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Making sense of the supply chain

  • Year of the dog sees ocean carriers’ rate hike bid become a bark not a bite

    Year of the dog sees ocean carriers’ rate hike bid become a bark not a bite

    After the failure of Asia-North Europe carriers to push rates up before the start of the Chinese new year, shippers expect prices to fall immediately afterwards by as much as $200 per teu. One...

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  • B2B customers now demand same level of delivery service as online shoppers

    B2B customers now demand same level of delivery service as online shoppers

    E-commerce expectations have crept into the B2B sector, with business customers believing they deserve the same level of service Amazon has made the “norm” for online consumers. Chief executive...

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  • 3PLs forced to act as e-commerce bites deeper into traditional forwarding

    3PLs forced to act as e-commerce bites deeper into traditional forwarding

    3PLs are boosting their final-mile and ‘white glove’ services in Europe, as e-commerce makes greater inroads into traditional forwarding. This morning SEKO Logistics said it had doubled the size...

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  • US accuses Russian forwarder Instar of breaking weapons sanctions

    US accuses Russian forwarder Instar of breaking weapons sanctions

    A Russian freight forwarder has denied allegations by the US Department of Commerce that it broke sanctions by shipping Kalashnikov weapons. Kalashnikov said it currently had a major focus on...

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  • Ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp brace for financial impact of a hard Brexit

    Ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp brace for financial impact of a hard Brexit

    The ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp are bracing for the worst effects of Brexit: the huge cost of adjusting customs and inspection procedures and new infrastructure investment to avoid serous...

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  • Russia blamed for ‘malicious’ cyber attack, as FedEx secures ‘visible’ customer data

    Russia blamed for ‘malicious’ cyber attack, as FedEx secures ‘visible’ customer data

    The NotPetya cyber attack that cost businesses like Maersk and FedEx/TNT some $1.2bn, was orchestrated by the Russian military, according to the UK and US. Experts said about 2,000 attacks were...

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  • Autonomous box ships won’t be a reality in my lifetime, says Maersk CEO

    Autonomous box ships won’t be a reality in my lifetime, says Maersk CEO

    Maersk CEO Soren Skou has said he does not expect to see large autonomous ships operating in his lifetime. Mr Skou, 53, told Bloomberg that “even if the technology advances, I don’t expect we will...

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  • UK exporter accused of dodging US customs duty agrees to settle case

    UK exporter accused of dodging US customs duty agrees to settle case

    It won’t be the last company to try to get around de minimis customs duties – but the fine imposed by the US Attorney’s Office, of more than $908,000 on UK knitwear company Pure Collection could...

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  • Secondary trades could be more profitable for container lines this year

    Secondary trades could be more profitable for container lines this year

    Ocean carriers should look to the secondary trades for the best growth prospects this year, according to a new report from research and consultant Maritime Strategies International (MSI). MSI...

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  • 3PLs can profit from technology-driven shift in manufacturing strategy

    3PLs can profit from technology-driven shift in manufacturing strategy

    3PLs could see higher profit margins from the manufacturing sector this year – but while this will be a consequence of a shift in manufacturing strategies, providers will need to adapt quickly to...

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  • Shippers hit by trucker shortage and bad weather pushing up transport costs

    Shippers hit by trucker shortage and bad weather pushing up transport costs

    Shippers are fearing for their bottom lines amid claims the US truck driver shortage will intensify after a year in which hurricanes and high demand drove up rates. Online forwarder iContainers...

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  • Analysis: regional autonomy the next move for DSV, or another major takeover

    Analysis: regional autonomy the next move for DSV, or another major takeover

    “We see scale as a clear competitive advantage in the logistics market, because operational leverage and purchasing power increase with rising freight volumes. In addition, large volumes and a...

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  • Will retailers trust a Shipping with Amazon delivery service?

    Will retailers trust a Shipping with Amazon delivery service?

    A concise yet illuminating piece of research on whether retailers would happily switch delivery providers and use Amazon. Within the next few weeks the e-tail behemoth is to launch its Shipping...

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  • Dublin port to build customs checks ahead of expected ‘hard Brexit’

    Dublin port to build customs checks ahead of expected ‘hard Brexit’

    While no one in the UK seems to have the faintest idea what is going to happen when the country leaves the EU next year – scenarios abound, of course, but frankly the future is murkier by the day...

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  • Thieves steal €1.3bn in goods from trucks in Germany every year

    Thieves steal €1.3bn in goods from trucks in Germany every year

    The numbers are pretty staggering, according to this LinkedIn post by Thorsten Neumann, director APS channel security & business resilience at Microsoft and European director of the Transport...

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  • NYK faces loss of ¥2bn and probes embezzlement claims at car-carrier subsidiary

    NYK faces loss of ¥2bn and probes embezzlement claims at car-carrier subsidiary

    Shipping line NYK faces a ¥2bn ($18.5m) financial hit after allegations that former managers were involved in illegal spending and embezzlement. The Japanese carrier said today it had formed a...

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  • Cargo airlines help you say it with flowers for Valentine’s Day – but at a price

    Cargo airlines help you say it with flowers for Valentine’s Day – but at a price

    It’s not quite a St Valentine’s Day Massacre, but shortage of air freight capacity saw the price of importing roses soar in the run-up to today’s romantic festival. It’s one of the busiest times...

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  • Ocean carriers hit by costlier fuel, now face spike in charter hire rates

    Ocean carriers hit by costlier fuel, now face spike in charter hire rates

    Already facing higher fuel costs, ocean carriers could now be hit by a rise in charter hire rates. Container shipping lines are being obliged to pay higher daily hire rates for chartered vessels...

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  • JD Logistics attracts $2.5bn investment to develop drones and robot systems

    JD Logistics attracts $2.5bn investment to develop drones and robot systems

    Alibaba rival JD.com has attracted some $2.5bn of investment to expand the reach of its logistics subsidiary, JD Logistics (JDL). Investors, including Hillhouse Capital, Sequoia China and China...

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  • Chinese operator expects big increase in Europe-bound trains

    Chinese operator expects big increase in Europe-bound trains

    Freight train services between China and Europe are expected to increase by some 30% this year, at least for one carrier. Rail Freight reports Wuhan Han’ou International Logistics’ claim that some...

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