A Drone Delivery Startup Aims To Provide 10 Minute Package Delivery Services
Flirtey has partnered with Dominos and 7-Eleven to test a delivery method that could replace the hub & spoke model used by most logistics providers. Hub & spoke deliveries are typically routed via distribution centers. Drone delivery enables vendors to deliver directly from the nearest store to your door. Flirtey has even partnered with an ambulance service to deliver defibrillators to people suffering a heart attack before paramedics arrive. Read more about this paradigm shift here.
Are Drone-Like Flying Cars the Future of Package Delivery and Short Range Passenger Transport?
NEC of Japan has tested a prototype of an EVtol aircraft (electric vertical takeoff and landing). The Japanese government intends to develop driverless aircraft for people by the 2030’s, while Uber Air is reportedly developing a VTOL aircraft (vertical takeoff and landing aircraft) for demo flights in 2020 and commercial flights in 2023 in Dallas, Los Angeles and Melbourne. Read more here.
(Photo credit: AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
The Future Of Environmentally Sustainable Supersonic Air Travel And Time-Critical Air Freight Is At Our Doorstep
Boom Technology, a US-based supersonic transport startup, is developing a supersonic jet in partnership with Japan Airlines that will fly from NY to London in less than 3.5 hours. The new jet, named Overture, is expected to be in service for passenger flights as soon as 2025-2027. The reappearance of supersonic jets has the potential to transform the marketplace for time-critical air freight carriers and for courier giants such as Fedex and DHL, by reducing the transit time as well as the environmental impact of freighter aircraft. Boom Technology is exploring ways to improve on the Concord jet by using a new technology being developed by Prometheus, for producing aviation fuel which is converted from CO2 emissions in the atmosphere into liquid hydrocarbon and then transformed into aviation fuel. As a result of developments in propulsion technologies, the new jet is expected to fly at speeds in excess of Mach 2.2 without the use of afterburners, reducing the noise level and environmental damage associated with the first generation of supersonic aviation. Read more about this exciting development here.
Managing The Logistics Of Rock And Roll Concert Tours Leaves No Margin For Error
Concert tours require meticulous planning, reliable carriers, knowledge of international customs requirements, 24/7 attention to detail and lots of care. Large tours with back to back gigs maintain at least 2 identical sets of equipment which leap frog between venues to allow time for one set to be loaded in and erected, while the previous set is being taken down and loaded out for the next venue. Read more about challenges unique to the touring entertainment industry here.
Case Study – Railway Tram Systems Transport and Installation
International transport of railway tram systems presents a unique set of challenges. These oversize rail cars require special handling to move safely from factory to destination. The process involves engineering the trams with lifting points for safe hoisting by cranes, performing inland route surveys, securing ocean carrier and port approvals, custom design and sourcing of spreader bar assemblies, overseeing crane operations at inland origin and destination points, managing loading and lashing at ports of loading and on board ships, as well as securing on mafi platforms and drop deck trailers. Marine engineers are hired to survey the entire process and ensure the units are safely lifted and secured for transport. Overseas Brokers has managed turnkey projects from factories in the US and Europe to multiple destinations in the Middle East and Caribbean including transport, heavy lift operations and installation onto the tracks for entire tram systems, as well as railway track laydown and ongoing supply of equipment for system maintenance .
To see video of a modern tram arrival by ship, it’s journey from the port to the track and a test run, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AOk5BQpZbg
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New York is the First Port of Call
New York is the first port of call for most container ships arriving at US east coast ports, due to its ability to handle ultra-large container ships and easy access to the Midwest. Factors that make NY attractive for the biggest carriers include the recent raising of the Bayonne Bridge, improvements in its waterways, major capital investments and the imminent completion of the ExpressRail terminal in Bayonne. Read about the recent arrival of the YM World at Freightwaves.
Three Shipping Giants Join to Create Blockchain Platforms for International Supply Chains
Three competing shipping giants have joined a tech venture to develop blockchain platforms for international supply chains. They joined forces to remain relevant in the logistics industry, where players like Amazon have become leaders in cloud computing and international logistics for their own use, only to turn around and resell those services to the industry. Read more about this trend at JOC.
Digital Freight Management Systems
Digital freight management systems may push traditional freight forwarders out of business. However forwarders offering 3PL services, provide added value because the complexity of certain supply chain services are not conducive to digitization. Cargo owners benefit from digital platforms by cutting out middlemen for point to point transport but still need logistics specialists to handle pre and post-shipment services.
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Office Furniture Manufacturers Explore Strategies to Expand Global Footprint
Some top tier office furniture manufacturers are attempting to expand their global footprint through direct sales offices and showrooms in other countries, rather than relying on foreign dealers. The trend among multi-national clients is to standardize their workplace environments worldwide in order to project their brand globally. Therefore, many manufacturers are exploring ways to meet the needs of an increasing number of corporate clients searching for global solutions. Manufacturers are applying various strategies to fill the gap in their global coverage. The old world business model was to establish a global network of foreign dealers who provide an existing sales and operations mechanism. In an increasingly borderless world empowered by the internet, manufacturers are making more direct sales in other countries while operations are being handled by global logistics partners. Some manufacturers are even opening their own offices in multiple business centers around the world, in order to provide their multinational clients with local company stores, wherever their clients’ foreign offices are located. Click on the below link to read more about how a major European manufacturer is growing their global sales mechanism: https://officerepublic.news/en/2019/04/royal-ahrend-reinforces-position-in-france/
Ocean Freight Rates
Ocean freight rates are impacted by reversals in short and long term demand as a result of the trade wars. According to some analysts, container rates from China typically increase with demand before tariff increases take effect. Once the tariffs are in place, demand softens, creating downward pressure on freight rates. Read more from Freightwaves here.