Inbound Logistics | June 2021


Boeing 737s Are Back in Business As e-commerce continues to take off, Boeing is adding capacity by converting its old 737 passenger planes into cargo haulers. The company added two production

Fires Fuel Supply Chain Disruption

Factory fires, mergers and acquisitions, business sales, factory disruptions, and human health ranked as the top five supply chain disruptions in 2020, according to data from Resilinc. For the third year in a row, the two top disrupting events were factory fires and changes in ownership at supplier firms. Supply chain disruptions were up 67% year-over-year, with 83% of disruptive events caused by humans. North America experienced the most disruptions (2,935), followed by Asia (1,323) and Europe (1,210). The pandemic was more

lines to convert its 737-800s into freighters. An aircraft and heavy

equipment services company located in a free-trade zone in Costa Rica will operate the conversion, allowing for duty- free importing of parts. Boeing already converts 737-800s into freighters in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Jinan, China. The popularity of converted 737s has soared, winning orders from Amazon as it builds out Amazon Air. Cargo was a bright spot for airlines during the pandemic as passenger demand dropped, while lower capacity drove up freight costs.

disruptive than any other event type. COVID-19 created deeper global impacts, leading Resilinc to designate the event as “severe”—the first time the company ranked an event at that level of impact.

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