The Loadstar

Making sense of the supply chain

  • Tigers USA supports customers with new e-Tigers facility in California

    Tigers USA supports customers with new e-Tigers facility in California

    Hong Kong, China, Thursday 24th May 2018 – Tigers USA has opened a new office and warehouse complex in Riverside, California, to provide omni-channel fulfilment to high-end footwear, apparel, and...

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  • Agility is funding the development of domestic and regional trade in Africa

    Agility is funding the development of domestic and regional trade in Africa

    ACCRA, Ghana, May 24, 2018/ — Agility (www.Agility.com), a leading global logistics provider, has leased warehouse space in the Agility Warehouse Park in Ghana to Cummins (www.Cummins.com) for a...

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  • Groupe ADP wins a contract at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to design and supervise the expansion  of the Sharjah International Airport

    Groupe ADP wins a contract at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to design and supervise the expansion of the Sharjah International Airport

    Groupe ADP, through ADP Ingénierie, wins a €15 million contract to design and supervise  the expansion of the Sharjah international Airport, at Sharjah, one of the seven emirates of the UAE. At...

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  • Shippers and forwarders fear repeat of last year’s air freight capacity crisis

    Shippers and forwarders fear repeat of last year’s air freight capacity crisis

    The fallout from last year’s air freight capacity crunch is still playing out, with shippers and forwarders on the hunt for charter flights and alternative shipping strategies. According to ECS...

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  • No free pass for shippers as box lines forced to implement new bunker surcharges

    No free pass for shippers as box lines forced to implement new bunker surcharges

    Shipper hopes that carriers will not impose fuel surcharges have been shot down as Maersk and CMA CGM became the latest to implement a bunker surcharge. Drewry’s Simon Heaney, senior manager...

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  • Container shipping freight rates begin recovery on Asia-Europe ahead of June increases

    Container shipping freight rates begin recovery on Asia-Europe ahead of June increases

    Carriers on the key Asia-Europe trades saw container shipping spot freight rates lift this week in advance of introducing new FAK levels on 1 June next week. According to this morning’s Shanghai...

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  • Market insight: transport and logistics stock prices shrug off mixed margins

    Market insight: transport and logistics stock prices shrug off mixed margins

    “The Dow theory … says the market is in an upward trend if one of its averages (industrial or transportation) advances above a previous important high and is accompanied or followed by a similar...

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  • Brazil close to paralysis as truckers’ strike stops fuel deliveries

    Brazil close to paralysis as truckers’ strike stops fuel deliveries

    With even airports running low on fuel reserves, the Brazilian government has struck a last-minute deal to avert 15 days of nationwide truck strikes. In the port of Santos there were virtually no...

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  • China’s $7.5bn Myanmar port ‘crazy,’ Suu Kyi adviser says

    China’s $7.5bn Myanmar port ‘crazy,’ Suu Kyi adviser says

    Myanmar, rather understandably, seems to be baulking at a proposed $7.5bn price tag for a new deepsea port to be built by the Chinese. CITIC Group won the tender to build it and has suggested a...

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  • UK government says cost of new Heathrow runway must be kept down

    UK government says cost of new Heathrow runway must be kept down

    British transport minister Chris Grayling has warned Heathrow not to burden customers with the costs of a “gold-plated” third runway. Reuters reports that Mr Grayling’s comments come amidst...

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  • Fear of missing out is driving supply chain technology revolution

    Fear of missing out is driving supply chain technology revolution

    “The future is here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” As the supply chain ponders the possible uses of blockchain in logistics, Paul Brody, global blockchain leader for EY, dismissed...

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  • It’s no ‘silver bullet’, but blockchain can forge stronger supply chain links

    It’s no ‘silver bullet’, but blockchain can forge stronger supply chain links

    Blockchain is not a “silver bullet” that will rid logistics of all that ails it, but it is more than just a buzzword and can offer tangible benefits to supply chains. Transport Intelligence’s (Ti)...

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  • The price is right for GSAs, but could they do better?

    The price is right for GSAs, but could they do better?

    Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, authors of the best-selling book, Freakonomics, would have smiled at the recent Trends publication letter of WorldACD, an air cargo data provider. Why? Because...

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  • E-commerce boom brings operational challenges for bigger airlines

    E-commerce boom brings operational challenges for bigger airlines

    The rise in e-commerce volumes is posing operational challenges for air cargo carriers. At the Air Cargo China event in Shanghai last week, airline executives told The Loadstar the benefits from...

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  • Union Pacific chief hails GE-Wabtec railroad deal

    Union Pacific chief hails GE-Wabtec railroad deal

    Union Pacific’s chief executive, Lance Fritz, has praised an $11bn deal that will see General Electric’s railroad business merge with Wabtec. Not only is UP North America’s largest railroader, it...

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  • Truck drivers protest rising fuel prices in Brazil

    Truck drivers protest rising fuel prices in Brazil

    As strikes continue to hobble Brazilian customs, the government is now facing up to protests linked to rising fuel prices. The Brazilian Truck Drivers Association (ABCAM) have enacted blockades...

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  • David Harman appointed cargo manager, Switzerland, at Emirates SkyCargo

    David Harman appointed cargo manager, Switzerland, at Emirates SkyCargo

    Emirates SkyCargo has appointed David Harman as its cargo manager for Switzerland. Mr Harman joins the Dubai-headquartered carrier from sister company Dnata, where he served has quality assurance...

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  • Eric Martin-Neuville to head global forwarding as Geodis revamps regional network

    Eric Martin-Neuville to head global forwarding as Geodis revamps regional network

    Geodis has undertaken a “root and branch restructuring” of its board, operational team and regional network. The process has resulted in the establishment of Western Europe, Middle East & Africa,...

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  • Rebranded Tiaca is no ‘spent force’ and is good for air cargo, says chairman

    Rebranded Tiaca is no ‘spent force’ and is good for air cargo, says chairman

    Tiaca chairman Sebastiaan Scholte has denied claims that Tiaca is a “spent force”. Mr Scholte’s response follows claims this month that Tiaca is facing financial challenges. He told The...

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  • MPC picks up three more discounted boxships as the charter market heats up

    MPC picks up three more discounted boxships as the charter market heats up

    Oslo-based containership owner MPC Container Ships has launched another raid on the former assets of German KG companies for three discounted 2,500 teu feeder vessels to boost its fleet to 68...

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