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June 26, 2012

Google Maps Coordinate – Track your mobile workforce

Filed under: Logistics,Newsletter — admin @ 10:39 am

Google has launched Google Maps Coordinate – worldwide and not in beta – a product that allows businesses to dispatch and track their mobile employees, such as truck drivers, delivery vans, or pizza delivery vehicles.

This service is a fusion between Google’s mapping and geolocation services (and APIs – Application Programming Interface) with a dispatch system for mobile workforces that’s available both on the Web and on Android phones and tablets. According to Google, this will allow organisations to assign jobs and deploy their staff more efficiently.

From Google:

Google Maps Coordinate is a workforce management tool that improves the efficiency of your mobile teams. People are shown on a Google Map, making it easy to assign jobs to the nearest available team member. By getting real-time visibility into where teams are and what jobs they are doing, work can be scheduled in a smarter, more efficient way.

Google is launching the service with an introductory price of $15/user/month until September 1, 2012. Prices may increase after this date.

Check it out here: Google Maps Coordinate [Google website]


Sri Lanka plans to capitalise on strategic location

Filed under: Newsletter — admin @ 8:21 am

Long identified as probably one of the most ideally located deep water ports in the world, Sri Lanka announced plans that will hopefully leverage off it’s excellent geogrpahic location.

The govenemnt plans to attract US$5 billion in foreign direct investments for its ports by 2014, focusing on its main Port of Colombo and a new facility in Hambantota in the south.

“Our target is to reach $5 billion in FDI by 2015 only through the port sector,” Sri Lanka Ports Authority chairman Priyath Bandu Wickrama said, reports Lanka Business Online. “The committed private sector investment we have at this point including Colombo is more than $2.2 billion. Because of that we’re going ahead with a second request for proposals for Hambantota, so we are expecting more investment,” said Mr Wickrama.

Eleven investors, who will invest more than $800 million in Hambantota, have been selected. The Chinese funded $1.5 billion deep-sea port in Hambantota, opened for international trade and handled 1,000 cars from India destined for Algeria in first week it opened. It straddles a major east-west shipping lanes used by 200 to 300 international vessels daily.

“In Colombo port we have a maximum depth of 15 metres, whereas these ships require a depth of at least 16 metres. At the new terminal we have a minimum depth of 18 metres so we can easily handle any of the world’s largest ships. That new terminal will be operational from April 2013,” said Mr Wickrama.

He said the Colombo port expansion is slightly ahead of schedule, and should be completed by end next year. “That means that by the end of 2013 we’ll have an almost 1,000 metre long berth, which is something that you can’t find in this part of the world. Any container carrier in the world can be handled at our new port, which will have the latest modern technology. This will definitely bring a lot of revenue, investment and employment opportunities to Sri Lanka,” he said.


Panama canal upgrade reaches another milestone

Filed under: Newsletter — admin @ 8:04 am

The expansion of the Panama Canal has reached a new milestone after the construction of the first monolith for the new locks on the Pacific end of the canal was completed.

A statement issued by the Panama Canal Authority said this monolith is the first one to be completed from a total of 46 such structures being built in the Pacific locks upper chamber. The term monolith refers to each of the sections in which the lock walls are being divided to facilitate their construction.

“As we reach another milestone, we at the Panama Canal are proud to acknowledge that this new third lane will be a game changer in world maritime commerce,” said ACP administrator and CEO Alberto Zubieta.

The massive concrete and steel structure, on the upper chamber’s east side, is 34 metres high, 7.5 metres wide and 27 metres deep. Enormous culverts are part of the locks’ filling and emptying system and will run along the lock walls. To give an idea of their dimensions, the main culvert alone is 8.3 metres wide by 6.5 metres high, big enough to enable the simultaneous passage of two trains.

The construction of this monolith required 232 tons of reinforced steel and 2,605 cubic metres of concrete.


June 14, 2012

6 points to get you thinking about Logistics Social Responsibility [LSR]

Filed under: Logistics Social Responsibility,Resources — admin @ 4:21 pm

Logistics Social Responsibility (LSR) is not a new concept, and is a reflection of an organisation’s overall policy on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). A number of people think that this is something that is the domain of the western world, however there are sites and stories abound that suggest that this is something at the forefront of manager thinking globally – either to make a difference to people, profits and planet, or as simply a way to avoid bad press.

No longer the domain of “tree-hugging hippies,” there is an abundance of information on this on the web, and we have selected a few links to get you thinking.


