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Reflections on Chinese Logistics

Few nations are as dependent on logistics as China. As the workshop of the modern world and with by far its largest population, it has to move, store and handle a bewildering amount of stuff. This blog discusses the scale of China’s logistics challenge, it training of logistics specialists and its recent research on supply chain management. Continue reading

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Life without Lorries – 12 years on

This is National Lorry Week in the UK when the population is urged, by the to ‘love the lorry’. Affection may be too much to expect, but certainly the aim of improving the image of the lorry, and the haulage industry as a whole, is very laudable. Continue reading

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A global carbon reduction target for freight transport?

The so-called ‘science-based’ approach to setting carbon reduction targets for business is gaining traction. In my opinion, it should really be called the ‘climate science-based’ approach as its origins lie in climate modelling, in particular calculations of the maximum amounts of greenhouse gas (GHG) that we can emit to stay within a 2o C temperature increase by 2100. Continue reading

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Truck platooning – niche or norm?

Truck platooning is currently a hot topic in the road freight sector. Last month’s European Truck Platooning Challenge, organised by the Dutch government, generated a good deal of interest and provided more evidence that the concept is at a high level of ‘technological readiness’. It basically involves connecting several trucks electronically into a convoy.
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Adapting Transport Systems to Climate Change: EU-US Symposium

On the 16 and 17 June I had the pleasure of chairing a symposium in Brussels on the adaptation of transport systems to climate change and extreme weather, jointly organised by the European Commission, the US Transportation Research Board (TRB) and US Department for Transportation. This brought together 45 top specialists in this field from the US and Europe. Continue reading

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Globalising Green Freight Transport

Over the past three months I’ve had the pleasure of discussing the ‘greening’ of freight transport with senior people in government and business in many East African and South East Asian countries. I have been greatly heartened by their commitment to the cause of cleaning-up the movement of freight. Continue reading

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EU Referendum: a logistics perspective

The UK’s EU Referendum is now just over a month away and opinion polls suggest that support for the ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’ campaigns is quite finely balanced. As a so-called Brexit is seen as a real possibility, its implications for different sectors of the economy and society are now receiving greater scrutiny. Continue reading

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Next big thing in the sharing economy?

The sharing economy enables new ways of transportation by connecting those who need parcel deliveries with those who are on the road. The main drivers of so called “crowd-shipping” are the rapid growth in online retailing, the desire to find new ways of overcoming the traditional problems of ‘last mile’ delivery and increasing interest, in some socio-economic groups, in supplementing earnings with casual work Continue reading

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Scottish Independence: implications for logistics and pricing

Scotland’s economic interdependence with other parts of the UK has been thoroughly researched in financial and fiscal terms, but little reference has so far been made to its physical manifestation in the millions of tonnes of freight that are moved around the country. Perhaps this merits some attention in the independence debate?

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A European perspective on Indian trucking

As a European logistics specialist travelling on the Indian road network for the first time, I was struck by the virtual absence of articulated trucks, comprising a tractor unit and trailer. Most of the road freight seems to be moving in small, open-topped rigid vehicles with two or three axles and brightly coloured liveries. Continue reading

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