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Are drones revolutionising logistics?

October 27th, 2015|

Are drones revolutionising logistics? The fist Unmanned Aerial Vehicles were developed for military reconnaissance, attacks and deliveries. Their use for commercial deliveries is most strongly associated with Amazon project. For the time being Amazon Prime Air operations are on hold waiting for the response from NASA. For safety reasons a separate part [...]

Increasing demand for logistics specialists

October 13th, 2015|

Increasing demand for logistics specialists The logistics sector is a fundamental part of Irish economy. Currently 48,800 persons are employed in sector’s core occupations. According to the publication Addressing the Demand for Skills in the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics sector in Ireland 2015-2020, issued by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN), [...]

Expansion of Augmented reality across industries: Supply Chain

September 28th, 2015|

Expansion of Augmented reality across industries: Supply Chain Augmented reality as a blend between real world and virtual one has been developing for the past decades and is finally, due to technological advances, reaching its true potential. The composite view generated by AR system augments the scene viewed by user with additional information. [...]

Humanitarian Logistics

September 15th, 2015|

Humanitarian Logistics Despite the best and very productive efforts in collecting humanitarian supplies, delivery to those in need is a very difficult task for varying reasons. Shipments to conflict zones and remote areas are obviously among the most challenging ones. Armoured vehicles need to be used for transportation of personnel and medicine; logistics [...]

The development of new air freight surcharge system

September 9th, 2015|

The development of new air freight surcharge system It is well known that current airline surcharge system is causing difficulties for airlines, freight forwarders and, most importantly, shippers. Under the current system overall freight rates fluctuate according to changes in oil prices, causing instability for shippers and interfering with their long term planning. [...]

Asia-Europe freight rates continue to fall

August 25th, 2015|

Asia-Europe freight rates continue to fall Following up on our recent post about sea freight rates fluctuations, the quoted predictions from SeaIntel proved to be correct. The supply-demand imbalance continues and cutting capacity does not help to avoid rate erosion. The latest Shanghai Containerised Freight Index shows that only during the last week [...]

Freight industry recovering from Tianjin port disruptions

August 19th, 2015|

Freight industry recovering from Tianjin port disruptions Tianjin is one of the most important cities of China. Its port is the 10th biggest in the world. The Wednesday explosions caused major destruction of port’s facilities, including parts of logistics park and container storage area. Significant efforts have been made to resume ports’ operations [...]

Asia-Europe sea freight rates fluctuations

August 11th, 2015|

Asia-Europe sea freight rates fluctuations Euro volatility continues to affect the supply-demand imbalance in the container shipping industry. Even though according to the latest Shanghai Containerised Freight Index rates to Northern Europe are at their highest since the end of January, while container prices to the Mediterranean reached their highest since the beginning of [...]

Shipping emissions in ports

August 10th, 2015|

Shipping emissions in ports The opening of the expanded Suez canal is undoubtedly the most important topic of this week’s logistics news. At the same time several other ports are set for redevelopment and expansion, for instance Brazil’s Port of Açu, used primarily for crude oil and gas transportation. The costs of expansion [...]

Freight forwarders remain positive despite the slowdown of China’s economy

August 6th, 2015|

Freight forwarders remain positive despite the slowdown of China’s economy IMF in its latest World Economic Outlook report did not change its prediction on China’s GDP growth, keeping it at 6.8% rate for this year and 6.3% in 2016. Following this report analysts have cut down their growth forecast for 2015: Drewry’s latest research showed [...]