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A cargo ship that collided with a breakwater can be seen in Hakata Port in Fukuoka’s Nishi district, in this photo taken on the morning of November 29, 2021. (Mainichi / Tomohisa Yazu)


  • A cargo ship that collided with a breakwater can be seen in Hakata Port in Fukuoka's Nishi district, in this photo taken on the morning of November 29, 2021. (Mainichi / Tomohisa Yazu)

  • A cargo ship can be seen after it collided with a breakwater.  (Courtesy photo of the Fukuoka Coast Guard Office)

  • This photo, taken on the morning of November 29, 2021, shows a cargo ship that ran aground on a breakwater.  (Courtesy photo of the Fukuoka Coast Guard Office)

  • A cargo ship that collided with a breakwater can be seen in Hakata Port in Fukuoka's Nishi district, in this photo taken on the morning of November 29, 2021. (Mainichi / Tomohisa Yazu)

  • This photo, taken on the morning of November 29, 2021, shows a cargo ship that ran aground on a breakwater.  (Courtesy photo of the Fukuoka Coast Guard Office)

  • This photo, taken on the morning of November 29, 2021, shows a cargo ship that ran aground on a breakwater.  (Courtesy photo of the Fukuoka Coast Guard Office)

  • A cargo ship that collided with a breakwater can be seen in Hakata Port in Fukuoka's Nishi district, in this photo taken on the morning of November 29, 2021. (Mainichi / Tomohisa Yazu)






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Design burnout? Warehouse and shipping workers pay the hidden costs of the holiday season https://avalononsea.co.za/design-burnout-warehouse-and-shipping-workers-pay-the-hidden-costs-of-the-holiday-season/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:56:00 +0000 https://avalononsea.co.za/design-burnout-warehouse-and-shipping-workers-pay-the-hidden-costs-of-the-holiday-season/

What does christmas mean? For many, it’s about feasting, family and napping while watching cricket.

But for e-commerce giants like Amazon, Christmas is the most lucrative time of the year. During the 2020 holiday season, Amazon processed more than AUD 6.6 billion in sales.

And for the warehouse and dispatch workers who actually get these purchases to their destination, the pre-Christmas period means long working hours and more demanding work, often under poor conditions and with little job security.

In our research project on “automated precariousness“Let’s try to learn more about the workers’ experiences to understand if conditions in Australian e-commerce warehouses are comparable to those overseas.

The Christmas rush

Almost this year four out of five Australian households are expected to buy Christmas gifts online.

The frenzy really starts with the man-made “shopping holiday” Black Friday, which follows the US Thanksgiving holiday but has become a global event. A single day wasn’t enough, so now there’s Cyber ​​Monday, which explicitly focuses on consumer spending from e-commerce platforms.

E-commerce and Christmas are so closely intertwined that Dave Clark, an Amazon executive, ran his company’s warehouses, “Santa’s workshops“.



Read more: Black Friday for Amazon Employees: The Human Cost Behind Consumer Convenience


‘It is the season of hire and firing

We want to understand how seasonal shopping events and the promise of warehouse automation shape the framework conditions for the growing number of logistics employees in e-commerce.

In Australia, Amazon has made extensive use of Temporary workers who are hired through recruiters. Amazon Australia alone will mobilize more than 1,000 Seasonal workers in the run-up to Christmas sales.

Amazon Australia alone hires more than 1,000 seasonal workers when the Christmas rush begins.
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These temporary workers often experience some of the most intense working conditions. Aside from the lack of job security, there are reports that many are workers required to work incredibly long hours at an accelerated pace, with the additional expectation that they will be available on demand for the duration of the shopping season.



Read more: 3 Ways ‘Algorithmic Management’ Makes Work More Stressful And Less Satisfying


Design burnout?

Traditional thinking in employee management suggests that there are benefits to retaining workers who improve their skills and build loyalty to employers.

But in the United States, Amazon is pushing through workers at an alarming pace. The annual turnover rate of 150%, almost twice the industry average, has even reportedly worried some executives about “the workers go out“.

The urgency of seasonal shopping means Amazon can push workers to extremes, making them work long hours of physically demanding tasks at breakneck speed.

Executives don’t necessarily have to fire employees when the onslaught is over – instead research and reporting suggests that workers leave voluntarily because their bodies just can’t take the strain anymore.

