covid policy.
    Positive cases in Ningbo’s Zhenhai district prompted “closed loop” management to be imposed on Monday, according to local media.
    The city is home to the world’s third-largest container port complex, Ningbo-Zhoushan, which handled 28.7m teu [28.7 million cargo containers] during the first ten months of the year, surpassing 2020’s total throughput.
    There has been no impact on supply chains so far, but with similar isolated lockdowns within the Yangtze River Delta, including in Shanghai, some forwarders in the region are bracing for disruption. https://gcaptain.com/new-ningbo-lockdown-shows-covid-threat-hanging-over-supply-chains/

  10. p/s says:

    McDonald’s Holdings Company Japan said on Tuesday it would suspend the sale of medium- and large-sized french fries for a week starting on Friday due to port supply chain bottlenecks.
    The company is seeing delays in potato shipments due to supply chain issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as from shipping disruptions in Canada. The potatoes used for the french fries are imported from North America, it said.
    The popular fast-food company said french fries in small sizes will continue to be on sale.
    The company did not quantify the financial impact of the temporary suspension. https://gcaptain.com/mcdonalds-exports-potatoes/

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