A Tour of the World's Most Futuristic Port

If you live anywhere in the US, chances are that you have a product in your home right now that came through the Port of Los Angeles. The largest port in the Western hemisphere handles about a quarter of all cargo distributed throughout the country—about $1 billion a day. Now LA is working to make it the most… » 3/17/15 2:40pm 3/17/15 2:40pm

Why Are These Massive Cargo Ships Trapped at 29 U.S. Ports?

You've probably read about it, even if it didn't really register. Something about a backlog. Something about unions. Imports and exports. Now the dispute that's paralyzing 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast has the potential to affect all of us—and to empty the shelves in countless stores. » 2/19/15 5:00pm 2/19/15 5:00pm

This Is What Gridlock at the Biggest Port In America Looks Like 

You've probably already heard about the dispute that's virtually frozen the flow of cargo into the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, leaving cargo ships and trucks without anywhere to go. But seeing it from the air is something else entirely. » 2/14/15 3:00pm 2/14/15 3:00pm

Hope You Weren't Banking on Amazon's Free Overnight Shipping This Year

If you are a human who is both lazy and inconsiderate, you've found comfort these past few years in Amazon's last-minute free overnight shipping selections. Bad news, fellow sloth. While that offer had been on the table up until early this morning, it's over on the day you need it most. Humbug! » 12/23/14 9:08am 12/23/14 9:08am

This Is the Future of Autonomous Shipping According to Rolls-Royce

Welcome to the oX Bridge. This is what Rolls-Royce believes the future of shipping will look like, with autonomous ocean-going vessels becoming a reality by 2025. » 12/15/14 7:30am 12/15/14 7:30am

Tracking a Gadget’s Journey From the Mine to Beneath the Christmas Tree

Imagine you're in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Behind you is China, below you are thousands of tons of consumer goods destined for faraway ports, then stores, then maybe a spot beneath a Christmas tree. You are part of a vast economy that supplies the things we buy—a galaxy of cities, systems, and people that is… » 12/10/14 2:05pm 12/10/14 2:05pm

This Is the Biggest Cargo Ship on Earth

In order to keep up with the frenetic growth of global shipping traffic—which has quadrupled over the past two decades alone—commercial cargo ships keep getting bigger. And the newest king of the containerships isn't one of Maersk's EEE titans, it's the CSCL Globe. » 11/20/14 11:40am 11/20/14 11:40am

Amazon Prime's Free Shipping Is Coming to Other Sites

Amazon Prime is the best deal in tech. And today, the world's largest store gave us not one but two new reasons why. Now, Amazon Prime members will enjoy free, next-day shipping on a number of partner sites. » 11/04/14 6:57pm 11/04/14 6:57pm

A Map of Amazon's Empire of Warehouses and Shipping Centers

Over the past decade Amazon has developed an incredible infrastructure of warehouses and fulfillment centers dedicated to delivering your toilet paper and books within hours. For customers, these spaces are invisible, rarely thought about or even seen. But a new map reveals exactly where they are—and how quickly… » 9/26/14 3:15pm 9/26/14 3:15pm

The World's Biggest Cargo Ship Carrying Over 17,000 Crates, NBD

Maersk's Triple-E line of supersized cargo ships are already among the largest sea-faring vessels to ever set sail. Now the Danish shipping group can add another feather to its cap with the successful transport of more than 17,600 TEU containers. No other ship has ever carried that much on a single trip. » 8/19/14 3:10pm 8/19/14 3:10pm

The Panama Canal Is 100 Years Old, Just In Time for Its Makeover

One hundred years ago today, the SS Ancon became the first ship to officially pass through the Panama Canal. Because of the outbreak of World War I, there wasn't a big party for the grand opening. The waterway would go on change the history of transportation, and now it's time to change the canal itself. » 8/15/14 4:00pm 8/15/14 4:00pm

NYC, Philly, DC and More Can Get Same-Day Amazon Delivery Now

Incredibly lazy? Physically bonded to your couch? Chronically last-minute? Amazon's got your back—as long as you live in one of the six cities that just gained same-day delivery. » 8/06/14 11:26am 8/06/14 11:26am

Thousands of Lego Pieces Have Been Washing Up On This Beach Since 1997

On the quaint coast of Cornwall, near the town of Perranporth, there's a beach that's constantly covered in Lego. Tiny flippers, little plastic dragons, a brick here and there—these pieces have been washing ashore since a shipping accident in 1997 sent 4.8 million pieces into the sea nearby. And one-by-one, out they… » 7/21/14 10:48am 7/21/14 10:48am

This City-Sized Gas Plant Has The Next Big Idea To Save The Planet

Nine billion tons of things you buy get to your hands via trucks. Most structures are put up by cranes and bulldozers. All those vehicles run on diesel, and at the Pearl Plant in Qatar, Shell is cooking up an alternative fuel that could drop directly in those engines, making them immediately more efficient and more… » 7/08/14 2:17pm 7/08/14 2:17pm

Best Buy Will Deliver a Dryer for Free But the Power Cord Has a $70 Fee

What with Amazon and Google Shopping Express winning the world's laziest misanthropes' affections, other companies are left doing everything they can to stay in the fight. In Best Buy's case, that means offering free shipping on major appliances—and (apparently) praying that folks don't realize the $30 required cord… » 6/11/14 3:10pm 6/11/14 3:10pm

The Navy's Huge, Hidden Problem: Barnacles on Ships

It's a problem as old as sailing itself. Ever since man set out sea, barnacles have been clinging like, well, barnacles to ships, growing into bumpy masses that slows down vessels and wastes fuel. Could the solution to this age-old dilemma be a new coat of special paint? It's not as simple as it sounds. » 5/07/14 3:40pm 5/07/14 3:40pm

UN: Ships Need to Shut Up So Whales and Dolphins Can Hear

The noises made by the gargantuan boats that move our stuff from one continent to another are ruining marine life. So, this week, new regulations have been issued by the International Maritime Organization, the sea-faring agency of the United Nations, asking shipping companies to turn down the volume. » 4/07/14 4:00pm 4/07/14 4:00pm

Shipping Containers Lost at Sea and the Search for Flight 370

Just how many large mysterious objects can there be floating at sea? That's what many of us have wondered after the search for debris from Malaysia Airlines 370 turned up piece after piece of ocean trash. The search for flight 370 has focused our attention on empty patches of ocean and, in the process, shed light on… » 4/02/14 1:40pm 4/02/14 1:40pm

See the Global Shipping Revolution In These Beautiful Ocean Maps

The global shipping industry has completely transformed our world: Today, 90 percent of everything in your life arrives via cargo ship. These two maps prove just how dramatically international trade has increased, by comparing the oceans of the 19th century with those of the late 20th. » 4/02/14 10:40am 4/02/14 10:40am

Amazon Lockers Now Do Returns, Too

Amazon lockers are amazingly convenient, and they just got a little bit better: the company has just rolled out a new service which allows to return unwanted purchases, too. » 4/02/14 3:40am 4/02/14 3:40am