In one new article, Canadian researcher and labor lawyer Mostafa Henaway, describes his experience working at an Amazon fulfillment center:

Amazon doesn’t openly push people out the door. It lets the work do this by itself.

Amazon makes it easy for warehouse workers to quit. In the US, the Work Management app from A to Z includes a handy button for submitting a voluntary resignation.
Screenshot via Reddit / suspici0uspackage

These conclusions are supported by reports on working conditions at Amazon in various countries in which the company operates, such as: the UK and Italy.

Regardless of intent, the quick burnout of workers is a consequence of the design of the work and the conditions.

Amazon employees in the US report The app they use to manage their schedules even has a handy “Submit Voluntary Termination” button to make the process convenient and automated.

Internal documents allegedly show that Amazon executives “follow closely” and set goals for a metric called “unrepentant turnover,” which represents the percentage of employees who happily leave the company each year. This is more true of Amazon employees than temporary workers, but it could suggest that employee churn is a deliberate management strategy.

In addition to synchronizing labor needs with seasonal demand, rapid employee turnover makes organizing and unionizing less likely. As part of a ongoing struggle for unions among Amazon workers, short-term workers are less likely to have the opportunity to join trade unions and push for better conditions.

We asked Amazon Australia if “Burnout by Design” is a conscious strategy. Operations Director Craig Fuller said:

These claims are unfounded. We pride ourselves on providing our employees in the fulfillment center with a safe, comfortable and supportive work environment all year round. As with all retailers, the holiday season is our busiest time of year and we work hard to make sure everyone who works in our buildings is supported and has a positive experience at work.

This year we have taken on around 1,000 additional seasonal workers across Australia to support our existing workforce over the Christmas season. While hired over the holidays, these seasonal opportunities can also be a path to employment and longer-term careers on Amazon. We have many examples of seasonal workers who have chosen to stay with Amazon Australia and build their careers.

We continue to place great emphasis and focus on the well-being and safety of our team.

Amazon’s new highly automated warehouse in Sydney will continue to require large human labor.
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Will automation fix that?

Online retailers are investing heavily in automation.

Amazon plans to have a new warehouse worth A $ 500 million in west Sydney by Christmas. It will be the largest in Australia, equipped with swarms of robots that move objects over around 200,000 square meters.

Increasing automation and reports from there is a risk of massive job losses can make workers feel threatened by the threat of technology becoming obsolete.



Read more: Coles and Woolworths Move to Robotic Warehouses and On-Demand Workplaces As Home Deliveries Soar


But this highly robotic workplace will still have many human workers. There are many things that even the most advanced storage robots are not good at or that humans can do for cheaper.

Workplace automation is arguably less about replacing employees than about getting them to keep up with the pace of machines and algorithms. More speed takes its toll: Amazon warehouses in the US supposedly have an injury rate that is 80% above the industry standard.

The holidays are here to stay

We can assume that companies will continue to extend the shopping holidays and follow in the footsteps of Amazon’s sales-boosting “Prime Day” in mid-June. The stressful and precarious conditions of seasonal work are likely to spread to the rest of the year.

We fear that convenient online shopping will come at the cost of burnout, exhaustion and precarious jobs. This situation can become permanent without improved workers’ rights and stricter company regulations.

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Supply chain problems mean a shortage of critical medical equipment in California https://avalononsea.co.za/supply-chain-problems-mean-a-shortage-of-critical-medical-equipment-in-california/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 12:03:28 +0000 https://avalononsea.co.za/supply-chain-problems-mean-a-shortage-of-critical-medical-equipment-in-california/ When Henry Genung was 4 months old, doctors cut a hole in his windpipe and inserted a tube to help him breathe. Born with a rare genetic mutation that blocks his upper airway, Henry, now 18 months old, will need the tube for a few more years.

Henry hasn’t had a new rubber tracheostomy tube in three months, although doctors recommend replacing them weekly to reduce the risk of infection. Instead, Henry’s parents soaked his used tubes in hydrogen peroxide and boiled them for five minutes. Their medical supplier and doctor’s office told them they did not know how soon new supplies would be available.

Henry Genung was born with CLAPO syndrome, which causes malformations of the lymph nodes and makes breathing difficult. His tracheostomy tube is supposed to be replaced every week, but the Genung family hasn’t received any new tubes since September.

“It’s an ongoing late delivery saga,” said Myah Genung, Henry’s mother, who lives in Los Angeles with her husband Dillon and their son.

