The Loadstar

Making sense of the supply chain

  • XPO Logistics wins UK contract with plastic pipe system supplier Wavin

    XPO Logistics wins UK contract with plastic pipe system supplier Wavin

    XPO Logistics, a leading global provider of transport and logistics solutions, has been awarded a multi-million-pound contract by Wavin to manage its UK transport operations. Wavin is a subsidiary...

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  • Customers search for capacity with the future of cargo at Etihad in the air

    Customers search for capacity with the future of cargo at Etihad in the air

    As the Farnborough Air Show opens this week, all eyes will be on aircraft orders, and the Volga-Dnepr Group, sponsor of the Cargo Village. But in fact, causing more of a stir is the presence of...

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  • Boeing’s 777 the freighter of choice as orders are unveiled at Farnborough

    Boeing’s 777 the freighter of choice as orders are unveiled at Farnborough

    The age of the freighter is clearly not over – although the 777 is the new aircraft of choice. Orders pledged at the Farnborough Air Show are starting to trickle in. First off the block in cargo...

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  • Threat to container charter market as carriers drift towards heavy losses

    Threat to container charter market as carriers drift towards heavy losses

    While container shipping lines face soaring operational costs, recent signs that they are preparing to suspend services in light of weakening demand suggest vessel charter rates could also come...

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  • Antonov reaps the benefits of US routes as revenue and growth soar

    Antonov reaps the benefits of US routes as revenue and growth soar

    Antonov Airlines has recorded an 81% upturn in revenue for 2017, with the carrier seemingly benefiting from its advantages over rival Volga-Dnepr. Citing a strategic partnership with Dreamlifts...

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  • Susanne Oud joins BIFA board of directors

    Susanne Oud joins BIFA board of directors

    The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has announced that Susanne Oud has joined its board of directors. She replaces Roy Baker, who stepped down after being on the BIFA board since...

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  • Maersk Line diverts two services to Liverpool from delay-hit Felixstowe

    Maersk Line diverts two services to Liverpool from delay-hit Felixstowe

    The port of Liverpool appears to be the latest beneficiary of Felixstowe’s woes, according to Seatrade, which reports that one of the 2M’s transatlantic services and another Maersk string – the...

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  • Muted industry welcome for May’s Brexit white paper – little mention of haulage

    Muted industry welcome for May’s Brexit white paper – little mention of haulage

    A divided government notwithstanding, the response from the freight industry to UK prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit proposals has largely been positive. Announced yesterday in a white paper,...

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  • Quiet week for spot rates, but box carriers need to act to ‘stop the rot’

    Quiet week for spot rates, but box carriers need to act to ‘stop the rot’

    The bellwether Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) has experienced a relatively quiet week, with the North Europe component flat at $882 per teu and Mediterranean ports edging down $16 per...

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  • $250m cash injection to boost tech firm GoGoVan’s global expansion ambitions

    $250m cash injection to boost tech firm GoGoVan’s global expansion ambitions

    Alibaba’s logistics arm, Cainiao Network, this week continued to pump cash into supply chain technology start-ups. Hong Kong’s GoGoVan announced this morning Cainiao had joined other investors in...

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  • Hawaiian Air and JAL ready to join forces in the cargo business

    Hawaiian Air and JAL ready to join forces in the cargo business

    Japan Airlines (JAL) and Hawaiian Airlines (HA) are planning to work together in the cargo business. They have applied for antitrust immunity to form a joint-venture, which they hope to start in...

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  • Analysis: COSCO and OOCL – a big, well-managed world leader in the making

    Analysis: COSCO and OOCL – a big, well-managed world leader in the making

    COSCO Shipping Holdings has no place to hide now the takeover of Orient Overseas International Lines (OOIL) and its container line arm, OOCL, has gone through. Financially, the tie-up justifies...

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  • Trump’s trade war with China pierces the heart of Michigan

    Trump’s trade war with China pierces the heart of Michigan

    In past years, Chinese state-owned businesses have heavily invested in the US state of Michigan. Companies including Aviation Industry Corporation have steadily pumped billions into what The New...

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  • Contship Italia doubles Milan-Zurich intermodal rail services

    Contship Italia doubles Milan-Zurich intermodal rail services

    Contship Italia has doubled its intermodal rail services between Milan and Zurich, with plans for expansion into the Bavarian market by September. The carrier added the Zurich service last month,...

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  • Market insight: Pick-a-merger time for Hapag Lloyd as suitors line up

    Market insight: Pick-a-merger time for Hapag Lloyd as suitors line up

    Hapag-Lloyd shareholder Michael Klaus Kuehne may have rejected the idea of a merger with CMA CGM – but is it a good idea, nonetheless? Let’s find out what the numbers – and hard evidence – suggest...

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  • Container leasing market under pressure as carriers cut back

    Container leasing market under pressure as carriers cut back

    After a strong first six months with container drop-offs at an exceptionally low level, container leasing companies face a tougher second half. Financially stressed ocean carriers are...

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  • UK lettuce crop sizzles so air cargo turns over a new leaf for growers

    UK lettuce crop sizzles so air cargo turns over a new leaf for growers

    The UK may have been enjoying the best summer since the 1970s, but it has struggled to put salads on the table. The heatwave has seen UK growers call this a “challenging” summer, with some 90% of...

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  • CMA CGM names Tim Haas chief commercial officer, North America

    CMA CGM names Tim Haas chief commercial officer, North America

    CMA CGM has appointed Tim Haas (pictured above) as its new chief operations officer in North America, reporting to Ludovic Renou, president of CMA CGM America at it Norfolk, Virginia...

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  • Finalists for 2018 Young Freight Forwarder of the Year award unveiled

    Finalists for 2018 Young Freight Forwarder of the Year award unveiled

    The TT Club and FIATA have announced the regional winners of the Young Freight Forwarder of the Year award, in the 20th year the two companies have partnered. TT Club said it believed the annual...

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  • Hapag-Lloyd shareholder Kuehne dismisses CMA CGM approach for merger

    Hapag-Lloyd shareholder Kuehne dismisses CMA CGM approach for merger

    One of Hapag-Lloyd’s largest shareholders has brushed off an approach by CMA CGM for merger talks. Any such deal could create the largest container shipping line in the world. Alphaliner reports...

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