NOL to sell off APL Logistics Business Unit?


I have been reading many reports in the media regarding the news that Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) is planning to sell its logistics business unit – APL Logistics – in order to improve its performance. However, NOL issued a “Clarification on Media Report” stating that “These considerations are preliminary and exploratory in nature. There is [...]

Remote Controlled Container Ships

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Lots of buzz recently regarding the use of drones to revolutionize the supply chain industry. Google is apparently developing driverless cars and earlier this year announced future plans to implement a drone delivery service. The latest in the unmanned transportation arena is the announcement by Rolls Royce regarding the possibility of remote controlled ocean [...]

Global Airfreight Volumes Up Slightly

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I have been so focused on the international ocean market lately that it has been quite sometime since I posted anything airfreight related.  I recently read a press release from that showed a modest increase in global airfreight volumes. Data release by IATA showed a 1.2 percent increase in global airfreight volumes in June [...]

2013 Peak Season Fast Approaching

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  It’s that time of year again; the Peak Season shipping season is nearly here.  The topic of PSS during my contract negotiations this past April was an interesting one in that many of my carriers were willing to add a no PSS clause into our contracts.  Prior year’s contract negotiations were much more difficult [...]

China Value Added Tax (VAT) Cai Shui No. 37


  I received numerous notifications from my logistics providers today in regards to the Chinese Government’s Circular No. 37 (Cai Shui [2013] No. 37) on “Tax Policy Regarding Nationwide Implementation of VAT Pilot Program on Transportation and Modern Services Sectors”.  This new tax policy has been issued jointly by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and [...]

APL, ANL, Hanjin Shipping to Launch Joint Intra-Asia Service

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APL, ANL and Hanjin Shipping recently joined forces to offer a new weekly service covering Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The new service, with an expected launch date of September 1, 2013, will be called the New Zealand – Asia Express (NAX) service and will operate via a vessel sharing agreement between the three companies.  [...]

Retailers Unite to Form Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative


An alliance of 17 North American retailers has been formed to improve factory safety conditions for workers in Bangladesh. The new initiative aimed at increasing factory and worker safety calls for 100 percent inspections of all member factories within the first year, common safety standards to be developed within the next three months; inspections results [...]

How well do you know your Incoterms?


I remember early on in my supply chain career going on sales calls with one of our company’s more seasoned sales executives. During one of our calls we met with the logistics manager at a very large OEM company in Southern California. In the meeting my colleague was discussing the OEM company’s air imports and [...]

Walmart Plans to Source More USA Made Goods

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A recent article from, applauds Walmart for their recent announcement that the retailing giant plans to source an additional $50 billion in US made products over the next ten years.   Scott Paul, AAM’s President, responded by saying: “If Walmart’s ‘Made in America’ announcement is real, it’s a game changer. No company drives retailing trends [...]

Precision Total Fulfillment – Company Spotlight


Our Business is Fulfillment Precision Total Fulfillment (PTF) is a one-stop outsourcing company with its corporate headquarters and warehousing facilities conveniently located near Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada. PTF is a subsidiary of Precision Truck Lines Inc, and has successfully distinguished itself from other fulfillment companies. The dedicated team of fulfillment specialists at PTF [...]

Top 5 Signs it is Time to Switch Carriers


Top 5 signs it is time to switch carriers: 1.  Financial Warning Signs With many carriers reporting first quarter losses in 2012, now might be a good time to check the financial health of your current carrier.  While a one-time quarterly loss isn’t a reason to immediately run for the exits, a string of quarterly [...]

Emirates voted Cargo Airline of the Year


Emirates has been voted “Best Cargo Airline” for the 24th consecutive year in a row. The event was recently held at the prestigious Cargo Airline of the Year awards held at London’s Lancaster Hotel. The Cargo Airline of the Year 2012 awards are organized by trade magazine Air Cargo News and attract votes from freight [...]