With more than 80 container ships languishing off the coast of Southern California, patients and medical suppliers fear that stories like Genung’s are becoming more common.

The congestion in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach – which handles 40% of all waterborne imports to the US – has sparked a shortage of everything from computer chips to paper products and has drawn the attention of President Joe Biden. Many Californians are grappling with the scarcity of life-saving medical care.

California hospitals say medical supplies are now more difficult to come by or take much longer to get delivered. Although the Hospital Association of Southern California says no acute shortages have been reported yet, administrators are concerned about the late deliveries anchored offshore.

Experts say scarcity and inflation will drive health care costs higher and insurance premiums higher. In addition, some medical device providers are considering discontinuing patient care with Medi-Cal, the government’s insurance for low-income people, as they look for ways to cut costs.

Port Infarction is the latest in a long saga of medical supply chain disruptions during the pandemic. Demand for personal protective equipment and respirators skyrocketed around the world, along with the temporary shutdown of foreign manufacturers to curb the spread of COVID-19 among workers.

Last winter, hospitals urgently in need of bedding sent less severe COVID-19 patients home with additional oxygen.

“We couldn’t keep oxygen concentrators on the wall, they couldn’t stay in inventory,” said Terry Racciato, who owns a long-life medical device company in San Diego. “The delivery backlog prevented them from getting into the country, let alone to patients who need them.”

Nowadays, special equipment – such as walking aids, walking sticks, wheelchairs, crutches, syringes, needles, catheters, surgical gloves, feeding tubes and suction canisters – is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.

In September, the FDA announced a nationwide shortage of ventilators. Sampling tubes have also been in short supply since the summer.

To make matters worse, hospitals that admit an above-average number of patients during the pandemic are trying to stay ahead of a potential spike in COVID-19 in winter.

“We’re concerned about delivery limitations,” said Amy Ritzel, a spokeswoman for Prime Healthcare, which operates hospitals across the state.

Prime Healthcare has been able to move care between its hospitals as needed, but has joined other health systems and the California Chamber of Commerce to seek help from Governor Gavin Newsom and lawmakers to expedite medical supplies.

Increased purchasing of all consumer goods coupled with a labor shortage, outdated port infrastructure, and previous disruptions to shipping and production at the start of the pandemic culminated in offshore congestion.

While the two ports have reduced the backlog of empty containers by 26% in the past three weeks due to the threat of high fines, more than 40,000 containers have been at the terminals for at least nine days. Before the pandemic, the average waiting time was less than four days.

At the moment, no one knows how many containers may be carrying medical supplies or how many goods are waiting offshore. Experts say the lack of data is a systemic problem in the supply chain that makes it nearly impossible to prioritize critical health devices. No information system connects manufacturers, shipping companies, port terminal operators, suppliers and buyers.

In response to the letter to Newsom and a previous executive order, GO-Biz, the governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, and other state agencies have worked to identify locations to store empty, abandoned, and slow-moving containers for the Worsen the backlog, said GO-Biz spokeswoman Heather Purcell.

“This will free up crowded docks to carry integral medical supplies,” Purcell said.

According to Lucky Malhi, Vice President of Supply Chain Management, there were regular shortages of computers, suction canisters and masks in the network of Community Medical Centers in the Central Valley during the pandemic. His team worked around the clock to secure supplies through alternative distribution partners.

However, patients who need supplies for home use usually have no way of finding alternative suppliers, so they feel the scarcity much more strongly.

More than 100,000 tracheostomy procedures are performed annually across the country. Other devices such as oxygen concentrators face months of delays compared to typical delivery times of one to two weeks.

Inflationary pressures in the medical supplies market are also worrying some suppliers about how long they can stay in business. The scarcity of raw materials and logistical challenges as well as the arrears in the port have increased the manufacturing and shipping costs and created a volatile market.

Shipping containers “have gone from $ 2,000 for rent to $ 15,000-20,000 for the same container,” said Steve Yaeger, a Los Angeles-based medical supplier who specializes in ventilators.

Since the pandemic began, Yaeger said its overheads have increased 25%.

Experts say inflation that affects health care will result in higher health care costs for patients as hospitals and other providers struggle to maintain reasonable profit margins.

Genung said she tried buying the tracheostomy tubes her son needs online, but they cost $ 300 to $ 600 each.

