The Loadstar

  • Schneider fights back against cargo theft with holistic, layered approach
    FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites 30/07/2015
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    Security best practice for hauliers is outlined in this interesting article on Scheider, which recently won a contract with a hi-tech manufacturer looking for more stringent security. Schneider bucked trends last year by seeing no cargo thefts – despite having 13,000 drivers, 4m loads and 50,000 trailers. This article outlines how the company reduced crime through a mixture of sensible practice and technology.

  • Can American Apparel afford to keep making clothes in the US?
    FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites 29/07/2015
    American Apparel

    Fascinating article on American Apparel, the garment retailer that manufactures its wares in the US. But times are tough. Can it compete with the 97% of clothes sold in the US that are made far more cheaply elsewhere? There are a couple of things it can do – convince shoppers that ‘buying American’ is a good political choice, and concentrate on the benefits that a shorter supply chain brings – namely making “extremely trendy items” that can get into the shops faster and keeping little inventory. Production costs remain high, though, and the US-based, but Mexican workforce are seeing real wages fall as well as layoffs. Can the new CEO turn it all around?

  • Air freight rates reach record low in June, says Drewry
    FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites 28/07/2015

    Drewry’s monthly chart of misery – for air cargo – shows that air freight rates (on key east-west lanes) dropped to another record low in June, at under $2.90 per kg. And there is little hope of change in the near future. Drewry’s Sea & Air Shipper Insight states: “Whereas the eastbound transpacific has taken the brunt of pricing falls in recent months, June’s decline affected all the main east-west trades in broadly equal measure. Weak cargo growth coupled with rising capacity has further weakened the market, the latter fuelled by booming passenger demand which added more unwanted bellyhold space. Drewry expects air freight pricing to remain weak over the next few months, as carriers release additional passenger capacity.”