The Disruption Report


The number of challenges facing the toy industry has become so numerous and complex that we have decided to regularly report on the industry’s disruptions rather than treat each as a one-off event. As a result, we have created a new feature on Global Toy News called “The Disruption Report.”



Disruption Report #40: Shanghai to L.A. Spot Market Container Rate Now $9,942; Air Freight Competitive with Ocean Freight?; and Searching for a New Normal

Average Shanghai to Los Angeles Container Spot Rate is now…

Disruption Report #38: 80,000 Truck Drivers Wanted, L.A. Clogged with Empty Shipping Containers, Fines In Place for Ocean Carriers Slow to Move Freight

U.S. Domestic Truck Driver Shortage Worsens The experience of the…

Disruption Report #37: 200,000 Containers Wait Off the Coast of Los Angeles, Toy Companies Return Manufacturing to China, and Cost of Air Freight At All-Time High

Toy Companies Returning to China A business contact in China…

Disruption Report #35: The end of “everything’s a dollar,” inflation here to stay for a while, and a big year for gift cards.

Dollar Tree Breaks the Dollar Barrier. The End of an…

The Disruption Report #34: Americans Don’t Understand the Supply Chain, an Attempt to Warm Chinese and American Business Relationships, and Chinese Port Backups

Americans and the Supply Chain; a profound disconnect “Americans are…

The Disruption Report #33: Big Box Retailers Fight for Inventory while Small Retailers Struggle; Ports to Stay Open 24 Hours & China to the U.S. is Now 71 Days

Longer Hours at West Coast Ports The Ports of Los…

Disruption Report #32: A Freeze on Some Freight Rates, Exorbitant Profits for Ocean Freighters, and Mexico and America Meet About Trade

A Freeze on Spot Market Ocean Freight Rates CMA CGM…

Disruption Report #31: The Government Gets Involved, Port of L.A. Sets New Record for Backups and What the Restrictions on American Travel to Europe Really Mean

Port Disruptions: Your Government at Work You wouldn’t know it…

The Disruption Report #29: FedEx Surcharges, Walmart Charters Entire Container Ships, and Chinese and U.S. Ports Back Up Continues

Walmart Chartering Its Own Container Ships Major retailers like Walmart…

Disruption Report #28: Another Port Closure, Reshoring and U.S. Business Calls for Cuts in Chinese Tariffs

And Another Chinese Port Closes All inbound and outbound container…

Disruption Report #27: How Mattel and Hasbro Are Managing, U.S. Infrastructure Is a Major Obstacle, and Where Is Mexico?

U.S. Infrastructure, Yet Another Obstacle for the Supply Chain We…

The Disruption Report #25: The FMC Steps In, Where Are the Trucks, and the Biggest Container Shipping Companies Are…

Are Containerized Freight Companies Over-Charging? The Federal Maritime Commission Wants…

Disruption Report #22: Freight at the Speed of Sound, UnVaccinated Seafarers and Dollar Tree Fights Inflation

UnVaccinated Seafarers a Threat to Shipping It’s not only landlubbers…

Disruption Report #19: Christmas May Be a Challenge, and Some Additional Reasons for the Shipping Logjam

By: Richard Gottlieb, Global Toy News “More than 360,000 empty containers…

Disruption Report #18; Pallets Prices at an All-Time High, The Fed Chief Gets Humble and My Outakes from Chairman Powell’s Press Conference

Pallet Prices at an All-Time High Pallet prices are through…

Disruption Report #16, Size Matters, Troubles at the Port of Yantian, and Why People Are Taking Their Time Going Back to Work

The Supply Chain Tie Ups Are Getting Worse Manpower at…

The Disruption Report #10: Slow going as pallets become scarce and containers keep falling overboard

Pallet Shortage Who thinks about pallets? They’re just ugly, utilitarian…

The Disruption Report #4: Orders postponed, tractor-trailers in short supply and some companies are buying their own containers

Some companies are buying their own containers A Bloomberg News…