As COVID-19 spreads and nations across the globe take measures to contain it, the impacts to the supply chain have been dramatic, fast-changing, and many.
While we stay on top of all the rapid changes, we’ve also come across a lot of great online resources covering the coronavirus’ impact across the world from many different perspectives particularly COVID-19’s supply chain impact.
We thought that there may be a lot of other people out there who could benefit from the convenience of having all these resources in one place.
So here are some of our favorites, as well as a list of other valuable resources being updated on a regular basis.
If you don’t want to click through, you can subscribe to our weekly roundup or visit our own COVID-19 update page, which includes expert tips for managing freight during the crisis alongside the latest developments in logistics. Finally, you can always get free access to our Freightos Baltic Index daily freight index here.
Our Favorite Coronavirus Supply Chain Resources
- COVID-19 Media Supply Chain Resources
- COVID-19 Top Forwarder Supply Chain Resources
- Additional COVID-19 Supply Chain Resources
Several mainstream media outlets are providing free COVID-19 updates during the crisis, including WSJ Logistics (you can also subscribe to their logistics report email for free), Financial Times (also offering a free coronavirus business update email), and Bloomberg (offering a free email update).
Among freight forwarders (and other industry players) here are our top picks:
Agility is a global logistics provider based in Kuwait and provides the most comprehensive updates page we’ve come across, broken down by region, country and mode and providing the latest developments on a regular basis.
DB Schenker and C.H. Robinson, two other major freight forwarders are also great sources for updates across modes, with DB Schenker maintaining an updates page and C.H. Robinson emailing client advisories as things develop.
FreightRight is a small freight forwarder based in LA that has been posting value news updates, first from on the ground sources in China, and now with a good feel for what’s going on in air cargo, with a focus on how these developments are affecting SMBs and Amazon sellers.
Flexport is a digital freight forwarder that publishes weekly updates with a focus on rates and operational updates across modes and geographies.
FBX – The Freightos Group’s Freightos Baltic Index (FBX) is the world’s only daily ocean freight rate index. The site is accessible for free and provides great visibility on how the crisis is impacting ocean rates.
China Briefing is published by a professional services firm out of China and focuses on developments on the ground in China.
Sixfold – For those interested in the latest developments in road freight in Europe, this free service provides a real-time map of border crossing wait-times across the continent.
Scoutbee – scoutbee, which specializes in tapping AI to help companies source supplies better, has also launched a dedicated platform to help nonprofits, healthcare providers and governments or municipalities rapidly source new suppliers for COVID19 related supplies.
|DHL Supply Chain & Global Forwarding|
|Hellmann Worldwide Logistics|
|Kuehne + Nagel|
|Mathez Freight (for updates in France)|
|UPS Supply Chain Solutions|
Beyond the freight forwarders, most ocean and air carriers maintain their own operational and scheduling update pages, so visit the specific carrier site you’re interested in for those types of updates. If you’re a freight forwarder, you can also get live air cargo updates – both in terms of pricing and actual flight updates – via the free WebCargo Sky.