Category: Misc.

The way to a recovery will be a bumpy ride.

In May 2020 I wrote ‘Container cargo 2020, where we are, and where we may go.’ https://www.tjocargo.com/container-cargo-2020-where-we-are-and-where-we-may-go or https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/way-recovery-bumpy-ride-tom-o-malley/ if you are a ‘Linkedin’ kind of person. In the article I forecast generally horrible conditions to mid-year with a recovery of sorts for the second half of the year. My exact words were, “While the first… Read More

Container cargo 2020, where we are, and where we may go.

Cargo Theft

Recently I was asked to do a talk (webinar of course) on the impact of the state of container shipping and the impacts of the pandemic driven shutdowns, I accepted. In preparing for the presentation, as many do, I put my thoughts on paper. With the webinar behind me I realized, while in no way polished, my… Read More

How the pandemic exposed tech weakness in the supply chain.

Back in the early 1990s, I worked for a government contractor that made a real effort to go ‘paperless’ within the confines of their company. The plan was excellent, and even then, their technology was sufficient to pull it off. What didn’t materialize was their workforce embracing the paperless system. We all loved our paper… Read More

Port congestion coming? It’s up to you.

According to container lines and forwarders, it is time to pick up your containers at the port. They are beginning to pile up. It isn’t that ports want to be uncooperative, but imports not being picked up will eventually create a logjam of containers. Okay, I get it, manufacturers and retailers not considered essential wish… Read More

Social Distancing, Covid-19, & Gratitude

The photo in this article may not be a big fat lie, but it doesn’t really make sense either. But there is good reason for the almost lie. Not long ago I was reminded of copyright laws we must all adhere to. With this in mind, I pledged only to use photos I took with… Read More

Millennials will rule the world.

Over the years, my work has allowed me to communicate with a broad range of people. The range includes dock workers to the general manager of all sorts of companies. However, most of my time is talking with middle and upper management. One of the things I have noticed lately is I have been dealing… Read More

Coronavirus and Cargo Insurance

The word is out. China-related supply chain delays are not only possible; they are already happening due to the coronavirus. You can also expect delays for nearby countries for inbound and outbound cargo. As delays in China increase, ocean carriers will skip ports and will have blank sailings. Like a snowstorm in Chicago, IL impacts… Read More