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Labour standards are primary supply chain risk in Latin America

Labour standards are primary supply chain risk in Latin America | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Labour standards are primary supply chain risk in Latin America
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A lack of systems to meet local laws and ethical standards is the number one supply chain issue in Latin America, according to a report.

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Cathay continues to idle part of its freight fleet

Cathay continues to idle part of its freight fleet | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Cargo tonnage at the carrier drops 1.4 per cent amid overcapacity and weak overseas demand
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Ma highlights smart distribution for free economic zones - WantChinaTimes

Ma highlights smart distribution for free economic zones - WantChinaTimes | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Beijing Review Ma highlights smart distribution for free economic zones WantChinaTimes Taiwan's president Ma Ying-jeou touted plans Sunday for a smart distribution system for Taiwan's free economic pilot zones, a development that he said will be a...
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Thoughts? It’s time to privatize Canada’s leading ports and airports

Thoughts? It’s time to privatize Canada’s leading ports and airports | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Selective privatized airports and ports would disband their traditional political governance model
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Corporate Hackers Target Weak Link: the Supply Chain

Corporate Hackers Target Weak Link: the Supply Chain | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Corporate Hackers Target Weak Link: the Supply Chain
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Hackers gained access to Target's computer systems through the stolen credentials of a heating and refrigeration contractor.
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The US Postal Service Tests Same-Day Delivery in NY after ending in San Francisco

The US Postal Service Tests Same-Day Delivery in NY after ending in San Francisco | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
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The US Postal Service Tests Same-Day Delivery
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A 27-year-old U.S. Postal Service letter carrier, Sapp works for Metro Post, the agency's attempt to launch same-day package delivery.
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Passenger jets pull double duty as cargo haulers

Passenger jets pull double duty as cargo haulers | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
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Passenger jets pull double duty as cargo haulers
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There, cargo handlers and customs agents – call them Cupid's helpers – ensure that the deep red petals stay perfect until they reach their final destination.
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FAA Grounds Valentine's Flower Delivery Drone

FAA Grounds Valentine's Flower Delivery Drone | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
A Commerce Township floral delivery company says the Federal Aviation Administration has grounded its experiment in delivering flowers by unmanned mini-helicopter.
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Global Supply Chain Insights: Weekly Update and Musings on Suning - a New Rival for International Express Providers?

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Canadian National raises rates for using older oil tank cars

CALGARY, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Canadian National Railway is charging shippers more to transport crude oil inolder tank cars, one of the first signs that rail operators areactively discouraging use of the
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Brazilian logistics company, ESTAÇÃO da Luz Participações, wants to study new 1200km railway

Brazilian logistics company, ESTAÇÃO da Luz Participações, wants to study new 1200km railway | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
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China January exports surged 10.6% on year, well above expectations.

China January exports surged 10.6% on year, well above expectations. | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
China's exports jumped unexpectedly in January, a potentially positive sign for the world's second-largest economy that could go some way toward reversing recent worries about the health of emerging markets.
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Global Supply Chain Insights: Mexico tries to open its rail industry to competition

Global Supply Chain Insights: Mexico tries to open its rail industry to competition | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
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DashHaul.com Launches Web App

DashHaul.com Launches Web App | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 18, 2014 -- DashHaul Inc, a Chicago-Based Tech Company, launches the First Assured Transportation Marketplace with Truckers’ Interest, Environment in Mind. Their mobile application VILMA provides users with a more efficient, green and transparent way to perform truckload shipping operations.
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Asian food importers shift from bulk to container in food transport

Asian food importers shift from bulk to container in food transport | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Food importers in Asia are switching from dry bulk cargo ships to container vessels, which normally carry goods such as toys and TVs, as they offer a way to import smaller amounts and can be cheaper per tonne.

The global transport of agricultural commodities traditionally has taken place on carriers brimming with 60,000 to 70,000 tonnes of a single cargo such as corn or sugar, reported Reuters.

But the market is changing as ships seek to fill empty containers after unloading consumer goods in Western countries and offer competitive rates for commodities going back to Asia, the world's manufacturing hub.

At the same time, Asian import demand for animal feed grains is increasing as rising incomes trigger a move away from the traditional rice-based diet into more meat and dairy products, providing more opportunities for smaller importers.

China is expected to surpass the European Union as the world's leading consumer of pork on a per capita basis by 2022, while its dairy product consumption is expected to rise by 38 percent, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.

"As Southeast Asia develops economically, you have demand for better quality, high-protein diets, and ports don't (necessarily) have the infrastructure for bulk vessel receiving," said Brian Bickford, president of AgriLogistics, a US company specialising in grain shipping.

