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How logistics changed Middle East's stature

How logistics changed Middle East's stature-Forwardernews

Some of the most urbanized cities such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, and Jeddah, among others, have grown rapidly due to a well-developed logistics ecosystem. Any developing country has to take its logistics system seriously and the GCC was always a step ahead since it plays a major role in the economy of countries in the region.
If we just look into land transportation, which is approximately a $9 billion market in the GCC, the development of superior road networks, infrastructure and customs along with government regulations to make possible seamless movement across the borders have been instrumental in the urbanization of many of these countries. The long and well-developed road networks have ensured a smooth ride when these heavy cargos are being transported.

4 Essential Warehouse Automation Tools to Help Shippers Improve Profitability

4 Essential Warehouse Automation Tools to Help Shippers Improve Profitability-Forwardernews

How are they doing it? Well, in part, by investing in automated warehouse solutions designed to improve productivity, reduce waste, and increase profitability. In fact, according to Logistics Management’s 2018 Warehouse/Distribution Center Equipment Survey, 42% of respondents expected to proceed with their planned investments for 2018 – a four year high for that response.
So, what kinds of equipment should companies consider when they want to improve warehouse operations? Here are 4 tools that deserve a closer look.
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Container line Hapag-Lloyd announces scrubber, LNG trials for IMO 2020 compliance

Container line Hapag-Lloyd announces scrubber, LNG trials for IMO 2020 compliance-Forwardernews

The IMO's marine fuels sulfur limit is set to drop from 3.5% to 0.5% at the start of 2020, forcing ship-operators to either switch to cleaner, more expensive fuels or install emissions-cleaning scrubber systems on board their vessels to allow them to continue to use fuel oil.
Hapag-Lloyd is currently preparing to test scrubbers on two of its vessels, and is converting a third to run on LNG, the company said last Friday.
The company has a fleet of 226 container ships and burned a total of 2.2 million mt of bunker fuel in the first half of 2018.

Brazil's Congress should weigh in on Embraer-Boeing deal: lawmaker

Brazil's Congress should weigh in on Embraer-Boeing deal: lawmaker-Forwardernews

The preliminary deal, announced last month, has drawn fire from presidential candidates in Brazil who are concerned about preserving jobs and keeping Embraer competitive. A congressional review could further complicate the politics of a tie-up aimed at challenging the alliance of Airbus SE (AIR.PA) and Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO).

IBM and Maersk launch blockchain to reduce shipping time and costs

IBM and Maersk launch blockchain to reduce shipping time and costs-Forwardernews

TradeLens takes advantage of the blockchain, the decentralized public ledger behind such tech as cryptocurrency — to enable global trade to be more efficient and secure. More than 94 companies and organizations are supporting the project in the name of transparency, information sharing, and innovation.
Those 94 organizations are actively involved in or have agreed to participate in the TradeLens platform built on open standards as early adopters.

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