Logistics News - 23rd of January

Logistics News - 23rd of January

"1st December 2017 saw the industry change forever when Lincolnshire based training provider, NTP Services launched the UK’s first and only fully interactive online training course for Transport Manager CPC. After thousands of hours were spent writing and creating the course the team were thrilled when over hundred students enrolled on launch day and started on their journeys to becoming fully qualified Transport Managers."

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"Anti-mafia police swooped on 33 suspected Chinese gang members involved in gambling, prostitution, drugs and the transport of Chinese goods across Europe. Detectives launched a series of dawn raids, codenamed operation 'China Truck', targeting the group who they say use mafia methods, such as intimidation, extortion and violence."

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"Major logistics providers have long relied on analytics and research teams to make sense of the data they generate from their operations.
But with volumes of data growing, and the insights that can be gleaned becoming increasingly varied and granular, these companies are starting to turn to artificial intelligence (AI) computing techniques, like machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing, to streamline and automate various processes. These techniques teach computers to parse data in a contextual manner to provide requested information, supply analysis, or trigger an event based on their findings. They are also uniquely well suited to rapidly analyzing huge data sets, and have a wide array of applications in different aspects of supply chain and logistics operations."

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"The so called 'Sandhurst Treaty', signed last week by French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May, has stirred up some conflicting views from members of the logistics community as the UK confirmed it will contribute a further £44.5 million to policing the international border in the Pas de Calais. Whilst the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has wholeheartedly welcomed the move, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has expressed a diametrically opposing view."

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"Rail freight operator DB Cargo UK has secured a £21m expanded contract from Malcolm Logistics.

The new contract signed by DB Cargo UK is valid up to August 2020. The firm first received a three-year contract from Malcolm Logistics in 2014.

Every year, DB Cargo UK shipped over 30,000 containers for Malcolm Logistics from Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) to Scotland."

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"A major new report released today (24 January) suggests that the Government should reform the HGV road user levy, ensuring that taxes raised by the scheme shift to a flexible “per-distance” cost which also takes into account a vehicle’s journey (motorways or country lanes), its size, CO2emissions, congestion on the network, as well as its ownership (whether an independent, SME or larger haulage business, and whether they are from the UK or abroad). Effectively this could become a pilot for introducing broader dynamic road user charging across the road network."

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"The continued decline of diesel market share and the increased provision of total corporate mobility will be two of the key fleet trends for the year ahead, says Dr Jörg Löffler, CEO of Fleet Logistics.

Dr Löffler (pictured) said that he believed that demand for diesel would continue to fall throughout the year across Europe and not just the UK, where the decline in diesel demand has been most marked"

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