• Logistics industry faces multiple challenges to tackle skills shortage The future of logistics is full and thorough automation, but every time we arrive at the next milepost on the road to the future, we end up needing… people. No matter how hard we work to automate, we cannot escape the need to hire people to man every automated port, airport, rail yard, and e-commerce […] Kris Kosmala 0 Comments 1 month ago
  • Skills shortage suffocating logistics Companies in both developed and developing countries are struggling with a serious shortage of proficient workers in logistics, and the situation could worsen this year, according to the World Bank, who sounded the alarm in its latest report. Two of the key problems for this, according to Professors Alan McKinnon, Christoph Flöthmann, Kai Hoberg, and […] Fwd News 0 Comments April 11, 2018
  • Unmanned ships revisited As the shipping industry gets ready for the launch of the world’s first fully automated ship, the ‘Hrönn’, later this year, the maritime industry is buzzing with talk of crewless vessels and the subsequent cost savings that owners can look forward to. However, not everyone in the shipping industry is convinced of the merits of […] Roar Adland Ph.D., MICS 0 Comments May 24, 2017
  • China manufacturers increase investment in the US When labour costs get too high in a country, the best solution may be to send jobs to another country. Over the past decade, manufacturers from all over the world started relocating to China, an oasis of exceedingly cheap workers. But as far as the US is concerned, this is slowly changing following threats by […] Fwd News 0 Comments April 20, 2017
  • Airfreight’s Achilles Heel The cost of fuel is down, the passenger numbers up, profits instead of earning warnings, new runways, seemingly nothing to worry about. The business of aviation seems to be doing OK, thank you. Or so I thought until I ran into some old and new friends at the recent Payload Asia conference in Singapore. I […] Kris Kosmala 0 Comments November 2, 2016
  • Gender diversity challenge for the shipping and logistics sectors While the gender ratio is changing gradually in the traditionally male-dominated shipping and logistics sectors, there is a long way to go. Analysis of recent surveys in a PwC report, ‘Transportation and Logistics 2030’, revealed that women make up 20% to 30% of the industry’s workforce globally. Currently, less than 10% of senior management positions […] Fwd News 0 Comments July 22, 2016
  • Brexit to impact supply chain and trade When the UK finally leaves the EU, there will be a need to establish new trading arrangements with the Union. Alternative options being considered include membership of the European Economic Area, or favoured nation status, bi-lateral agreements and World Trade Organisation rules, according to Phil Gibbs, Executive Director of Customer Success, LLamasoft. The UK would […] Fwd News 0 Comments July 7, 2016
  • Auf wiedersehen London A trumped up, little rocky outcrop in the North Atlantic has decided it no longer wants to remain within the European Union, a decision that overnight jettisons Britain – and more specifically London – from the maritime map. London, for centuries, has claimed to be the centre of world shipping – a cluster that boasts […] Sam Chambers 0 Comments July 7, 2016
  • Fashion brands rip up the seasonal collections calendar The days of waiting months to try on a new item of clothing launched at a fashion show may be coming to an end. Burberry, the British fashion house, is trying to shake up the industry by making its biannual collections available to both on its online stores and retail outlets worldwide as it is […] Fwd News 0 Comments March 8, 2016