Jungheinrich Launches Electric Counterbalance Truck

Filed under: Logistics Social Responsibility — admin @ 3:51 pm

The truck series can transport loads up to 3.000 kilograms. This range supplements the previous electric truck portfolio by two further trucks with 3 tons load capacity. While one of the trucks has an extended load centre of 600 millimetres, the other truck has a short chassis that reduces the turning radius.

The truck series can transport loads up to 3.000 kilograms. This range supplements the previous electric truck portfolio by two further trucks with 3 tons load capacity. While one of the trucks has an extended load centre of 600 millimetres, the other truck has a short chassis that reduces the turning radius.

Due to the use of the latest generation of environment-friendly Jungheinrich 3-phase AC technology, the electric trucks have a high operating ratio at constantly low energy consumption. According to VDI cycle, this could be reduced by up to 13 percent compared with the previous generation. “The new truck thus has excellent energy efficiency at highest performance,” Stefan Pfetsch, head of product and portfolio management counterbalance trucks at Jungheinrich, said. “We call this Pure Energy“.

[Read more… Logistics Insight Asia Article]

More information on the company website


June 12, 2012

Yale Warehouse Simulator [Logistics in Education]

Filed under: Logistics — admin @ 3:45 pm

Yale has developed a warehouse simulator that is an extremely accurate software program designed to provide operators of medium to large warehouses with a sophisticated consultancy solution.

With the current economic environment making planning nearly impossible, the task of designing or reconfiguring a warehouse is a monumental challenge.

Yale has developed a warehouse simulator that is an extremely accurate software program designed to provide operators of medium to large warehouses with a sophisticated consultancy solution. It can show how a particular forklift fleet in a particular warehouse scenario will perform and provides a platform for trying out different approaches and strategies for a warehouse operation.

[Read more…]


June 9, 2012

Philippine School Made From APL Cargo Containers

Filed under: Logistics,Logistics Social Responsibility — admin @ 3:39 pm

NOL Group celebrated with the Philippine Christian Foundation (PCF) the inauguration of the container school called “Philippine Technical College.” The campus is built exclusively from APL cargo containers.

NOL Group donated 53 containers to PCF and subsidized the purchase of 26 more. The Group also sponsored a classroom for students and shipped three 40-foot-containers of building materials to Manila to assist in the school’s construction.

[Read more…]


June 6, 2012

Space Guarantee Deposits possible tool to avoid peak season stress

Filed under: Newsletter — admin @ 9:54 am

Accordng to the Container Shipping Manager, a space guarantee deposit could be one useful tool in avoiding the problem of reducing peak season stress for shippers and carriers. In discussions with several senior liner executives, they have found that there could be other options as well.

One particular carrier executive they spoke with said his company was looking at the possibility of implementing a booking fee for its customers. The booking fee, he said, is a charge made at the time of the booking, usually for an amount less than the space guarantee deposit. It would be a fee, not a deposit, on top of the ocean freight.

It’s different from the deposit in that it would be levied on all bookings taken by the carrier so all bookings would, therefore, receive a guarantee of space.

Alternatively however, it could be more difficult to implement for the carrier than the space guarantee deposit because it doesn’t offer the shipper the alternative of having an unconfirmed booking entered into a queue, or waiting list, as the space guarantee deposit does.

Whichever option is implemented it will be interesting to see if carriers will indeed impose such fees as the peak season starts in a few months.


Choose your plane seat based on your mood

Filed under: Newsletter — admin @ 8:54 am

Being kept awake by a chatty fellow passenger could become a thing of the past with an airline seating travellers according to their “mood.”

Travellers will be able to choose from three preferred “flight moods” according to whether they want to get on with work, make new business contacts or simply not be bothered by someone’s droning voice for the duration of the flight.

Latvian airline air Baltic has launched the service, which aims to keep the peace in the skies by seating like-minded flyers next to each other.

“We’re the first in the world to offer this,” air Baltic spokesman Janis Vanags said, adding that passengers would not however be given the option of banning anyone from sitting next to them.
The service is optional and free and can also take into account any hobbies or interests fellow travellers might share, ensuring that football fans or potato farmers get adjacent seats and the chance to chat from take-off to landing.

Customer information is collected in a secure database and the closest match available on the same flight is identified automatically without disclosing passenger identity or any personal data.
The first test flights with intelligent seating will take off at the end of June and will be used to “explore its future commercial potential” according to Michael Grimme of the airline’s sales and marketing department.

So should Australian airlines take the hint? Qantas has already discovered passengers don’t like to sit next to people who talk on their mobile phones, and adopting a similar system could be the next step to making flying more enjoyable, yet less social.

It comes after KLM Royal Dutch Airlines began letting passengers enjoy a spot of mile-high dating by allowing them to pick their neighbours using Facebook.