Transportation & Logistics Industry Update
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Developments in Internet of Things (“IoT”) are allowing businesses to have more control over their fleet operations. Time is saved by choosing the best possible route, and real-time updates allow drivers to avoid congestion, reducing fuel consumption. Costs can also be reduced by bringing down the number of lost or damaged assets, as well as the percentage of spoilage on any perishable consignments, as alerts are sent immediately when assets go outside specifications.
"There's a lot more to keeping goods safe from thieves than just locking them up in the trailer... With so much competition and profitability dependent on so many factors, asset tracking is a key element in ensuring positive outcomes for every rig on the road."
Short lines have not only clearly shown how to preserve local railroad service, but also prospered financially. The significant decrease in on-line short line branch operating costs can’t be overlooked. A 25% or higher cost reduction can be a game-changer in local rail service economics.
Immediate action is required if the global shipping industry is to meet a target of halving its carbon emissions by the middle of the century, but how to achieve this remains unclear.
"Indonesia’s Lion Air is in the final stage of preparing to launch an initial public offering (IPO) that has been delayed multiple times. The airline plans to list before the end of 2019 on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) in an exercise that aims to raise up to $1 billion, marking the third-largest IPO ever on the Indonesian bourse."
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