House lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation to form a federal Office of Supply Chain Resiliency and Crisis Response as part of the Commerce Department. The office would work with private-sector stakeholders, track supply chain concerns and make recommendations every four years, all to prevent potential crises before they occur.
The media and politicians are communicating a "false narrative that commerce has come to a complete stop" because of supply chain disruptions, and while there are some bottlenecks, "ports are operating, trucks are moving, and most store shelves are stocked," writes Brian Gibson, a professor at Auburn University. Gibson points to success stories highlighted at CSCMP's recent EDGE 2021 conference, such as Pfizer's ability to manufacture and distribute over 1.5 billion doses of its coronavirus vaccine by using "parallel development processes, miniaturization of production operations, and innovations in cold packaging."
Long Beach, Calif., is involved in a pilot program focused on smart infrastructure that will tap real-time data from a fleet of 50 smart vehicles to control intersection flow. "Systems like that have the potential to improve the efficiency of our transportation network," notes Ryan Kurtzman, program manager of Long Beach Smart Cities, who adds that the pilot could "inform how we could deploy this type of technology on a larger scale across the city."
NLEX Corp. is optimistic about the rebound of traffic across the North Luzon Expressway and Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway in the Philippines. "We expect traffic growth of 25% in NLEX and 23% in SCTEX versus the 2020 average," said Romulo Quimbo, Jr., senior vice president of communications.
Eighteen large trucks and vans have collided with toll booth canopies on the MacKay Bridge in Nova Scotia, and Halifax Harbour Bridges will install clearance bars to warn drivers of overhead space restrictions. The bars should be installed during November, with concrete canopies to be removed later as part of the transition to cashless tolling.
The National Highways Authority of India has again delayed the opening of the underpass at Sirhaul toll plaza in Gurugram. The underpass has been rescheduled to open at the end of the month after electrical infrastructure work is finished.
The US Supreme Court has turned down a group of truckers' call to hear an appeal over heavy truck rates on the Indiana Toll Road, ending a two-year lawsuit. Federal judges previously ruled in favor of the state, with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals pointing out the existence of alternative toll-free routes.
Amazon will recruit 150,000 seasonal workers this year, up from the 100,000 it planned to hire at this time last year, with an average US starting wage of $18 per hour. The company said last month that it has opened 250 logistics facilities in the US so far this year.
Intermodal rail service would benefit from five new areas of measurement as its importance grows, writes Theodore Prince, co-founder and chief operating officer of Tiger Cool Express. Prince recommends evaluating initiation of intermodal shipments, en route rail movement, destination terminal performance, terminal health and overall system health.