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DB Schenker’s decision to suspend road transport services to the UK will “go down like a lead balloon”, amid mounting criticism of multinational forwarders’ handling of the post-Brexit processes. Germany-headquartered DB Schenker yesterday informed customers via email it would be suspending land transport deliveries to the UK in response to “enormous bureaucratic...


Major forwarders are engaged in fierce bidding wars in China, in order to secure equipment and space to North Europe. And several carriers are reported to have opened first- and second-round tenders with the highest bidders for guaranteed shipment this month. According to Chinese forwarder contacts, carriers are inviting offers for available slots...


Sky-high airfreight rates and the global container shortage are driving demand for less-than-container load (LCL) shipping services. Jan Philipp Harnisch, global COO and Far East Asia CEO at Rhenus Logistics, says the Covid-crisis has also accelerated some logistics trends, including the need for more flexible shipping options. “With air travel far less frequent...


As an unparalleled year for container shipping draws to a close ocean carriers are popping champagne corks to celebrate record profits, while beleaguered shippers reel against skyrocketing freight rates and a broken supply chain. 2020’s annus horribilis for shippers threatens their very existence and has left relationships with carriers in tatters. However, back...


This article is a follow-up to two earlier pieces, produced largely by the same authors, outlining the development of semantic and technical interoperability in digitising global multimodal supply chains.  Smart Container solutions empower supply chain stakeholders to enhance their operations using reliable physical data to provide door-to-door visibility and AI-based predictive services...


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