• The roadblocks to blockchain

    Blockchain is an unalterable digital ledger that allows different segments of a supply chain to capture information about products, including the product’s origin, where it’s been, how it got to its destination, and more. By creating this permanent history of a product from production to sale, it is widely believed that blockchain will increase trust, […]

    Fwd News 0 Comments November 28, 2018
  • E-commerce year in review

    E-commerce is (still) booming. In China alone, more than half a billion shoppers purchased items online in 2017, and that number sits in the shadow of 2018’s growth. In 2017, worldwide e-commerce totalled US$2.3 trillion. In 2018, Statista estimates global online retail sales will be US$2.8 trillion, and revenues are projected to grow to US$4.88 […]

    Fwd News 0 Comments November 28, 2018
  • Shipping joins the war on plastic packaging

    There’s been a tidal wave of change recently in the fight against plastic and change is coming for the shipping industry, as well. Consumers have spoken and the consensus points to the increasingly important need to phase out single-use plastics in consumer products, packaging, and shipping materials. Biodegradability and sustainability are key in today’s discerning […]

    Fwd News 0 Comments November 21, 2018
  • Airfreight year in review

    2017 was a stellar year for air cargo, with the industry celebrating a full recovery and 10.1 percent growth, more than doubling the estimated long-term growth rate, according to Boeing. While 2018 hasn’t delivered equally prosperous conditions, airfreight growth is positive and expected to be around four percent for the year, according to The International […]

    Fwd News 0 Comments November 21, 2018
  • Warehouse technology advancements changing the industry landscape

    Warehouse automation has grown in leaps and bounds in the last several years. International trade is projected to double in the next 20 years, and the number of parcels needing global transportation is growing exponentially, according to an International Air Transport Association (IATA) white paper. Warehouse facilities will need to keep pace to meet the […]

    Fwd News 0 Comments November 21, 2018

    After the improvements of 2017, container shipping has had a bumpier ride in 2018. Forward with Toll spoke with Trevor Crowe, Director at Clarksons Research, to get an insight into what 2019 might hold. “2017 was a year of improvement, and 2018 thus far has been quite mixed.” Broadly speaking, Clarksons Research’s reports show the […]

    Fwd News 0 Comments November 7, 2018
  • Increasing costs, lack of consistency cause pharmaceutical airfreight losses

    There’s been a shift in the last several years of pharmaceutical shipping methods. The industry has been moving from air cargo to ocean containers, with the greatest cause pointing to transportation costs. Pharmaceuticals have historically been transported via airfreight due to the sensitive nature of the product, temperature regulation, and time-sensitivity issues, according to Pharmaceutical […]

    Fwd News 0 Comments October 31, 2018
  • AI making inroads into contract logistics

    As Artificial Intelligence makes inroads into contract logistics, there is a growing need for a reality check on how well prepared the industry is to adopt the technology, and what the next steps are. Kris Kosmala, Quintiq, Vice President Asia Pacific, talks through the challenges and opportunities.

    Kris Kosmala 0 Comments October 24, 2018
  • Sulphur cap creating uncertainty and confusion

    From 1 January 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will enforce a new 0.5% global sulphur cap on fuel content. This new cap is in response to environmental concerns, specifically the emission generated by the shipping industry. We are now past the halfway point between the announcement and the 2020 deadline. The cap was announced […]

    Fwd News 0 Comments October 24, 2018
  • The low down on high streets

    Changes in shoppers’ consumer behaviour are driving a shift from the dominance of traditional bricks and mortar retail stores of the West. In the UK, a number of traditional stalwarts of High Street retailing are facing bankruptcy. Meanwhile, in the US, the traditional American Mall is taking on a whole new identity, pivoting to focus […]

    Fwd News 0 Comments October 17, 2018
  • Reefer revival picking up steam

    The world’s increasing demand for fresh food, especially from Asia’s growing middle class, is driving the revival of cold chain management. The world’s hunger for bananas, meat, and fish are central to this growth; along with other temperature-controlled products such as pharmaceuticals and electronics. Fresh foods are transported year-round, to satiate the appetites of Asia’s […]

    Fwd News 0 Comments October 17, 2018
  • How 3D printing is affecting the supply chain

    3D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM) as it’s frequently known, is a technology that’s been around for over 30 years, but is becoming increasingly common, and has grown into a huge and profitable industry. Dr Timothy Simpson, Director of the Additive Manufacturing and Design Graduate Program and Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing […]

    Fwd News 0 Comments October 4, 2018