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Research on Logistics

Whatever your do, you rely on logistics. Access analysis of the competitive dynamics and corporate finances of the shipping companies, as well as the impact of port activity and shipping rates on your business.


Container congestion not going away as supply chains stressed beyond the max

The container shipping industry’s congestion challenge “is not going to go away” according to FMC Chairman Daniel Maffei and an “import boom” has “stressed our supply chain to the max and beyond”. The import boom can be seen in a 50.6% year over year expansion in U.S. seaborne imports in March. That equates to a 28.2% year over year rise for Q1’21 which was also 21.6% higher than Q1’19. The fastest growing container line in Q1’21 was ZIM Shipping with a 100.0% year over year expansion resulting from the implementation of new routes and comes after the firm’s recent IPO. Shipments handled by HMM climbed 73.8% after the initialisation of new routes at the behest of the South Korean government. Ath the other end of the scale shipments handled by the THE Alliance partners Hapag-Lloyd and ONE only increased by 2.6% and 15.2% respectively.

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Research on Manufacturing Industries

Learn what trade data can tell you about industries from commodities and food to electronics and autos with concise, regular updates.


Retail sales hit a high note as Casio, Fender volumes turn up

U.S. retail sales surged 30.4% higher year over year in March and rose by 21.8% compared to 2019. Payment of stimulus checks by the Biden administration may have been a factor. The fastest growing sub-sector outside of e-commerce was sports and leisure stores with growth of 78.1% year over year and 46.6% compared to 2019. Total U.S. imports of leisure goods climbed 168.3% year over year, including a 134.5% rise in imports of musical instruments in March, equating to a 79.6% gain versus Q1’21. Notably the normal off-peak season for shipping of instruments, which is normally in March / April, appears absent this year. That may reflect restocking and the reduction of logistics congestion. Keyboard specialists did best with imports linked to Casio and Korg having increased by 134% and 272% respectively year over year in Q1’21 and by 41.3% and 135.7% compared to the same period of 2019. Guitar specialist Fender’s imports climbed by 87.8% year over year while diversified supplier Yamaha’s shipments rose by 17.1%.

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Research on Economics

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Lovesac delivers rapid growth at higher freight costs, risk of component problems

Lovesac has reported FQ4’21 (to Jan. 31) revenues which jumped by 40.7% year over year, beating analysts’ estimates by 11.5 percentage points, as the furniture maker benefited from a surge in stay-at-home demand. The firm faces “some headwinds from freight” expenses and new product launches are being challenged by “global disruption in the supply chain of key components”. U.S. seaborne imports linked to the firm nonetheless surged 98.5% year over year in Jan. 31 and accelerated to a 186% expansion in March. The firm has also reoriented its supply chain with imports from China falling to 25.2% of the total in Q1’21 from 56.6% in 2019, replaced in large part by shipments from Vietnam and Malaysia.

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Research on Politics

Shifting policies, regulations and trade deals move the goal posts - get the data and facts behind the hype.


LG Electronics ups washer capacity as imports soar during pandemic

LG Electronics plans to expand its U.S. washing machine factory by around 50% in staffing terms. The initial investment in U.S. manufacturing in 2018 was driven by an “in-market, for-market” supply chain strategy and came as the Trump administration applied section 201 tariff rate quotas to imports of washers. There are few signs that the Biden administration plans to reverse those tariffs. U.S. seaborne imports of washing machines linked to LG Electronics climbed 227% higher year over year in Q1’21 and by 126% compared to the same period of 2019. Imports linked to Samsung Electronics by contrast dropped by 46.4% versus 2020 and by 21.4% versus 2019, suggesting it has leaned more heavily on its U.S. factory for supplies.

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