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Our end-of-year special examines the biggest stories of 2021 and the narratives that have found traction in the media, far beyond the confines of logistics and shipping.

We pick out the winners and losers of pandemic supply chains. We analyse labour shortages, industry consolidation, the latest acquisitions, who has money to burn, and the biggest challenges facing forwarders and shippers.

And we look at rates and forecasts for 2022, what Covid means for the future of supply chain planning, and whether shippers and carriers can ever find common ground.

Episode 10 in more detail:

  • The Ever Given blockage of the Suez Canal (4.17)
  • Why it wasn’t a ‘black swan’ event (6.36)
  • Why airlines are now taking air cargo seriously (7.46)
  • Air cargo peak season pricing – the past five years in perspective (9.00)
  • Greedy airlines? (10.00)
  • The winners of Covid supply chains (11.35)
  • High rates pull in new air freight entrants (15.40)
  • War chests for 2022 – who will buy what? (17.26)
  • Labour shortages cast shadow (19.36)
  • The Loadstar journalists discuss their favourite stories of 2021 (21.14)
  • Coined here: pure play contract logistics operators (23.52)
  • Regulators eye container shipping (25.57)
  • The biggest challenges in 2022 for forwarders and shippers (26.46)
  • John Pearson. DHL Express CEO – supply chain resilience (29.34)
  • Lars Jensen, CEO of Vespucci Maritime – why near-shoring doesn’t work (32.15)
  • Air and ocean rate forecasts for 2022 (36.36)
  • Bjorn Vang Jensen, VP of advisory services at Sea-Intelligence – what Covid has taught carriers (39.23)
  • Can lines and shippers make peace? (42.50)
  • EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: The world according to Michael Wax, co-founder and CEO of Forto (46.10)


Guests in this episode:

  • Alex Lennane, The Loadstar publisher
  • Gavin van Marle, The Loadstar managing editor
  • Mike Wackett, The Loadstar sea freight correspondent
  • Michael Wax, co-founder and CEO of Forto
  • John Pearson. DHL Express CEO
  • Bjorn Vang Jensen, VP of advisory services at Sea-Intelligence
  • Lars Jensen, CEO of Vespucci Maritime


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