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ILWU and PMA come to an agreement on a new west coast contract but questions for the future remain

It looks like the finger pointing and verbal attacks may have subsided for the time being as word came over the weekend that the ILWU and PMA reached a tentative labour deal for US west coast ports. However questions remain about how similar problems will be dealt with better in the future.
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Japan Post sets its sights on international expansion with Toll acquisition

In a very interesting move, Japan Post Holdings announced the acquisition of Australia’s Toll Group for AU$6.49bn. This marks the second acquisition by a Japanese company in a matter of just two days after Kintetsu World Express picked up NOL’s Read more

The rising costs of the west coast port situation

There is another “temporary” halt at the US west coast ports as both sides try to reach an agreement. As a result the disruption to US supply chains is only getting more acute and it is perhaps time to...
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Royal Mail to launch Alibaba Tmall Global shop front

Royal Mail has announced plans to launch a shop front on Alibaba’s Tmall Global e-marketplace to sell UK goods Chinese consumers. Read more

Wincanton wins contract renewal with Magnet

Wincanton has announced that Magnet, a UK kitchen and joinery specialist, has renewed its national home delivery and transport contract with Wincanton in a long term deal. Read more

Hitachi establishes Chinese subsidiary in Shanghai FTZ

Hitachi Transport System announced that its subsidiary, Nisshin Transportation, has established a subsidiary in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone to act as a trading settlement agency. Read more

AliExpress partners with SingPost and Pos Indoensia

AliExpress has announced plans to develop its e-commerce capabilities in Indonesia through a partnership with SingPost and Pos Indonesia. Read more

Philip Morris Spain renews Grupo Logista contract

Grupo Logista announced that Philip Morris Spain has renewed its distribution contract for a further five years. Read more

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