Category: Holiday

Holiday Shipping Won’t Save Carriers’ Christmas


By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Terje Solsvik

COPENHAGEN, Sept 29 (Reuters) – AP Moller-Maersk’s chief executive said on Thursday he expects a “modest” pick-up in trade for the upcoming holidays this year amid concerns about the slowing global economy and consumer demand.

“Volumes headed into the Christmas season are lower than a normal year,” Soren Skou said in a Reuters Newsmaker interview.

Ocean freight volumes will be flat or lower this year, though there is still congestion in global supply chains, he said. US consumers aren’t buying as much as they did during the pandemic and confidence has been hurt by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

His comments come as freight rates have this year started falling from near record highs, following a period of surging consumer demand and pandemic-related logjams at ports.

They remain well above pre-pandemic levels. Maersk has raised its 2022 profit guidance twice this year as high freight

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Walmart Is Delivering for Customers this Holiday Season

Walmart has worked tirelessly for the past year to ensure our supply chain remains stable and strong for our customers, no matter when, where or how they want to shop this holiday season.

Walmart has a long history of supporting customers, especially during the busiest and most important time of the year – the holiday season. In recent weeks, you’ve probably seen us highlighting how we’re kicking off the holiday seasonoffering the best deals on the season’s top toys and bringing on additional associates to ensure we’re getting customers what they want and need during the holidays.

Our supply chain is essential to how we serve customers during the holiday season, and we all know the challenges of the past year. This year, customers are facing new challenges like economic pressure from inflation. Additionally, global supply chains have improved – but not fully recovered – post-pandemic. We’re also

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Public holiday sickies may cost millions

A crowd of people at the beach on a sunny day

Many Australians say they have called in sick from work to go to the beach according to research

As the one off national public holiday to mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II falls this Thursday 22nd September it’s been estimated the Friday after may be a very popular day for many working Australian’s to call in sick and make a long weekend of it.

New research from Finder reveals that it’s likely there will be a spike in absenteeism by many Australians on Friday 23rd with the potential to cost the employers more than $461 million in lost productivity.

A new nationally representative survey of 1,060 respondents revealed 1 in 8 (13%) Australians – equivalent to 1.7 million workers – have called in sick for a non-health related reason so far this year, at a cost of about $354 per worker, per day.

Taylor Blackburn, personal finance specialist at

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