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Drugs War: Europe under siege as crime syndicates piggyback supply chains (With Video)

Maritime, air and overland trade routes into Europe are being piggybacked by criminal gangs deploying the latest digital supply chain technologies to help meet mushrooming demand for illegal drugs across the European Union (EU), according to a major new report examining the continent’s illicit drugs business. The 2019 EU Drug Markets Report by the EU …

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Thanksgiving volatility shifts power in carriers’ direction

This Week’s DHL Supply Chain/FreightWaves Pricing Power Index: 25 (Shippers) Last Week’s DHL Supply Chain/FreightWaves Pricing Power Index: 15 (Shippers) Three-Month DHL Supply Chain/FreightWaves Pricing Power Index Outlook: 45 (Shippers) The trucking industry operates in a market based on real-time demand and supply. When demand is higher than capacity, carriers gain negotiating power for rates. …

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Freight Brokers: Where are we in the freight cycle?

The relationship between gross revenue and gross margins for freight brokerages is inversely related across much of the freight cycle. As spot market rates rise faster than paper (contract) rates, margins compress on higher load volumes. The opposite is also true: As spot rates fall faster than paper rates are rebid down, gross margins expand …

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Carriers grasping for straws while losing ground

This Week’s DHL Supply Chain/FreightWaves Pricing Power Index: 15 (Shippers) Last Week’s DHL Supply Chain/FreightWaves Pricing Power Index: 20 (Shippers) Three-Month DHL Supply Chain/FreightWaves Pricing Power Index Outlook: 40 (Shippers) The trucking industry operates in a market based on real-time demand and supply. When demand is higher than capacity, carriers gain negotiating power for rates. …

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DHL invests $136 million in new logistics hub

DHL Express has opened a new logistics center in western Germany that will help meet the rising demand across Europe for express e-commerce shipments. Located at Cologne-Bonn Airport, the 15,000-square meter (m²) hub features cutting edge sorting technology and entailed an investment by DHL of 123 million euros ($136 million). “We expect continued growth in …

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U.S., India and other major trade partners demand compensation for Brexit-related trade loss

At the World Trade Organization meeting in Geneva, major economic powers like the U.S., India and Brazil that trade with the U.K. have raised concerns on the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, as their commercial losses mount over the extension of the divorce deadline.  While the spotlight on Brexit has largely revolved around trade complications that will …

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Peak season still in question

This Week’s DHL Supply Chain/FreightWaves Pricing Power Index: 20 (Shippers) Last Week’s DHL Supply Chain/FreightWaves Pricing Power Index: 20 (Shippers) Three-Month DHL Supply Chain/FreightWaves Pricing Power Index Outlook: 40 (Shippers) The trucking industry operates in a market based on real-time demand and supply. When demand is higher than capacity, carriers gain negotiating power for rates. …

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Shadow of Brexit fuels Dutch warehouse logistics boom

The race to secure logistics real estate in key parts of northern Europe has been heating up ever since the U.K. elected to leave the European Union in 2016. It is showing no signs of slowing. Notable investments this year alone include the €24 million ($26.5 million) purchase of a logistics warehouse in ‘s-Heerenberg by …

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Q&A: TIACA’s new chairman talks trade wars, Brexit, digitization and the integrator challenge

The air cargo industry has faced multiple headwinds in 2019. Uppermost has been uncertainty due to trade wars and Brexit, closely followed by – and linked to – global macroeconomic slowdown and strong competition from cheaper shipping options. But one man is optimistic about the ability of the air freight sector to meet the challenges …

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Commentary: Taking “forever” to assess safety impacts of liquified natural gas by rail?

Safety is important.  Yet, we can do safety research and development a lot faster. It’s timely to ask why the regulatory process takes so long. The release of the World War II movie “Midway” later this week suggests we rethink our pace. Why? Because our parents and grandparents back in 1942 took only a few …

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