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The tragic inevitability of the Tianjin disaster
It is difficult to know the precise cause of the explosion at a chemical warehouse at the Port of Tianjin, however to any logistician familiar with the business of hazardous materials it can hardly come as a surprise.... read more
The economic implications of Calais chaos
The goings-on at Calais are becoming a problem for the British economy. The public perception is focused on the apparent inability of the French authorities to keep order, however the effects on the economy may increase beyond the estimated £1bn if the chaos continues. In particular the road freight sector may be hit hard.... read more
Amazon and Ebay – showing their age?
Among the pioneers of the dot com revolution, Amazon
and Ebay have innovated and expanded to keep up with the ever changing global environment. But has it been enough? Are these two e-commerce titans able to take on the growing number of start-ups as well as the omni-channel strategy adopted by brick and mortars?... read more
DHL Supply Chain uses discipline to drive-up margins
DHL Supply Chain
is enormous and its size and scope has made it very difficult and complex to manage. This has resulted in underperformance, with the company’s direction confused by the different strategies required for growth across its vast network.... read more
New minimum wage regulations cause conflict between European road freight companies
The barriers to trade between the different economies of Europe remain substantial and the market for road freight is no exception. An example is the recent problems Germany and France have encountered attempting to introduce minimum wage legislation.... read more
Autonomous vehicles – The trucking dimension
There can be no more disruptive technology to the global road freight industry than ‘autonomous driving’ or to give it its more usual term ‘driverless vehicles’. Although in many people’s minds, this type of technology is little more than science fiction, the fact that technology giants such as Google have invested heavily in developing the concept shows that it is perhaps closer to realisation than people think.... read more
UTi stands at a crossroads
UTi has always been a little unusual. Much of it was created through acquisition by a company with its background in South Africa and it has gone-on to grow businesses in South East Asia and the Middle East, as well as North America.... read more
A year of innovation ahead in the supply chain and logistics industry
2015 will see an increased focus on innovation by supply chain and logistics companies as the pace of change in the industry accelerates. These innovations will range from those affecting particular sector niches and logistics functions to those which have the power to transform the entire industry.... read more
What impact will falling oil prices have on logistics?
The recent decline in oil prices has significantly reduced the cost base of logistics, constituting a welcome reprieve for the global industry. However, the picture is complex as the factors which led to falling oil prices have also hit the demand for logistics services.... read more
The importance and challenge of the end-to-end cold chain supply chain
The cold chain is critical in meeting the needs of a rising number of global consumers. More and more people around the world want increasingly far flung and temperature sensitive products ‘now’ and they demand guarantees that what they consume is safe. This presents the logistics industry with significant challenges as the cold chain stretches all over the world.... read more
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