"You've got a lot of small growing businesses in Southeast Asia that can afford 1,000 or 5,000 tonnes of an agricultural commodity but cannot participate in large trade. Containers represent an opportunity to those businesses," Bickford added.

While buying in bulk can sometimes be economical, it also can put pressure on an importer's working capital. A standard 20-foot shipping container holds only around 20 tonnes of grain.

"Credit lines haven't really gone up the way food prices have increased," said a Singapore-based trader, who sells South American corn and soymeal in Asia.

US containerised grain exports to Asia have more than doubled since 2006 to reach 470,832 20-foot containers in the first 10 months of 2013, up 10 percent from the year before, according to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data.

Analysts estimate that 12 to 15 percent of Australia's grain exports are now shipped in containers to Asia.

"We know that the grain trade in containers is growing, especially in Australia because of the proximity to the far eastern markets," said Yuri Makarov, a senior economist at the International Grains Council.

Asia is the top destination for grain container shipments, but brisk trade also takes place from Latin America to Europe and Europe to the Middle East.

Around 12 percent of global trade in agricultural goods such as oilseeds and grains, traditionally shipped in bulk, was shipped via container in 2012, data from shipping consultancy Seabury Group showed.

Containers offer a more flexible option for smaller exporters as well as importers.

"Unless we are talking about the major agricultural trade houses, most farmers cannot fill one ship alone," said Jan Tiedemann, a shipping analyst with consultancy Alphaliner.

"With containers it's different. A farmer can theoretically sell 100 tonnes of grain on eBay and ship it to China."

The cost of shipping sugar from Brazil to China in containers can vary from nearly zero to US$20 per tonne, compared with up to $70 per tonne in bulk, Bas Van Goor, a sugar trader at agriculture trade house RCMA said.

"The advantage is clear for the shipper, who benefits from the flexibility of their commodity being moved in smaller shipment sizes allowing them to quickly reach many different locations," said Vincent Clerc, chief trade and marketing officer with the world's biggest container shipping firm, Maersk Line.

Future growth in food container trade to some extent depends on the global demand for Asian manufactured goods, which makes empty containers available in food exporting countries.

"We rely on the American consumer to do their part in keeping this a liquid business. It makes it more challenging to find a container for your shipment if the American consumer didn't buy a Barbie doll or a Dell computer out of that container last week," AgriLogistics' Bickford said.
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Airlines to comply with new EU cargo security norms deadline by July 1 or face ban

Airlines see no lag in meeting new EU cargo security norms deadline
Business Standard
Airlines will have to comply with the European Union (EU)'s new norms for air cargo security by July 1 or face a ban at the region's airports.
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Volkswagen Plant in Chattanooga Votes Against Union

Volkswagen Plant in Chattanooga Votes Against Union | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
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The US Senate can't part with Saturday mail delivery until possibly 2017

The US Senate can't part with Saturday mail delivery until possibly 2017 | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
The Atlantic Cities
The Senate Can't Part With Saturday Mail Delivery
Businessweek (blog)
Something puzzling happened last week, when a U.S. Senate committee passed a postal reform bill allowing the U.S.
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Will UAE plan for mail delivery by drone make mail carriers redundant?

Will UAE plan for mail delivery by drone make mail carriers redundant? | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Fast Company
WATCH: Will UAE plan for mail delivery by drone make mail carriers redundant?
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Imperial ‘reviewing options’ over possible Logista float - FT.com

Imperial ‘reviewing options’ over possible Logista float - FT.com | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Imperial Tobacco is considering spinning out its European logistics business in an initial public offering later this year. The world’s fourth-largest tobacco company by market share is working on a potential deal that could see the float of Logista
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Brazil's Embraer Targets Booming Asia-Pacific

Brazil's Embraer Targets Booming Asia-Pacific | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Brazil's top aircraft maker Embraer says it sees Asia-Pacific air travel providing jet makers with a $70 billion growth opportunity over 20 years.
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Port of Portland plays final card to retain Hanjin Shipping, approving incentive payments over union objections

Port of Portland plays final card to retain Hanjin Shipping, approving incentive payments over union objections | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Bill Wyatt, Port executive director, expects to hear within five to eight days whether the South Korean carrier will continue weekly calls on Portland.
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Cathay Agrees to $65M Settlement In Freight Price-Fixing

Cathay Agrees to $65M Settlement In Freight Price-Fixing | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
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Cathay Strikes $65M Settlement In Freight Price-Fixing MDL
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Law360, New York (February 12, 2014, 6:52 PM ET) -- Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.
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