November 2, 2021

Plan ahead: The Union labor contract for 15,000 dock workers is up for renewal July 1, 2022, eight months from now. That means negotiations. The last time that happened, 2014, there was a work slowdown that lasted for several months.

As a result, labor strife could put any hopes for congestion relief on hold. Particularly in the current labor environment. It might be wise to start contingency planning now.

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Two new terms for the current logistics mayhem: “Supply-Chain Whatk-a-Mole,” and “Containergeddon.” “Supermarkets Play Supply-Chain ‘Whack-a-Mole’ to Keep Products on Shelves.” - Wall Street Journal, Jawwon, Kang, October 31, 2021

“Top Freight Forwarder Says Containergeddon Will Last A “Very Very Long Time,”

- GCaptain, October 27, 2021

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How bad is it at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach? “A total of 60,000 containers have been marked as beyond the dwell time and need to be moved out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.” American Shipper, Lori Ann La Rocco, October 28, 2021

Have you been wondering about what Facebook CEO is talking about when he refers to the Metaverse? Here is a definition from the Walt Street Journal: “The metaverse is a stitching together of disparate technological phenomena of today—videogames, virtual reality, Zoom calls, cryptocurrency, social media—into a new whole upon which countless brands, creators, and software engineers can do their thing.”

“Facebook Joins a Crowded Field In the Race to Build the ‘Metaverse.’ We All Have a Stake in the Outcome.” - WSJ, Christopher Mims, October 30, 2021