She is concerned about reusing the tubes. Henry’s condition requires immunosuppression, and reusing tubes increases the risk of infection or rupture as equipment wears out.

A week ago, Henry was admitted to the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital with pneumonia. Doctors told his parents that there was no way they could tell if the infection was caused by reusing probes.

The only small bright spot is that Genung Hospital has provided two new tracheostomy tubes.

Kristen Hwang writes for CalMatters, a nonprofit, non-partisan media company that explains California politics and politics.

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Delivery delays this holiday season – NBC Boston https://avalononsea.co.za/delivery-delays-this-holiday-season-nbc-boston/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 04:03:24 +0000 https://avalononsea.co.za/delivery-delays-this-holiday-season-nbc-boston/

Vacation shoppers can make a list but may not have time to double-check if they want the gifts to be in stock and arrive on time.

Last year, more than a third of first-class mail was late for Christmas. The shipping nightmare has given the US Postal Service as well as private shippers such as UPS and FedEx increased support this year and hired around 230,000 temporary workers. They’re also taking other steps like installing new package sorting machines.

Buyers like Charlotte Wang don’t take any chances. She started her Christmas shopping weeks ago and had her Christmas cards in the mail the day after Thanksgiving.

“I’m trying to forestall the clutter in the supply chain, but I asked the Post and even a postcard will take about a week to get to New York,” said Wang.

Around 3.4 million parcels will be sent this Christmas season, around 400 million more than in the previous year. Experts say it’s important to remember that supply chain issues are slowing shipments not only to your mailbox but also to stores.

“Retailers are really struggling to keep popular products in stock and get them out on time, and consumers are really going to feel it,” said Kristin McGrath of RetailMeNot.

They are already feeling it at Eureka Puzzles in Brookline, where they have pending orders for thousands of puzzles and hundreds of chess games.

“We are in the middle of a pandemic. There are still bottlenecks. We can’t get everything, but we give everything we can, ”said owner David Leschinsky.

Leschinsky tried to solve part of the problem by installing his own puzzle maker in the store, but his only vacation advice is that it’s not the time of year to procrastinate.

“If a customer sees something they like, buy it now. Do not wait. If you come back it might not be here and I won’t be able to bring it in until after the holidays. Some of my suppliers received their last delivery in October and won’t receive another one until February, ”said Leschinsky.

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DP World presents two major Maritime Standard Awards https://avalononsea.co.za/dp-world-presents-two-major-maritime-standard-awards/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:12:37 +0000 https://avalononsea.co.za/dp-world-presents-two-major-maritime-standard-awards/

DP World, the leading smart trade enabler, was named Terminal Operator of the Year and The Technology / Innovations at the eighth annual Maritime Standard Awards.

The award ceremony took place on November 22nd, 2021 under the auspices of HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Airline and Group, and was attended by 800 professionals from different sectors of the industry.

The company’s longstanding commitment to innovation, forward-thinking approach, and advances in efficiency and productivity earned them these awards.

The prestigious awards were received by Esam Khoori, Executive Director – Container Terminals, DP World UAE and Ibrahim Al Najjar, Director IT, DP World UAE, in the presence of industry leaders.

As part of its commitment to supporting the industry, DP World sponsored the Maritime Standard Excellence Award presented by Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO & Managing Director, DP World UAE and Jafza, to HE Omar bin Talal Hariri, President of Saudi Ports became authority.

Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO & Managing Director of DP World UAE and Jafza, said: “It is encouraging to gain recognition for our role in providing productive, efficient and secure trading channels and platforms to the region.

DP World delivers millions of Covid-19 vaccines to the Dominican Republic

“The awards testify to our integrated logistics model, which is based on a unique holistic system. At DP World we believe in ‘changing what is possible’.

“Our efforts are proof that we are committed to this goal. In order to meet the requirements of the dynamic market and our customers, we strive to continuously develop our core competencies.

“So we always encourage our teams to leverage the power of digital technology and automation to improve delivery and results for customers.

“As we work to help the global trade and logistics industry thrive, we are also focusing our efforts on driving growth in the United Arab Emirates, which has reaffirmed its position as a global maritime hub.”

The DP World container terminals in the port of Jebel Ali have a total capacity of 22.4 million TEU. The container throughput compared to the previous year testifies to the rapid progress in the port of Jebel Ali, which handled 6.9 million TEU in the first half of 2021.

