Global Supply Chains Face ‘Hangover’ as Excess Demand Softens

Global Supply Chains Face ‘Hangover’ as Excess Demand Softens

It’s not even the morning of New Year’s Day and already there’s talk in supply-chain circles of the 2023 hangover. “There’s a reliability hangover,” Bill Seward, the new president of supply-chain solutions at United Parcel Service, said in an interview. He was referring to lingering headaches from more than two years of shipping congestion, delivery disruptions and…

Supply Chain ‘Normal’ Appears on Horizon, With Sights Set on March

Supply Chain ‘Normal’ Appears on Horizon, With Sights Set on March

Several gauges show ship congestion continues to clear up even as shortages persist Few observers have had a better perch to watch the pandemic slowly clog — and now free up — one of the biggest arteries of global trade than Captain J. Kipling “Kip” Louttit. Two years ago this week, as fully loaded container ships…

Supply Chains Inching Back to Normal Brace for Headwinds of Softer Demand

Supply Chains Inching Back to Normal Brace for Headwinds of Softer Demand

Shipping strains are on the mend, but a painful spell of weaker demand might be next. Rock guitarist Jack White, who extended his “Supply Chain Issues Tour” into October, might want to name his band’s next road trip after a different villain. That’s because supply strains, while still afflicting many consumers and businesses, are becoming more mundane…

Global Supply Chains Near Make-or-Break Point for Easing in 2022

Global Supply Chains Near Make-or-Break Point for Easing in 2022

Supply Lines is a daily newsletter that tracks Covid-19’s impact on trade. Sign up here, and subscribe to our Covid-19 podcast for the latest news and analysis on the pandemic. Citigroup, New York Fed economists zoom in on supply headwinds Gauges should help economists better measure speed of recovery Global supply chains are nearing a…

The World Economy’s Supply Chain Problem Keeps Getting Worse

The World Economy’s Supply Chain Problem Keeps Getting Worse

A supply chain crunch that was meant to be temporary now looks like it will last well into next year as the surging delta variant upends factory production in Asia and disrupts shipping, posing more shocks to the world economy. Manufacturers reeling from shortages of key components and higher raw material and energy costs are…

How Apple built a chip Powerhouse

How Apple built a chip Powerhouse

Steve Jobs long believed Apple should own the technologies inside its products rather than rely on mashups of components from other chip makers, including Samsung, Intel and Imagination Technologies. In 2008, the company made a small but significant step in that direction by acquiring boutique chip maker P.A. Semi. Two years later, Jobs unveiled the iPad….