This slowdown at West Coast ports is forcing shippers to find creative solutions and alternate pathways for shipments they normally would have sent through the trans-Pacific route.
Target recently reduced its free-shipping online purchasing minimum from $50 to $25, in an effort to compete with other e-commerce giants like Amazon and Wal-Mart.
According to the LA Times, shipping companies and dockworkers tentatively agreed to a new labor contract late last week, avoiding the shutdown of 29 West Coast ports.
The state of New York and New York City are filing a lawsuit against the United Parcel Service (UPS) for the alleged shipping of more than 136 million untaxed cigarettes across the state for the past five years.
A bill that would legalize consumer-direct shipping in South Dakota is making its way to the governor's desk for consideration.