FastFreight Review


January 23 – January 30, 2014

FastFreight is a weekly review summarizing the ten major events or stories of the past week in logistics and the supply chain. We know you’re busy so each post is under 400 words. Enjoy! Want to get this to your inbox? Be sure to sign up from the right sidebar!

Economist: Retailors Turning Their Back on the Dragon
Multinationals are slowly scaling back sales attempts to China because of decreased allure of luxury brands, draconian consumer protection laws and tough local competition. The Economist also breaks down how growth is dropping, with companies like Revlon and Best Buy shutting their doors.

China vs. the P3
Talking about tough competition, the Chinese government is expected to conclude its anti-trust review of the P3 alliance between Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM in May this year. Stay tuned.

Brave New 2014
2014 is shaping up to be a game-changer, with natural gas fleets on the rise, robots in the supply chain, omni-channel retailing, better software and the growth of the Panama Canal (which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year).

Bring the Boys Cars Home
By the end of 2014, the US and the UK forces in Afghanistan will have to complete a new, complex mission: bringing over $6 billion dollars worth of supplies and vehicles home when they close the doors behind them. Turns out not everything will be coming back with them though.

Safety First
It’s been a rough week around the world, as a freight ship in Scotland crashed into a pier on Tuesday, a derailed freight train in Chicago brought freight traffic to a halt on the same day and a Canadian freight train with butane derailed in New Brunswick. CNN takes a look at reforms stemming from crashes.

Bomb Scare in LAX
Recognize LAX from Die Hard 2? In a near-replication, US Airways cargo facilities in LAX were evacuated on Wednesday when a canine mistakenly ID’d a computer parts as a bomb. Guess he was barking up the wrong tree.

Sleight of Robotic Hand
Wired suggests that when Amazon’s Jeff Bezos floated the idea of drone delivery, the implications for innovation in the business model was a whole lot more impressive than the proposed supply chain changes.

15 Minute Shipping
Others still believe that Bezos’s drone play, combined with technology like 3D printing, could lead to a new logistics procurement category – drone transport.

Fresh Technology
Maersk is teaming up with US-based Primaira to integrate a new air cleaning system into refrigerated containers, extending produce shelf-life and reducing produce loss.

Delta Goes Groovy
More passenger-related than cargo, watch Delta’s new in-flight safety video, remade for the ’80s. Great way to end the week with a smile.

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