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  • Supply chain radar: XPO Logistics’ downfall is private equity’s joy

    Supply chain radar: XPO Logistics’ downfall is private equity’s joy

    A quick one from the bunker in Horsham, England: XPO Logistics shares were halted in early US trade on Wednesday, pending an unscheduled corporate event announcement. Figure the excitement after...

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  • New Asia-Europe overland services putting more pressure on ocean and air

    New Asia-Europe overland services putting more pressure on ocean and air

    Asia-Europe overland services are strengthening as speed, security and rates improve. The latest overhaul comes from Davies Turner, which offers a weekly rail import service for LCL shipments from...

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  • Carriers claim container shipping online booking more than just a pipedream

    Carriers claim container shipping online booking more than just a pipedream

    It “remains to be seen” whether CMA CGM’s agreement to list its rates on Freightos’ online marketplace will be successful outside its transpacific pilot phase, says Alphaliner. The French carrier...

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  • The future of box shipping: less vessel cascading and fewer liner alliances?

    The future of box shipping: less vessel cascading and fewer liner alliances?

    Vessel cascading has been an ever-present feature of container shipping since liner executives first understood the benefits of economies of scale and began the box ship capacity arms race. But...

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  • Logistics industry not using blockchain to its full advantage yet

    Logistics industry not using blockchain to its full advantage yet

    2019 will be the year that the buzz around blockchain dies – but that will lead to a realisation of the technology’s true benefits. This is the view of IATA’s head of digital cargo, Henk Mulder,...

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  • Christmas chocolate boxes: up to half of the weight is packaging

    Christmas chocolate boxes: up to half of the weight is packaging

    As delivery firms struggle with ever-increasing volumes, chocolate turns out to be one of the biggest culprits. According to this piece by the BBC, almost half the weight of a box of chocolates is...

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  • Amazon Air to expand Chicago Rockford operation

    Amazon Air to expand Chicago Rockford operation

    Amazon Air is expanding its Chicago operations, Air Cargo News reports. An additional 120,000sq ft will be taken by the e-commerce giant at Chicago Rockford International. The airport will pump...

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  • Musk hyperloop unveiling pushed back again – is it actually viable?

    Musk hyperloop unveiling pushed back again – is it actually viable?

    It seems those eager for the launch of Elon Musk’s hyperloop in Los Angeles will be waiting at least another week. Tech Republic reports that the Boring, Tesla and SpaceX chief executive tweeted...

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  • Supply chain radar: Flexport – Ryan Petersen’s Divine Comedy moment

    Supply chain radar: Flexport – Ryan Petersen’s Divine Comedy moment

    Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita mi ritrovai per una selva oscura ché la diritta via era smarrita. Ahi quanto a dir qual era è cosa dura esta selva selvaggia e aspra e forte che nel...

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  • BBG: Uber selects Morgan Stanley to lead 2019 IPO

    BBG: Uber selects Morgan Stanley to lead 2019 IPO

    BLOOMBERG reports: “Uber Technologies Inc. has selected Morgan Stanley to lead its public offering next year, according to two people familiar with the matter, meaning the investment bank will...

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  • MW: Gold buoyed by prospects of slower Fed hikes

    MW: Gold buoyed by prospects of slower Fed hikes

    MW reports: “Gold edged higher Tuesday, recouping some of the ground lost in the previous session as investors scaled back expectations about the pace of future interest-rate increases by the U.S....

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  • EIA: Short-term energy outlook

    EIA: Short-term energy outlook

    Forecast highlights, according to EIA: Global liquid fuels Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $65 per barrel (b) in November, down $16/b from October, the largest monthly average price decline...

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  • SA (John M. Mason): The U.S. Dollar in 2019 – stronger rather than weaker

    SA (John M. Mason): The U.S. Dollar in 2019 – stronger rather than weaker

    JMM writes: “Well, it’s time to take a look at the 2019 future for the value of the U.S. dollar.” The post SA (John M. Mason): The U.S. Dollar in 2019 – stronger rather than weaker appeared first...

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  • MW: Google CEO Sundar Pichai gets grilled on Capitol Hill as possible privacy bill looms

    MW: Google CEO Sundar Pichai gets grilled on Capitol Hill as possible privacy bill looms

    MarketWatch reports: “Google CEO Sundar Pichai was forced to play defense Tuesday on Capitol Hill, as lawmakers questioned the search giant’s practices and its alleged political bias.”   The post...

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  • SA: Amazon plans chips in Intel’s territory

    SA: Amazon plans chips in Intel’s territory

    Seeking Alpha writes: “The New York Times reports on Amazon’s (AMZN +1.3%) plans to create in-house data center chips, putting the e-commerce giant into Intel’s (INTC+2.5%) wheelhouse.” The post...

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  • China-US trade uncertainty keeps Cargolux’s JV cargo airline on the back burner

    China-US trade uncertainty keeps Cargolux’s JV cargo airline on the back burner

    We are in a time of political uncertainty (especially if you happen to be in the UK today); but more challenging for the supply chain are US-China relations, which look complex, with no real...

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  • BIMCO weighs in with help on charters ahead of low-sulphur fuel regulations

    BIMCO weighs in with help on charters ahead of low-sulphur fuel regulations

    BIMCO has published two IMO 2020 clauses for inclusion in charter parties relating to the content of bunkers after 1 January 2020, covering the transition from 3.5% sulphur content heavy fuel oil...

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  • China-US trade war providing a business bonus for South-east Asian exporters

    China-US trade war providing a business bonus for South-east Asian exporters

    Shippers serving the US import market may have already begun voting with their feet and moving production out of China in response to the looming threat of a full-blown trade war between the...

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  • Traditional forwarders beginning to see the threat from online platforms

    Traditional forwarders beginning to see the threat from online platforms

    While uncertainty in global trade is proving prosperous for the forwarding community, legacy forwarders appear to have now fully realised the threat posed by online platforms. A Logistics, Trends,...

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  • Key investor confirms Hansa Heavy Lift files for insolvency

    Key investor confirms Hansa Heavy Lift files for insolvency

    Reports are emerging that Hansa Heavy Lift has filed for insolvency. Efforts by The Loadstar to contact the beleaguered carrier for confirmation of the news proved futile, although one phone call...

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