Key DP World projects that have revolutionized operations include CARGOES TOS +, a cloud-based Terminal Operating System (TOS); BOXBAY, its intelligent High Bay Storage (HBS) system, with which DP World has carried out more than 60,000 container moves in the port of Jebel Ali and DP World Cargospeed, a partnership with Virgin Hyperloop One, to ensure fast, sustainable and efficient delivery to enable palletized freight around the world.

Recently the company also launched a new fleet of autonomous internal terminal vehicles (AITVs) in the port of Jebel Ali and ZODIAC, its fully automated terminal operating system (TOS) in container terminal 3.

As the leading maritime trade portal with access to more than 3.5 billion consumers, DP World was an important economic factor for the emirate of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.

With its flagships, the multifunctional Jebel Ali Port and the integrated business center Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), the company contributes 33.4% to Dubai’s GDP.

Read more: DP World sees strong volume growth of 11.9% in the first 9 months of 2021

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Wood from the Muskrat Falls project is finally being loaded onto a ship destined for Asia https://avalononsea.co.za/wood-from-the-muskrat-falls-project-is-finally-being-loaded-onto-a-ship-destined-for-asia/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 09:30:00 +0000 https://avalononsea.co.za/wood-from-the-muskrat-falls-project-is-finally-being-loaded-onto-a-ship-destined-for-asia/

Greg Penney, CEO of JP Forestry, couldn’t stop smiling as the wood from the Muskrat Falls project was loaded onto a ship bound for Asia. (Regan exposure / CBC)

After supply chain issues, community concerns, and a cargo ship too large to dock in Goose Bay, JP Forestry has begun loading timber from the early stages of the Muskrat Falls project onto a ship destined for Asia drives.

Greg Penney, CEO of JP Forestry, said it was exciting for the company to finally have a forest ship in town.

“I’m so proud to see this ship and this is just the beginning of many, many more to come,” said Penney, who said the company has a keen interest in the wood overseas.

“We have a huge company in England that is very, very interested in buying some fiber from us. So now we’re going to find the best options for ourselves over the winter and book some ships now for early June.”

Penney hopes that shipping prices, which have quadrupled in recent months, will be “cheaper” by next spring and make it easier for shoppers to have ships pick up their products in Goose Bay.

Logs are loaded onto the cargo ship at the dock in Goose Bay. (Regan exposure / CBC)

Trucks transport wood from the construction site to the dock around the clock and crews load the ships 16 hours a day. Penney said the initial concerns about the project location in Wilburn Bay are over and he expects the loading to be completed on Saturday.

Future projects

This project isn’t the only one JP Forestry has in store for the Labrador region. In addition to selling the wood for the Muskrat Falls project, they also have logging permits in the area. Penney says this is Phase 1 of the company’s plans in Labrador but did not provide details on what to do next.

“We’re looking forward to a number of different phases. Some of it is still speculative, but we will definitely push it forward. On some things we will certainly be able to chat a little more.” about it, ”he said.

Let’s just say we have many plans for the Goose Bay area and many job opportunities for Innu and local employees.

Trucks bring wood to the dock around the clock. (Regan exposure / CBC)

Penney said around 45 people are working on the current project, including truck drivers, timber loaders and flaggers. The company had to hire truck drivers from Newfoundland and Quebec to ensure 24-hour delivery of wood to the dock.

Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

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]]> 10 tips for gifts that bypass supply chain problems https://avalononsea.co.za/10-tips-for-gifts-that-bypass-supply-chain-problems/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 12:10:09 +0000 https://avalononsea.co.za/10-tips-for-gifts-that-bypass-supply-chain-problems/

Release the hounds! This weekend marks the start of the big Christmas hunt, with shoppers running away in search of the perfect gifts only to be outwitted by kinks in the supply chain.

Bah, humbug.

“COVID disruptions, labor shortages, and the pent-up demand of consumers stuck at home and now wanting to spend have conspired,” said Robert Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management at North Carolina State University. “Vacation buyers are feeling the pressure of a global supply chain under duress.”

Then he tries to explain to people like me the problem of connecting the bone of the foot to the ankle. Ships with supplies, parts and products are stuck in port. Suppliers and manufacturers of parts and products require materials and labor, which are also scarce. Both suppliers and manufacturers need trucks. And trucks need drivers. Shelves and warehouses are empty, and Americans need gifts in time for the holidays.