Robots are now rumbling along London’s streets delivering goods to people, and the company behind the initiative will be explaining how it’s done at the Omni-Channel Conference in London in September. Sandra Sooläte, head of UK operations for Starship Technologies, will look at the future of robotics in logistics; the benefits and challenges of using […]
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World leading robotics and automation suppliers are lining up to exhibit at the Robotics & Automation Exhibition which takes place at the Milton Keynes Arena on 11-12th October. The event offers visitors the opportunity to discover how the latest technologies can improve efficiency, and reduce costs. These are just some of the companies that will […]
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The supply chain is experiencing a rather severe labour deficit – and it doesn’t look like it’s about to recover any time soon. In fact, according to The World Bank, the global problem is going either to remain the same, or in the worst-case scenario, deteriorate even further over the next five years. Fixing the […]
DHL Parcel is to open a mega parcel centre in Bochum, in the Ruhr region. By autumn 2019, the new site will handle up to 50,000 shipments per hour. “Our network – with an average of 4.3 million parcels per day – leads the way in Germany when it comes to capacity and quality,” said […]
The shortage of logistics-related labour is a global problem that will either remain the same or worsen over the next five years, according to a new survey by The World Bank, which calls for a major expansion of training and skills development initiatives in developing countries. The new study, authored by Prof Alan McKinnon, Christoph […]
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Pitney Bowes Inc. took a big leap into the U.S. parcel shipping market by acquiring privately held Newgistics Inc., a provider of reverse and forward parcel shipping services, for about $475 million. The transaction, which has been the subject of industry rumors for several months, will merge Pitney's formidable IT capabilities with Newgistics' physical distribution network, which processes 100 million parcels a year-more than half the volume moving through the U.S. Postal Service's fast-growing "Parcel Select" product, where large parcel consolidations managed by firms like Newgistics are inducted deep into the postal delivery infrastructure for final deliveries to residences.
The biggest truckload carrier in the United States is growing by 400 trucks with a tuck-in acquisition that it says will immediately add $100 million in revenue and, just as importantly, 400 drivers to its fleet operations. Phoenix-based Knight-Swift Transportation says it is buying Richmond, Va.-based Abilene Motor Express for an undisclosed amount. It's the first expansion since Knight Transportation bought Swift Transportation last September. Knight-Swift, with revenue in excess of $5 billion, already is the largest TL carrier in the nation and now commands about 2 percent of the highly splintered truckload market. Unlike LTL with its complex hub-and-spoke terminal networks, there are few barriers to entry in the truckload sector.
When assessing the current and future state of United States-bound retailer container shipments, there is a short-term outlook and a long-term outlook, based on the findings and takeaways of the Port Tracker report issued by the National Retail Federation (NRF) The short-term: focus has to do with the timing of the Lunar New Year, which ran from February 16 to March 2, and is expected to impact March volumes. And the longer-term focus centers on recently-enacted tariffs on steel and aluminum imports made official by the White House this week, which have the potential to impact future port volumes, among other factors like hinder consumer spending activity.