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Making sense of the supply chain

  • ‘An end to shipping alliances would see freight rates skyrocket’

    ‘An end to shipping alliances would see freight rates skyrocket’

    Shipper opposition to deepsea liner shipping alliances may be dangerously misplaced, delegates at the TOC Container Supply Chain event in Rotterdam heard yesterday. Lars Jensen, chief executive...

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  • Doncaster’s iPort goes full steam ahead with new rail freight links

    Doncaster’s iPort goes full steam ahead with new rail freight links

    UK logistics hub iPort has kicked off phase two of its development process with the news that it has landed two additional daily rail services from Teesport.   Servicing Ikea volumes coming by...

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  • Quebec port targets container traffic as Hutchison comes on board

    Quebec port targets container traffic as Hutchison comes on board

    The port of Quebec is eyeing a role as a container gateway for cargo to Canada and the US Midwest. It has underscored these ambitions with a joint venture agreement with Hutchison Ports and CN...

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  • Dronamics’ Black Swan could be set for take-off next year

    Dronamics’ Black Swan could be set for take-off next year

    Drone developer Dronamics is planning a series of pilot projects over western Europe in the first half of next year.     Speaking to The Loadstar on the sidelines of Multimodal in Birmingham,...

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  • 737 freighters looking to be stars of Paris Air Show as orders pick up

    737 freighters looking to be stars of Paris Air Show as orders pick up

    The Paris Air Show is on – and freighter orders are starting to pick up. This morning, Qatar Airways Cargo said it would increase its Boeing 777 freighter fleet by five, propelling it to the...

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  • Geodis: innovation and customer service the key to growth

    Geodis: innovation and customer service the key to growth

    Geodis may be in talks with CMA CGM, according to some market observers, but Thomas Kraus, head of northern and central Europe for Geodis, preferred to talk about customer satisfaction and new...

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  • Supply chain radar: Full distress mode is on at Waberer’s

    Supply chain radar: Full distress mode is on at Waberer’s

    Waberer’s is never cheap enough despite its equity being currently valued at only about $60m on the stock exchange – which implies a book value multiple of 0.37x. Its negative tangible book value...

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  • $1bn worth of smuggled cocaine found on MSC ship

    $1bn worth of smuggled cocaine found on MSC ship

    $1bn worth of cocaine was seized from one of MSC’s ships yesterday at the US port of Philadelphia. The find is the second of the year, after $38m worth of the drug was found aboard the 9,400 teu...

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  • On the wires: Lufthansa Cargo gets caught in heavy crosswinds

    On the wires: Lufthansa Cargo gets caught in heavy crosswinds

    “In a bid to be profitable, Lufthansa Cargo has responded to the soft air freight market by announcing it will cut capacity from its schedule. (…) This will allow the company to ensure profitable...

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  • SA: Lease deal sees Amazon Air fleet buildup

    SA: Lease deal sees Amazon Air fleet buildup

    SEEKING ALPHA reports: “Amazon (AMZN +1.5%) will lease another 15 737-800 cargo aircraft made by Boeing (BA +1.5%) through a partnership with General Electric (GE+3.2%) Capital Aviation...

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  • Bimco goes grim, predicting a weak peak season for container shipping this year

    Bimco goes grim, predicting a weak peak season for container shipping this year

    Shipping association Bimco is predicting a gloomy outlook for the liner industry, with weak demand growth and a return to negative margins for ocean carriers. The timing of the Chinese new year...

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  • Avia Solutions buys Chapman Freeborn as it expands its global footprint

    Avia Solutions buys Chapman Freeborn as it expands its global footprint

    Chapman Freeborn Group has been acquired by Avia Solutions Group, in a move that will give the combined entity some €1bn in revenue.  The broker was thought to have been looking for a buyer for...

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  • Banks push the box lines to reduce emissions

    Banks push the box lines to reduce emissions

    Box lines are set to come under more environmental pressure, following a decision by major banks to factor emissions into lending decisions.  Eleven major banks, with total loan portfolios to...

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  • High Bay Storage could be a solution to container terminal capacity issues

    High Bay Storage could be a solution to container terminal capacity issues

    The High Bay Storage (HBS) container terminal concept unveiled earlier this year by DP World could also help speed up hinterland supply chains. Delegates at the TOC Container Supply Chain event in...

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  • Poland’s Lodz: the growing logistics hub for the future

    Poland’s Lodz: the growing logistics hub for the future

    A combination of low labour costs and significant development plans place Lodz as a potential future Central and Eastern European hub for logistics. Some 20m people live within 200km of the...

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  • Farewell to a freight industry veteran and friend, journalist Ian Martin Jones

    Farewell to a freight industry veteran and friend, journalist Ian Martin Jones

    Ian Martin Jones, former editor of Air Cargo Week, died yesterday, after an illness.  Mr Martin Jones had been in journalism for almost 50 years, including 10 years in Fleet St and nearly 40 years...

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  • Supply chain radar: Rail M&A you say? Lo and behold, you can buy CSX t-shirts, beer coolers & more

    Supply chain radar: Rail M&A you say? Lo and behold, you can buy CSX t-shirts, beer coolers & more

    Asking a UK-based logistics journalist to write a column about a strange industry (rail freight) in a land far away (the US) was always bound to be fraught with risk. (Still, for our previous...

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  • Dave Dudek moves up at Ceva as Antonio Fondevilla switches to Grupo Sesi

    Dave Dudek moves up at Ceva as Antonio Fondevilla switches to Grupo Sesi

    Ceva Logistics has seen a change of personnel following the resignation of Antonio Fondevilla, executive vice president global automotive. He has been succeeded by Dave Dudek, pictured, who has...

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  • On the wires: Kerry Logistics rumoured in deal as logistics M&A pipeline grows healthier

    On the wires: Kerry Logistics rumoured in deal as logistics M&A pipeline grows healthier

    “Kerry Logistics has entered a partnership with the Spanish national postal service to benefit from the vast growth in demand for Chinese e-commerce. With Sociedad Estatal de Correos y Telégrafos,...

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  • Supply chain radar: Peak season, what peak season?

    Supply chain radar: Peak season, what peak season?

    “Global ship operators that normally begin the summer preparing for peak shipping season instead are bracing for a surge in tariffs. Executives say they are concerned that recent weakness in...

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