The hunt for the perfect urban delivery vehicle means we have seen a range of increasingly sophisticated solutions. Electric vans, motorcycles, Segways, drones, even robots have all been considered. But the solution that Sainsbury’s has hit upon is more than one hundred years old – the bicycle. It is starting trials of a services called […]
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UPS has started testing drones for commercial deliveries of packages in remote areas alongside drone-maker CyPhy Works. Tests began last week when a mock delivery of ‘urgently needed medicine’ was taken from Beverly in Massachusetts to Children’s Island, located three miles from the Atlantic coast. “Our focus is on real-world applications that benefit our customers,” […]
DHL Global Forwarding has launched ‘DHL SameDay Speedline’, a new mission critical emergency logistics airfreight service. The service will include 24/7, 365 days a year pick up, delivery, and collection within 120 minutes and quotations within an hour. Aimed at the aerospace & aviation, automotive, electronics, energy and life sciences industries, it is designed for […]
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Belgian snack food producer Poco Loco has chosen Egemin Automation to construct a new automated high-bay warehouse. The site is located opposite Poco Loco’s existing production facility. The two locations will be connected by a 100-metre-long conveyor bridge. The bridge will house conveyors which transport finished pallets to the warehouse, as well as supply raw […]
Cdiscount, a French e-commerce company and subsidiary of Groupe Casino, has opened a new 430,000 sq ft distribution centre in Saint-Mard, Paris. The new site includes 56 loading docks, and one full height drive-in door. As well as this, property developer and management company Goodman signed a leasing deal with the French company for a […]
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Volumes and demand continue to be low with no signs of improvement any time soon. As larger carriers struggle with YOY losses for the second quarter in a row, LTL is trying to remain tight-lipped about possible causes of weak demand. Concerns and questions are being raised as to how the carriers will respond to this downturn. The cost of living is on the rise and as inventories are sold off from the congestion dating back to March of 2015, demand may soon be on the rise again. Carriers are not adding in new trucks to their fleets, which could cause issues in the long run if demand goes back on the rise again.
The announcement of Hanjin's bankruptcy last week has shocked the ocean network and raised questions and concerns from shippers throughout the world. Many containers are at a standstill, several ships are anchored off shore, and some crews are without food and water until a resolution is found. South Korea's government and some carriers have offered to take up parts of their debt in order to process orders and gain some market share from Hanjin. Unfortunately, their financial losses and debts have forced ports to turn their cargo away until contracts are solidified and a resolution is found. While it's no surprise that some stand - alone carriers like Hanjin are folding, what events led up to their demise, and how will things affect shippers in the future?