Newsletter – May 24, 2018
E-commerce boom brings operational challenges for bigger airlines
The rise in e-commerce volumes is posing operational challenges for air cargo carriers.
At the Air Cargo China event in Shanghai last week, airline executives told The Loadstar the benefits from increased e-commerce shipments had not come without added risks. Read more here (login required).
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
India braces for dock strike after JNPT truckers walk out
A COMMON front of harbour unions want solutions to “three core job issues”, on which it says authorities agreed last August, reports IHS Media.
Now the union threatens a nationwide strike from May 28, increasing pressure on authorities to find a solution to the truckers dispute at Mumbai’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), where a new logistics reform resulted in a recent four-day truck stoppage.
Union dockers seek higher wages and benefits they say have not been revised since the expiration of the previous contract in December 2016.
GROUND AND RAIL FREIGHT UPDATES
Truck Drivers Protest Rising Fuel Prices in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Truck drivers across Brazil plan to block for the second day major highways across the country to protest the rising fuel prices. The Brazilian Truck Drivers Association (ABCAM) argues that 42 percent of their transport costs is fuel and want the government to subsidize taxes placed on diesel fuel for the sector. Read more here.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Fear of missing out is driving supply chain technology revolution
“The future is here – it’s just not evenly distributed.”
As the supply chain ponders the possible uses of blockchain in logistics, Paul Brody, global blockchain leader for EY, dismissed suggestions that it is still “early days” for the technology. Read more here (login required).