12 Jan 2024
The European Union's economy is feeling the effects of disruptions in the Red Sea shipping routes, with the latest Kiel Trade Indicator reporting a 3.1% drop in imports and a 2% decrease in exports in December. Germany, as the world's third-largest exporter, experienced a 1.8% decrease in imports and a 1.9% decline in exports. The decline in global trade by 1.3% last month can be attributed to various factors, including a significant drop in containers passing through the Red Sea due to attacks by Houthi militants, resulting in strains on European companies' inventory management plans and shipping delays for UK-based businesses.
The shipping delays could potentially lead to inflation on consumer goods, as indicated by Tesco's CEO, while analysis suggests that European cargo owners may face extended waiting times for goods from Asia. Despite surging freight rates, it is believed that there will be no noticeable impact on consumer prices in Europe. However, the industry is expected to face challenges, including increased transportation costs and longer delivery times for products from the Far East.
Tesla announced the suspension of most car production at its Berlin factory from Jan. 29 to Feb. 11 due to component shortages caused by disruptions in transport routes following attacks on vessels in the Red Sea. Analysts anticipate that other automakers could suffer from the fallout of the Red Sea conflict, particularly those heavily reliant on key components from Asia, such as Tesla, which heavily relies on China for battery components. The disruption adds pressure on Tesla, coinciding with a labor dispute with Swedish trade union IF Metall, and has raised concerns about the company's ability to meet demand.
Gartner's survey reveals that half of supply chain leaders plan to implement generative AI in the next 12 months, with an additional 14% already in the implementation stage. Chief supply chain officers are allocating an average of 5.8% of their function’s budget to GenAI. 65% of respondents intending to hire dedicated staff and experts to help deploy the technology in 2024. This demonstrates a serious commitment to making progress on GenAI solutions.
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When: 19. - 21. March 2024
Where: Stuttgart, Germany
What: LogiMAT, the International Trade Show for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management, sets new standards as the biggest annual intralogistics exhibition in Europe. This is the leading international trade fair that provides a comprehensive market overview and competent knowledge-transfer.
When: 19. - 21. March 2024
Where: Bonn, Germany
What: The 21st Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Europe is the event where strategic supply chain voice will be heard loud and clear, end-to-end, from logistics and IT, product planning, procurement, manufacturing and operations, all of which will be represented by the most senior logistics leaders and chief supply chain officers.
When: 19. - 20. March 2024
Where: Birmingham, United Kingdom
What: IntraLogisteX is for logistics professionals who are looking for solutions
to their current and future challenges, from the latest materials handling technologies
to full-scale warehouse automation options. This event is designed for end-user practitioner
logistics professionals such as warehouse managers, heads of distribution, IT directors
and lead project managers.