Newsletter – July 4, 2019

  • Newsletter – July 4, 2019


    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Boeing Pledges Support for 737 MAX Crash Families
    news.airwise.com
    Boeing has pledged USD$100 million to support the families of those lost in the two fatal crashes of its 737 MAX aircraft. Read more here.

    Eva Air Strike Causes Hundreds More Cancellations
    news.airwise.com
    Eva Airways has cancelled hundreds more flights as a strike by cabin crew entered its third week. Read more here.

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Latest Hapag-Lloyd order for new reefers will lift its fleet strength above 100,000
    theloadstar.com
    Hapag-Lloyd has a placed an order 13,420 new reefer containers – its largest ever.  Read more here.

    Maersk compares current container booking practices to the worst dining experience ever
    splash247.com
    Maersk has uploaded a new video to its YouTube channel explaining the current complicated, unreliable nature of container shipping and how its recently unveiled Maersk Spot online booking service aims to make booking a box simple. Read more here.

    GROUND AND RAIL FREIGHT UPDATES

    Sikh drivers are transforming U.S. trucking. Take a ride along the Punjabi American highway
    latimes.com
    Absorbing long read from the Los Angeles Times on the growing influence of Sikh immigrant truck drivers in the US. While driver numbers in the country continue to broadly decline – the American Trucking Association now estimates the shortage could hit 100,000 in the next couple of years – the number of Sikhs in the sector has been on the steady increase over the last decade. This has led to a transformation along the country’s highways, with Sikh temples, Punjabi restaurants and even a dedicated publication, Punjabi Trucking, springing up to cater for this traffic. Read more here.

    CANADA  BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Canada swings to trade surplus in May as exports to U.S. rise to all-time record
    cbc.ca
    For the first time in almost a year, Canada sold more to the world than it bought last month as the country posted a trade surplus of $762 million. Read more here.

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Ecommerce causes last-mile networks to creep closer to consumers
    freightwaves.com
    As consumers become increasingly accustomed to the ease of purchasing online, the growth of ecommerce over the next decade is nothing short of certainty. Then again, the mainstream adoption of ecommerce was gradual, tracing back to the times of the dot com rage, when Amazon was nothing more than just an online bookstore.  Read more here.

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