Logistics News - 16th of January

Logistics News - 16th of January

"Food security and the continuing integrity of the produce supply chain is a subject which we necessarily keep coming back to. The 'Feeding London 2030' study, released by the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) a year ago, was an eye opener for many, and now, having realised the extent of the potential logistics problems countrywide, the latest UKWA event, to be held at The British Museum in London on February 6, will be a 'Feeding Cities' Summit, organised by the UKWA as a direct response to the new National Infrastructure Commission study on the future of the UK freight industry, as announced by The Chancellor."

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"Anyone familiar with the views of Tony Berkeley, Chairman of the UK Rail Freight Group (RFG) and a Board Member of both the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) and of ALLRAIL (and dare we say Member of the House of Lords), will be unsurprised by his latest comments regarding the state of rail freight in Europe, particularly in the aftermath of the Rastatt Tunnel collapse which threw much of the system into chaos. Berkeley poses the question, ‘Do we want rail to survive and grow, or wither as the canals did 150 years ago?’ And in the light of past performance by the authorities, he may have a point."

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"Multinational tech giants IBM and the largest container ship and supply vessel operator in the world, Maersk, have this week announced their intent to establish a joint venture to provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade using blockchain technology. The aim of the new company will be to offer a jointly developed global trade digitization platform built on open standards and designed for use by the entire global shipping ecosystem."

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"Britain will pay £44.5m for extra security measures in France to prevent another refugee camp forming in Calais or any other Channel port, Theresa May is to announce. The extra cash will go towards fencing, CCTV and other detection technology in Calais and other ports, possibly including Dunkirk. It will also be used to help relocate migrants from the port towns to other parts of France."

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