China's leading logistics integrator giant SF Express is now emerging as a global force that is reshaping the balance of power in the rapidly evolving logistics sector. Established in Guangdong in 1993, since its establishment, SF has created a diversified express service business unit organization and service networks throughout China and now through the world. The company represents the first private express logistics firm with an operating airline subsidiary in Mainland China. SF Airlines has a fleet of total 55 owned cargo aircraft. SF E-Parcel connects over 225 countries and regions and express delivery support in 62 countries.
This reference to the economic zone project around the Zhengzhou Airport in an article in Air Cargo World describes an example of the Airport Investment Districts that has been described by Global Logistics Development Partners | GLDPartners.
GLDPartners is proud to announce the launch of our new mobility sector website. GLDPartners Mobility Solutions is our dedicated company that is working inside the automotive/mobility sector - including on testing and development facilities, new market entry strategies, public policy and infrastructure planning, supply chain management and economic development.
Conflicting market messages alongside a fascinatingly relentless march toward a complete overhaul of the automotive industry makes it very hard to provide simple explanations of the industry. It's important to get this right and understand what is now a complex industry that is better described as about "mobility" - and not your grandfather's car producing industry.
GLDPartners Leads TIACA/Multimodal Strategy Discussion: Are Inland Ports in North America Overhyped or Are They the Next Big Thing?
GLDPartners Ports and Terminals Practice Leader Brendan Dugan led a strategic visioning session this week on the topic of inland ports at the TIACA/Multimodal meeting in Toronto this week. Entitled “Are Inland Ports in North America Overhyped or Are They the Next Big Thing?”, Brendan oversaw an in-depth conversation with experts representing the rail, investor/developer, logistics terminal operator, seaport perspective
Funding has been put in-place and the site secured to build a global hub for a large-scale automotive technology testing and development complex in California. The California AutoTech Testing and Development Center (CATDC) is a 700-acre project that is being developed in Merced County which is located near to and directly to the east of Silicon Valley. The purpose-built testbed project is being planned, designed and engineered to be an important asset for developing many of the new technologies and applications that are shaping the future of human mobility. The CATDC is open currently and will complete an major expansion in mid-2019.
The story below by Paul Eisenstein describes the impacts to automakers about the much-reviewed changes being discussed and negotiated for NAFTA. The current view in protectionist circles about trade agreements generally are classic debates that are framed by too many as one about winners and losers. The temptation to do that is alluring but the interlocking issues and short-term and long-term results require far more complex analytics. As is the case with most complicated things, the debate is generally confused by ignoring basic facts and quite different assumptions and priorities.
It is obvious and becoming more obvious that too much facility or geographic concentration exposes global supply chains to massive risk - the kind of risk that simply cannot be ignored any longer. Surely, there are some technological and cost efficiency challenges to break-up some production hubs - but there are also huge insurance benefits to assure continuous and uninterrupted production for global market products. Combined with evolving trade agreement dynamics, there may be great opportunity for anew production investment in other areas including in Latin America North America and Europe, especially at and around well-connected logistics hubs.
In an article published on August 6th, William Cassidy from the JOC wrote an article: ELD Surprise: Costing Supply Chain Time, Not US Truckers, where he outlined some of the impacts from the newly enforced Electronic Logging Data (ELD) requirements that have been put on the trucking industry in the US. While to some this may be a reference to some arcane trucking regulation, these regulations create some fundamental changes to the internal logistics system of the largest economy in the world. For inland markets that are situated in locations that are just beyond the HoS limits for a one-day dray to the nearest load-center seaport like Albuquerque, Salt Lake City or Indianapolis, this will have important implications to competitiveness for international shipments. For international supply chains that rely on inbound or outbound cargo movements, they are faced with higher shipping trucking expenses. These dynamics may suggest that with proper intermodal access, alternatives via rail may even be more attractive.
GLDPartners will be in Toronto in October to participate at the Multimodal Americas/TIACA conference to lead two expert conference sessions that will explore the latest market trends and investment opportunities around inland ports and air cargo.