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Tweet of the Day: Ryan Petersen, CEO, FLEXPORT (@typesfast)

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PortandTerminal.com, January 19, 2021 HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Ryan Petersen, CEO of FLEXPORT shares a graph that shows the eye-watering rise in the cost of shipping a 40-foot container from Shanghai to Los Angeles. Credit is due to Drewy for the graph in Petersen’s link. What happened?— 🦁 Mariano (@mibaragiola) January 19, 2021 Bloomberg reported last week that the cost …

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In Canada, shippers race to move cancer treatments as COVID-19 grounds flights

An American Airlines cargo plane is unloaded at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia

REUTERS, JANUARY 3, 2021 MONTREAL/TORONTO (Reuters) – Medical companies and shippers in Canada are racing to transport time-sensitive radiochemical materials used to treat cancer, as a pandemic-induced drop in passenger flights has narrowed transportation options and created cargo delays. Half of air cargo normally travels in the belly of passenger jets rather than dedicated freighters. But flight cancellations as traffic …

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All alone now. What happens next after BREXIT?

Customs border crossing. Empty. Rainy.

BLOOMBERG, DECEMBER 31, 2020 By Lizzy Burden and Richard Weiss for Bloomberg – Firms have shifted truck traffic to containers, air freight | Holiday weekend will allow borders to ease into new rules On the day the U.K. makes its final break with the European Union, the ports are clear of truck backups, goods are moving smoothly and grocery-store shelves are well stocked. …

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Port bottlenecks worsen as pandemic reaches its grimmest phase

Containers. Container cranes.

BLOOMBERG, DECEMBER 22, 2020 “Just 50.1% of container vessels arrived on time in November, down from 80% a year earlier and the lowest level in records dating back to 2011“ By Brendan Murray for Bloomberg – Container shipping, the backbone of the global trading system, is showing signs of fatigue as the pandemic descends into its darkest days. Carriers reaping the …

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Amazon Has Turned A Middle-Class Warehouse Career Into A McJob

Amazon warehouse

BLOOMBERG, DECEMBER 18, 2020 Despite a starting wage well above the federal minimum, the company is dragging down pay in the logistics industry and bracing for a fight with unions. By Matt Day and Spencer Soper for Bloomberg – Amazon.com Inc. job ads are everywhere. Plastered on city buses, displayed on career web sites, slotted between songs on classic rock stations. They promise a quick start, $15 …

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Amazon asks U.S. to include warehouse, grocery staff in vaccine rollout

A worker assembles a box for delivery at the Amazon fulfillment center

REUTERS, DECEMBER 16, 2020 (Reuters) -Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday asked the U.S. government to prioritize essential workers including its warehouse, grocery store and data center staff for receipt of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a letter seen by Reuters. The request shows how the country’s second-biggest private employer, with 800,000 workers in the United States, considers the vaccine important to …

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Cold Chain: What tuna and the COVID-19 vaccine now share in common

PortandTerminal.com, December 12, 2020 Freezers that until recently held tuna in Prince Edward Island will now store COVID-19 vaccine NORTH LAKE, P.E.I. (CANADIAN PRESS) — The owner of a bluefin tuna exporting company in eastern Prince Edward Island has offered up two freezers to the provincial government as public health officials prepare to vaccinate Islanders against COVID-19. Jason Tompkins, owner …

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Walmart readies pharmacies for COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

The logo of a Walmart Superstore

REUTERS, DECEMBER 10, 2020 (Reuters) -Walmart Inc said on Thursday it was entering into agreements with U.S. states to administer COVID-19 vaccines, when approved, to customers and employees. The retailer said it was preparing over 5,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies with freezers and dry ice to handle vaccine storage requirements. It was also working with states to support vaccinations …

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‘Scalper bots’ are snatching PlayStations, Xboxes from online shoppers

PS5 game consol on store shelf

REUTERS, DECEMBER 8, 2020 CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Seven times last month, Benjamin Karmis, a 26-year-old priest from Wheaton, Illinois, failed to get his hands on the latest Sony PlayStation 5 video game console from retail websites including Walmart Inc and Facebook Marketplace. But it wasn’t because another person beat him to the purchase. Instead, Karmis and other shoppers were …

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