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image: RoRo ferry services freight passenger logistics EurovignettesRoRo Freight and Passenger Ferries Move with the Times and Award New Contract
Technology Update for Booking and Payments Systems

20 August 2014
UK – As time moves on and becomes ever more precious we have witnessed a host of new ways to ensure people can reserve, and pay for, services more quickly than before. Number plate recognition technology, RFID readers, all the new technology is aimed at producing faster results, many of which, road and tunnel tolls and Eurovignettes, have a direct effect on the freight and logistics sector. Now award-winning ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac), which operates vital northern island RoRo services has moved to stay abreast of the trend by issuing a contract to Worldline, the European leader and a global player in the payments and transactional services industry.
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image: Pentalver Top Gear Magazine freight container Mercedes Benz S63 Coupe Rolls Royce Wraith BAC Mono Citroen C-Cactus Porsche Macan VW UP Jaguar Project 7 BMW i8 Range Rover and Audi S1Freight Container Company Literally Gets Into Top Gear
Specially Strengthened Boxes Show Off Automotive Royalty for Popular Media Production

19 August 2014
UK – Pentalver is, like any other container company which offers a full portfolio of services including supply, transport, storage and inland logistics, often asked to perform bespoke operations. Last month however came a unique request for the Pentalver Cannock facility when it was asked to host a very special photo-shoot. Top Gear Magazine, the monthly publication of the BBC’s celebrated car show, used the depot as the venue for the front cover photography of the magazine’s August edition.
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image: Ireland freight forwarding shipping port quarterly iShip Index Maritime Development Office (IMDO)Irish Freight Upturns Will Please Shipping and Forwarding Community
Latest Port Numbers Reflect Growing Confidence

19 August 2014
IRELAND – The latest figures published by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) would seem to confirm the mood throughout the shipping and forwarding community in the UK and Ireland that things are looking up of late. Irish shipping and port activity rose by 2% in the second quarter of 2014 when compared to the corresponding period of 2013, according to the latest quarterly iShip Index which reviews freight across several sectors.
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image: MOL freight forwarding logistics container shipping Japan college Container Shipping Group Plans for Future Management by Opening College
Studies Can Build Networks and Promote Corporate Growth

19 August 2014
JAPAN – Any major corporate body, whether involved in logistics and freight forwarding or any other industry, takes the precaution of ensuring the company will pass into good hands in the future. This month container and general shipping group Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced a programme to train candidates for the next-generation of executive management, targeting employees who work in MOL Group companies all over the world.
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image: Kuehne + Nagel supply chain logistics freight forwarding Danone PolandExtension of FMCG Supply Chain Logistics Contract for Freight Forwarding Group
Thirteen Years of Support Leads to Continued Support

19 August 2014
POLAND – Danone, a name familiar to many worldwide as one of the most successful fast moving consumer (FMCG) groups, has extended its existing supply chain logistics contract with freight forwarding group Kuehne + Nagel for a further three and a half years. K+N in Poland has now been providing contract logistics activities for the Polish dairy division of Danone since 2001.
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image: DHL Colombia express freight logistics shipping group Frank Appel ITF CongressInternational Freight and Logistics Group Under Fire Over Employment Practices - Again
Union Congress Criticises Conditions for Workers Outside Germany

19 August 2014
GERMANY – COLOMBIA – BULGARIA – Once again express freight and logistics group DHL finds itself accused of repressive tactics in its employment policies outside of the company’s home country. At the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) congress in Sofia, Bulgaria, agreement was reached to support Colombian union SNTT and its leader José Ignacio Garzón in their fight with a subsidiary of German multi-national shipping giant.
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image: UK container shipping terminal freight cargo Christmas DP World SouthamptonContainer Shipping Terminal Will Work Sunday’s to Enable Freight Importers to Maintain Supply Chain
Christmas Rush Demands Extended Hours of Opening

18 August 2014
UK – It may be Summer, but for those enmeshed in the supply chain Christmas looms larger on the horizon day by day. Recognising this DP World Southampton will open its container terminal facilities all day on Sundays in the run up to the annual sales fest to give shipping agents and cargo owners an extra day to collect their freight and ensure they can make deliveries on time.
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image: UK Severn Crossing freight logistics Wales road tolls British industryFreight and Logistics Interests Note the Latest Promise to Stop Severn Crossing Tolls
Political Shenanigans Begin Prior to Election as Lib Dems Offer Deal on Road Pricing

18 August 2014
UK – As the political parties scrabble around prior to the forthcoming election, searching for policies which will have almost universal appeal and make headlines, without breaking the bank with unsustainable investment requirements, the Liberal Democrats have revived an old cherry long supported by all those in the freight and logistics sector and indeed by British industry as a whole, with the latest proposal to ban road tolls, this time on the Severn Crossings.
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image: Naga Munchetty UK British International Freight Association (BIFA) Awards forwarding This Year's British Freight Industry Awards Host Announced
Still Time for Potential Winners to Register and Raise Their Profiles

18 August 2014
UK – Once again the great and the good of the country’s forwarding community will gather next January for the 2014 British International Freight Association (BIFA) Awards and this year’s host will be the financial journalist and regular 'BBC Breakfast' presenter, Naga Munchetty, who will take to the stage to present the finalist certificates and, along with the category sponsors, to award well-deserved trophies to the winners of the nine award categories, and there is still time for full and probationary Members of BIFA, the trade association for UK freight forwarding companies, to enter this year’s contest.
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image: Myanmar Burma shipping medical MOL container cargo genocide ethnic cleansingContainer Shipping Group Aid Myanmar with Free Transport for Medical Cargo
Underlying Problems for Country Remain Off the Menu for Discussion However as Whispers of Ethnic Cleansing Persist

17 August 2014
MYANMAR – JAPAN – US – Shipping group Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), has supported the Japanese non-profit organisation working for health and medical development, Peoples' HOPE Japan's (PH-Japan) Myanmar healthcare programme, to provide free transportation of PH-Japan's container filled with 2000 units of digital thermometers and electronic blood pressure manometers to hospitals and medical facilities in the country. This is the first instance of MOL support in the form of free transport of goods to Myanmar.
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